Biography of Dr. Charles D. Voorhees
Potter County, PA Biographies

CHARLES D. VOORHEES, M. D., a physician and druggist of Shingle house, was bon in Sharon township, Potter Co., Penn., October 6, 1856, a son of John and Cordelia (Fisk) Voorhees His father was born in Steuben county, N. Y., October 3, 1817, and was a son of Luke and Mary P. (Pellitt) Voorhies, natives of New York and New Jersey, respectively, and pioneers of Howard, Steuben Co., N. Y. John Voorhees was reared in his native county. and remained at home until twenty one years of age. He then worked by the month on a farm and at building a canal. At the age of twenty four years he learned the millwright trade in Ceres, N.Y., which trade he followed from 1841 to 1877. He settled in Sharon township in 1849, and located at Shinglehouse in 1852, where he has since resided. His wife, Cordelia, was a daughter of Harvey and Eliza (Campbell) Fisk, formerly of Madison county, N. Y., who settled in Sharon in 1829. The issue of this union was two sons, Adelbert C. and Charles D. Charles D. Voorhees was reared in his native town, where be received his early education, later attending the Pike, N. Y., Seminary. He began life as clerk in a general store, and in the spring of 1876 located at Sharon Centre, where he conducted a general merchandise business one year. He was six months in the grocery trade at Sawyer City, and in 1879 embarked in the drug business at Shinglehouse, which he has successfully continued since. He began the study of medicine in 1885 with Dr. H. A. Place, of Ceres, N. Y., and entered the University Medical College, New York City, in September, 1887, and was graduated March 12, 1889, immediately beginning the practice of his profession at Shinglehouse, where he is now located. In 1886 Dr. Voorhees spent six months in Kansas, and conducted a grocery and drug store at Dodge City, and during that time pre empted 160 acres of land and proved his claim. In September, 1880. he married Jennie B., daughter of Charles and Addie E. (McNamire) Meakinster, of East Sharon, and has one son, Lee G. Dr. Voorhees is a member of the I. O. O. F., and is local agent for the Travelers Life and Accident Insurance Company of Hartford, Conn. Politically he is a Republican, and was appointed postmaster August 28, 1889, now serving.


From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890


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