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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Leon Peter Jankiewicz, M. D.

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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 93-94 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]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. Leon Peter Jankiewicz has been successfully engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Utica during the past sixteen years, maintaining well appointed offices at No. 442 Whitesboro street. He was born in Prussian Poland, on the 11th of April, 1881, his parents being Peter and Theresa Jankiewicz. It was in the year 1885 that the father emigrated with his family to America, taking up his abode in Utica, New York, where he became the owner of a grist mill. He has lived retired in this city for a number of years and has gained an extensive and favorable acquaintance during the four decades of his residence here.

Leon Peter Jankiewicz, who was four years of age when brought by his parents to the New World, pursued his early education in the public schools of Utica and subsequently continued his studies in St. Jerome's College of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, from which he was graduated in 1902. Having determined upon the practice of medicine as a life work, he next matriculated in the Baltimore Medical College of Baltimore, Maryland, which in 1906 conferred upon him the degree of M. D. After serving as interne in the General Hospital at Baltimore for one year, he returned to Utica in 1908, and has here remained to the present time, being accorded a practice of large and remunerative proportions in recognition of his marked professional skill and ability. A contemporary biographer said of him:

"He engages in general practice and, being endowed with rare talent, perseverance and energy, is greatly respected by all who come within the circle of his influence."

Dr. Jankiewicz is on the staff of St. Luke's Hospital, is visiting physician to Faxton Hospital and also acts as examining physician for the Polish National Alliance and a number of other societies, being particularly interested in Polish affairs and in Polish organizations. Along strictly professional lines he has membership connection with the Oneida County Medical Society.

On the 12th of August, 1914, Dr. Jankiewicz was united in marriage to Miss Gladys Wasielewski, daughter of Joseph Wasielewski of Utica. Dr. and Mrs. Jankiewicz have one child: Marie Wanda, born on April 28, 1920. Politically Dr. Jankiewicz is in sympathy with the platform of the republican party but he votes independently and is in no respect a partisan. He made a splendid record as city physician of Utica from 1914 until 1920, while during the period of the World war he served by appointment as government medical examiner in Utica. He was reared in the Catholic faith and is a communicant of the Holy Trinity church of this city. Fraternally he is identified with the Knights of Columbus, belonging to Council No. 189, and he is likewise a member of St. Jerome's Alumni Association and of the Baltimore Medical College Alumni Association. As financial prosperity has rewarded his efforts he has made wise investments in real estate in both Utica and New York Mills, and he has long been numbered among the representative physicians and highly esteemed residents of the community.

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