Gray, John, M.D., was born at Lewiston, N. Y., September 6, 1850, a son of the late Arthur Gray, who was a well known prosperous farmer and fruit grower of that section, and whose wife was Margaret A. Copeland. The doctor is one of a family of thirteen children, of whom seven are living: Elizabeth, Mrs. F. S. Sage, of Lewiston; Catherine, Mrs. Eugene K. Sager, of Lewiston; Margaret A., Mrs. E. A. Childs, of Towanda, Pa.; Arthur, of Kansas City, Mo., who married Miss Jennie Clark; Grant J., M.D.; Ella Goddard, of Chicago, lll.; and William C., who married Minnie Kratz and resides in Niagara Falls. The parents are deceased. Dr. Gray was educated in the public schools of his native place and in the Lockport union schools, and when twenty years of age joined his father in farming and fruit growing, at which he continued for four years. In 1874 he began teaching in the public schools of Lewiston and followed that pursuit until 1876, when he removed to New York city and took a course in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, later entering the medical department of the University of New York, from which institution he was graduated in 1879. He then removed to Ransomville, N. Y., and practiced his profession until 1880, having as a partner, Dr. Nathan Cook. Upon the death of Dr. Cook, in 1880, he accepted the position of surgeon in charge of the lumber camps at Trufant, Mich., and filled that position until 1885. In 1886 Dr. Gray removed to Niagara Falls, where he has since remained in the successful practice of medicine. June 19, 1880, he married Florence A. Baker of Porter, N. Y., daughter of Dillman and Laura Matilda (Durand) Baker, natives of 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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