COOVER, Frederick
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COOVER, Frederick Welty, son of Jacob and Lydia (Welty) Coover, was born February 1, 1852, at Coover’s Mill, on the banks of the Yellow Breeches creek, in Upper Allen township, Cumberland county, Pa. He received his education in the public schools of the township in winter and in select pay schools in summer. He began the study of medicine in 1870 with Dr. W.W. Rutherford, of Harrisburg, with whom he continued six months, when being taken seriously ill he removed to his home in Dillsburg. Upon his recovery he continued his studies with Drs. G. L. and J. M. Shearer of that place. In October, 1872, he matriculated at the University of Pennsylvania, medical department, where he attended three full courses of lectures and in addition the special spring course of 1873. He graduated in March, 1875, and on the 12th of April entered upon the duties of resident physician of the City Hospital, Harrisburg, being the first to fill that position. The year succeeding he began the general practice of medicine in Harrisburg, was elected one of the visiting physicians to the hospital, in which position he continues connected with that institution. In 1878 he was elected physician to the county almshouse and filled that position until 1886. In 1889 he succeeded Dr. Seiler as visiting surgeon to the City Hospital. He is one the organizers of the "Maternity;" is a member of the Dauphin County and State Medical Societies, and American Medical Association. He had been for several years senior surgeon of the Harrisburg Hospital, was one of the organizers of the Academy of Medicine and treasurer of the same. He is a Republican in politics and past master of Perseverance Lodge, F. & A. M. Dr. Coover married April 19, 1881, Elizabeth Faerster, only daughter of George and Catherine Faerster, of Harrisburg. They have two children: Corson and Catherine Lydia. He and his family are members of Pine Street Presbyterian church.



Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 11 November 2000

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