Biography of Dr. Howard A. Collins
Cambria County, PA Biographies

Dr. Howard A. Collins, a prominent and successful physician of Nanty Glo, is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Williamsport, Pa., Feb. 6, 1871, and is the son of William and Mary (Winner) Collins.

William Collins, deceased, was a native of Wiiliamsport, and the son of Isaac and Margaret (Dominy) Collins. Isaac Collins was a prominent agriculturist of Loyalstock Township, Lycoming County, Pa. He was the son of William Collins, who came from Doylestown, Pa., to Lycoming County. William Collins, father of the subject of this sketch, engaged in general farming and stock raising during his entire life. He died in 1909 and his wife died in 1901. He was a Republican, and held many township offices. He was a deacon in the Methodist Church. To William and Mary (Winner) Collins 12 children were born, as follows: Albert, deceased; Mary Jane, married George Casselberry, lives in Philadelphia; Cyrus M., lives at Williamsport; Irene, married Oliver P. Stahl, lives at Williamsport; Alexander, deceased; one child died in infancy; Jefferson A., deceased; Anna, married Orrie Osmer, lives at Montoursville, Pa.; Herman, died in 1881; W. Sherman, lives at Atlantic City, N. J.; Sarah, deceased, was the wife of Ambrose Hyman, Williamsport; and Dr. H. A., the subject of this sketch.

Dr. H. A. Collins attended the public schools of Lycoming County and was graduated from Muncey Normal School in 1891, and from Williamsport Commercial College in 1898. He received his degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1898, and engaged in practice at Morrisdale, Pa. In 1907 he removed to Winburne, Pa., and in May, 1917, volunteered for service in the World War and was sent to Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., as a first lieutenant in the U. S. Medical Corps. He was attached to the 6th Training Battalion and sent to Camp Upton, N. Y., as a member of the 350th Ambulance Company, 302nd Sanitary Train, 77th Division. Doctor Collins was discharged in April, 1919, and located at Cresson, where he served as resident physician of the Cresson Sanitariuth. In the fall of 1919 he removed to Nanty Glo and located in his present office. He has built up an extensive practice and is a capable and progressive man in his profession.

In 1893 Doctor Collins was united in marriage with Miss Della M. Wise, a daughter of James T. and Sarah E. (Manhart) Wise, natives of Lycorning County. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wise died Dec. 19, 1924, and are buried at Montoursville, Pa. To Doctor and Mrs. Collins four children were born: Leroy F., married Catherine Grebe, lives at Williamsport; Chalmers DaCosta, deceased; Margaret Vivian, married Homer Artley, lives at Montoursville; and Sarah Elizabeth, at home.

Doctor Collins is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church and American Legion, Johnstown. He served as president of the Clearfield County Medical Society.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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