Biography of Dr. Claude Wilson
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Strong intellectual force and a character in keeping with a splendidly developed mind won for Dr. Claude Wilson high position in the regard and esteem of his fellowmen and gained for him a creditable and honored position in his profession. He was born in Palmer, Massachusetts, January 6, 1850, the eldest son of the Rev. Thomas Wilson, at that time pastor of the Congregational church, who later removing to Stoughton, Massachusetts, after a long ministry of twenty years, served for fifteen years as pastor of the Congregational church in Eaton, Madison county, New York. In the family of Rev. Thomas Wilson were three sons and two daughters. The only surviving member of the family is the wife of the Rev. James H. Pettee, a missionary in Okayama, Japan.

Reared amid the refining influences of a Christian home, Dr. Wilson early laid the foundation for the splendid character which in later life gave him high position among his fellowmen. He graduated in the first class that completed the high school course at Stoughton, Massachusetts, in 1867, afterward entering Amherst College, from which he graduated with the class of 1871. During the succeeding three years he devoted his time to the work of teaching in the Asylum for the Blind at Columbus, Ohio, prompted by a benevolent spirit which caused him to thus aid one of the most unfortunate classes. He next entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York in preparation for the practice of medicine and graduated therefrom in March, 1876. He was induced by friends to settle at Waterville and here his first and last professional work was done. Thoroughly equipped by education and nature and possessing qualities of mind and character that won the confidence and respect of all, he was not long in winning an enviable position as a practitioner of Oneida county. Very careful in the diagnosis of his cases and in matters of judgment he was seldom it ever at fault and being endowed with a kindly heart, developed a splendid Christian manhood so that not only in professional lines but also along the higher planes that lead to the betterment of one's condition in life his personality was felt. He was always conscientious and honorable both in professional and private life and, in fact, his record remains as a splendid example for those who wish to seek in life the better part Aside from his professional duties he became a director in the National Bank of Waterville and in the public life of the community took an active and helpful interest.

On the 5th of June, 1877, Dr. Wilson was united in marriage to Miss Anna Atherton Hodges, a daughter of Leonard and Jane (Atherton) Hodges, of Stoughton, Massachusetts. Her father was an extensive manufacturer and influential citizen of that place. Mrs. Wilson acquired her education in her native state and possesses a brilliant mind and liberal culture. It was largely an ideal relation that existed between her and her husband because of their close companionship and the congeniality of interests. The children born of this marriage were five in. number. Anabel, a Vassar graduate of 1899, was married in 1900 to Charles Tefft Hatch and lives in Waterville. Janet in 1903 became the wife of Aifrederic Smith Hatch, a brother of Charles T. Hatch, and they reside in Brooklyn, New York. Margaret was married in 1911 to Harold Frederick Coggeshall, the youngest son of the late Senator Coggeshall, and they reside in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Claude graduated from Amherst College and also from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a civil engineer in Broklyn, New York. Leonard, likewise a graduate of Amherst, is now located in Los Angeles, California.

The family circle was broken by the hand of death on the 22d of April, 1896, when Dr. Wilson was called to his final rest. He had made for himself a position in the community that caused his death to be most deeply regretted. He was a valued and influential member of Sanger Lodge, A. F. & A. M., and the Waterville council of the Royal Arcanum, likewise an active member of the Pickwick Club and always rendered valuable aid to literary and educational advancement in Waterville, serving for a time as a member of the board of education. His influence was always on the side of progress and improvement. In his own life he sought those things which are most worth while and was never content with the second best. Those who knew him and his friends were many-esteemed him not only for his professional ability but for those attributes of personal character which always awaken confidence, regard and respect.

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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