Biography of Dr. Charles W. Nichols
Oneida County, NY Biographies





To Dr. Charles W. Nichols, of Whitesboro, belongs the distinction of having been one of the youngest soldiers in the Civil war, and the spirit of fearlessness and devotion to duty that inspired him as a boy to offer his life for his country, has been one of the prominent characteristics of his entire career. He ranks today as a leading physician of Oneida county and also as one of its most respected citizens. He was born in Herkimer county, New York, August 15, 1849, a son of Caleb and Abigail M. (Harris) Nichols. The grandfather of our subject came to Norway, Herkimer county, from Providence, Rhode Island, with his parents when nine years old. After growing to maturity he engaged in farming and became one of the large landowners of the county. Caleb Nichols was also a farmer and conducted a large dairy. The mother of our subject died August 8, 1855, when he was six years of age, and the father married Lucy Ann Rice, who died October 12, 1880. Caleb Nichols died in Troy, New York, November 11, 1896.

Charles W. Nichols received his early education in the public schools and Fairfield Academy. On May 3, 1864, although under fifteen years of age, he enlisted at Little Falls, New York, in Company E, One Hundred and Fiftysecond New York Volunteers, and served in the Second Brigade, Second Division, Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac under General Hancock. He was present at the battles of Cold Harbor and Petersburg, and participated in a number of other engagements. On September 13, 1864, he was honorably mustered out of service by special order of President Lincoln on account of his extreme youth. He was at the time confined in Island Hospital at Blackwells Island where he was under treatment for chronic diarrhea. In March, 1S89, Dr. Nichols was graduated from the Albany (New York) Medical College with the degree of M. D. and began practice at Amsterdam, New York. A fter a short time he removed to Fairfield, New York, where he engaged successfully in his profession until 1890. He practiced at New York Mills from 1890 to 1900 and since that time has made his home at Whitesboro where he has a lucrative clientage. He has for many years been a member of the Oneida County Medical Society and also holds memership in the New York State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.

In 1876 Dr. Nichols was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Stephens, of Norway, New York, and they became, the parents of four children: Charles A., who is now proprietor of a laundry in Arizona; Fred W., engaged in the real estate and insurance business at Vancouver, British Columbia; Horace E., who was graduated from the department of electrical engineering of Syracuse University and is now connected with the Schenectady General Electric Company; and A. Agnes, who was graduated from the Fairfield Seminary and Military Academy. She is also a graduate nurse of St. Luke's Hospital at Utica. The home of Dr. and Mrs. Nichols is a beautiful residence on Main street in Whitesboro and he has his office there. He is a member of Ross Post, No. 31, G. A. R., of New York Mills, and is greatly interested in the affairs of the organization, having been surgeon of the post since 1890. He was one of the organizers of Burrill Post, No. 503, of Salisbury, Herkimer county, and served as its quartermaster. Earnest and efficient in whatever he undertakes, he has through life been in thorough sympathy with progressive ideals and has aimed to advance the general good.

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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