Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sweet, Dr. Ira S. 1849-1932 Well Know Bone-Setter

Sweet, Dr. Ira Smith 1849-1932 Utica Obituary

Dr. Ira Smith Sweet Dies at Home in Utica

Widely Known Bone-Setter Succumbs
After Long Illness—Had Visited Otsego County
For Past 40 Years

Dr. Ira Smith Sweet, humanitarian and bone-setter, widely known throughout this section, and a frequent visitor to Oneonta, died at his home in Utica yesterday morning about 2:30. He had been ill for nearly a year, having discontinued his monthly visits to this city in August when his daughter, Dr. Florence Sweet Schafer of Utica, took over the work.
Born March 14, 1849, in Amsterdam, Dr. Sweet learned the bone-setting profession from his father, practicing in his youth on injured animals until he attained a remarkable proficiency. It is interesting to note that the family profession is being carried on by two of his three daughters and his son.
A bone-setter since early youth, Dr. Sweet was well known in Otsego county, having once lived on a farm in Edmeston. His monthly visits to this county had been continued for over 40 years, and hundreds had acclaimed him for his skill in this profession, fast becoming rare. His many friends in Oneonta and throughout this section of the state will sincerely mourn his passing.
The funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from his late home in Utica. Rev. Oliver U. Chapman, pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist church of Utica, will officiate at the obsequies. Interment will take place in the cemetery at Brookfield, about 30 miles from Utica.
Dr. Sweet leaves three daughters, Dr. Schafer and Mrs. Herve Fiske, an artist, of Utica, Mrs. Fred Camenga of New Berlin, also a bone-setter, and Dr. Samuel Sweet of Utica, a son. Following in his father's footsteps, Dr. Sweet taught the intricacies of his profession to those of his children who were inclined to follow his bent.

The link to his Find A Grave memorial as well as his wife Martha and many other family members at Brookfield Rural Cemetery: 

No comments:

Post a Comment