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Edward Fletcher Norcross papers, 1882-1925.
Norcross, Edward Fletcher, 1853-1926.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 486-489  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Norcross, Edward Fletcher, 1853-1926.
Title : Edward Fletcher Norcross papers, 1882-1925.
Physical Description : 2 linear feet.
Summary :

The collection is made up mainly of two sets of diaries kept by E. F. Norcross from 1882 through 1924. The first one includes events, weather, the time Dr. Norcross arose and went to bed, a series of mysterious numbers each day (such as "240.64" and "96.21"), medical notations, patients seen, and money made and spent to the last cent. The other set of diaries is composed mostly of financial records and served as an appointment book, sometimes listing the names of patients seen and what was charged and what prescribed. The financial diaries also include payments made for chores done, including payments for work done on properties he seems to have supervised in Island Pond, Vermont. The handwriting in the diaries is almost impossible to read, and gets worse as he gets older.

There is also a book of expenses for a ditch-digging project and a bulky folder made up of receipts for expenses he incurred in the 1890s. Another folder contains two photographs of Dr. Norcross and three printed items. The collection also includes nine letters written during the Civil War by Solomon Heaton, Jesse Bates, and Alonzo Brown, and three letters from the 1880s with Island Pond connections, as well as a folder containing unidentified photographs, including a stereoview by William H. Sipperly of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and an autograph book belonging to Mary Turner, containing signatures from the area around Bath, New York and New Milford, Pennsylvania.

Biographical or historical data :

Edward Fletcher Norcross was born in Derby, Vermont, on May 12, 1853, and died on November 12, 1926. His father, Austin Norcross, was a Baptist clergyman, born in Massachusetts in 1817; his mother, Anna Nichols Norcross, was born in New Hampshire in 1824. E. F. Norcross graduated from the Randolph (Vermont) Normal School and pursued classical studies at Derby and Worcester academies. He taught school for five years in the northern part of the state, perhaps near his home in Derby. He graduated from Howard University Medical School in Washington, D.C., in 1883. He took a course at UVM medical school, graduating in 1884. He practiced medicine for a short period in Wolcott, Vermont. In 1885 he started his practice of medicine at Island Pond, Vermont, where he remained the rest of his life, except for an 1887-1888 stint back in Washington studying dentistry and pharmacy. There is a certificate crediting him for service in the Volunteer Medical Service Corps in 1918. He was active in school affairs, serving as chairman of the school board and superintendent of schools. He seems to have owned considerable real estate and managed others, judging from some of the financial diaries.

E. F. Norcross married Elizabeth Rebecca Bartlett on November 24, 1898. She was born October 30, 1872, and died January 5, 1913. A son, Joseph Bartlett Norcross, was born on December 6, 1901, but died two years later. Another son, Stoessel R. Norcross, was born in 1904.

Personal Subject : Norcross, Edward Fletcher, 1853-1926.
Heaton, Solomon G., d. 1864.
Bates, Jesse H.
Brown, Alonzo
Subject Term : Physicians Vermont Brighton.
Soldiers Vermont Correspondence.
Geographic Term : Brighton (Vt.) Diaries.
Brighton (Vt.) Archival resources.
Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Genre/Form : Diaries.
Financial records.
Letters Correspondence.
Added Author : Sipperly, William H., photographer.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.