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Dr. Morrill Robinson was a much-beloved physician, who practised forty-five years in North Middleboro. (See chapter on Titicut.)
Dr. George King was born in Rochester, July 5, 1822. He received his medical education in New York, and succeeded to the practice of Dr. Hitchcock in
Middleboro, in 1849. He practised from 1848 until 1857, when he moved to Franklin. In 1852 he married Lucy Ann Eddy, a daughter of William S. Eddy. August 14, 1862, he was appointed assistant surgeon of the Sixteenth Massachusetts Regiment, and continued to serve in that capacity until March 18, 1864, when he was appointed surgeon of the Twenty-ninth Massachusetts Regiment by the War Department. He was taken prisoner at Fort Stedman and confined for a short time in Libby Prison. He died in May, 1902.
DR. MORRILL ROBINSON
Dr. Henry D. Hitchcock was born in Westminster, Vermont, in 1820. He was in practice but a short time, as he was killed in a railroad accident, February 23, 1847.
So sure was he of being chosen to this office, which he always expected, that a wag suggested that it would be appropriate for him to call the town meeting to order and request the voters to bring in their votes for Dr. Arad Thompson as moderator.
Dr. Ebenezer W. Drake was born in Sharon, Mass., in 1815. He entered Brown University in 1839, remaining there
three years, then entered the medical school in Baltimore, Md. After pursuing his studies there for a while, he continued them with Dr. Winslow Lewis of Boston, and was graduated in 1846 from the Harvard Medical School. He married Mary E. Capen, a daughter of the late Dr. Robert Capen of Boston.
Dr. Ebenezer w. Drake practised in
town from 184710
the time of his death in 1887. Dr. Drake was influential in all town affairs, religious, educational, and political. He was a member of the school committee of the town for twenty-five years, and one of the first appointed medical examiners for southeastern Massachusetts, holding the office during his lifetime.
Dr. Henry Sutton Burgess Smith was born in Bridgewater, Maine, July 12, 1838. After graduating from Bowdoin College in 1861, he taught school in Brunswick, and on August 26, 1862, he married Ophelia, daughter of Jason and Mary Cheney Ripley of New Hampshire. His ambition was to become a physician, and in the midst of school duties he studied hard. In April, 1864, he was commissioned as assistant surgeon of the Thirty-second Regiment Maine Volunteers, and started with the regiment for active service in Virginia. He was in battles at the James, Petersburg, Cold Harbor, and the Wilderness, where he rendered valuable service. At the close of the war he attended a course of lectures at Berkshire Medical College, then settled in Bowdoin, Maine, where he had a large practice. On the death of Dr. Comstock he moved to Middleboro, and continued in practice till his death, October 31, 1894.
Dr. William W. Comstock was born in Smithfield, R. I., March 23, 1801. In 1826 he married Saba, daughter of Thomas Sturtevant. In 1829 he went to Buckfield, Maine, and at one time was elected as its representative in the state legislature for a year. At the death of George Sturtevant, he settled in Middleboro, where he remained until his death. In the early part of his practice he lived in the Sturtevant house, and afterwards moved to the Four Corners. He was a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, of the American Medical Society, and of the Bristol South District Medical Society.
He was a man much respected and esteemed, not only as an eminent and skilful physician, but as a good citizen. Before his death he had the following motto printed for his grandchildren, " Power of thought is the only true measure of intellect, as force of principle is the only true measure of moral greatness." He died October 20, 1878.
DR. WILLIAM W. COMSTOCK
Dr. George Walter Snow was born in Rochester, September 30, 1800, and was in active practice at the Rock and
South Middleboro until his death, May 7, 1867. His parents died when he was young, and he was brought up in Providence in the home of his uncle, Hon. Tristram Burgess.then a member of Congress. He studied medicine with Dr. John Perkins of South Middleboro and surgery at Harvard. He married Jane H. Dr. George w. Snow Hines, August 23,
1832, but left no
children. He was a member of the Rock Baptist Church and is buried in that cemetery.
The following is a list of physicians who have been in practice recently in Middleboro : —
Joseph C. Baker, William Chamberlain, Chapin,
C. S. Cummings, Benjamin Eldridge, George L. Ellis, Winsor
F. Fryer, Gilman, Edward I. Hall, Thomas S.
Hodgson, Daniel S. Holmes, C. S. Jackson, E. C. Knight, Amos B. Paun, John Perkins, J. H. Sherman, James F. Shurtleff of Highlands, A. Vincent Smith, William K. Wells, A. C. Wilbur.
EDUCATION, LIBRARIES, NEWSPAPERS, POST-OFFICES
ITH the exception of the professional men, there were few, if any, residents of the town who had received a college education up to the year 1750, yet the early settlers appreciated the value of sound learning. As early as 1663 the General Court at Plymouth recommended that the several townships within its jurisdiction should take some course by which every town should have a schoolmaster for the training of the children in reading and writing. In 1677 it was enacted,1 —
"That in whatsoever townshipp in this Govrment consisting of fifty families or upwards ; any meet man shalbe obtained to teach a Gramer Scoole such townshipp shall allow att least twelve pounds in currant merchantable pay to be raised by rate on all the Inhabitants of such Towne and those that have the more emediate benefitt thereof by theire Childrens good and generall good shall make up the resedue nessesarie to maintaine the same and that the profitts ariseing of the Cape Fishing; heertofore ordered to maintaine a Grarner Scoole in this Collonie, be destributed to such Townes as have such Gramer Scooles for the maintainance therof; not exceeding five pounds p anum to any such Towne unless the Court Treasurer or other appointed to manage that affaire see good cause to adde thereunto to any respective Towne not exceeding five pounds more pr anum, and further this Court orders that every such Towne as consists of seaventy families or upwards and hath not a gramer scoole therein shall allow and pay unto the next towne which hath such Gramer scoole kept up amongst them, the sum of five pounds p annum in currant merchantable pay, to be levied on the Inhabitants of such defective townes by rate and gathered and delivered by the Constables of such Townes as by warrant from any Majestrate of this Jurisdiction shalbe required."
1 Plymouth Colony Laws, p. 185.