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Learn history of country doctors at Owens House

Sharalee Falzerano, left, gives a tour of “The Country Doctor” exhibit at the Owens House in North Creek. News Enterprise Reporter McKenna Kelly, right, listens to stories about the various physician instruments on display.

Sharalee Falzerano, left, gives a tour of “The Country Doctor” exhibit at the Owens House in North Creek. News Enterprise Reporter McKenna Kelly, right, listens to stories about the various physician instruments on display. Photo by Andy Flynn.

Town of Johnsburg country doctors

•1817-1830: Martin Gillett. Born in 1776 in Massachusetts, Dr. Gillett was also the postmaster at Johnsburg Corners. He moved to Illinois in 1830 and died in 1854.

•1862-1882: Godfrey Martine. Born in Troy in 1837, Dr. Martine was a surgeon during the Civil War and a member of the New York State Assembly in 1870. He died in 1907. It was reported that 1,000 people attended his funeral in Glens Falls.

•1878-1931: William Wallace Aldrich. Born in Athol in 1853, Dr. Aldrich graduated from the Dartmouth Medical College in 1877. He began practicing medicine in Wevertown and spent the rest of his life there. He died in 1941.

•1882-1925: James Fuller. Graduating from Dartmouth, Dr. Fuller came to North Creek to practice medicine, possibly to be close to relatives who were early settlers. He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1902.

•1880s: M.C. Gill, C.J. Logan and F.W. Spoor were all graduates of Dartmouth and practiced medicine in the town of Johnsburg.

•1910-1916: William Lee. Graduating from Columbia University in 1902, Dr. Lee moved to North Creek in 1910. He created a popular home remedy of the day called “Save the Baby,” and a version of it is still being manufactured today. He became ill, gave up his practice and became health officer for the town.

•1920-1930: Lee Somerville. Buying the former Thomas Durant property “The Gables” in 1898, Dr. Somerville brought his bride to live with him there in 1902. He practiced medicine and was involved in the lumber industry, making wooden handles.

•1919-1941: Andrew Barron Fitzgerald. Born in 1886 in Troy, Dr. Fitzgerald received his medical degree at the University of Vermont and was a surgeon at Troy Hospital for seven years before moving to North Creek. He died in 1945.

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