THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   DR. ADRIEN E. WALLACE born at Butternut Creek, Stetsonville, Otsego County, N.Y., and was the eldest of the four children of Nathaniel S. and Samantha (Walch) Wallace. Nathaniel Wallace, grandfather of Dr. Wallace, was a native of Bennington, Vt., being of mingled English and Scotch origin. He settled in Otsego County in the early years of the century, coming there when his son, Nathaniel S. Wallace, was but five years old. These were the days when the journey from the New England States to the State of New York was a long and difficult undertaking. It seems hard to realize that what is accomplished now in a few hours of travel was then a matter of weeks. With no mode of conveyance save the patient ox or the plodding horse through trackless forests, inhabited by savage animals and still more savage Indians, pioneer life, which we now find encircled with a halo of romance, as it comes down to us through the mists of a hundred years, was to them a very stern reality, and well illustrates that "distance lends enchantment to the view." The other three children of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel S. Wallace were: Jason T., a physician of Oneida, N.Y., Elbert M., residing in New Berlin: and Emily H., Mrs. William H. Davis, residing in Oneida, N.Y.
   Adrien E. Wallace was born November 28, 1834, and was brought up on a farm, where he was trained to habits of industry and economy. When he was eighteen years of age, being ambitious to do something for himself, he bought his time of his father for one hundred and fifty dollars, and set about earning the money. This was under the old apprentice system, where a boy was not his own master until twenty-one years old--a strange idea to the youths of the present day, who are apt to consider themselves emancipated from paternal restraint ere they reach the age of fifteen. Besides working on the farm, the aspiring youth availed himself of every opportunity to be educated in the common schools, and later took an academic course. Having a natural inclination for the study of medicine, he managed to begin his studies in that direction, when about twenty-three years of age, with Dr. Spencer, of Winfield, Herkimer County, N.Y., and was there four years. He attended medical lectures also in the cities of New York and Philadelphia, graduating from the New York Homeopathic Medical College of New York City, March, 1861, with high commendation. He was, by careful study, well qualified in medicine and surgery, and was anxious to offer his services to the United States government, but was denied on account of the foolish regulations and opposition to his particular school of medicine. He demanded as thorough an examination in Materia Medica as they could make, but was refused even that. So he decided on going to Brookfield, Madison County, where he practised for three years, then went back to Winfield, and was with Dr. Spencer for one year. He is now permanently settled in Oneida.
   The Doctor has had from the first unqualified success in his profession. For many years his practice extended though a wide area. Hence he has become well known over a large tract of territory. Politically, one would have supposed that he would be a Democrat, as all of his people were of that party, with the possible exception of his brother Jason, who favors the Prohibitionists, but who always votes, when the time comes, on the Democratic side. Notwithstanding these surroundings and his early education, the Doctor does his own thinking and reasoning, untrammelled by tradition, example, or precedent; and thus, in the free exercise of his best faculties, he adheres to the Republican party, and is a stanch supporter of its principles and measures. He is a member of the Madison County Medical Society and of the Central New York Medical Association, has been President of both these organizations, the latter one embracing eight counties. He is a Free Mason and an Odd Fellow.
   Dr. Wallace was married at the age of twenty-five to Miss Abbie M. Potter, of Winfield, N.Y. They have two children, William A. and Victor M. William A. married Miss Anna Bernard; and they have four children--namely, Adrien C., Carlton, Lew, and Raymond. Victor married Miss Edna Rudy; and their children are Edith, Mabel, and Helen. Victor Wallace is a man of great mechanical talent, and has invented a car coupler which has every indication of success, it being a merciful, ingenious, and desirable contrivance--a self-coupler perfect and simple--by which many of the terrible injuries to brakemen, and the consequent mortality, may be avoided. The murderous car-coupler has been very destructive to human life, and any one whose inventive genius can do away with this horror is deserving of high reward.
   Dr. Wallace, our subject, resides with his pleasant family in a comfortable home at No. 11 Wilber Street. He is an agreeable gentleman, and enjoys the society of a large circle of devoted friends, by whom his many genial qualities are fully appreciated.

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