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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
William C. Treder, M. D.

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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 146-147 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Dr. William C. Treder, a prominent physician and surgeon of Scotia, where he has been continuously engaged in practice during the past fourteen years, with offices at No. 138 Mohawk avenue, is also filling the position of county coroner. He was born in Albany, New York, on the 29th of October, 1880, his parents being Rudolph and Emma (Helwig) Treder, both of whom were natives of Berlin, Germany, whence they emigrated to the United States and took up their abode in Albany, New York, in 1872. The father still makes his home in that city and is now living retired after many years devoted to the tailoring trade. The mother departed this life on the 15th of June, 1914.

In pursuit of an education William C. Treder attended the public schools of his native city, passing through consecutive grades to his graduation from the high school in 1898. After putting aside his textbooks he spent eighteen months as clerk with the firm of William Whitney & Company, dry goods merchants of Albany, and subsequently entered the employ of Harry T. Campbell, who carried on structural iron work in that city. In April, 1900, he secured a position as ticket agent with the Hudson River Day Line and in the following October entered Union College but discharged the duties of ticket agent at Albany during the summer seasons for a period of eight years. He was graduated from Union College with the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy in 1904 and three years later received the degree of M. D. from Albany Medical College. He then served as interne at Ellis Hospital until June, 1908, when he became instructor in pathology and bacteriology at the Syracuse Medical College, thus continuing until June, 1909. At the latter date he was made assistant county bacteriologist and pathologist of Onondaga county, remaining in that capacity until April 1, 1910, when he took up the private practice of medicine in Scotia, where he has followed his profession through the intervening period to the present time. The years have chronicled his success and he enjoys the reputation of being most careful in diagnosis, while in his expressions as to the outcome of disease he is seldom, if ever, at fault. He is keenly interested in anything that tends to bring to man the key to the complex mystery which we call life and he has kept in touch with the trend of modern professional thought and progress through his membership in the American Medical Association, the New York State Medical Society and the Schenectady County Medical Society. Of the last named organization he was chosen president in 1920. He is also one of the sixteen physicians who comprise the membership of the Monday Night Scientific Chtb.

On the 20th of April, 1910, Dr. Treder was united in marriage to Miss Anna Leonard, daughter of John and Mary Leonard, both of whom are deceased. Dr. and Mrs. Treder have three children, namely: William C., Jr., a lad of twelve years; Frederick H., who is four years of age; and Jean Ann, aged two.

Dr. Treder is a republican in his political views and is a member of the Schenectady County Republican Club. He is the capable incumbent in the position of county coroner, to which he was elected in November, 1921, and re-elected in 1924, and is also a member of the board of trustees of the school district and health officer for the town of Glenville. During the period of the World war he was placed in limited service. Fraternally he is identified with Beukendaal Lodge of Masons, the Improved Order of Red Men, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Modern Woodmen of America. He belongs to two Greek letter societies — Beta Theta Pi and Nu Sigma Nu, the latter a medical fraternity. His favorite recreation is manifest in his membership in the Mohawk Golf Club of Schenectady, while his religious faith is that of the Episcopal church. The major part of his time and attention has always been concentrated upon his professional interests and duties, which he has ever performed with a sense of conscientious obligation, and by reason of his developing powers he has advanced steadily to the front in his chosen calling, being long well known as a leading and capable physician and surgeon of Schenectady county.

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