Biography of Alexander Finddley
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Dr. Alexander Findlay, a prominent representative of the veterinary profession at Camden, where he is conducting a hospital as well as engaging in general practice, was born about four miles north of Aberdeen, Scotland, on the 25th of April, 1862, a son of James and Margaret (Melvin) Findlay, who were also natives of the same place. The father, who was born January 6, 1826, followed the occupation of farming and remained a resident of his native land until 1883, when he crossed the Atlantic to Canada, settling at Melbourne, in the province of Quebec. In 1884 he removed to Lancaster, in the province of Ontario, where he resided until about 1885, when he became a resident of Williamstown, Ontario. In the latter place he made his home until June, 1895, when he took up his abode in Camden, Oneida county, New York. Two years later he purchased a farm in the township of Camden and devoted his time and energies to its cultivation until after the death of his wife, which occurred on the 17th of February, 1905. While visiting in Duluth, Minnesota, he passed away on the 17th of March, 1909. His political allegiance was given to t.he republican party and both he and his wife were devoted Christian people, their church membership being with the Presbyterian denomination. Their family numbered four children: Jessie, deceased; James J., of Duluth, Minnesota; Alexander, of this review; and John, a resident of Glendale, California.

In the common schools of his native country Dr. Findlay pursued his early education and when twenty one years of age crossed the Atlantic to Canada with his father. There he engaged in farming and also working in a flour mill in Toronto for a time. Subsequently he entered the Toronto Business College but in 1889 became a student in the Ontario Veterinary College at Toronto, now a department of the Toronto University, from which he was graduated with the class of 1891. He then went to Duluth, Minnesota, where he practiced for two years in connection with his brother, and in 1893 came to Camden, Oneida county, New York, where he has since followed his profession. In 1896 he built a hospital, a two story brick structure, well equipped. His patronage is extensive and brings him substantial financial returns.

On the 18th of November, 1896, Dr. Findlay was married to Miss Lillian Macaulay, a daughter of John and Jane (Stuart) Macaulay, of Priceville, Ontario, Canada. Her father was born on Island Islay, Scotland. March 4, 1826, and was a cobbler by trade. As a young man he went to Canada and for many years carried on business there but retired prior to his death, which occurred in October, 1897. His widow, who was also a native of Island Islay, is now living in Priceville, Canada. They were the parents of eight children: Janet, the wife of John Melia. of Flesherton, Ontario, Canada; Walter, residing in Thessalon, Ontario; Margaret, who married John Burnet, of Priceville, Ontario; Mary, of Toledo, Ohio; Mrs. Findlay; Alexander, of Cleveland, Ohio; Catherine, the wife of Charles Lavigne, of Detroit, Michigan; and Duncan, residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mrs. Findlay was born in Priceville, Ontario, on the 14th of March, 1862, and by her marriage to Dr. FindJay became the mother of three children, all yet at home, Alexander Macaulay, Islay Lillian and Gordon Stuart. The parents are members of the Presbyterian church, in the work of which they take an active and helpful part, Dr. Findlay serving as an elder in the church and as a teacher in the Sunday school. He is also a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellow lodges and in the latter has filled all of the chairs. He exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party and has served on the health board of the village and also on the village board of trustees, acting as its president in 1910, while his incumbency in the office of trustee will continue until 1912. His public service has always been of a valuable character and as a man and citizen his work is widely acknowledged. His advancement in a business or professional way is entirely attributable to his own labors for he started out in life empty handed, working his way upward by persistent effort and the utilization of the talents with which nature endowed him.

From:
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
Chicago 1912


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