Stafford, Frank D., M. D.
The following data is extracted from Biography and Genealogy of Western Massachusetts, 1639-1925.
FRANK D. STAFFORD, M. D. - In professional advance in Western Massachusetts, Dr. Frank D. Stafford, of North Adams, holds a noteworthy position, and his success has carried him to high rank in his chosen field of medicine, and in various other lines of progressive effort his influence is felt in a marked degree. Dr. Stafford has been active in practice for forty-six years, and both in medicine and surgery he is considered one of the most highly skilled practitioners of this section. He is a son of Joel C. and Jane (Stroul) Stafford, his father a prominent farmer of Vermont.
Frank D. Stafford was born in Stamford, Vermont, August 15, 1856. Receiving his early education in the local public schools, he later attended high school at Williamstown, Massachusetts, then took up his professional studies at the University of Vermont Medical School, from which he was graduated in 1878. His first experience was in Whitingham, Vermont, where he practiced for fourteen years, then in 1892 he moved to North Adams where he has since been active with definite and ever wider success. From an early period in his career Dr. Stafford displayed marked skill in surgery and with the passing of the years he has gone forward to an outstanding position in this realm. As one of the oldest and most successful practitioners in this part of the State, he holds enviable rank in medical and surgical practice, and is honored and beloved of the people. Dr. Stafford has long been interested in the world of finance as a stockholder in the North Adams Savings Bank, and in civic affairs he has been eminently distinguished by his fellow townsmen. A Republican by political affiliation, he was elected representative from Whitingham, Vermont, to the General Assembly of the State of Vermont in 1888, and served for a term of two years. Since his residence in North Adams, his position in the affairs of his party has been equally important, and in the years 1903 and 1907 he was elected mayor of the city of North Adams, in which office he served for four years. Dr. Stafford is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Royal Arch Masons, and other bodies. He is a member of the Rotary Club, and of the Universalist Church.
Frank D. Stafford married (first), in 1882, at Whitingham, Vermont, Flora B. Ballou, daughter of Hosea B. and Adelia (Murdock) Ballou. He married (second), in 1921, at North Adams, Eva F. Swift, daughter of Dr. Flavia and Fannie (Ballou) Swift.
Source: Biography and Genealogy of Western Massachusetts, 1639-1925