Theodore L. St. John
Town of Center Brunswick

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

THEODORE L. ST. JOHN, M. D. For more than forty years the late Dr. Theodore L. St. John was a practicing physician at Center Brunswick, New York, maintaining his professional activities until his death on October 4, 1922. Dr. St. John came originally from Saratoga county, where he was born July 6, 1848, his parents being Thomas Taylor, a minister of the Baptist church, and Olive (Cole) St. John. The family were residents of Milton at the time of his birth. During his boyhood he attended the schools of his home community and later was graduated from the Albany Normal School, for a time engaging in teaching at Peekskill. His desire was to become a physician however, and in pursuance of this ambition he entered the Albany Medical College, receiving his degree from that institution in 1878. Two years later he came to Center Brunswick, began the practice of his profession and remained there throughout the balance of his life.

His long and successful practice brought him in contact with the people of his community in that intimate way in which only a loved andrespected physician is received, and his passing was deeply mourned by the entire countryside which he served so faithfully. Dr. St. John was a man of progressive character and never allowed himself to get out of touch with the best and most modern developments of his profession. He was a valued member not only of the County and State Medical associations, but also of the American Medical Association. While he was deeply interested in social and civic affairs and at all times gave the weight of his influence to every project designed to improve the welfare of the community, he was not a seeker after position, preferring to devote his energies to his profession, and assisting personally and individually those with whom he came in constant contact.

Dr. St. John married, in Sodus, Wayne county, New York, on April II, 1878, Caroline Augusta Filkens, daughter of William and Mary (Van Heusen) Filkens. Five children were born to them, all but one of whom William J., the youngest, are now living. The names of the surviving members are: Mary F.; Theodore Raymond, who is practicing law in New York; Warren W., who is also a physician; and Olive, wife of Walter R. Film, of Center Brunswick.

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