Dr. Charles Edwin Smith, is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, medical practitioner in the state of New York,
stifi devoting his time and energies to professional duties although he has passed the seventy fourth milestone
on life's journey. He makes his home in Whitesboro, where he was born on the 22d of March, 1837, his parents being
Edwin and Helen (Burns) Smith. The father, who was one of the earliest settlers of Whitesboro, came from Connecticut
to the Empire state and here passed away in 1885, having reached a venerable age.
Dr. Smith was one of a family of three children. After completing his literary education in the Whitestown Seminary
he entered the Albany Medical College, from which he was graduated in 1858. He then returned to Whitesboro, where
he has practiced medicine continuously since, covering a period of fifty three years. In all this time he has kept
abreast with the leaders of the profession in his knowledge of those truths which science and experience have brought
forth. He has read broadly and is thoroughly conversant with the work of the most progressive members of the profession.
That his judgment has sought out practical methods is shown in the excellent results which have followed his labors
and that he has ever enjoyed the respect and confidence of his fellow practitioners is indicated in the fact that
he has been elected to the presidency of the Oneida County Medical Society and has been sent as a delegate to the
State Medical Society. He was formerly a member of the staff of St. Luke's Hospital for a number of years and throughout
the period of his residence here has enjoyed a large general practice, to the interests of which he is most loyal,
holding at all times to a high standard of professional service.
Dr. Smith has been married twice. He wedded a Miss Marchisi and to them was born a child, who, like the mother,
has passed away. For his second wife Dr. Smith chose Anna Louise Malsan, a daughter of Henry Malsan, of Whitestown.
There are three living children of this marriage: Bertha B., the wife of Bernard D. Foster, of Utica, New York;
Claude S., of Whitesboro; and Adrian S. Malsan, also of Utica.
Dr. Smith is a member of Faxton Lodge, No. 697, A. F. & A. M.; Oneida Chapter, No. 57, R. A. M.; Utica Commandery,
No. 3, K. T.; and Ziyara Temple of the Mystic Shrine, having thus attained high rank in Masonry. His political
allegiance has always been given to the republican party and for a period of twenty years he served as postmaster
of Whitesboro, while for many years he was also health officer for the town of Whitestown. He has a wide acquaintance
in his part of the county and wherever known is tendered the high regard and good will which are ever accorded
in recognition of genuine personal worth.
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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