Biography of Dr. Oliver G. Comstock
Lucas County, OH Biographies

In the death of Dr. Oliver Giles Comstock, Toledo mourned the loss of one whose life was of great usefulness and value to the city and whose memory remains as a blessed benediction to all who knew him. A native of Sylvania, Ohio, he was born on the 29th of September, 1835, his parents being Giles and Electa (Vroman) Comstock, who resided on a farm in that locality. Oliver Giles Comstock obtained his early education in the public schools of Sylvania and afterward attended the high school at Adrian, Michigan. Later he continued his studies in Ann Arbor and at Ypsilanti, Michigan, and eventually he pursued a three years course of study in the Toledo Medical College at Toledo, where he won his professional degree. Throughout his life he was of most studious nature, constantly broadening his knowledge and promoting his efficiency through wide reading and scientific research. After completing his course of study in Toledo he went to Detroit, where he engaged in the practice of medicine for some time, returning to this city in 1890 and here remaining until his demise, maintaining his home and office at No. 1530 Western avenue. He also occupied the chair of physiology in the Toledo Medical College for a time and he was surgeon general for the canton of Odd Fellows. His private practice was very extensive and for eight years he filled the position of city physician. He enjoyed wide popularity among his brethren of the profession because of his deference for the opinions of others and his close conformity to the highest ethical standards. He was for a long time a member of the staff of the Toledo Hospital and he there maintained a ward for children. He was greatly loved among the poor, not only by reason of professional assistance rendered them without remuneration but also because of his kindly aid in many another way. It is said that he was constantly seen with a bundle which contained some needed article for an unfortunate one in whom he was interested.

In his political views Dr. Comstock was always a stanch republican and he was a member of the Lincoln Republican Club. He belonged to the Knights of Pythias, to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, to the Knights and Ladies of Security and to the city, county and state medical societies. His religious faith was indicated in his membership in the Broadway Methodist church and he served on its official board. Throughout his life he sought not only that advancement which means material gain but also sought promotion in that broader field of religious experience which draws the individual closer and closer into harmony with the laws of God. He recognized the brotherhood of man and this was continually manifest in his liberal charity and kindliness, many families being the special objects of his bounty, while at no time did he withhold a helping hand where he could render assistance. One of his methods of recreation was the cultivation of flowers, of which he was very fond. He also derived great pleasure from the study of birds and dogs and he loved nature in every form. Each yearn he would make his way to the forest for a fishing trip and at the same time would find keen pleasure in the study of, birds and nature in general. He made his life a practice ground for the life to come and was constantly reaching out into the broader realm of thought and of service.

On the 10th of September, 1890, in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Comstock was united in marriage to Miss Alvretta Perkins, a daughter of Horace A. and Naomi Perkins, the former a native of Trenton, Michigan, and a machinist by trade. Mrs. Comstock, like her husband, has been keenly interested in all those forces which make for uplift and cultural progress. She is a lady of innate refinement of nature and her life has been fraught with many good deeds. For fifteen years she belonged to the Educational Club of Toledo. In 1890 she was a member of the board of the Humane Society and she is widely known for her church work and her many benevolent enterprises. She has taken part in all sorts of charitable work in connection with the Western Avenue Methodist Episcopal church and was the organizer and is the president of the Invincible Society, composed of a number of young ladies and recognized as one of the most flourishing of the church societies of the city. She has done a large amount of charitable work in a quiet way through the ladies auxiliary to. the Humane Society and through her assistance a number of needy children have been clothed and kept in school. At the present writing she is heading a movement to establish a home for girls in a part of the city where such an institution is much needed. She was the president of the Door of Hope for two years and later this was changed to the Flower Home for Girls. She belongs to the Rebekah Lodge, the Pythian Sisters and to the Toledo Relief Corps. She is a member of the Mental Culture Club and has always been keenly interested in literature, while her contributions to the meetings of the literary clubs with which she is identified have been of a most instructive and entertaining character. She recently read a paper full of pretty conceits which was most widely and favorably commented upon and which she called "The Strange Story df the Flowers," comparing them to people, finding a similarity between the long, slender; graceful leaf and the refined oval face; the sharp, broad leaf and the broad, happy face; the coarse, rough leaf and the coarse, irregular features of some faces; and similar interesting comparisons. The little stanza telling how the forget me not got its name was quoted and other pretty fragments from her pen. Both Dr. and Mrs. Comstock contributed much toward the work of making the world a better and. brighter place in which to live, and while his memory is cherished and revered by all with whom he came into contact, she is still carrying on the great work to which their lives had been dedicated the work of uplift and progress along intellectual and moral lines. It was on the 29th of October, 1913, that Dr. Comstock was called to his final rest.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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