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Harvey Gilbert, M.D. (1846-1920)
Born at Simcoe, Ontario, settled in Bay City, Mich., in 1874.

1982 biography. (Added Oct., 2009)

Portrait & Biographical Record of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan, 1892


Harvey Gilbert, M. D., one of the older physicians and surgeons of Bay City, came to this place in 1874 and now enjoys an extensive practice. He was born in Simcoe, Ontario, January 28, 1846, and is a son of John W. and Christine (Smith) Gilbert. The parents still live on the old farm where the father was born in 1813, and the mother was born during the same year. They reared a family of five sons and one daughter, and celebrated their golden wedding in 1888.

The members of this family beside our subject are Isaac A., of the firm of Pratt & Gilbert, attorneys of Bay City; Albert, who lives at Simcoe with his parents; Frank O., a member of the firm of Gilbert & Light, dentists of Bay City; Samantha, the wife of William Culver, of Simcoe, and the Hon. Peter Gilbert, of Arenac, now Senator for this district in the State Senate, and whose popularity in Bay City carried the vote there by eighteen hundred majority. The family were in the early days Episcopal Methodists in religion but now are more inclined to the Episcopal faith. All through the war they were ardent loyalist in politics.

The education of our subject was obtained in the common and grammar schools of Simcoe, and he studied medicine in the New York Homeopathic College, taking a special course in the Ophthalmological Hospital in that city, graduating from both in March, 1874. For six years he practiced his specialty as an oculist and aurist and then devoted himself to general practice which he has built up finely in this city.

The Doctor is considered one of the leaders among the homeopathie profession in the Saginaw Valley, and is a member of the Homeopathic State Medical society, and in the Saginaw Valley Homeopathic Medical Society he has been Treasurer for three years. He is a member of the Masonic order and is Past High Priest of the Blanchard Chapter. He has belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows but is not now active, but in Masonic circles has been influential and is one of the projectors of the Temple Building Association. He is probably doing as much for the Masonic order as any man here, and was projector of the Masonic Fair held here in December, 1891, and was its President,.

Dr. Gilbert was married, May 26, 1875, to Ida, daughter of William Beemer, of Simcoe, and they have two children Leta and Van. The elegant home in which they reside at No. 605 N. Grant Street, was built by the Doctor seventeen years ago and in it they have made their home ever since the family was established. They are members of the Trinity Church congregation, and the Doctor has taken an active part in the movements of the Democratic party, although he does not care to seek office. He was chairman of the Board of Health was revised by him, and the laws which were written by his hand still govern the city health department and have stood the test of time. He is a member of the Bay County Horticultural Society and has been a warm promoter of all movements for building up that branch of the industries of the county.

Additional Notes.

    1882 History of Bay County, MI, 1883.

  • In the Spring of this year, Nelson R. Gilbert, M.D., also born in Canada, settled in Bay City, MI, and formed a partnership of Gilbert & Gilbert, with Dr. Harvey Gilbert. (May have been a cousin.)

    1884 Bay City Directory

  • - Gilbert, Harvey (Gilbert & Gilbert) res 223 N. Madison.
  • - Gilbert, Nelson R (Gilbert & Gilbert) res W Bay City.

    1902 [Michigan Official Directory and Legislative Manual, 1930.

  • Harvey Gilbert ran for the Senate and was defeated by incumbent Frank L. Westover, 5,515 to 4,932.

    1920 Journal of American Institute of Homeopathy, Vol 13, 1921.

  • Dr. Gilbert died May 9, 1920, at age of 73 years.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Gilbert, Frank O.
Trinity Episcopal Church
Pine Ridge Cemetery
People Referenced
Beemer, Ida (wife)
Beemer, William
Culver, William
Gilbert, Frank O. (bro.)
Gilbert, Harvey (subject)
Gilbert, Isaac (bro.)
Gilbert, John (father)
Gilbert, Leta (dau.)
Gilbert, Nelson R.
Gilbert, Peter (bro.)
Gilbert, Samantha (sister)
Gilbert, Van (son)
Smith, Christine (mother)
Westover, Frank L.
Subjects Referenced
Arenac Co., MI
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Bay Co. Horticultural Soc.
Gilber & Light dentists
Hoemeopathic State Med. Soc.
NY Homeopathic College
Opthalmological Hosp., NY
Pratt & Gilbert Attys.
Saginaw Valley Homeopathic Soc.
Simcoe, Ont.
Trinity Church, BC, MI
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.