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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Harold Walsworth Bell, M. D.

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 279-280 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Although he is a physician of more than two decades' experience in his profession, Dr. Harold Walsworth Bell is comparatively a newcomer in the medical circles of the Mohawk valley, where he has been practicing since the first of January, 1922. Born and educated in New York city, he spent the first part of his career in greater New York, where he had the unusual benefits of contact with the great hospital and clinical facilities afforded by one of the outstanding medical centers of the world. He is the only child of the late Hal and Mary Ella (Shoemaker) Bell, and was born March 12, 1877. His father was an attorney of New York city until his death in 1918. The mother is still living, at the age of seventy-seven and makes her home with her son in Camden, Oneida county.

After completing his preparatory work in the public and high schools of his native city Harold Walsworth Bell entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons there, graduating in 1902 with the M. D. degree. His interneship was served in the Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, following which he had four years of valuable experience in the Methodist Episcopal clinic in Harlem. When he took up the private practice of his profession the young physician located in the Bronx, where he remained until he came to Camden, at the beginning of the year 1922. He now maintains offices here and in the neighboring towns of Taberg and Williamstown, enjoying an extensive practice among the residents of these three places. At present he is serving as health officer for the town of Annsville in addition to caring for his regular clientele. He belongs to the American Medical and New York State Medical Associations and to the Bronx County and Greater New York Medical Societies, through which he keeps in close touch with the developments that are constantly being made in his profession, and is also affiliated with the Physicians' Mutual Aid Society.

Dr. Bell was married in New York city, in 1921, to Mrs. Lilian Travers, nee Speller, of Upper Montclair, New Jersey. Their children are: Audrey, Marjorie and Hal. Politically the Doctor and his wife give their allegiance to the republican party, while in fraternal circles he is known as a Modern Woodman of America. In the comparatively brief time they have lived in Camden they have made many personal friends and acquaintances, and professionally the Doctor has been welcomed by his colleagues as one who has much to contribute to the advancement of medicine in this section.

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