Biography of D. C. Rodenhurst
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Rodenhurst, D. C., M. D., was born in the village of Lowell, town of Westmoreland, Oneida county, N. Y., January 26, 1855. He lived in Lowell until eleven years old, when he came to Clayton, N. Y., and lived there two years, then to Theresa, N. Y., where he resided until 1878. He then went to Oxbow, N. Y., where he practiced medicine for three years and in 1882 came to Philadelphia, N. Y., where he ha's had a very successful practice. He was educated at Theresa, Potsdarn Normal School and Watertown Seminary. He studied medicine with Dr. Sturdevant of Theresa, and was graduated from Long Island College Hospital in 1879 and has practiced as above stated. Dr. Rodenhurst has always been a Republican in politics and is at present justice of the peace and has been coroner eight years and trustee of the village four years. He was health officer and organized the Board of Health at Philadelphia. He is a member of Theresa Lodge No. 174, F. & A. M., and Theresa Chapter No. 149, R. A. M., Watertown Commandery No. 11, and Media Temple of Watertown. He is a member of the Jefferson County Medical Society and ex-president, also member of the New York State Medical Society. January 10, 1884, he married Mattie H. Pool of Theresa, daughter of Zalmon Pool. Dr. Rodenhurst's father was Richard Rodenhurst, born January 9, 1829, a son of Richard Rodenhurst, who in 1834 came from White Church, Shropshire, Eng., to Utica, N. Y., and afterwards settled in Westmoreland, Oneida county. His wife was Mary Ashton, by whom were born seven children. Richard Rodenhurst, jr., finished his education at Delaney Institute, Oneida county, N. Y. He was a cabinetmaker, which he worked at for three years and was for many years on the canal. In 1868 he came to Theresa and engaged in the hardware business, where he has since been very successful. In politics he is an ardent Democrat and was U. S. loan commissioner for ten years. He has been twice married, first to Sarah Anna Knickerbocker of Madison county, N. Y., and they had two sons, De Witt C., the subject, and Fred S. Mrs. Rodenhurst died in 1867, and he married for his second wife Emma Fisk, and they have one daughter, Belle Ivers. Mr. Rodenhurst is a member of Theresa Lodge No; 174, F. &A. M., and Theresa Chapter No. 146, R. A. M.

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