Excerpt from “History of the North Country
by Harry F. Landon; Published 1932

Transcribed for internet by Anne M. Cady


The following biography is extracted from the “History of the North Country – A History embracing Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis and Franklin Counties, New York” by Harry F. Landon.  This massive history consists of three large volumes with hundreds of short biographies.  As time permits, I will be transcribing the entries with ties to Saint Lawrence County and putting them online. 


David M. Mills, M.D. –

Is engaged in the general practice of his profession at Gouverneur, and is not only one of the representative physicians and surgeons of this native county, but is also a broad minded, loyal and public spirited citizen, whose influence has extended in many directions.  He was born at Macomb, Aug 1, 1871, the son of William and Susan (Starks) Mills.


William Mills, deceased, was a native of Ogdensburg and his wife was born in Watertown.  Both are buried at Brasie Corners, St. Lawrence County.  Throughout his life Mr. Mills was interested in general farming and stock raising.  He was a Republican and a trustee of the Methodist Church.  There were nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. Mills: 1. Martin, lives at Gouverneur.  2. Mary, who died in 1924.  3. Lucinda, deceased.  4. Addie, married Horace Bogart who lives at Macomb.  5. William, lives at Gouverneur.  6. Barbara, married Samuel Jones, lives at Gouverneur.  7. John, lives at Macomb.  8. George, lives in St. Lawrence County.  9. David M., the subject of this sketch.


After his graduation from high school in 1893, David M. Mills attended Potsdam Normal School.  He taught school for six years before studying medicine, and in 1904 received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the Medical School of Syracuse University.  He began his professional career at Oxbow, Jefferson County, where he remained until 1915.  He has since been engaged in practice at Gouverneur, and is a member of the staff of Stephen VanDuzee Hospital.  He is also identified with the St. Lawrence County Medical Society, New York State Medical Society, and the American Medical Society.


In 1900 Dr. Mills married Miss Grace Brasie, the daughter of Alonzo and Lorraine (Aldous) Brasie.  Both are deceased and are buried at Brasie Corners.  Doctor and Mrs. Mills have two children: 1. Doris, married Griffith Wood, lives at Brooklyn, N.Y.  They have two daughters, Jean and Joan.  2. Harry Lloyd, M.D., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history.


Dr. Mills is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and belongs to Gouverneur Lodge R. and A. M. No. 217.  He is also a director of the Gouverneur County Club.


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