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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Harry Day Parkhurst, M. D.

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 717-718 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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One of the younger members of the medical fraternity in Utica is Harry Day Parkhurst, M. D., whose offices are at No. 264 Genesee street. Born on April 6, 1891, at West Winfield, Herkimer county, he is the son of Horace H. and Cora E. (Day) Parkhurst of that place. In the acquirement of his education Dr. Parkhurst attended the West Winfield high school and from there went to Union University of Albany, where he became a student in the medical department, obtaining his M. D. degree in 1914. The young physician spent his interneship in St. Luke's Hospital of Utica in 1914 and 1915, after which he returned to his birthplace to enter upon the private practice of his profession. He remained in West Winfield until 1919, when he came back to Utica and began to practice here in association with Dr. G. M. Fisher. In 1921 Dr. Parkhurst spent some time in New York city pursuing graduate work in dermatology, urology, and cancerous diseases at the Post Graduate Hospital, whose opportunities for research and clinical work make the institution a mecca for American physicians and surgeons. Dr. Parkhurst specializes in these subjects, confining his practice exclusively to patients suffering from diseases of this character, and has displayed much ability along these lines. He is a member of the staff at St. Elizabeth's and St. Luke's Hospitals and is closely associated with the work of the Utica Free Dispensary.

On the 26th of June, 1916, Dr. Parkhurst was married to Alta Burgess Crist, daughter of George B. Crist of Utica. Dr. and Mrs. Parkhurst have a son, Hobart Crist Parkhurst, born May 31, 1919. Dating from college days is the Doctor's membership in the Nu Sigma Nu fraternity, and he is a Mason of high rank, belonging to Liberty Lodge, F. & A. M.; Mohawk Valley Consistory; and Ziyara Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He is also a member of the University Club of Utica and religiously is identified with the Tabernacle Baptist church. Through his association with other medical men in the work of various professional organizations, Dr. Parkhurst has sought to keep in touch with the progress they are making in this branch of science. To this end he maintains membership in the New York State and Oneida County Medical Associations. He is a physician of first rank, whose extensive practice attests the high order of his ability and professional knowledge, and by his steadfast devotion to his chosen line of work he is rendering a great service to his fellowmen.

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