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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Edward W. Hobin, D. D. S.

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 656 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Dentistry may be said to be almost unique among the occupations, as it is at once a profession, a trade and a business. Such being the case, it follows that in order to attain the highest success in it one must be thoroughly conversant with the theory of the art, must be expert with the many tools and appliances incidental to the practice of modern dentistry and must possess business qualifications adequate to dealing with the financial side of the profession. In all of these particulars Dr. Edward W. Hobin is well qualified, and therefore has attained prestige among the able representatives of dentistry in Utica, his native city. He is the son of Edward William and Mary Hobin of Utica.

Edward W. Hobin obtained his education as a public school pupil in Utica and received his professional training in the University of Buffalo, from which institution he was graduated with the degree of D. D. S. in 1911. Dr. Hobin opened his first place of business on January 2, 1908, in a small office at No. 166 Genesee street. Owing to lack of suitable space, he moved a few years later across the street to No. 171 Genesee street, where the business expanded to a four-chair office. In 1916 the increasing business called for still larger quarters, and Dr. Hobin acquired the present suite of offices at Nos. 108, 110 and 112 Bleecker street, in the Alhambra Theatre building, in Utica. These are the largest, best equipped, most modern and up-to-date dental offices between New York and Buffalo, and have six operating chairs. A contemporary biographer said:

"By using the finest of materials, the most advanced methods and modern equipment, Dr. Hobin has set a standard of quality for dental work few other dentists seldom attain. These principles have spelled success for him. Dr. Hobin is always thoroughly in step with the most modern ideas in his profession. As soon as a device or a method has been proved serviceable and of practical benefit, he procures the device, no matter what the cost, or adopts the method no matter what effort is required to master it, i. e.: X-ray, etc. By thus keeping abreast of the times, he has built up a large clientele in this community. To all other matters in connection with his profession, Dr. Hobin and his associates devote their best energies. Their pride in perfect and satisfactory work has made this dental office one of the best patronized in this section."

Fraternally Dr. Hobin is identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and several other organizations. His military record covers service as a member of the Medical Corps of Buffalo in the Seventy-fourth Regiment during the years 1908, 1909, 1910 and 1911. Dr. Hobin enjoys well deserved popularity in both social and professional circles of his native city, for his life has been an exemplary one in every relation.

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