In the Historical Corner: Pillars of the Church: Part 5: Dr. B. Frank Horne
Before the previously mentioned doctors – Wiggin, Smith and Spring – all affiliated with our Brown Church, was the presence of Dr. Frank Horne. The good doctor came to Conway at the close of the nineteenth century and practiced for nearly forty years. He was a native of Acton, Maine, and born
there on June 20, 1864 during the Civil War. The son of Thomas and Sarah (Barber), his father was a carpenter and builder and his folks a most respected couple there. Initially, Frank followed the
footsteps of his dad as a carpenter but his longing to be a physi- cian overcame him. He began studies at the Physicians and Sur- geons’ College in Baltimore and graduated in 1893. His internship was at John Hopkins. .He then traveled to Chicago and took courses in the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic, graduating in 1900, with the degree of Ocular, Aural and Laryngeal Surgeon.
He came immediately back to Conway where he had an office since 1895. He took over the practice of Dr. Carleton Sawyer, and as the leading doctor in Conway Village at that time (Dr. Evans), died within a year, he transferred to the village from North Conway and served here until his death.
At the turn of the century (1901) the Dr. married Ruth Burnham Davis, a descendant on the maternal side from our early pioneers
of the town – John Pendexter, Noah Eastman, and Major Samuel B. Shackford. (her father, Frank W. Davis has already been highlighted as a pillar of the church). They had a son, Frank. Dr. Horne was a member of the American Medical Association, the President of the Carroll County Medical Society, the Board of Health, and a member of the Carroll County Draft Board during World War I. A lover of chil- dren, he would frequently bring home a child or two if the mother was seriously ill, until recovered enough for them to return home.
A civic -minded man, he was especially interested in educational improvements. His memberships include the Mount Washington Lodge, Masons; Palestine Commandery; Knights Templar of Rochester, Order of Odd Fellows; the Red Men; Knights of Pythias, and our Congregational Church, active in our building’s construction. While all of our pillars previously highlighted have been Republicans, Dr.
Horne was a member of neither party and stressed his independence by calling himself a progressive and “I vote for the man best qualified for the job.”
A final tribute (flowery by today’s standards) runs as follows: His sincere interest in his patients, and his long experience have placed him in the confidence and esteem of a wide area of Conway, and many of his patients feel the gratitude and affection which only long years of faithful and skillful profes- sional service can command. He has stood beside them in hours of joy and sorrow, not infrequently has he met and conquered death for them, turning the deepest grief and anxiety to happiness of as- sured recovery. As the time approaches when the shadows shall lengthen across the westward slopes of his own life, he will have the peaceful consciousness of work well done and the happiness of spend- ing his final years among those he served so well.”
Quite a tribute to one of the finest that Conway has ever seen!
Brian P. Wiggin
(Some information from “Conway Through the Years” by Ruth Horne and also “New Hampshire” by Hobart Pillsbury)