Thirty one years ago Dr. Ira Morris Comstock began practice at New York Mills and today he ranks as one
of the leading physicians of Oneida county. This enviable position he has gained through conscientious attention
to his calling. He was born at Salisbury, New York, January 1, 1856, a son of Morris W. and Sarah (Rice) Comstock
and a grandson of Ira Comstock. He attended the Whitestown Seminary and the Utica Business College and then began
reading medicine in 1876 in the office of Dr. William M. James, of Whitestown. Later he attended three courses
of lectures at the University of the City of New York and was graduated with the degree of M. D. February 18, 1879.
He took a post graduate course at the same institution in 1880. After leaving college Dr. Comstock began practice
at New York Mills, May 1, 1880, and he has ever since continued at the same place. In the course of this time he
has attained a wide reputation, which is not limited to the confines of Oneida county. He has been for many years
actively identified with various medical organizations and is a member of the Utica Medical Library Association,
the Oneida County Medical Society, the New York State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He
has served for a number of years as member of the board of censors of the county organization and at the present
time is examining physician for various fraternal orders and for leading life insurance companies, among the latter
of which may be named the New York Life Insurance Company, the Mutual Life, the Phoenix Mutual, the John Hancock,
the Provident Life & Trust, the Metropolitan and other companies.
On April 7, 1880, Dr. Comstock was married to Miss Emma L. Bartlett, of Williamstown, New York, and to this union
four children were born: Morris W., who was accidently drowned while skating December 5, 1901; May Asenath, who
is a graduate of the Utica high school and the Utica Free Academy and is now living at home; Aletha Emma, who was
graduated at the Utica Free Academy and is now senior at the Syracuse University; and Charles Ward, in attendance
at the Utica Free Academy. Mrs. Comstock died March 16, 1900, and is buried at Glenside cemetery. She was a lady
of rare personal and mental attractiveness and was a valued member of the Methodist Episcopal church of New York
Mills and of the New Century Club of Utica. Dr. Comstock is actively interested in the Young Men's Christian Association
of Utica and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of New York Mills, of which he is serving as trustee,
having for several years past filled the office of chairman of the board. In politics he is a republican. He has
often been called into party councils and has served as delegate to various republican conventions but never permitted
excitement of political elections to interfere with his professional work, to which he has made all else subordinate.
Fraternally Dr. Comstock is prominently connected with various orders, being a member of Oriental Lodge, No. 224,
A. F. & A. M.; Oneida Chapter, No. 57, R. A. M.; Utica Commandery, No. 3, K. T.; Central City Consistory, S.
P. R. S.; and Ziyara Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.; also of Zeba Grotto, No. 4, M. O. V. P. E. It.; the subordinate
lodge and Tri-Mount Encampment of Odd fellows; the Masonic Craftsman Club of Utica, and Canton Utica No. 23, Patriarchs
Militant. He was a charter member of the Yorkville Fire and Hose Company and filled the office of president four
or five terms, being now a member of the board of governors, a position which he has held for twenty years. He
is a member of the Veteran League of American Wheelmen and of the league council. He is an enthusiastic automobilist
and holds membership in the Utica Automobile Club, the New York State Automobile Association and the American Automobile
Association. By virtue of his scholarship and love of travel he is a member of the National Geographical Society.
He has attended all the world's fairs since the centennial exposition at Philadelphia in 1876 and has made three
trips down the St. Lawrence river with a guide in a canoe, having in a similar way traversed the principal waters
of Canada. He is the owner of a beautiful summer home at Sylvan Beach. A man of wide observation, of thoroughly
cultivated mind and of special adaptability to the profession to which he has devoted the best energies of his
life, Dr. Comstock has labored not in vain. His friends are many and his efficient services are deeply appreciated
throughout a wide region in central New York 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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