Health Services: Dentists, Opticians

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Ad from city directory

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Willimantic Chronicle ad for optician and jeweler

Other health services were also available in town.


Approximately 10 dentists were listed in the Register and Manual:

  • Associated Dentists in 750 Main Street
  • Goyton, Edward E. in 14 Pearl Street
  • Royce, Charles J. (1) in 781 Main Street
  • Segar, Albertus V. in 770 Main Street
  • Sullivan, J. Louis (3) in 727 Main Street
  • Taylor, D. Everett in 702 Main Street
  • Tiesing, Herbert E. F. in 728 Main Street
  • Wilcpx, George E. in 18 Church Street
  • Myrtle E.
  • Moran, Joseph

The census lists only 7 dentists living in Willimantic. One of these lists their workplace as "at home." The number of dentists in the city, especially on Main Street, suggests Willimantic was a dental district - see the map for the concentration on Main Street around Railroad Street.


Five people were also listed as opticians: 

  • Barrows, D. Clifford in 725 Main Street
  • Bessette, Olivia A. in 754 Main Street
  • Bryant, Leon R. in 829 Main Street
  • Smith, H. E. in 684 Main Street
  • Tracy, John C. in 688 Main Street

The 1910 census, however, only lists two people as "opticians", a 16 year old and a 23 year old. The people listed above reported their primary occupation as "jeweler," as illustrated in the Chronicle ad. This, combined with the young age of self-reporting opticians, suggests that an optician had less professional connotations in 1910 than it does today. A Google Ngram Viewer search of the terms 'optician' and 'optometrist' suggests that optometry was just beginning to establish itself in the first two decades of the 20th century.

Health Services
Dentists and Opticians