THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   DR. ORLANDO WALTER BURHYTE was born in North Brookfield, Madison County, February 22, 1855. His father's name was Egbert Burhyte; and he was a native of Remsen, Oneida County, N.Y. The grandfather was James Burhyte, of German birth. He was a tailor by trade, emigrated to America early in the century, and settled in Remsen. The father was a farmer, and lived and died in the town of Brookfield. The mother was Pauline Marsh, daughter of Isaac Marsh, of North Brookfield, N. Y., a man of energy and ability. He was a merchant there for years. By her first marriage the mother of Dr. Burhyte had seven children, four only of whom arrived at manhood; namely, Herman C., Charles W., Augustus E., and the subject of this sketch. They are all living, and enjoy the confidence and respect of their fellow-citizens. Herman C. is a hop-dealer and insurance agent, and resides at North Brookfield, N. Y. Charles W. is a farmer, residing at the same place, and is deacon of the Baptist church. Augustus E. is a prosperous farmer, residing at Brookfield, N. Y.
   Our subject was only four years of age when his father died. His mother carried on the farm; and, when he was old enough to work, he assisted her greatly in its duties. He went to the public schools, and at the age of twenty entered the Waterville Academy, where he remained for two years. Having always had a desire and love for the profession of medicine, he went into the office of Dr. L. A. Van Wagner, of North Brookfield, N. Y., and studied for three years, going to the Medical College of Buffalo, N. Y., for the winter of 1878-79, and from there to the University of New York, where he was graduated, February 25, 1880, with marked honor in his class. He then returned to Brookfield, where he opened an office, having not a dollar in his pocket (as he had to depend wholly upon his own resources), and only a college diploma, a tremendous amount of energy, and a determination to rank with the first physicians of the county for his credentials. He began in a modest way, hiring a small room on Main Street for an office.
   By the lucky chance which comes sometimes to the young aspirant for fortune, his opportunity came the first day he settled in Brookfield, when he was called to a sudden case. This was his opening: and so well did he manage, and so marked was his ability, that his reputation began to grow from that time, and it was not long before fame and a large, increasing practice were his. Especially through the country were his services in greatest demand, and he soon found it necessary to purchase an extra horse for the long journeys he had to make. Soon he was obliged to get another, and then another, until four horses were needed for his work. Having this large territory to cover, it was impossible for him to have regular office hours; and so one day in the week is given for consultation at home with his patients. This has been accomplished in thirteen years of work; and now, at thirty-eight years of age, Dr. Burhyte stands a peer with the first physicians of the county, having as extensive a ride as any within its borders, and with pardonable pride points to the record his own talents and devotion to his profession have made for him. His domestic surroundings have kept pace with his fortune, and his beautiful home and magnificent library are the admiration of his townspeople.
   At the age of twenty-six the Doctor was united in marriage with Miss Edna C. Ball, daughter of Silas and Eliza Ball, of North Brookfield, and to her business tact and energy he owes greatly his success in practice. He is one of the four coroners of the county, elected for three years. He is a member of the Madison County Medical Society, and was its President in 1891. He also belongs to the State Medical Association, having joined seven years ago, and was for three years one of the Executive Committee. He is Vice-President of the Board of Education, and has served as one of the Trustees of the village for several terms. He is also a Mason in good standing.
   In his practice Dr. Burhyte is making a specialty of gynaecology, although in every other department of his profession he is a highly educated and successful practitioner. He has long since won the appreciation and confidence of the people of his section, not only as a professional man, but as a first-class citizen. He is favorably known throughout his entire section, and it is always said of him that he is a firm adherent of the right and a stanch foe to trickery or deceit. While devoted to the duties and heavy cares belonging to his work as a physician, he does not neglect the right his manhood gives him of being interested in the welfare of his country; and, believing that in the Republican party he finds its strongest safeguard, he votes with that party uniformly.
   Dr. and Mrs. Burhyte do not forget in their success and fortune the beneficent care of a loving Father who aided them in their struggles, and, as true and earnest worshippers in the Baptist church, evince their gratitude and love to their divine Benefactor.

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