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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. 

 

Theodore Swift Barnett, M.D. –

One of the better known professional men of St. Lawrence County is Doctor Barnett, who is engaged in practice at Potsdam , with offices at 60 Market Street.  He was born at Potsdam, Aug 23, 1893, the son of Dr. Cornelius Arthur and Clara Maude (Lobdell) Barnett.

 

Dr. Cornelius Arthur Barnett was born at Waddington, N.Y.  He was a graduate of Potsdam State Normal School, University of Michigan, and received the degree of Doctor of Medicine at the latter institution in 1888.  He then took graduate work at Bellevue Hospital, New York City, and in 1889 established a private practice at Potsdam, where his son now has offices.  Doctor Barnett successfully practiced his profession in this city for a period of 42 years and was outstanding in his work as a surgeon.  He died Nov 13, 1922, and his wife died in 1896.  She was born at Madrid, N.Y.  Dr. Barnett was a Republican and took an active part in local affairs.  He served for a number of years as public health officer.  He held membership in the Catholic Church and was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus.  He was also a familiar figure on the North Country Fair Grounds for many years and was widely known as a breeder of fine horses.  He was identified with the Racquette River Valley Agricultural Society.  To Doctor and Mrs. Barnett were born three children:  1. Blanche, married Carl H. Vogt, lives at Elizabeth, N.J.  2. Theodore Swift, the subject of this sketch.  3. Charles, who died in infancy.

 

Theodore Swift Barnett attended the public schools of Potsdam, from which he was graduated in 1912.  During 1912-13 he was a student at St. Lawrence University and in 1916 he received the degree of Bachelor of Science at the University of Michigan.  Two years later he was graduated from the College of Medicine at the latter institution, and during 1918-19 was an interne at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.  From July 1, 1919, until March 1, 1920, Dr. Barnett was assistant resident surgeon at Barnes Hospital.  He then entered the service of the American Red Cross for foreign duty and sailed for Serbia on March 19, 1920.  After several months he was transferred to Poland and detailed to the Polish army as a medical officer at the front during the Polish-Bolsheviki war.  After the close of the war he engaged in child welfare work in Poland.  He later studied in different European cities and returned to the United States, Dec. 2, 1921.  From Jan 1, 1922 until Jan 1, 1924, Dr. Barnett served a surgical internship on the service of Dr. Eugene Pool in the New York Hospital.  He then became resident surgeon at Lying-In Hospital, New York City.  For a time he was also ship surgeon on the S. S. Christobal, Panama Railway Steamship Company.  Dr. Barnett returned to Potsdam in 1924 to establish a private practice.  During 1928 he spent three months in graduate study in Vienna and Berlin.  He is a member of the St. Lawrence County, New York State, and American Medical associations.  In 1931 he served as president of the St. Lawrence County Medical Society.

 

Dr. Barnett was married (first) Feb 12, 1926 to Miss Sophie Komoraska, of Warsaw, Poland, the daughter of Michael and Paulina (Shaleawicz) Komoraska.  The former died in 1927 and the latter resides in Warsaw.  Sophie (Komorska) Barnett died March 4, 1930, and is buried at Potsdam.  To Dr. and Mrs. Barnett were born two daughters:  Sophie Marie, born Nov 11, 1926; and Adele Maud, born Sept 14, 1928.  On June 30, 1931, Dr. Barnett married Miss Isabel Catherine Hayes, of Bridgeport, Calif., the daughter of Charles and Ella Hayes.  Mr. Hayes died in 1929 and his widow resides at Rochester, NY.  Mrs. Barnett is a graduate of the University of Nevada, class of 1925.

 

Dr. Barnett is president of the Rotary Club, and holds membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Elks, Alpha Tau Omega and Nu Sigma Nu fraternities.

 

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