Dr. NOYES Benjamin Lake

Dr. NOYES Benjamin Lake[1]

Male 1870 - 1945  (75 years)

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  • Name NOYES Benjamin Lake 
    Prefix Dr. 
    Born 30 May 1870  Lisbon Falls, Androscoggin, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Graduation 1895  Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Address:
    Bowdoin College 
    Residence Bef 1899  Stonington, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 13 Jun 1900  Stonington, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • (age 30; Doctor; recently married; owned home free of mortgage.)
    Residence 1901  Stonington, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    _UID AB870D38EB9ED5118A06444553540000A693 
    Died 16 Oct 1945  Stonington, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Buried Aft 16 Oct 1945  Deer Isle, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Address:
    Mount Adams Cemetery 
    Benjamin Lake & Linnie (Howard) Noyes monument
    Benjamin Lake & Linnie (Howard) Noyes monument
    Benjamin Lake Noyes
    Benjamin L. & Linnie (Howard) Lake monument (close)
    Benjamin L. & Linnie (Howard) Lake monument (close)
    Benjamin Lake Noyes
    Notes 
    • Dr. Benjamin Lake Noyes physician, surgeon, ocultist, inventor, surveyor and antiquarian ended an intensely busy life October 16, 1945. A truly remarkable and resourceful man with unlimited energy and interests, he had settled on the island just before the turn of the century.

      He spent his childhood on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick. He became a registered pharmacist, later graduated from Bowdoin College School of Medicine in 1895 after which he began practice in Stonington, establishing a high reputation as a beloved physician and surgeon. He lived to see the completion of half a century of service to the people of this island as well as to many surrounding islands in east Penobscot Bay.

      Power boats and automobiles had not arrived in 1895 when Dr. Noyes began his practice here and transportation was a slow process either by horse and sleigh, snow shoes, skis, or dog sled in winter and by boat or horse and buggy in the summer. Rowing a boat in high seas and gale winds in most treacherous of conditions to his personal safety was commonplace. He braved many a blizzard, sleet and ice storm and roaring winter seas to aid the ill and injured. At that period of time many of the surrounding islands had been settled by families of fishermen or farmers raising cattle and sheep on them. A great number of these islands also had active granite quarries with enough accidents to keep one doctor busy in itself. Telephone and other modern means of communication was non-existent. Intermittent puffs of smoke from a signal fire seen in Stonington from his home situated high above the town was an indication to the doctor of the need for a physician on an island.

      He performed many an operation under the most adverse and primitive of conditions in the humble abodes of the fishermen, farmers and at quarry sites. Many quarrymen's lives were saved by Dr. B. Lake Noyes, as he came to be known. When there was an accident at one of the quarries a whistle was blown three blasts to get his attention on shore. Hurriedly hailing a fisherman for transportation he sped to the quarry where it was not uncommon for him to lay a door between two anvils in the blacksmith shop where my father Perle Kilgore Spofford spent his lifetime as a blacksmith. This door became his makeshift operating table. The blacksmith shop had a ready supply of boiling water needing for sterilizing instruments and the blacksmith a most reluctant and apprehensive assistant.

      One of the most difficult periods in his practice occurred during the influenza epidemic of 1905. He was the only physician on the island attending its four thousand inhabitants. He stated that he never slept for a week at a time attending to the sick around the clock. He subsequently updated his mode of transportation from a horse and buggy to an automobile known as a "Breeze".

      Dr. Noyes's office in Stonington was an elaborately equipped medical and physical therapy laboratory. He was a leader among pioneers in his field and had the distinction of owning and operating the first "radio-knife" in this part of the country. He felt that this "cold bloodless electric knife" would revolutionize modern surgery. He enjoyed the distinction of having the first thoroughly equipped X-ray room and physical therapy room in Maine. On the wall in his office was a framed X-ray showing a needle embedded in a patient's palm taken in 1895 using the oldest type of vacuum tube excited by a large static machine requiring nearly three minutes of X-ray exposure. In 1930 he was enjoying taking an equivalent picture in less than 3 seconds with a Coolidge X-ray Unit. In his last year at Bowdoin in 1895 he had been involved in experiments with X-ray and Roentgen rays that had then been revealed to the world by a German scientist. Bowdoin was the first place in America to experiment along Roentgen lines trying to further perfect the X-ray tube.

      Dr. Noyes revolutionized the cure of cancer by radiation and used early pain free childbirth methods. He patented the adjustable gas burner and bi-plate units for electric storage batteries and the auto light anti-glare eye protector. He was an early promoter of Stonington-Deer Isle Light project in the mid 1920s and was its general manager and treasurer laying a mile long power cable under Eggamoggin Reach which brought electricity for the island. He discovered, "Noyes Rule", as described in the 1926 June issue of Scientific American which has superseded logarithm tables used by surveyors and civil engineers for the ages past.

      Dr. Noyes lived life to the fullest with varied hobbies. Some of these were oil painting, verse, photography and music. But he will be most remembered for the awesome collection of historical documents which he has left us. In addition to a very full and busy life he found the time to accumulate data on island history, genealogies of its inhabitants, deeds, maps, births, deaths, pensions and census records to name only a few of his collections.

      Carrying a notebook wherever he went he made it a practice to collect family histories from anyone who possessed information of historical interest. With long hours of waiting attending home maternity cases, he would be busy collecting genealogical data. If a piano was available he could really exercise the keys creating beautiful music as was the case in our home. Extensive research was done in Maine, Massachusetts and Washington DC archives for further documentary material pertaining to this area thus collecting further reliable information and statistics in which to compile histories.

      By the time of his death Dr. Noyes had completed 100 volumes of material on island history and genealogies of its people, weighing several hundred pounds. He constructed a fire-proof vault in his home for protection from fire and opened his record collection to the public known as the Penobscot Bay Archives. The historical works have been divided into four sections including general history, genealogies, Hancock County Deeds, Abstracts, maps and miscellaneous documents. Two copies were made of all material with one copy going to the New England Historical Society and the other to The Maine Historical Society.

      Following his death in 1945 many of the original documents were sent to the genealogical department of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, Utah for transfer to microfilm and for preservation. In October of 1982 the original records were returned and are now a part of the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Genealogical Library Archives and are housed in a fire proof vault. Hundreds of visitors each summer converge on this former old Salome Sellers homestead to do research. It is a most valuable and prodigious gift left by a beloved, respected and most remarkable man.

      This was Dr. Benjamin Lake Noyes.
    Person ID I11739  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2016 

    Father Dr. NOYES George Boardman,   b. 6 Apr 1837, Atkinson, Piscataquis, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1927, Stonington, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother LAKE Sarah Elizabeth,   b. 20 Oct 1842, Monson, Piscataquis, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1920, Stonington, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 25 May 1865  Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 9, 10
    Dr. George B. & Sarah E. (Lake) Noyes 50th wedding anniversary
    Dr. George B. & Sarah E. (Lake) Noyes 50th wedding anniversary
    Dr. George Boardman & Sarah Elizabeth (Lake) Noyes 50th wedding anniversary
    Dr. George Boardman & Sarah Elizabeth (Lake) Noyes 50th wedding anniversary
    Family ID F4448  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 HOWARD Linnie,   b. Dec 1872, Deer Isle, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1936, Stonington, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Married 21 Sep 1899  Deer Isle, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7
    Children 
     1. Dr. NOYES George Howard,   b. 11 Aug 1901, Stonington, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. NOYES Natalie Pricilla,   b. 6 Feb 1906, Deer Isle, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. NOYES Genice Arlene,   b. 9 May 1918, Stonington, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 2003, Deer Isle, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F4449  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 REID Estelle Bartlett,   b. 2 Apr 1897, Saint George, Knox, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 2 Oct 1936  Bangor, Penobscot, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Married at Eastern Maine General Hospital by Rev. Henry W. Conley.)
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F25018  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 May 1870 - Lisbon Falls, Androscoggin, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGraduation - Address:
    Bowdoin College - 1895 - Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine
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    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bef 1899 - Stonington, Hancock, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Sep 1899 - Deer Isle, Hancock, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 13 Jun 1900 - Stonington, Hancock, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1901 - Stonington, Hancock, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Oct 1936 - Bangor, Penobscot, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Oct 1945 - Stonington, Hancock, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Mount Adams Cemetery - Aft 16 Oct 1945 - Deer Isle, Hancock, Maine
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    Benjamin Lake Noyes
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    Dr. Benjamin Lake Noyes
    Dr. Benjamin Lake Noyes
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    Dr. Benjamin Lake Noyes
    Dr. Benjamin Lake Noyes
    Dr. George Boardman Noyes and sons
    Dr. George Boardman Noyes and sons
    Seated L-R: Benjamin Lake Noyes, George Boardman Noyes
    Standing L-R: George Boardman Noyes Jr, David Jewett Noyes

  • Sources 
    1. [S1135] Book-Deer Isle, Maine from Pre-History to the Pres, pp. 184-187.

    2. [S47] CD-NEHG Register, Vol. 100, Apr 1946, p. 117.

    3. [S839] Book-Hanson Relatives, p.169.

    4. [S65] Book-Noyes-The Noyes Descendants, Vol. I, 372.

    5. [S35] Marriage-O/L-ME State Archives Marriage Records.

    6. [S3809] Census-1900-ME-Hancock-Stonington, Roll: T623 593; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 66.

    7. [S47] CD-NEHG Register, Vol. 103, Jan 1949, p. 67.

    8. [S86] Death-gravestone.

    9. [S839] Book-Hanson Relatives, p.139.

    10. [S4877] LDS-New Family Search, 18 November 2011; George B. & Sarah E. (Lake) Noyes marriage record; Maine Marriages, 1771-1907; indexing project (batch) number: M52224-1; source film number: 10826.

    11. [S2849] Book-Leavitt, Vol. II, 2:130.