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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Edward G. Randall, M. D.

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 244-245 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]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. Edward G. Randall, one of the leading members of the medical profession of Oneida county and a prominent citizen of Waterville, was born in Poultney, Vermont, on the 3d of April, 1872. His father was the late Rev. Edward H. Randall, a clergyman of the Episcopal church, who was in active charge of a parish until a few years prior to his death, which occurred at Poultney in 1918. The mother, who bore the maiden name of Jane E. Thrall, passed away in Waterville in 1919. Dr. Randall has an only brother, George H. Randall of Philadelphia, editor of St. Andrews Cross, a publication issued by a society connected with the Protestant Episcopal church.

Edward G. Randall attended the Troy Conference Academy at Poultney, Vermont, and later graduated from the University of Vermont in the class of 1895, with the A. B. degree. Three years later he completed the course in Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia, which awarded him the degree of Doctor of Medicine and he remained in the Quaker City to serve his year as an interne in Hahnemann Hospital there. His first nine months of actual experience in private practice were spent in Oneida, New York, whence he moved to Waterville in October of 1900. Here Dr. Randall has played an important part in the professional life of the village and surrounding community for nearly a quarter of a century as a general physician with a large and important practice.

During the World war Dr. Randall entered the military service of the United States in April of 1918 and was sent to France as a captain in the Medical Corps, where he was stationed at Base Hospital No. 48, at Mars-sur-Allier. After a year of service he received his honorable discharge in April, 1919, and returned to his private practice in Waterville. Here he has been health officer for approximately twenty years and has sat on the local board of education for eighteen years. During much of this long period of office the Doctor has been secretary of the board, but in 1923 he was elected to the presidency, a position that his long experience well qualified him to fill. Politically Dr. Randall is affiliated with the republican party. He is a member of the Protestant Episcopal church and a vestryman in the local parish, while his fraternal associations are with Sanger Lodge, No. 129, F. & A. M., of which he is past master. Reminiscent of his college days are his memberships in the Delta Psi and Phi Alpha Gamma fraternities. Along the lines of his profession the Doctor keeps in touch with the trend of advancement through the American Institute of Homeopathy, the New York State Homeopathic Society and the Utica Homeopathic Club, in which he holds active memberships. In Waterville the Pickwick Club accounts him one of its most accomplished members. In addition to being gifted with those talents that have raised him to professional prominence Dr. Randall is a musician of more than ordinary ability. He plays the violin and for more than nineteen years was choirmaster of Grace church. Moreover, under his skilled leadership the local orchestra reached a high point of musical development that won for it and for its leader an enviable reputation.

Dr. Randall was married in Waterville, on the 2d of September, 1903, to Miss Ada Pauline Mayer, daughter of Captain William G. Mayer, a prominent resident of the village, whose biography appears elsewhere in this work. Dr. and Mrs. Randall have four children: Esther E., of the class of 1925, at Mount Holyoke College; Rosalie G.; Joyce; and Ada Pauline. Mrs. Randall is a woman of charming personality and a leader in the social, club and church activities of Waterville. She has been especially prominent in the Travelers' Club, whose work affords her much enjoyment.

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