Biography of Dr. F. L. H. Willis
Yates County, NY Biographies





Willis, Dr. F. L. H., a man of culture and intellectual ability and a fine public speaker, came to Yates County from New York city twenty one years ago. He purchased a fine estate at Rock Stream Point on Seneca Lake, near Glenora, one of the most beautiful points on the lake, and the doctor has erected here an elegant summer cottage. Dr. Willis is a native of Boston and was educated at Harvard University and at the Homceopathic Medical College of New York city, where he graduated in 1865. He had previously been a settled clergyman of the Liberal School of Theology. Soon after his graduation he was called to the chair of materia medica in the Woman's Medical College of New York, which he filled for several years, and at the same time secured a lucrative practice. Failing health obliged him to abandon this field of operations. For three years he was unable to do any service in the profession to which he was so much attached. On his return from Europe, in 1870, he became a resident of Yates County, and has identified himself with its interests, maintaining full citizenship here, but has passed his winters in Boston, New York or Rochester. He married Love M., daughter of the late Henry Whitcomb, esq., of Hancock, N. H., a lady of culture and diversified accomplishments, and well known as a talented writer. She is the author of the following beautiful religious hymn, that has found a place in the hymnals of almost every religious denomination in the country:

Father! hear the prayer we offer;
For sweet peace we do not cry,
But for grace that we may ever
Live our lives courageously.

Not within the fresh, green pastures,
Will we ask that we may lie;
But the steep and rugged pathway,
That we tread rejoicingly.

Not beside the clear, still waters,
Do we pray thou wilt us guide,
But we'd smite the flinty boulder,
Whence the living spring may glide.

If we go where flowers of summer
Still the rugged path adorn,
Let us weave them into garlands.
Though each one should bear a thorn.

Be our strength in every weakness,
In our doubt be thou our guide,
Through each peril-through each danger,
Draw us nearer to thy side.


Dr. and Mrs. Willis have but one child, Edith, the wife of Dr. S. H. Linn, of Rochester, N. Y., a distinguished surgeon, late of St. Petersburgh, Russia. She has inherited largely the intellectual gifts and accomplishments of her parents, and is a poet of rare sweetness and grace. Her name is frequently seen in the journals and magazines of the day. She has already published two volumes of her poems, and being young in life, will, should she live, doubtless make a decided impression upon the literature of the next quarter century.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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