William B. Morrow

Biography courteously provided by Joyce Riedinger, Delaware County Coordinator.


WILLIAM B. MORROW one of the most talented physicians and surgeons of Walton, Delaware County, N.Y., was born at Knoxboro, Oneida County, January 17, 1858, and is the son of James E. and Lura (Beach) Morrow. On the paternal side he is of Scotch-Irish descent. His grandfather came to this country from the north of Ireland, and, settling in Georgetown, N.Y., married a Miss Butler, by whom he had eight children, of whom the following is a brief mention: Elizabeth married Wiley Hamilton, and settled in Cazenovia, N.Y. where they both died. William died in early childhood. Frank married a Mr. Sturdevant, and settled in Oneida County. John B. also settled in Oneida County. Mary, widow of Mr. Hall, resides in Georgetown, Oneida County. Antoinette married John Fisk, of Lebanon. Jane married Noyes Bosworth. The other son, James E., the father of Dr. Morrow, was born in Georgetown, Oneida County, about 1833. He received a liberal education, and as he grew to manhood, engaged in farming. He married Lura A. Beach, a daughter of Jacob and Lura A. [Doolittle] Beach, who was born in Greene county, New York, in 1832. Mr. and Mrs. Morrow settled in Knoxboro, where by dint of economy and industry they accumulated a competency. Two of their four children are now living, namely: Cora A., wife of John Hepwell, a prominent farmer of Oneida County: and Dr. Morrow, the subject of this sketch.

William B. Morrow was brought up upon his father's farm, receiving his early education at the district schools. He afterward attended the Whitestown Seminary for two years, and then entered Hamilton College at Clinton, where he passed his Sophomore years. He studied medicine for one year in the office of Dr. Charles Munger, of Knoxboro, and thence went to Bellevue Medical College, where he was graduated March 10, 1881. Soon after his graduation he settled in Walton, where he has since followed his profession, and has built up a practice second to none in the town.

Dr. Morrow was united in marriage, October 12, 1881, to Miss Ida M. Strong, a daughter of Warren G. and Fannie {Smith} Strong, of Knoxboro. Mr. Strong is President of the First National Bank of Vernon, N.Y., and is a prominent business man of the county. Dr. and Mrs. Morrow have had two children, only one of whom is now living. The eldest, Herbert S., Born July 26, 1882, was drowned on April 13, 1893. Ray W. Morrow was born February 6, 1889.

Dr. Morrow is a member of several prominent medical societies, including the New York State Medical Association, the Delaware County Medical Society, the National Association of Railroad Surgeons, the New York State Association of Railroad Surgeons, also the Medico-legal Society. He is surgeon to the O.& W. and Delhi Branch Railroads, and is also a member of the Board of Pension Examiners. He takes an active interest in educational matters of the town, and is one of the school trustees. The genial Doctor is likewise a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Walton Lodge. No. 559 and to Walton Chapter.

The town of Walton has had many physicians of learning and skills domiciled within her borders; but none of them have exceeded in promise the subject of this sketch, who has gained for himself in the few years he has been a resident a name to be proud of. While he is a close student and devoted to the pursuit of his profession, he yet finds time to further the best interests of the town both by word and deed, the steady light of his broad philanthropy shining in no dim, uncertain way.

A welcome accompaniment to this brief record of the Morrow family is the portrait of the doctor on another page on the "Review."


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