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Haward D. MacFarland, M. D.

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 135-136 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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As president of the staff of the Rome Hospital the surgical experience he acquired while serving overseas in the service of the United States government during the World war adds additional value to the services of Dr. Haward D. MacFarland of Rome, Oneida county, New York, in time of peace. He was born at Floyd, Oneida county, New York, on July 22, 1887, the son of Erwin E. and Ann M. (Golly) MacFarland, both natives of New York, his mother's people being among the first families in the Mohawk Valley. The Doctor's father was engaged in creamery and cheese manufacturing at Floyd and Oriskany for a number of years before his retirement.

Haward D. MacFarland obtained his elementary education in the public schools of Rome and in the Rome Free Academy, and afterward attended the University of Maryland, at College Park, Maryland, where he studied for the profession of medicine, received his M. D. degree and graduated in the class of 1910. After graduation Dr. MacFarland served for two years as an interne of St. Joseph's Hospital, at Baltimore, Maryland, gaining practical experience in medicine and surgery, and then located at Westernville, New York, beginning practice there and remaining until 1917. When the United States entered the World war Dr. MacFarland volunteered for service, was accepted and commissioned as first lieutenant in the Medical Corps, being first stationed at Camp Hancock, Georgia, then Camp Crane, at Allentown, Pennsylvania, and from the latter being sent overseas with Evacuation Hospital No. 23. He was discharged from the service in June, 1919, as a first lieutenant, and upon his return to the United States became a resident of Rome. Dr. MacFarland was health officer of the city of Rome for two years, and is now president of staff of the Rome Hospital, besides conducting a general practice in medicine and surgery. He is a member of the American, New York State and Oneida County Medical Associations, a republican in politics, and a member of the Presbyterian church in his religious convictions.

On January 1, 1916, in Rome, New York, Dr. MacFarland was married to Miss Millie Hower, daughter of Leopold Hower, a wholesale grocer and member of an old family in Rome. Mrs. MacFarland is a member of the Woman's Club. Two children have been born to Dr. and Mrs. MacFarland: David Hower, born in 1918; and Robert Fillmore, born in 1921. Fraternally Dr. MacFarland is affiliated with the Masonic Order, belonging to the York Rite; the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and he is a noble of the Mystic Shrine. The Doctor is also a member of the Teugega Country Club, the Exchange Club, the Masonic Club and the American Legion. His recreation is playing golf.

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