Country doctor served Gaines community about a century ago

Posted 2 October 2014 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin
Orleans County Historian

GAINES – In this photo from the 1930s we see Dr. William E. Burbank looking over his flowers.

The picture was taken in front of his office and residence located in a brick building at Gaines. This was close to the intersection of rotes 104 and 279.

Dr. Burbank (1860-1947) was an old-time country doctor who also served the rural schools in Gaines back when this picture was taken.

(Editor’s note: The Cobblestone Museum currently has an exhibit on many of the doctors in the county from more than a century ago, as well as many medical and pharmaceutical tools from yesteryear. Click here for more information.)