May 11 – Happy Birthday Dr. Laverne Bouton

DrBToday’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant followed his older brother Otis to Albany Medical school and then when WWI began, he enlisted and became a first lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps. When the War ended, he opened up his first practice over in Fonda. His brother was County Coroner by then with his own practice in nearby Glen. Perhaps the desire to not compete for patients with his older sibling was the reason Dr. Laverne Bouton moved his practice east to Amsterdam in 1919. Once here, he never left.

He became a fixture at both Amsterdam hospitals and located his medical office up on the corner of Market St. and Lincoln. He and his first wife Mary, who predeceased him in 1963, raised two sons and a daughter. His one boy Laverne Jr, became one of the first administrators of the Montgomery County Infirmary and was also a member of the Amsterdam School Board at one time.

Doc Bouton himself was quite active in both Rotary and the Masons, but like so many of his medical peers back in the day, he spent most of his time taking care of sick patients. After his first wife died he married Lena DeGraff. In early December of 1967, he was stricken at his 303 Guy Park Avenue home and died. He was 80 years old at the time.

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