P. Huntley Austin, M. D.
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

P. HUNTLEY AUSTIN, M. D., a graduate of Albany Medical College, is now established as a general practitioner of medicine at Castleton, New York. He was born at Warrensburg, Warren County, New York, April 16, 1891, son of Douglas and Jennie (Nichols) Austin. His grandfather was Gardner Austin, one of the pioneers of New York State, now deceased. The owner and proprietor of a large farm in Warren County. Dr. Austin's father carries on the business of cultivating his land, raising cattle and sheep for the market, and conducting a dairy.

Growing up as he did in the healthful surroundings of his father's country home, Dr. Austin was entered as a pupil of the nearest district school. He had all the advantages that come to a pupil who is so placed, and after completing the grammar grades, he entered the Warrensburg High School well prepared to spend the four years of the prescribed course to good advantage. He was graduated from the high school in due course and proceeded as an accredited scholar to Albany Medical College, at Albany, New York. In undertaking the study of medicine, Dr. Austin was following a plan that had been decided upon long before. His interest in medical science had manifested itself at an early age and he had never given a thought to any other occupation or profession. His parents, who were determined that he should have an opportunity to enter his chosen field, gave him every assistance within their power. He was graduated from Albany Medical College in 1915, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. In his final examinations, he had won an internship at St. Peter's Hospital at Albany and, during the year 1916 and part of 1917, he was attached to the staff of this institution. Upon leaving the hospital he went to Chestertown, New York, where he spent the summer months in the practice of his profession. In 1917 he found an ideal location for a new practitioner at Castleton and gave up his work at Chestertown in order to take advantage of it. He opened his present office at Castleton in September, 1917, and has continued in practice at the same address ever since. A great believer in equipment, Dr. Austin's office is furnished with the best appliances that money can buy and although his practice has now grown to large proportions, his efficient office system makes it possible for him to accommodate himself to the heavy demands that are made upon his time and strength. An interest in children's diseases and the ability to treat little children successfully, has resulted in many calls for his assistance in children's cases. This is a field in which Dr. Austin might specialize if he cared to do so, but at the present time, he prefers to remain in general practice and to meet the widest possible variety of cases.

A Republican in politics, Dr. Austin has always voted the straight Republican ticket, believing that this is the best way of supporting Republican principles. A progressive citizen, with a well-defined interest in all the political questions of the day, he keeps himself accurately informed in regard to matters at issue and, as time goes on, he may be expected to take a full share in the discussions and responsibilities of his party. Dr. Austin is a member of the Greek letter fraternity, Omega Upsilon Phi, which he was invited to join during his first year in college. He is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Born and brought up in the Methodist church. Dr. Austin has always been a regular attendant at church services and Sunday school. As a member of the Presbyterian congregation at Castleton, he takes an active part in its affairs and is keenly interested in the religious and humanitarian work it fosters.

Dr. Austin married, at Albany, New York, on September 16, 1918, Corinne Cargill, daughter of the late Charles B. and Laura K. Cargill.

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