Milton Mills’ Dr. Frank S. Weeks (1871-1952)

By Muriel Bristol | January 17, 2021

Frank Sherman Weeks was born in Porter, ME, in April 1871, son of William S. and Mary E. Weeks.

Frank Sherman Weeks, of Porter, ME, was a student at the Medical School of Maine, at Bowdoin College, in 1890. He was then a member of its Class of 1892 and his instructor was M.E. Sweat. (Dr. Moses Erastus Sweatt died in Parsonsfield, ME, January 1, 1892, aged seventy-six years, eleven months, and nineteen days). He would eventually graduate with the Class of 1895.

Frank Sherman Weeks completed his post-graduate studies and received his medical degree from Baltimore Medical College in April 1896.

City and Suburban. Diplomas were given to 114 graduates at the commencement of the Baltimore Medical College, held at Harris’s Academy of Music (Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD), April 23, 1896).

The Maine graduates were:

Maine. Charles Williard Burnell, Ernest Ormand Chellis, Eugene Dana Chellis, Percy G. Davis, Edward Percival Goodrich, Edward E. Russell. J. Roscoe Varney, Frank S. Weeks (Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD), April 23, 1896)

Frank S. Weeks married (1st) in Ossipee, NH, October 19, 1896, Minnie Luella Alley. She was born in Porter, ME, November 13, 1875, daughter of Ansel E. and Addie S. (Maxwell) Alley.

New Hampshire passed a medical licensing law, March 1, 1897, which required medical practitioners to be tested, licensed and registered as of September 1, 1897. (Charles William Gross, William Emerson Pillsbury, and Frank Sherman Weeks, of Milton Mills, and Malcolm A.H. Hart, Charles Dana Jones, and John Herbert Twombly, of Milton, were all rated “A”- they were already in practice prior to the passage of the law – i.e., they were “grandfathered in” and did not have to pass the new examination) (NH State Board of Education, 1906).

Frank S. Weeks, a physician, aged twenty-nine years (b. ME), headed an Ossipee, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Minnie L. Weeks, aged twenty-five years (b. ME), and his children, Vivian G. Weeks, aged two years (b. NH), and Baby [Maud] Weeks, aged one year (b. NH). Frank S. Weeks rented their house. Minnie L. Weeks was the mother of two children, of whom two were still living.

Frank Sherman Weeks of Moultonville [in Ossipee, NH] appeared in a 1901-02 list of physicians registered to practice in New Hampshire. (The list was published in November 1902) (NH State Medical Examiner, 1902).

Frank S. Weeks, M.D., began to practice medicine at Milton Mills in 1902. Frank S. Weeks appeared in the Milton business directory of 1904, as a Milton Mills physician. F.S. Week appeared in the Milton business directory of 1905-06, as a physician, at 42 Main street in Milton Mills, and in that of 1909, as a physician at 102 Main street in Milton Mills.

Weeks, FS - 1904Dr. Frank S. Weeks, of Milton Mills, was admitted to membership in the Strafford District Medical Society, at its meeting at the Kimball House in Dover, NH, October 31, 1907. He spoke at the meeting at which he was admitted (NH Medical Society, 1908).

Frank S. Weeks, a general practice physician, aged forty years (b. ME), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills”) household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifteen years), Minnie L. Weeks, aged thirty-five years (b. ME), his children, Vivian G. Weeks, aged twelve years (b. NH), Maud Weeks, aged eleven years (b. NH), Mildred Weeks, aged nine years (b. NH), Mabel Weeks, aged eight years (b. NH), Margarite Weeks, aged seven years (b. NH), and Laura Weeks, aged four years (b. NH), and his father, William Weeks, own income, aged eighty-eight years (b. ME). Frank S. Weeks rented their house. Minnie L. Weeks was the mother of six children, of whom six were still living.

F.S. Weeks appeared in the Milton business directories of 1912, and 1917, as a physician at 102 No. Main street in Milton Mills.

[Bowdoin College] Medical Class of 1895. Frank Sherman Weeks, M.D., Baltimore Med. Coll., 1896. b. 2 Apr., 1871, Porter, Me. Med Sch., 1893-94. Physician, Milton Mills, N.H., 1902- (Bowdoin College, 1916).

Frank S. Weeks, a medical physician, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Minnie L. Weeks, aged forty-three years (b. ME), his children, Maud L. Weeks, a cotton mill shirtmaker, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), Mildred R. Weeks, a woolen mill weaver, aged nineteen years (b. NH), Mabel A. Weeks, a woolen mill weaver, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Marguerite D. Weeks, a woolen mill weaver, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Laura A. Weeks, aged fourteen years (b. NH), and Vivian [(Weeks)] Bickford, a woolen mill weaver, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), his grandson, Arthur F. Bickford, aged one year, seven months (b. NH), and his boarders, Joseph A. Comeau, a farm laborer, aged twenty-five years (b. NH), and Elizabeth F. Comeau, aged thirty-four years (b. MA). Frank S. Weeks owned their house on “Upper Main Street, Milton Mills Village,” free-and-clear.

F.S. Weeks appeared in the Milton business directory of 1922, as a Milton Mills physician.

Minnie L. [(Alley)] Weeks divorced her husband, Frank S. Weeks, in Strafford County Court, March 12, 1924. She alleged “extreme cruelty.” (While this certainly sounds tempestuous, legally, one had to allege something and, prior to the advent of “no fault” divorces, there were few alternatives). Minnie L. Weeks married (2nd), April 12, 1929, Charles Alley. They resided in the Parsonsfield, ME, household of his grandfather, Joseph D. Eastman, in 1930. She died in Parsonsfield, ME, January 29, 1934.

Frank S. Weeks married (2nd), circa 1926-27, Florence A.E. (Ryan) Sanborn. She was born in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, June 4, 1900, daughter of Charles W. and Emma E. “Bessie” (Dauphinee) Sanborn. (She had married (1st) in Milton Mills, October 1, 1919, George A. Sanborn, who died there May 30, 1926).

Frank S. Weeks, a medical physician, aged fifty-nine years (b. ME), headed a Portsmouth, NH, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Florence E. Weeks, aged twenty-nine years (b. Nova Scotia, Canada (Eng.)), his grandson, Kenneth Weeks, aged seven years (b. NH), and his boarder, Maryland Oslon, aged nine months (b. NH). Frank S. Weeks rented their house at 4 Raitt Ct., for $32 per month. They had a radio set. Florence E. Weeks was a naturalized citizen, having immigrated into the U.S. in 1919.

Frank S. (Florence E.) Weeks appeared in the Milton directory of 1936-37, as a Milton Mills physician.

Frank S. Weeks, M.D., had property in Milton valued at $600 in 1939, for which his tax was $21.00; Milton noted his uncollected tax balance of $23.00 due from the prior year; the Town owed him $60.00 for his attendance upon the Town Poor. Florence S. Weeks had an uncollected tax balance of $2.00 (Milton Town Report, for the Year Ending December 31, 1940).

Frank S. Weeks, aged sixty-nine years (b. ME), headed a Milton (“Milton Mills”) household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Florence E. Weeks, a private home nurse, aged thirty-nine years (b. Nova Scotia), and his boarder, June Valley, aged seven years (b. NH). Frank S. Weeks owned their house, which was valued at $1,000. Frank S. Weeks and his wife had resided in the same house in 1935, while their boarder had resided elsewhere in Milton in 1935.

Milton recovered $7.50 in old age assistance rendered to Frank Weeks in 1952 (Milton Town Report, for the Year Ending December 31, 1952). One supposes that his gravestone, the published version of which has his death date rendered as “1932,” would actually have been read as “1952” were it not covered with lichen.

Lee Notes. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Adams and Mrs. Florence Weeks of Milton Mills were Sunday dinner guests of Mrs. Katharine Jones and Miss Esther Garrity. Mrs. Adams celebrated her birthday anniversary with gifts and a cake made by Miss Garrity (Portsmouth Herald, April 30, 1958).


References:

Bowdoin College. (1916). General Catalogue of Bowdoin College and the Medical School of Maine. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=YCpJAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA588

Find a Grave. (2013, August 16). Dr. Frank S. Weeks. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/115566074/frank-s-weeks

NH Medical Society. (1908). Transactions of the New Hampshire Medical Society. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=3NdXAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA298

NH State Board of Education. (1906). Biennial Report of the New Hampshire State Board of Education. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=6wBJAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA113

NH State Medical Examiner. (1902). Registered Physicians. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=kfGaD90ZETIC&pg=PA385

Author: Muriel Bristol

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