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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Lincoln A. Timerman, D. D. S.

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 655-656 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 Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]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 leading representatives of the dental profession in Montgomery county is Dr. Lincoln A. Timerman of Fort Plain, who is engaged in practice in the neighboring city of Amsterdam. He is a native of this county, and was born in Buel, on September 9, 1864, but much of his early life was spent in Illinois and Nebraska, whither his father moved when he was a very small boy. The father, Alvin A. Timerman, was born in Freysbush, Montgomery county, New York, and for a few years was an educator in this section of the country. In 1866 he moved with his family to Illinois, where he continued to teach school for some time and later engaged in farming. He went farther west to Nebraska in 1885, where he continued to farm practically all of the rest of his life. Three or four years before his death, however, he retired from his farm and made his home in Edgar, Nebraska. He died in January, 1906. His wife, who survived him until 1915, was Miss Mary Phillips before her marriage, a native of Trumansburg, New York. The Timerman family dates back to pre-Revolutionary days in this country, some of its members being established here as early as 1752.

Lincoln A. Timerman spent his boyhood in Illinois, where he obtained his early education. Later, after the family went to Nebraska, he attended the Normal College at Peru, in that state, and for a year was a student at Northwestern University of Chicago. He spent two years at the Philadelphia Dental College, graduating therefrom in the class of 1897, and the same year commenced practicing his profession in Fort Plain, which has been his home ever since. During the World war he entered the army service and after receiving his honorable discharge returned to this city, where he resumed his practice for a short time before opening an office in Amsterdam, practicing in the latter place ever since. In this age of specialization Dr. Timerman has centered his attention on one branch of his profession, orthodontia, and now confines his work chiefly to this most interesting phase of his profession. He is recognized as an authority on this subject and enjoys the patronage of many patients who are sent to him by his colleagues in the general practice.

Dr. Timerman gained some very valuable professional experience during the World war as an officer in the United States army. Enlisting in the service in 1918, he was commissioned lieutenant and later promoted to the rank of captain. For a time he was stationed at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, from which he was transferred to Post Hospital at Aviation Field No. 2, Long Island, where he was on active duty until he was discharged from the army on January 15, 1919. Dr. Timerman is a member of the American, State and District Dental Associations, through which he keeps in close touch with the advancement that is being made in his profession throughout the country. He is a member of Fort Plain Lodge, No. 433, Free and Accepted Masons, and is also identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, while his clubs are the Fort Plain Club, Fort Plain Masonic Club, the Amsterdam Masonic Club, and Amsterdam Elks Club. As a veteran of the World war he holds membership in the local post of the American Legion. Politically the Doctor is affiliated with the republican party, to which he has always given his loyal support, although he has not been active in public life.

On the 19th of September, 1894, Dr. Timerman and Miss Elsie M. Snell were united in marriage, Mrs. Timerman is the daughter of Hiram and Catherine (Roof) Snell, the former a native of Fulton county, New York, and the latter of Montgomery county. Mr. Snell was a merchant on the canal for many years and later was a justice of the peace in Fort Plain until his death in 1887. His wife survived him for ten years, passing away in 1897. Mrs. Timerman is a member of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and in various other ways takes an active part in the social life of Fort Plain.

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