Dr. David Slade Eynon, whose distinguished ability as an oculist and aurist won him large practice and gained
him a well merited reputation, was born in Utica, March 27, 1863. He was of English lineage, his father, John Eynon,
having been born in Pishguard, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, in October, 1816. He was thirty years of age when he
made permanent settlement in Utica, which continued his place of residence for forty years, when, in August, 1886,
death claimed him. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Esther E. Williams, was born in South Wales in 1835 and
passed away in Utica in 1900. They became the parents of three sons, of whom Dr. David S. Eynon is the eldest,
the others being: Dr. William G. Eynon, of New York city; and John S. Eynon, of Boston, Massachusetts.
At the usual age Dr. Eynon entered the public schools of Utica and later attended the Utica Academy, thus laying
the foundation for professional knowledge in a broad understanding of the general and scientific branches of learning.
His first preceptor in the study of medicine was Dr. James Garrettson, of Philadelphia, while later his reading
was directed by Dr. Wallace Clark, of Utica. He was later associated in practice with Dr. S. C. Maxson of Utica
as a specialist. He then attended lectures in the Medico Chirurgical College of Philadelphia, from which he was
graduated M. D. in 1886, and to his college training he added the benefit of practical experience in the Orthopedic
Hospital of the same city.
Dr. Eynon then removed to the middle west, settling in Ashland, Wisconsin, where he continued in practice from
1887 until 1890, when he returned to Utica. During portions of the three succeeding years he pursued post graduate
courses in the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, the New York Ophthalmic and Aural Institute, under Dr. Knapp, and
the Will's Eye Hospital of Philadelphia. Gradually, therefore, he withdrew from the general practice of medicine
and during the last five years of his life devoted his attention exclusively to the treatment of diseases of the
eye and ear, in which branch of the profession he was very successful. Fellow practitioners of Utica regarded him
as one of the ablest members of the profession in this city and honored him with election to the office of secretary
of the Oneida County Medical Society. He was also at one time treasurer of the Utica Medical Association and he
served on the medical staff of St. Elizabeth's and the Faxton Hospitals and the Masonic Home. He held membership
with Faxton Lodge, F. & A. M., and with the Masonic Club, and was always loyal to the interests and principles
of the craft.
On the 26th of August, 1887, Dr. Eynon was united in marriage to Miss Cornelia Parshall, of Cooperstown, New York,
a daughter of Dr. J. G. Parshall. She died on the 8th of December, 1892, leaving a son Stuart, and on the 6th of
May, 1896, Dr. Eynon wedded Miss Anna J. Seymour, a daughter of Dr. George Seymour, of Utica, who at one time was
a leading citizen here and who is mentioned elsewhere in this volume. Dr. Eynon was a young man when called to
his final rest, having not quite reached the age of thirty four on March 22, 1897, and his untimely demise was
the source of deep regret on the part of many who had been associated with him in professional and social relations.
He was always pleasant, courteous and genial, and those who knew him were glad to call him friend.
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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