F. B. READ, M. D., physician and surgeon at Osceola Mills, Pa., where he is proprietor of a drug store, is one
of the prominent and active citizens of the place, interested vitally in all that concerns the welfare of the community,
of which he has been a member for thirtyone years. Dr. Read was born in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County, Pa.,
June 7, 1841, and is a son of Ross and Mary (Thompson) Read, and a grandson of Alexander Read. The latter was a
very early settler in Clearfield County and in 1800 he conducted the first post office between Clearfield and Bellefonte,
establishing it on the William Mitchell farm, one mile south of Clearfield. He carried the mail between these places
Ross Read, father of Dr. Read, was born in Lawrence Township and followed farming until past middle age, when he
retired with his wife to Clearfield, where both died. He married Mary Thompson, a daughter of Ignatius Thompson,
who was of Irish birth. The mother of Mrs. Read was born in England. Ross Read and wife became parents of eight
children, the four survivors of their family being: F. B.; Margaret Ella McKendrick, residing at Ebensburg, Pa.;
Alexander Ross, residing at Akron, O.; and Rebecca Matilda Spackman, now living at Detroit, Mich.
F. B. Read was reared on a farm and attended the local schools and Clearfield Acedemy before beginning his medical
studies. In 1867 he was graduated from Jefferson Medical College, at Philadelphia, having been with Dr. Woods,
of Clearfield for three years before entering college. Dr. Read engaged in practice first at Bigler, Pa., where
he remained for fifteen years, and in 1880 came from there to Osceola Mills. In 1886 he established his drug store,
which he has conducted ever since. In spite of advancing years, Dr. Read still attends to a large practice. He
preaches the medical value of fresh air and exercise and is himself the best example of these theories, driving
out over the country in the roughest kind of weather and seemingly enjoying the stimulation found in battling with
On October 10, 1865, Dr. Read was married to Miss Sue A. Rider, who was born at Karthaus, Clearfield County, Pa.,
a daughter of John W. Rider, at that time a well known farmer and lumberman. Dr. and Mrs. Read have had eight children,
namely: Ralph Maynard, who is in a hotel business at Johnstown, Pa., married Winnifred Scollins, and has three
children; Paul Shelton, who resides at Osceola, and married Maggie Scollins; Maude, who is the wife of Frank P.
O'Brien, who is in the furniture and undertaking business at Osceola Mills; Howard W., who lives at Philadelphia;
Mae, who is the wife of S. R. Hamilton, of Osceola Mills; Haskell, a resident of Philadelphia, who married Bessie
Scott; Alma, who is a student in her third year at the Women's Medical College, Philadelphia; and Charles, who
died in infancy. Dr. Read and family belong to the Presbyterian church. He served some sixteen years as a member
of the borough school board and a number of times as burgess, possessing together with his professional qualifications,
the natural capacity which has made him ever recognized as a leader in public matters and an example of true citizenship.
Note - Sketches unrevised by subscribers are distinguished by a small astrict (*).
Twentieth Century History of
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens.
BY: Roland D. Swoope, Jr.
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co,
Chicago, Ill. 1911
Clearfield County Pennsylvania Biographies
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