Biography of Dr. Erwin J. Cusack
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Erwin J. Cusack, M. D. - In point of continuous service, one of the oldest practicing physicians and surgeons of Oswego County is Dr. Erwin J. Cusack, of Fulton, who has practiced in that community for 33 years. He has not only been successful in his profession, but has been active in business and the affairs of citizenship as well.

Dr. Cusack was born at Palermo, Oswego County, Aug. 25, 1867, the son of William and Ellen (Dunn) Cusack.

William Cusack was a native of Canada. He was an early settler of Oswego County and for a number of years successfully engaged in business at Palermo as a shoe merchant. He died there in 1890 at the age of 69 years. His wife, also a native of Canada, died in 1911, at the age of 81 years. Both are buried at Palermo. Their children were: 1. William E., lives at Granby Center, N. Y. 2. Frank J., who died at Palermo in 1931. 3. Fred, who died at Parish, in 1907. 4. George B., lives at Fulton. 5. Howard D., died Dec. 24, 1931. 6. Erwin J., the subject of this sketch.

When he was 18 years of age Erwin J. Cusack went to Mexico, N. Y., and attended Mexico Academy, and in 1887 he was graduated. He taught school for four years at Palermo and Hastings, after which he entered Albany Medical School. He received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1894, and immediately returned to Palermo for five years. In 1899 Dr. Cusack was elected to the office of coroner of Oswego County and located in Fulton in that year. He successfully held that office for 15 years, during which time he also engaged in private practice. He has served as health officer for three terms and is a member of the staff of Lee Memorial Hospital in Fulton. He is identified with the Fulton Academy of Medicine, Oswego County, New York State and American Medical Association.

In 1895 Dr. Cusack was united in marriage with Miss Ida M. Cornell, of Granby Center, N. Y., the daughter of John W. and Helen Cornell. Both are deceased and are buried in Mt. Aetna Cemetery, Fulton. To Dr. and Mrs. Cusack were born four children: 1. Helen, a graduate of Fulton High School and Rochester Business College, married Raymond F. Lewis, who is cashier of the Fulton Savings Bank. They have two sons, Allen C., born in 1925, and Robert W., born in 1927. 2. William E., a graduate of Fulton High School, Union College, and Oswego State Normal School. He is identified with the Union Mutual Life Insurance Company of Syracuse. He married Miss Shirley Snyder, of Oswego. 3. Edward J., a graduate of Fulton High School and Colgate University. He is identified with the New York Trust Bank of New York City. He married Miss Doris Sprague, the daughter of Dr. E. W. Sprague, prominent physician and surgeon of Newark, N. J. Mr. and Mrs. Cusack live at Orange, N. J. They have a daughter, Ann Harriet. 4. Frances E., who attends Fulton High School. Dr. Cusack has been an officer of the First Presbyterian Church for many years, and is affiliated with Hiram Lodge, F. and A. M. No. 144.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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