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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Milton Jacobson, M. D.

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 285-286 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Dr. Milton Jacobson has been practicing his profession in Gloversville but a short time, having moved here from Fonda in the fall of 1923. He has already built up a good practice, however, and bids fair to become one of the leaders among the younger medical men of the city. Born in Albany, April 9, 1889, he is of German descent on both sides of his family. His father, Jacob Jacobson, came to the United States from his native Germany as a young man and located in the New York capital, where he engaged in the tailoring business. Some years later he moved to Troy, where he has continued in the same line of work. Dr. Jacobson's mother, Miss Jennie Jacobs before her marriage, was born in Troy. Her parents were born in Germany and made the trip to America in the days of sailing vessels, her mother spending one hundred and five days in crossing the Atlantic. Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs made their home in Troy after coming to this country and died there.

Milton Jacobson spent most of his boyhood in Troy, where he attended the Troy Academy and the Troy high school in the acquirement of his early education, graduating from the latter in the class of 1909. For two years after leaving high school he traveled for the state department of weights and measures, resigning his position to continue his education in the state college at Albany, where he spent two years. He prepared for his medical career at the University of South Carolina, which conferred the degree of M. D. upon him in 1919, and took his interneship at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady. In 1920 Dr. Jacobson opened an office for the private practice of medicine and surgery at Fonda, Montgomery county. Later he became desirous of securing a wider field for his activities and accordingly moved to Gloversville, in October, 1923, at the same time retaining an office in Fonda. Dr. Jacobson is most conscientious in the performance of his professional duties and is keenly interested in anything that will promote public health or contribute to the alleviation of human suffering. He keeps in touch with the progress the medical profession is making through his membership in the American, New York State, Fulton County and Montgomery County Medical Associations, whose meetings and reports are most helpful to busy doctors whose time for research work is limited by the constant demands being made upon them by their patients.

On August 25, 1923, Dr. Jacobson was married to Miss M. Louise Hagadorn, a graduate of Cornell University, class of 1918, A. B. degree. She is the daughter of Charles and Camilla (Shaw) Hagadorn, the former a retired merchant of Canajoharie, where he operated a jewelry business for thirty years. He was born in Canajoharie and is the son of Abram Hagadorn, a Civil war veteran, who is still living in that town at an advanced age. Mrs. Hagadorn was born in Sanbornton, New Hampshire. Her parents were also natives of that state and came from old Revolutionary stock, some of her ancestors having borne arms against England in that conflict. The Shaws later made their home in Amsterdam for about twenty years and also lived in Gloversville for a time. Mr. Shaw was a veteran of the Civil war. Through her mother's line of descent Mrs. Jacobson has gained admission to the Daughters of the American Revolution and is active in the work of that patriotic body. Dr. Jacobson is a Mason, belonging to Gloversville Lodge, F. & A. M., and religiously Mrs. Jacobson is identified with the Dutch Reformed church. In politics he follows an independent course, voting for the men he considers best fitted for office, regardless of party affiliations.

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