Charles Henry Furnee

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CHARLES HENRY FURNEE, M.D., of Kittaning, Armstrong County, engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery, is a native of that borough, born July 10, 1878, son of Scott Willard and Margaret B. (Williams) Furnee.

Dr. Furnee obtained his preparatory education in the public schools, attending grammar and high school, and took his medical course at the Medico-Chirurgical College of Philadelphia, from which institution he was graduated in 1886. Following this he acted as an instructor in the medical department of the Vanderbuilt University, at Nashville, Tenn., and received another degree from that institution. At the beginning of the Spanish-American was he enlisted, entering the service as hospital steward. He was first connected with the Ist Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, and later transferred to the 3d Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, becoming assistant surgeon, with the rank of first lieutenant. He received his discharge in February, 1900, at Anniston, Ala. Returning soon afterwards to Armstrong county, Pa., Dr. Furnee engaged in practice at Mahoning for seven years, meantime, in addition to attending to his private practice, acting as surgeon for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. He then became Chief Physician for the Wabash Railway Company, holding that position for two years, when he accepted an appointment as medical superintendent of the city hospitals of Pittsburgh at Marshalsea, the Pittsburgh City Asylum, Hospital and Home, the Home and city and general hospitals being under his supervision. He served under the administration of Hayes and Guthrie, and subsequently assumed charge of the municipal hospital for one year. For the next five years Dr. Furnee was engaged in general practice, being located at No. 5747 Ellsworth avenue, Pittsburgh, and at the end of that period, feeling need of recuperation, after several years of close work and study, he spent a year in hunting in fishing in Texas and the gulf of Mexico. In 1912 he returned to his native county, settling at Kittaning, where he is now practicing, making a specialty of treating diseases of the ear, nose and throat. Until a year ago he also carried on insurance work, being owner and manager of the general agency of the Philadelphia Insurance Company at Pittsburgh. The Doctor has been highly successful in his work, and his steady advancement has been well deserved, for he has worked hard and conscientiously, devoting himself to the best interests of the profession in whatever capacity he has followed it. He is a member of the Allegheny County Medical Society, of the Pennsylvania State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association.

The doctor has various social connections, being a Mason, a member of the Son�s of Veterans, a member of the Tariff Club and a member of the DuOwama Kennel Club. He was formerly connected with the Americus Club.

On Jan. 2, 1907, Dr. Furnee was married to Fannie C. Downey, who is the daughter of Michael Downey, now retired, of Philadelphia, Pa. He was the head of vast shipbuilding interests.

Source: Page 891, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed November 1998 by Nanci Michalkiewicz for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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