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.
Frederic F. Drury, M.D. –
Of that group of professional men in St. Lawrence County, who stand well at the head in medicine, Dr. Drury is widely known, having engaged in practice at Gouverneur for the past 40 years. He was born at Edwards, St. Lawrence County, May 6, 1868, the son of Dr. Benjamin F. and Mary (Ritchie) Drury.
Dr. Benjamin F. Drury, deceased, successfully engaged in the practice of medicine at Gouverneur for more than half a century and was one of the leading physicians and surgeons of St. Lawrence County. He was born at Canton, N.Y. in 1836. At the age of 20 years he began the study of medicine and was graduated from the University of Vermont with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He was established in practice for a time at DeKalb, later was located at Edwards, and in 1876 came to Gouverneur. He died in this city in 1927. His wife was born at DeKalb and died in 1924. Both are buried at Gouverneur. Dr. Drury served as health officer for many years and was president of the St. Lawrence County Medical Society. He also held membership in the New York State Medical Society. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Church. Their children were: 1. Juliet, lives at Gouverneur. 2. Frederic F., the subject of this sketch. 3. Dr. Albert N., dentist, lives at Toledo, Ohio. 4. William N., deceased. He was a twin brother of Albert N.
Dr. Benjamin F. Drury was a member of a prominent pioneer family of the North Country. He was the son of Isaac Newton and Elizabeth (VanAllen) Drury, who were natives of Vermont. They were among the first settlers of the North Country, having located near Canton. He was a tailor by trade and also successfully engaged in farming. Both he and his wife are buried at Brick Chapel, South Canton. Mary (Ritchie) Drury was the daughter of Thomas Ritchie, a surveyor, who was active in the surveying of the old Macomb Purchase. He is buried at DeKalb, N.Y.
Frederic F. Drury attended the public schools of Edwards, N.Y. After his graduation from Gouverneur-Wesleyan Seminary in 1887 he spent two years at the University of Vermont, and in 1891 was graduated from Bellevue Hospital Medical College. His entire professional career has been spent at Gouverneur, and for many years he has been local physician for the New York Central Railroad. He is on the staff of Stephen VanDuzee Hospital, and is a member of the St. Lawrence County and New York State Medical Society. For several terms he held the office of coroner of St. Lawrence County.
In 1896 Dr. Drury married Miss Julia E. Foster, the daughter of Wallace H. and Isadora (Waite) Foster, the former a native of Gouverneur, and the latter of Hammond, N.Y. Both are deceased. To Doctor and Mrs. Drury were born four children: 1. Frederic F., Jr., mechanical and construction engineer, is a graduate of Clarkson College. He married Miss Muriel Ackerman, and they live at Haskall, N.J. Their only child, Frederic A., died in 1931. 2. Mabel Foster, married Rev. R. C. S. Holmes, a minister of the Episcopal Church, lives at Springfield Gardens, L.I. They have a daughter, Julia Catherine. 3. Foster Taitt, a graduate of St. Lawrence University, now a medical student at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He married Miss Alva Raymond. 4. Dorothy Irving, a graduate of St. Lawrence University, class of 1931, now a student at the University of Rochester.
Dr. Drury is a Republican by politics and is a member of the Gouverneur Country Club.
During the World War Dr. Drury was a member of the Exemption Board of the Gouverneur Draft District.
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