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George Peabody and Ella Schubmehl of Springwater NY

Photos and information courtesy of Sandy Booth.

George McClellan Peabody

22 October 1858 - 15 April 1928

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George McClellan Peabody in 1901. Photo courtesy of Sandy Booth of the Wayland Historical Society.

George M. Peabody was born to Alvah and Hannah Jane (Quick) Peabody in Springwater NY on 22 October 1858. George had eight siblings: Nelson, Albert H., Helen, Lucinda, Manson, Margaret, Albert L. and Frank J.

George M. Peabody died in Wayland NY on 15 April 1928.

He attended the common schools of Canadice NY until fourteen years of age and worked his father’s farm until twenty-one years of age. He attended the Dansville Seminary for two terms and the Brockport Normal School for two terms, after which he taught school for four terms. He read medicine with Dr. Worden, of Springwater NY, and Dr. Chester Cary, of Columbiaville, Mich., after which he attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore, Md., also the University of Vermont, at Burlington, from which institution he was graduated in 1885. He commenced the practice of medicine in Wayland, N. Y., where he remained one and one-half years, before he moved to Tallapoosa, Ga., where he carried on the drug business in connection with his practice. While there he was a member of the Royal Arcanum Council No. 1070, also a member of the K. O. T. M., No. 320.

He returned to Wayland in September, 1894, where he lived, practiced medicine and ran his lucrative practice until his death.

He married Ella E. Schubmehl of Dansville on 4 May 1886 and they had six children together. Monica Fredrica, Hannah Louise, Helen Marie, Mary Elizabeth, George Eric, and Hilda Elizabeth. They had twelve grandchildren.

He also identified himself with the business interests of the town, serving as a member of Wayland’s first Board of Trade. With his brother Frank and F.W. Schwingle, he founded the Steuben Drug Company in Perkinsville. The firm later moved to Wayland. Dr. Peabody also served as a Director of the Wayland Independent Telephone Co. and was Director and Treasurer of the Wayland Land and Improvement Co. He was a Steuben County Coroner, a Village Trustee and a school Director for the Town. He was a medical officer for various fraternal orders and insurance companies. Dr. Peabody served as Health Officer of the Village and Town of Wayland and the Town of Springwater.

In 1915, as Health Officer, he recommended a municipal sewer system to meet the needs of business, since the creek was already overburdened by waste from the cannery. A health report to the Village Board from Dr. Peabody in 1925 continued to recommend action as he said in part, “...The disposal of sewage in the more congested parts of our village deserves the careful consideration of your Honorable Board...”

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The Peabody cottage on Canadice lake. Click the image to enlarge. Photo courtesy of Joyce O’Neil.

Dr. Peabody was a musician, playing cello in the family orchestra and elsewhere, and singing in the choir of St. Joseph’s Church. He was also a gardener and an avid fisherman. At one time he, his brother Frank, and John Sterner had extensive holdings along the west shore of Canadice Lake where Frank had a store, boat livery and hotel. The last of these holdings were sold by the family to the city of Rochester in 1947.

He made his last house call on the morning of his death, April 15, 1928. A Bond issue to improve the streets of Wayland, which he had supported, was passed a few days later. His family remembers him as a patient and compassionate man.

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George M. Peabody is sitting in the driver’s seat circa 1916. In the back seat is his son-in-law William A. J. Trautlein and sitting on the running board is his grandson William. J. Trautlein, Jr. The photo is believed to have been taken in front of the Trautlein home at 309 Fremont street in Wayland NY.

This photo is coutesy of Tina Trautlein.

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This is a photo of the Peabody family taken 24th June 1953 on the celebration of Ella Schulmehl Peabody’s nintieth birthday. Standing from left to right are: Stuart Miller (son-in-law), Helen Marie, Hannah Louise, Ella, Mary Elizabeth. Kneeling in front from left to right are: Hilda Elizabeth and Monica Fredrica.

This photo is coutesy of Tina Trautlein.

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The Peabody sisters in 1955 at the funeral of their mother Ella Schulmehl Peabody. From left to right are: Helen Marie, Hannah Louise, Mary Elizabeth and Hilda Elizabeth. The photo was taken in the backyard garden at 309 Fremont street in Wayland NY.

This photo is coutesy of Tina Trautlein.

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This is a photo of Ella Schulmehl Peabody with her grandchildren Robert and William Trautlein Jr. taken circa 1918.

This photo is coutesy of Tina Trautlein.

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This is a photo of Ella Schulmehl Peabody with her grandchildren Helen Marie and William Trautlein Jr. taken circa 1918.

This photo is coutesy of Tina Trautlein.

The Family of George Peabody and Ella Schubmehl Peabody

birth place

death place

George M. Peabody

husband

22 October 1858 - 15 April 1928

Springwater NY

Wayland NY

Ella E. Schubmehl

wife

24 June 1863 - 22 February 1955

Unknown

Unknown

marriage

4 May 1886

Monica Fredrica Peabody

daughter

19 March 1887 - 10 June 1973

Unknown

Unknown

Hannah Louise Peabody

daughter

21 May 1888 - 13 Jun 1979

Unknown

Unknown

Helen Marie Peabody

daughter

5 March 1891 - 11 October 1968

Unknown

Unknown

Mary Elizabeth Peabody

daughter

23 March 1893 - unknown

Unknown

Unknown

George Eric Peabody

son

31 July 1896 - 3 July 1967

Unknown

Unknown

Hilda Elizabeth Peabody

daughter

27 January 1898 - 26 December 1983

Unknown

Unknown

The Obituary of George McClellan Peabody

22 October 1858 - 15 April 1928

The Obituary of Ella E. Schubmehl Peabody

24 June 1863 - 22 February 1955

The Burial of George M. Peabody

The Old St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Wayland NY

The Burial of Ella Schubmehl Peabody

The Old St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Wayland NY

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