Draper, W. Levell, M. D., was born in Jefferson county, N. Y., February 24, 1865, a son of Philorus and Emaline (Cowan) Draper, both born and reared in Jefferson county, where she died in May, 1872. The grandfather of W. Levell was a native of Rhode Island and was one of the first settlers of Wilna, Jefferson county, where he lived and died. He built the first log and first frame house in that section and owned about 1,000 acres of land. He was a prominent man of the place and left a large family. W. Levell Draper, was reared on a farm and educated in Ives Seminary, Antwerp, N. Y; he began the study of medicine with Dr. F. L. Santway, of Theresa, N. Y., in the mean time teaching at Natural Bridge and Carthage. He was graduated from the Hahnemann Medical College of Chicago in 1890, and was with Dr. J. E. Gilman of Chicago one year, when he came to Wilson where he has since had a successful practice. Dr. Draper is a member of the Western New York Homeopathic Society, and is also a member of the Masonic order, the I. O. O. F., the I. O. F., the F. M. C, and K. O. T. M. In February, 1896, he married Anna Shoelles, of Wilson, N. Y.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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