A representative of the third generation of the family in the medical profession in Oneida county, Dr. Edwin
C. Babcock, of Utica, has from the beginning of his practice shown an adaptability to the healing art which
has redounded greatly to his credit. He was born at Oriskany Falls, July 11, 1872, a son of Dr. Welcome E. and
Frances A. (Clark) Babcock. The father died in 1883, and the mother is now residing at Madison, New York. He was
for many years very active in practice and the grandfather, Dr. Welcome A. Babcock, was also well known on account
of his prominence in the profession. At the time of the Civil war he was examining surgeon for the United States
government at Utica.
Edwin C. Babcock received his preliminary education in the public schools. In 1888 he entered Colgate University,
where he pursued the Latin scientific course for three years. In 1891 he matriculated in the New York Homeopathic
Medical College and Hospital, from which he was graduated in 1894 with the degree of M. D. After spending one year
in the hospitals of the city of New York he located at Boonville, where he continued in general practice until
1904. He then went west and after one year returned to Oneida county and settled at Utica, where he has since engaged
in the practice of medicine and surgery, being freely accorded a place as one of the foremost physicians of the
city. A man of scholarly attainments, he made good use of his opportunities and kept fully abreast of the times
as to the great advancements in all departments of his profession. He is a member of the staffs of the General
Hospital and the Homeopathic Hospital at Utica and is also actively connected with the Oneida County Medical Society,
the New York State Medical Society and the Medical Chirurgical Society. He is an earnest worker in those organizations
and a valued contributor to their proceedings.
Dr. Babcock has been twice married, his first wife being Florence Grosjean. One son, Howard Lewis, was born to
them in 1901. He is now attending the Utica schools. In 1907 Dr. Babcock was again married, the lady of his choice
being Miss Sarah Lambert, of Chadwicks, New York. Fraternally he is well known, being a member of the Knights of
Pythias, the Elks and the Foresters. Notwithstanding the demands of a large practice, he takes two vacations each
year, devoting the time to trout fishing or hunting. He is an ardent lover of nature and has made many interesting
observations in the course of his rambles through the forests and along the streams. As a practitioner he ranks
among the leading homeopaths of the state.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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