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Dr. Francis Merrill Appleton[1]

Male 1909 - 1992  (82 years)

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  • Name Francis Merrill Appleton 
    Name Prefix Dr. 
    Gender Male 
    Born 18 August 1909  Dublin, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Education Cushing Academy 1927, Ashburnham, Massachusetts, Bowdoin College 1931, Harvard Med 1935 
    Occupation Physician 
    Residence Gorham, N.H. 
    Died 6 July 1992  Berlin, Coos Co., New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I70836  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 31 December 2005 

    Father Arthur Taggard Appleton,   b. 8 May 1884, Dublin, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 August 1961, Dublin, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Alice Ethel Fox,   b. 6 April 1883, Derrick City, McKean Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 June 1972, Keene, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Family ID F49457  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Eleanor Libby Sullivan,   b. 2 August 1916, Arlington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 October 2000, Gorham, Cumberland Co., Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 2 October 1937  Gorham, Coos Co., New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Family ID F49455  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Memorial by Paul Dougherty in July 1992 in his column The Northwoodsman:

      A measure of greatness
      By Paul Doherty
      He was in many ways a legend in his own lifetime, something that few men have said about them.
      He was a landmark in Gorham, Randolph and Shelburne for more than 50 years. As the years passed and times changed, he became the prime example of the country doctor.
      When he finally retired, he was at least in the Androscoggin Valley, the last of his kind. His death the other day at age 82 ended an era and breed of country doctors who knew no limit to the numbers of hours they worked to furnish care and comfort to those they served.
      Francis Appleton, known as "App" to most everyone, was born in Dublin in 1909. In 1927 he graduated from Cushing Academy and went on to study and graduate from Bowdoin College in 1931. Harvard Medical School followed as did internship at the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover.
      In May of 1937 he arrived in Gorham and set up shop where he practiced medicine and surgery until he moved to Concord in 1966 where he was employed at the New Hampshire Hospital for the next 10 years.
      Returning to Gorham in 1978, he would continue to be the country doctor until he retired in
      Here was a man who lived a full life and worked hard at his chosen profession, but found time to hunt, fish, trap, race cars, fly airplanes and ski.
      When I came to the Androscoggin Valley after World War II as a young conservation officer, he was one of the first men I checked.
      The place was the flowage in Shelburne behind the Brown Company Dam. He was, he said, only trying out a new outboard motor. I would ask around town who that little skinny guy by the name of Appleton was. I was told he was the area's doctor and did just about everything except have a baby in his spare time.
      That first meeting resulted in a long and close friendship and he soon became one of my favorite people. His wonderful wife, Eleanor, and my wife, Barbara, became close friends, and visits between my home and theirs were commonplace.
      When Barbara was dying of cancer, "App" was more than our doctor, he was like family. Toward the end he would visit two and three times a day. He made "Barb's" illness less of a strain and gave her great comfort in those trying times. This was the measure of the man's greatness as many others also know.
      There are so many stories to he told about Dr. Appleton. He was always ready to go and help when needed.
      I can recall the many times he followed me in the woods on rescue missions. Once, a young boy was shot up near the floor of Kings Ravine. "App" went along and the boy lived due to this rugged country doctor. Without "App's" help, I doubt if we could have reached the highway in Randolph with the lad alive.
      Then there was the time the Cog Railway engine left the track up near Skyline Switch on Mount Washington. When the passenger car crashed, several people were killed and many very seriously in-jured.

      "App" was there going about his business, the scene almost like a battlefield. Like the boy with the bullet hole in his chest, many of those on Mount Washington on that fatal day are alive today because of that little skinny guy we all loved.

      It was said "App" was known to break the Fish and Game laws on occasion. I tried hard to catch him and he knew it. If he was a law-breaker, he was a better man than I was a game warden.

      Once I came close during the bow and arrow season for deer, so it was said. Later on, I had a ruptured appendix and he operated on me in the middle of the night. He said he used a hunting arrow to open me up.

      He's gone now. He made lots of our lives richer. He was a great friend and he was a living legend.
      May this be his epitaph.

      THE BERLIN REPORTER - Wednesday, July 8,1992
      Dr. Francis M. Appleton
      GORHAM - Dr. Francis M. Appleton, 82, of 6 prospect Terrace, passed away Monday morning, July 6, 1992, at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin following a short illness.
      Born in Dublin on August 18, 1909, he was the son of Arthur T. and Alice (Fox) Appleton. He graduated in 1927 from Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, Massachusetts.
      Dr. Appleton then graduated from Bowdoin College in 1931, where he was a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity and Phi Beta Kappa, and from Harvard Medical School in 1935. He did his internship and residency at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover. In May of 1937 he started to practice medicine and surgery in Gorham and continued that practice from 1937 to 1966.
      On October 2, 1937 he married Eleanor Sullivan in Gorham. From 1966 to 1978 he was employed by the New Hampshire Hospital in Concord and from 1978 to 1981 by the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Mental Health Center.
      Doctor Appleton was a member and past president of the Coos County Medical Society, a member and past president of the Gorham Rotary Club and a member of the Gorham Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, He participated in several mountain rescues, and was an avid flier, skier, fisherman, hunter and sportscar racer. At the time of his death he was a vice president and director of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.
      Members of the family include his wife, Mrs. Eleanor (Sullivan) Appleton of Gorham; a son, Samuel C. Appleton, of Camden, Maine; three daughters, Mrs. Merrily Brown of White River Junction, Vermont; Mrs. Susan Walker of Montpelier, Vermont and Mrs. Deborah Willis of Hollis; ten grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Lois Faulkner, of Gorham, Mrs. Janet Michelini, of Avon, Connecticut and Mrs. Marilyn Cambridge, of Tempe, Arizona.

      There will be no calling hours.
      Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 9 at the Gorham Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Main Street, Gorham. Interment will be at a later date in the Dublin Cemetery in Dublin.
      Anyone who wishes to, may contribute to the NH Heart Association, 309 Pine Street, Manchester, NH 03103 or to the charity of one’s choice in his memory.

      Social Security Death Index
      Name: Francis M. Appleton
      SSN: 003-38-9185
      Last Residence: 03581 Gorham, Coos, New Hampshire, United States of America
      Born: 18 Aug 1909
      Died: 6 Jul 1992
      State (Year) SSN issued: New Hampshire (1963-1965 ) [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1398] GEDCOM file from file “AdamMoffatDesends”, submitted by Alaric Faulkner.

    2. [S1331] Social Security Death Index, 003-38-9185.

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