E. W. Dutcher

A Historical and Biographical Record of the Territory of Arizona; Published by 
McFarland & Poole, Chicago, 1896; p.492:

DR. E. W. DUTCHER. The man who rises to an enviable place in the medical profession
rises by his own individuality, and is never pushed up on the wave of a growing
and general movement, like the rising tide of commerce—often the success of the
merchant is but a part of the success of the branch in which he has invested,
and is referable only slightly to his individual efforts. The physician's
advancement to prominence is more often the just reward of personal merit and
professional learning, efficiency and success. This thought has been suggested
by a brief consideration of the professional career of Dr. E. W. Dutcher, who
may be regarded as a representative, both worthy and conspicuous, of the better
element in this profession of self-made men. He was born in Cooperstown, New
York, April 3, 1848, a son of Peter and Desiah (Parshall) Dutcher, who were also
born in the Empire State, but were of Holland Dutch descent. The father was a
successful tiller of the soil and in the management of his estate was thrifty
and painstaking, as are the majority of those of his nationality. To him and his
wife a family of eight children were given, but six of whom are living at the
present time, of whom the Doctor is the youngest. He was reared in Cooperstown,
received his literary education in Hartwick Seminary and began the study of
medicine with Dr. George Merritt of Cherry Valley, New York. After thorough
preparation he entered Albany Medical College, and was graduated from that
institution in December, 1870, after which he at once entered upon the practice
of his profession at Sidney Plains, New York, where he was engaged in healing
the pains and ailments to which the human family is heir for about three years.
He then went to Nineveh. New York, and after a residence there of six years he
resided for a like period in Allegany, New York. At about this period he decided
to make his home in the West, and in 1886 took up his residence in Tulare,
California, but since June, 1892, his home has been in Prescott, Arizona. It was
but a short time before his professional ability became recognized and he
entered upon a successful and active professional career, his labors in behalf
of suffering humanity meeting with satisfactory results. He stands high in the
profession and is a member of the Arizona Medical Society, and socially belongs
to the Masonic fraternity. Dr. Dutcher is a man of family, and in 1878 was
united in marriage with Miss Ida A. Smith, a native of Broome County, New York,
who has borne him two bright and interesting children, Egbert K. and Emma I.
Mrs. Dutcher is a member of the Episcopal Church and an intelligent and amiable
woman. Politically, the Doctor has always supported the principles of the
Democratic party.

Submitted by: Lynnea Dickinson

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