AMOS P. DODGE, M.D., a popular and distinguished physician of Oneida Castle, N.Y., was born in Winfield, Herkimer County, N.Y., December 16, 1854. His grandfather, Rufus Dodge, was an extensive farmer and a lifelong resident of Winfield. Sanders Dodge, son of Rufus and the father of our subject, was born in that town, and made such excellent use of his opportunities as to be one of the best educated men in the community. He went to St. Lawrence County when a young man, and was for some years private secretary of Mr. Parish, a wealthy mine-owner. After resigning that position, he returned to Winfield, purchased a farm, and devoted his time to agricultural pursuits until his death. He married Miss Elizabeth Prescott, who was born in New Hartford, Oneida County, N.Y. Her father, Daniel Prescott, was born in the same place, and spent his entire life there as a farmer. His son, Hon. Amos H. Prescott, was a member of the State Assembly for a number of terms, and County Judge of Herkimer for seventeen years. His son, Daniel, was also an Honorable. His grandson, William, is a member of the State Assembly at the present time. Sanders Dodge and wife were the parents of three children--Sarah, Mary, and Amos P. The father was a Democrat in politics, served as justice of the Peace for a number of years, was the candidate of his party for the Assembly, and also for Supervisor. The mother died on the home farm.
Amos P. Dodge attended the district school in his boyhood, and later the Clinton Liberal Institute at Clinton, N.Y., where he was graduated in the class of 1872, when he at once began the study of medicine with Dr. Spencer, of Winfield. He attended medical lectures at the University of Maryland, and received a diploma from that institution. Later he attended medical lectures for one
year in New York City, and was for a time resident physician at one of the hospitals in Albany, N.Y. Going from there to Ilion, N.Y., he practised with Dr. E. S. Walker for several months, and finally settled at Oneida Castle, where he has been actively engaged in his profession ever since. On June 29, 1881, Dr. Dodge married Miss Hattie A. Wells, a native of Oneida Castle, Oneida County, N.Y. The following little sketch of her ancestry will be of interest to the reader. Her great-grandfather, Calvin Wells, removed from Long Island, his birthplace, to Niskayuna, Schenectady County, N.Y., where he joined the Shakers, and there spent his last years. His son, Joseph Y. Wells, was young when his parents united with this community. He resided with them until he was nineteen years old, when he married a Shaker girl, and went to Oneida County to live, this being in 1818, and a few years later kept hotel, then bought a farm in the town of Lenox, Madison County, where he remained until his death. The maiden name of his wife was Sophia Thomas. His son, Calvin H. Wells, the father of Mrs. Dodge, was born in Vernon, Oneida County, N.Y., June 8, 1823. For the past thirty years he has lived at Oneida Castle, practically retired from active life. He married in 1846 Miss Adelia Brown, who was born in Brookfield, Madison County, N.Y., and was the daughter of Clark and Julia (Babcock) Brown. They reared six children; namely, Sidney, Mary, Hattie, Calvin, Marrilla, and Florence. Hattie, who became the wife of Dr. Amos P. Dodge, died in 1886, leaving one child, a daughter--Marian Prescott Dodge.
Dr. Dodge occupies the position of Surgeon for the West Shore Railroad, is a member of the United States Society of Railway Surgeons, also of the New York State Medical Association and the Oneida County Medical Society, and was Pension Surgeon from 1884 to 1888. Dr. Dodge is an able and conscientious physician, has an excellent practice, and is one of the leading members of his profession in the county. He is deserving of his success, as he has an honorable record; and his genial qualities and pleasant manner make him a welcome friend at the bedside of a patient. He takes an interest in politics, and has always supported the Democratic party.
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