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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Harold W. Ouderkirk, D. D. S.

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 505-506 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]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. Harold W. Ouderkirk, a young man of high character and proven worth, has chosen one of the most important and useful vocations in life and his ability and industry have earned for him recognition as one of the leading dental practitioners of Amsterdam, his native city. He was born March 25, 1892, and is one of the two sons in the family of Harry W. and Flora Belle (Close) Ouderkirk, his brother being Merton W. Ouderkirk.

After completing his public school course Harold W. Ouderkirk became a student at the University of Pennsylvania, which he attended in 1914 and 1915, and then entered the University of Maryland, from which he was graduated in 1917, winning the degree of D. D. S. He responded to his country's call to arms, being at that time twenty-five years of age, and enlisted in the Medical Reserve Corps. He was sent to Camp Greenleaf, then to Camp Forrest, and in October, 1918, went overseas with the Six Hundred and Fifth Engineers. He spent four months after the armistice at the University of Nancy, France, and received his honorable discharge in July, 1919. He returned to Amsterdam and in the intervening period has built up a large practice, maintaining a well appointed office on Division street. He has developed a marked degree of technical skill, and appreciation of his ability led to his appointment by the board of education in 1920 as dental examiner for the public schools.

On June 23, 1920, Dr. Ouderkirk was married to Miss Mildred R. Sarno and they have two children: Ann Marie and Harold W. Ouderkirk, Jr. The Doctor is a member of the local, state and national dental associations and gives his undivided attention to his profession, in which he has gained high standing, while his personal qualities are those which inspire strong and enduring friendship.

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