Dr. William Benjamin Roemer, well known to the profession through his contributions to medical literature and
the general public in Utica because of his successful practice among the residents of this city, was born in New
Hartford, New York, December 30, 1873, a son of Conrad and Rose (Pfeiffer) Roemer. The father was a native of Hessen-Cassel,
Germany, and when a young man became a resident of New Hartford, where he remained until his death, engaged in
farming and gardening. His wife was a daughter of John Pfeiffer, who became a resident of Utica in 1853 and passed
away in this city.
William B Roemer pursued his education in the schools of New Hartford and the Utica Free Academy, from which he
was graduated with the class of 1894. He then entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University
in New York city, where he won his professional degree in 1899. He afterward pursued a hospital course in New York
city and thus greatly broadened his knowledge, opening an office in Utica, where he entered upon the general practice
of medicine but also specialized in surgery, in which connection he has gained more than local reputation. His
hospital practice has been of an important character. He served as surgeon for St. Luke's Hospital and was gynecologist
at the Utica General Hospital. He was also first chief medical officer for the Utica schools and for one term served
on the board of health. His high standing in his profession is indicated by the fact that for years he has been
annually reelected to the office of secretary of the Oneida County Medical Society and he is also an ex-president
of the Utica Medical Club. He belongs likewise to the Medical Library Club and to the New York State Medical Society.
He has a wide and favorable acquaintance among leading surgeons of the country and his name is a familiar one in
professional circles because of his frequent and valuable contributions to the leading medical journals. Deeply
interested in the profession from both the scientific and humanitarian standpoints, he has utilized every opportunity
to promote his knowledge and increase his efficiency and is today regarded as the peer of the ablest practitioners
of western New York. In addition to his professional interests Dr. Roemer is connected with business affairs as
one of the directors and the vice president of the Brunner Manufacturing Company of Utica.
In 1905 Dr. Roemer was married to Miss Jessie Maude Herrick, a native of Utica, and a daughter of Henry and Caroline
H. Herrick, of White Lake, Oneida county. The father was born in Germany and in 1856 came to Oneida county, where
for a long period he was engaged in the lumber business. Dr. and Mrs. Roemer have two children: Avis, born August
30, 1907; and Lois, born April 16, 1910. The parents are members of the First Presbyterian church and are active
in the various departments of the church work. Dr. Roemer is a popular and valued member of the Yahnundahsis Golf
Club and belongs also to the Arcanum Club, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and to the Masonic fraternity,
his membership being in Oriental Lodge, No. 224, A. F. & A M., and Oneida Chapter, R. A. M. His wife is a member
and officer of the Eastern Star. Both have an extensive circle of friends in Utica and the position which Dr. Roemer
holds in public regard by reason of his personal qualities, his ability and his professional attainments, is a
most enviable one.
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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