OTTO PFAFF, M.D., a successful and well-known physician of Oneida, is one of the younger members of the medical fraternity in this county. He has been in practice in Oneida since 1891, having graduated from the Medical Department of the University of New York in 1888. He is a son of Jacob Pfaff, a farmer, who came from Germany thirty-six years ago, and settled in the town of Croghan, Lewis County. Here Otto Pfaff was reared on a farm, but, being naturally of a studious disposition, improved his educational opportunities and acquired a fair schooling, attending the district schools, as he had opportunity, until he was nineteen years old, and afterward the Union Free School at Carthage, Jefferson County. While in attendance at this school he boarded with Dr. N. G. Ferguson, who took a kindly interest in his intellectual welfare and development, and directed his attention to the study of medicine. In 1885 Mr. Pfaff began the study of medicine with Dr. Ferguson, and afterward attended the Medical Department of the University of New York, graduating from that institution March 8, 1888.
Almost immediately afterward he located in Turin, Lewis County, opened his office, and began the practice of his chosen profession alone, acting in this respect against the advice of the local physicians, who thought he should first associate himself with some regularly established practitioner. But, having confidence in himself, he disregarded their advice, and had the satisfaction of seeing his judgment vindicated, the result being an unqualified success. This was, in part at least, owing to his natural ability and adaptation to his profession, to which he had given much study and independent investigation.
Remaining in that location three years, he was in the second year elected to the Presidency of the Lewis County Medical Society. He soon after removed to Oneida, where he has been located ever since.
He was married in Oneida, N.Y., to Della T. Williams, who was born in Rome, N.Y., and who persuaded him to locate in this place, though somewhat against his will. The removal having been made, he has had no occasion to regret it, as he now has a large and profitable practice. He has attained a high rank in his profession, and is deservedly popular, both as a practitioner and as a private individual. In his politics he is a Democrat, though he never has been an office-seeker or office-holder. Fraternally, he is a Mason, being a member of Oneida Lodge, No. 270, and an Odd Fellow, belonging to Eumenia Lodge, No. 296. In general, he is one of the best citizens of the place.
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