Biography of Dr. Melvin J. Stearns
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Melvin J. Stearns, M. D. - One of the physicians and surgeons of the North Country, Dr. Stearns has practiced his profession in Ogdensburg for a number of years, and is a well known specialist in the treatment of the ear, nose and throat. He was born at Massena Center, N. Y., Jan. 15, 1883, the son of George D. and Agnes K. (Kinney) Stearns.

George D. Stearns was a native of Massena Center, and died at Brushton, N. Y., in 1896. His wife died in January, 1929. Both were members of pioneer families in this section of the state, who had come here from Vermont. Mr. Stearns was a graduate of Lawrenceville Academy and became a minister of the Adventist Church. He went to Trinidad, West Indies, in 1892 as a missionary, and took with him his family. The following year, however, he returned to the United States and for a time lived at Brushton, Franklin County. There were seven children in the Stearns family: 1. Daniel, building contractor, lives at Maryville, Tenn. 2. Mrs. G. H. Woistenholme, lives at Massena. 3. Melvin J., the subject of this sketch. 4. Norval H., lives at Gloversville, N. Y. 5. Rev. Albert D., a minister of the Presbyterian Church, lives at Canistota, N. Y. 6. Chester, died in infancy. 7. Blanche, died in infancy.

After his graduation from Massena High School in 1901, Melvin J. Stearns spent two years in graduate study. He then entered the New York Homeopathic Medical College, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1907. After a year as interne in the Cumberland Street Hospital, Brooklyn, N. Y., Dr. Stearns located in general practice at Ogdensburg. After three years he spent a year in graduate study in New York, and upon his return to Ogdensburg became associated with the practice of Dr. Willard N. Bell, widely known eye, ear, nose, and throat specialist. Upon the death of Dr. Bell in 1920, the practice was taken over by Dr. Stearns. He is a member of the staff of A. B. Hepburn Hospital and on the visiting board of St. Lawrence State Hospital and St. John Hospital. He also is identified with the St. Lawrence County, New York State, and American Medical Associations. From 1912 until 1922 he was a member of the New York State Board of Medical Examiners.

During the World War Dr. Stearns received the commission of captain in the Medical Corps, U. S. Army, and was attached to Camp Greenleaf, Georgia.

Dr. Stearns was married (first) to Miss Jennie Robinson, in 1913. She was the daughter of Bradbury M. and Amelia Robinson, of Bamboo, Wis. He died in 1924 and his wife died in 1930. Jennie (Robinson) Stearns died in 1919, and is buried in Ogdensburg. She had two children: 1. Bradbury Robinson, born in July, 1914. 2. Virginia Jane, born in 1917. Both are students at Ogdensburg High School. Dr. Stearns was married (second) to Miss Clara Williams, of Rochester, N. Y., the daughter of Samuel C. and Elizabeth (Starnaman) Williams. Mr. and Mrs. Williams were born in Ontario. He died in 1930 and his widow resides in Ogdensburg. To Dr. Melvin J. and Clara (Williams) Stearns has been born a son, Colby Starnaman, born Dec. 20, 1921.

Dr. Stearns is a member of the Rotary Club, Ogdensburg Country Club, and Pontiac Game Club of Quebec. He is affiliated with Ogdensburg Lodge, F. & A. M., Chapter and Commandery, and belongs to the Alhambra Shrine.


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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