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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Herbert Northrup Squier, M. D.

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 452-453 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Specializing in surgery and gynecology, Dr. Herbert Northrup Squier has been an active representative of the medical profession in Utica during the past eighteen years. He was born in Petrolia, Pennsylvania, on the 14th of May, 1878, and his parents were Edwin Parker and Elizabeth (Northrup) Squier. The father was also a prominent physician and successfully followed his profession at Albion, Orleans county, New York, where he passed away in 1892. The mother was born in Shoreham, Vermont, in 1846, a daughter of Nazra and Mary Northrup. She attended Castleton's Seminary in Vermont and after her marriage became interested in the science of medicine to such an extent that she began the study thereof, entering the University of Buffalo, from which she was graduated in 1893, with the degree of M. D. As her husband died three years before she had completed her professional training, she was denied the privilege of laboring by his side, but after her graduation Mrs. Squier took charge of his practice in Albion and won an enviable reputation as a physician. A close student of human nature, as well as the technicalities of the profession, she correctly applied the knowledge thus acquired to the needs of her patients and her life was one of quiet, unfaltering devotion to duty. Her professional services were much in demand and for over twenty years she practiced in Albion, being the only woman physician there during much of that period. Her influence deepened as she advanced in years and her friends were legion. In 1916 she came to Utica and resided with her son Herbert until her demise, which occurred on the 4th of August, 1924, when she had reached the ripe age of seventy-eight years. She was a member of the Hands Cove Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which she joined in Vermont, and the New Century Club of Utica. She was a faithful follower of the teachings of the First Presbyterian church of this city and her many admirable qualities of heart and mind won for her the love, admiration and respect of all with whom she was associated. She is survived by her son, Dr. Herbert Northrup Squier, her daughter, Mrs. William T. Wallace of Rochester, and two grandsons, William V. and Herbert Northrup of Rochester.

Herbert Northrup Squier obtained his elementary education in the grammar and high schools of Albion, New York, and in 1900 became a student in the University of Buffalo, from which he was graduated in 1904, with the degree of M. D. From 1904 until 1906 he served as interne in the Buffalo General Hospital and then came to Utica, where he has since practiced as a specialist in surgery and gynecology, in which branches of medical science he has acquired much skill. He is gynecologist at St. Luke's Hospital in Utica and keeps in close touch with the onward march of his profession through his connection with the Oneida County Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Along social lines he is identified with the Fort Schuyler Club, the Yahnundasis Golf Club, the Kuyahoora Golf Club and the City Club, all of Utica. His life has been earnest and purposeful, and of much service to his fellowmen.

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