Orrin P. Joslin, M. D. - A physician and surgeon of exceptional qualifications, Dr. Joslin, of Carthage, is
widely known throughout Jefferson County. He was born at Champion, Jefferson County, Dec. 31, 1876, the son of
Francis Eugene and Mary F. (Wise) Joslin.
Francis Eugene Joslin, also born at Champion, was the son of Philander and Philanda (VanDusen) Joslin, the former
a native of Connecticut and the latter of Mohawk Valley, N. Y. Philander Joslin was well known as a shoe manufacturer
in the town of Champion, being among the first settlers of Jefferson County. His wife's brother, Abraham VanDusen,
served in the War of 1812. Francis E. Joslin, who died in 1930, was a school teacher in early life and in 1878
removed to Watertown, where he was a foreman in the shops of the J. B. Wise Manufacturing Company, for 25 years.
At the time of his retirement he located on a small farm, on the outskirts of Watertown. His wife, born at Brantford,
Conn., died in 1928. Both are buried in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown. Their children were: 1. Orrin P., the subject
of this sketch. 2. Charles, who lives on the family homestead.
Orrin P. Joslin attended the Watertown public schools from which he was graduated in 1895. He then took up the
study of medicine and in 1899 received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from Bellevue Hospital Medical College,
New York City. The following year was spent in graduate study at the Chicago Post Graduate School, and in June,
1900, Dr. Joslin established a private practice at Great Bend, N. Y. He remained there until 1925, when he removed
to his present location in Carthage. He is Past President of the Jefferson County Medical Society, and belongs
to the New York State Medical Society.
In 1901 Dr. Joslin married Miss Harriet Allen, who died in 1904. She was the daughter of Frank and Mary (Smith)
Allen, who were natives of Jefferson County, buried in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown. The father of Mary (Smith)
Allen was among the very early settlers of Perch River, where he was well known as a general merchant for many
years. To Orrin P. and Harriet (Allen) Joslin were born two children: 1. Frances Eric, who is a student at Albany
Medical College. He married Miss Alfreda Eastman. 2. Harriet Elizabeth, a graduate of Potsdam Normal College and
Albany Normal College. She is now a teacher on Long Island. Dr. Joslin was married (second) in 1905 to Miss Eda
A. Webster, who died in 1923. She is buried at Lanzdown, Ontario. She was the daughter of John and Anna Webster.
The former is deceased and the latter resides in Toronto.
Dr. Joslin is a Democrat, a member of the Methodist Church, and belongs to the Chamber of Commerce and Carlowden
Country Club. He is a member of Black River Lodge, F. and A. M. No. 821; Central City Consistory, 32nd degree;
and Media Temple.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Jefferson County, NY
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