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Babcock, Harold Snow, M.D., born Hampden, Maine; lived Castine, Maine; m. Matilda T. "Mattie" Harris of Nova Scotia

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2 Photographs of Harold S. Babcock; by Bangor, Maine studio; Presumably Dr. Harold Snow Babcock of Hampden & Castine, Maine

Two photographs of a young man identified on the reverse as Harold S. Babcock.  The photograph was taken by the J. F. Garrity studio of Bangor, Maine.  The young man was presumably Harold Snow Babcock of Hampden, Maine.

The matted pieces are both about 9" by 6", with the oval photographs measuring about 5" by 3-1/2".

From brief online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions requested]
Assuming the young man was Harold Snow Babcock, he was born October 31, 1888 at Hampden, Maine, son of John William Babcock and Abbie Knowles (Tribou) Babcock.  Harold attended Hampden Academy and then worked as an orderly at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he met his future wife, nurse Matilda Harris, "Mattie", whom he married on September 26, 1912 at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 
Matilda, or possibly Martha, was born in Nova Scotia on February 24, 1886, the daughter of Joseph Harris and Mary (Borden or Worden) Harris They were possibly Joseph Wilson Harris and Mary E. (Borden) Harris of Wolfville, Nova Scotia.  If a reader can clear up the mystery of Mattie's full name and place of birth, I'd be very grateful.
Harold and Mattie moved to Philadelphia, where Harold attended Jefferson Medical College, from which he graduated in 1916.  He must have been quite a character, as you can see from this description of him in alumni news.
Upon graduation, the couple returned to Maine, where by the time Harold completed his World War I draft registration card, he was working at Eastern Maine General Hospital at Bangor, Maine.  He spent the remainder of his life serving the people of the Castine area of Hancock County.  See the Babcock house here.  The couple had, I believe, just one child.
Harold died in 1973 and Mattie in 1983; they're buried at Castine, Maine.

From the website: Harold S Babcock, M.D. (1888 - 1973 ) Althoug h Dr. Babcock is more related to Castine, Penobscot also shared his services, as did surrounding towns. Dr. Melvin Wardwell was also a very close associate of Dr. Babcock. He was born in Hampden, Maine on August 1, 1888, the sixth of seven children. He attended the so called "common schools", and graduated from Hampden Academy. Encouraged to be a doctor by his mentor, also a popular physiciarn, he started by serving as an orderly in the Massachusetts General Hospital. Following this experience, he attended Jefferson College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1916 with honors. After serving a one year internship at Eastern Maine General Hospital in Bangor, Maine, he began to establish a general practice in the Castine area. Using Castine as a base, as well as a residence, he soon found that surrounding towns were in need of his skills. As he once said, " In the year 1917, I came down the river to administer to Castine ills. Then, soon after, I found myself deep in the work around the whole countryside". During the first years as a general practitioner he planned to be away for at least two days and nights a week, all night, and would feel lucky to arrive home at dawn. He traversed bad roads to all points north, south and east. For ten years he used the North Castine Ferry to West Brooksville. He then picked up his automobile, which he left there permanently, and drove to other points such as Cape Rosier or North Brooksville. However, at times, in deep snow, the automobile could not function. One of his most memorable experiences was having to walk and carry two packs from West Brooksville to Cape Rosier in deep snow to attend a woman in labor. Her husband's boat was ice-locked in Eggemoggin Reach and he was unable to get home. Dr. Babcock stayed at this humble home from Friday until Tuesday, cooking for the family and caring for the children. The baby finally arrived on Tuesday morning , and as soon as help arrived, he was on his way home. Blessed with a good sense of humor, he learned as a young doctor that a hearty joke and an infectious laugh could soon put a disturbed patient at ease. He was married to Matilda Harris, of Nova Scotia, a registered nurse, whom he met while employed at the Massachusetts General Hospital. They were wed in 1912 and their marriage produced one son, Phillip. Mrs Babcock died shortly after her 100th birthday, and only within the last few years. In addition to his many other contributions he founded the Castine Community Hospital in 1928, and served as a resident physician for four decades. Dr. Babcock was truely one of our country doctors, was well loved and will always be remembered throughout the many towns he served. He died in 1973 and is interred in the family Castine Cemetery plot.



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Comment by Pam Beveridge on January 23, 2011 at 3:56pm
Don't know if they are closely related or not, but you have to admit it's interesting that I chose this page as an example for you!
Comment by Randall Stackhouse on January 23, 2011 at 3:45pm

Interesting! I have a Frederick Babcock b. 1756, of South Kingston, RI, d., Jun 1861, Cornwallis, NS (son of Jonathan Sr, Babcock , b. 23 Nov 1723,RI,USA-d. 1818, Newport, Hants, Nova Scotia, Canada. & Lydia Larkin 1730-ABT.1756) Frederick Babcock married Sarah Woodworth 1755-1826, (daughter of Silas Woodworth, 1724-1790. & Sarah English, 1727-1808)

My line is from Frederick Babcock and Sarah Woodworth's daughter Charlotte Babcock, b. 1791, Cornwallis, Kings, Nova Scotia, Canada, d. 28 Dec 1867,  NB (?). She married Robert E. Stiles, b., 29 Jul 1790, Coverdale, Westmorland, New Brunswick, Canada, d., 12 Sep 1853, Albert, Co., New Brunswick, Canada. Married 03 Oct 1811.

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