Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Tri-County People
Chemung County NY
Dr.. Elizabeth Flower
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Article - Dr. Elizabeth Flower 
Of Mansfield, Elmira, Cortland
Notes Submitted by Walt Samson
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Subj:  Edith Flower Wheeler
Date:  10/16/2003 6:55:27 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (Walter R. and/or Jo Samson)

George Washington Samson kept a daily log back in the early 1800s. In 1934 Edith Flower Wheeler transcribed it into 144 typed pages, a big task, for the DAR. I spent most of last winter trying to get it into a computer file, so I appreciate her effort.

Along the way I have picked up a few facts about Dr. Flower Wheeler, and I see she was from your area. Pasted below is my "scratch sheet" on her.

She was an early female physician and seems to have been an overall accomplished woman. When you create your "Women of Note in the
Tri-Counties", I submit her as a candidate.

Edith Irene Flower Dr. [Parents] was born on 15 Nov 1870 in
Richmond Tp, Tioga, Pa. She married Fred H. Wheeler on 25 Jan

Fred H. Wheeler was born on 18 Oct 1878 in Virgil Town, Cortland,
Ny. He married Edith Irene Flower Dr. on 25 Jan 1909.

Edith Irene Flower Dr.
State Normal Sch., Mansfield, PA., 1891; M.D.
Woman's Med. Coll. of PA. 1897.
Taught sch., 1891-93;
interne W. Phila. Hosp. for Women, 1897, 98;
asst. physician Markleton, PA Sanitarium 1898-99;
in private practice, Mansfield, PA 1899-1914,
Cortland, NY, 1922-; asst. physician, Gleason Health Resort,
Elmira, NY, NY., 1914-1917;
post-grad. work, Phila., PA, 1917-20.
Sch. physician, Mansfield and Richmond tps., Tioga Co., PA;
mem Bd. Health, Mansfield, PA and Cortland, NT etc.
Mem DAR, IAG, Cortland Co,
NY, Hist Soc., (pres.)
NEHGS, Tioga Co. PA,
Med. Soc. (pres), Cortland Co.
Med. Soc., Woman's Med. Soc. of NY State (v.p.) Republican.
Home: 28 Maple Av., Cortland, NY.

Edith Irene Flower graduated State Normal School, Mansfield Pa., 1891. She earned her Medical Doctors license from Women's Medical College of Pa. in 1897. She taught school from 1891-1893. She did her internship with the Philadelphia Hospital for Women 1897 and 1898. She was the assistant physician at Markleton, Pa. Sanitarium from 1896 to 1899. She later went into private practice in Mansfield, Pa., from 1899 to 1914. She again became assistant physician at Gleason Health Resort in Elmira, N.Y. from 1914 to 1917. She did her post-graduate work in Philadelphia, Pa. from 1917-1920. She held the position of School physician in the Mansfield and Richmond Townships, Tioga County, Pa. She was a member on the Board of Health, Mansfield, Pa. and Cortland, N.Y. She moved to Cortland, N.Y. in 1922. She was a member of D.A.R.; I.A.G., Cortland Co., (N.Y.); Historical Society, Tioga Co., Pa.; Medical Society President, Cortland Co. Medical Society; Vice President of Women's Medical Society of New York. She was a registered Republican. She made her home at 28 Maple Street, Cortland, New York.

1957 Mansfield Borough History                   Chapter IV 1893-1902
Doctors were:
C. V. Elliott (retired),
Moody, F.. G. Elliott,
F. G. Wood after 1895 and
Edith Flower (Wheeler) after 1899

Flower, Dr. Edith I. physician office 15 E Wellsboro H do
Wightman Pierce from Cortland to Bradford Co, Pa.
Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice

"Copied by Edith Flower Wheeler 1934
Cortland N.Y.
Tioughnioga Chapter D.A.R."

Women physicians' autobiographies identified but not yet examined are:
Finkler, Rita S. Good Morning, Doctor. (unpubl. typesc. photocopy, ca. 1960) Also not seen, but described by Dr. Steven Peitzman as follows:
a wonderful typescript autobiography of Edith Flower Wheeler, Women's Medical College 1897, with early parts about school years based on letters written at the time to her father. It provides a great deal of information about faculty and school life in the 1890s (a kind of "golden age" for the College). Wheeler calls it "She Saunters into her Past." It is in the Edith Flower Wheeler Collection, Archives and Sepcial Collections on Women in Medicine. There exists another unpublished autobiography by Catherine MacFarlane, also a Women's Medical College graduate (1898) and later a prominent gynecologist and something of a pioneer in cancer screening for women. Copies can be found in the ASCWM , and also in the Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The ASCWM also hold a diary of Mary Theodora McGavran, graduate of 1895, who went into medical missionary work in India. It is in the McGavran Collection. Excerpts have been published: Robert Kaiser, Sandra Chaff, and Steven Peitzman, "A Philadelphia medical student of the 1890s: the Diary of Mary Theodora McGavran," Penn Mag Hist Biog 108(1984):217-36. If you know of a woman physicians' autobiography not listed here, please email

Joyce Tice site.  Hisory of Mansfield, PA
Doctors were:
C. V. Elliott (retired),
Moody, F.. G.
Elliott, F. G.
Wood after 1895 and
Edith Flower (Wheeler) after 1899.

August 09, 2003
Called Anita Wright at Cortland Historical Society.
Dr. Wheeler migrated from Mansfield to the Elmira area and then to Cortland because Fred Wheeler was involved with a local bank. She never practiced seriously but did contribute to projects at the “Y” and other teaching. The society has a copy of her biography "She Saunters into her Past."

Supplement to the Star-Gazette Tuesday, September 23, 1975
Submitted to site July 2006 by Sue Edling

Celebration of Life
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira, NY

Pg. 3-A new Medical/Surgical unit of 28 beds will be formally opened on Sunday, September 28. Dedicated to the Memory of long time member of St. Joseph’s Hospital Staff, Dr. Floyd H. Jones. The area is situated on the east side C-side of the hospital and, for direction purposes, is identified as the C-5 unit.

Pg. 10-

            Dr. Jones is not Forgotten

  A charter member of the Medical Staff  of St. Joseph’s Hospital will be memorialized during dedication ceremonies on Sunday.
  Dr. Floyd H. Jones, a benefactor and first member of the Honorary Board of Directors of the hospital will have the new fifth floor Medical/Surgical unit dedicated to his years of service to the hospital and to the community.
  Dr. Jones was born on Madison Avenue, “ just around the corner from the hospital” where he served as Chief of Staff from 1936-1940. His passing in 1970 was followed by editorial comment in the Star-Gazette recognizing him for his understanding and compassion and his skill as a physician and surgeon.

  In the memorialization of this new modern facility of St. Joseph’s, which will feature a portrait rendering of Dr. Floyd H. Jones created by Theodore Van Brunt, his contributions to all who came in contact with him during his lifetime will not be forgotten.

                               Saved by Grant H. Jones

Also this write up for Dr. Floyd Harding Jones.
Fred Mosher JONES( son of Finla Jones) and Araminta Kiosa HARDING had the following children:

1. Dr. Floyd Harding Jones was born May 24, 1888 on Madison Ave, Elmira, NY. He died JULY 30, 1970.
2. Gertrude Frederica JONES was born Jan. 19, 1893. She died AFT 1948.

On the faculty of Little Falls High School, N.Y.

Gertrude Frederica JONES married Rae B. STEELE

Chemung County NY

Published On Tri-Counties Site On 10/21/2003
By Joyce M. Tice

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