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Dr. Abel C. Livermore


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Dr. Abel C. Livermore


This photo was taken sometime before his death in 1891.
Abel C. Livermore was born on September 19, 1824 in Weston, Massachusetts the son of Daniel and Hannah Livermore. He married Olive V. Winch on June 6, 1851 in Weston. They did not have any children. The following is an account of his life and accidental death on March 21, 1891 taken from a newspaper of the time:
“Dr. A. C. Livermore of Stow, one of the oldest and best known physicians in this vicinity, was struck by the 8:30 train out of Maynard Sunday evening while attempting to cross the track at the Russell crossing about one mile west of town. The train, which leaves Boston at seven o’clock had left South Acton on time and was running at its usual rate of speed. When nearing the crossing the fireman on whose side of the train the team was approaching saw it and thought the horse was running away. The next moment the train struck the team, knocking the horse to the right and forward, leaving it some distance up the track. The carriage was badly smashed, the doctor being thrown out and left with the team on the left hand side of the track… Dr. Livermore, with both legs broken, one in two or three places, an arm dislocated and his skull fractured, was entirely unconscious after being struck and expired at about 9:40 PM…
The scene of the accident is only about a mile and a half from his home. He has always been noted as a fast driver, never keeping a poor horse and has had several narrow escapes on the railroad, notably a few years since at the crossing near the Co-operative block in Maynard. His practice extended over Stow, Hudson, Maynard, Bolton, Sudbury and all the towns in this vicinity and there will be found many families in these towns who have never had any other physicians. A.C. Livermore, M.D. was born in Sudbury (Weston), Mass., September 19, 1824 and therefore in his 67th year. When he was about 25 years of age he commenced practice as a botanic physician, but soon changed his views, and, taking a course at the Harvard Medical School, graduated and thereafter practiced as an allopathic physician in regular standing.”


Maynard and Ayer, Mass.





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