|Birth: ||Aug. 21, 1875|
|Death: ||Sep. 24, 1946|
Married Emma Lydia (Reifsneider) on June 14, 1904.
Henry Clay Banks
Carl Frederick Banks
Roland Wellington M.D.
Thelma Catherine (Banks)
The man who pioneered mosquito control in Delaware County, 71-year-old Dr. Henry W. Banks, died Tuesday at his home, 509 Harrison Avenue, Norwood.
The widely-known and highly respected physician had been seriously ill for the past four weeks. He had given his practice a year ago after suffering a severe heart attack.
Dr. Banks, who was practicing physician in Philadelphia and Delaware County for 44 years, gave much of his time, energy and money to the organization of mosquito control work some 20 years ago. He also found time to help organize use Kiwanis Club of Norwood and for 15 served as treasurer of Calvary Reformed Church, North Philadelphia.
During the war years, Dr. Banks did yeoman duty when the physicians on the home front were called to war. Dr. Banks handled alone the office at 543 Chester Pike, which he shared with his son Roland, of Yeadon.
Major Roland Banks served over seas for two years. It was this extra work without time out for vacations that brought on the doctor's first heart attack a year ago last January.
Dr. Banks was born in Mahanoy City and was a graduate of the old Philadelphia Medico – Chirurgical College, now part of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He practiced for 18 years at Twenty-ninth and York Streets, Philadelphia and then moved to Delaware County 20 years ago.
A general practitioner, Dr. Banks was connected for ten years with Jefferson, Jewish and Kensington Tubercular Hospitals. Last fall Dr. Banks gave up the Chester Pike office.
He is survived by his wife, Emma L. Banks; three sons, Rev. Henry C. Banks, Endicott, NY; Carl F. Banks, Norwood, and Major Roland W. Banks, Yeadon, a physician now with the Veterans' Bureau. Also surviving are eight grandchildren; one brother, Bernard Banks, of Wilkes-Barre, and a sister, Mrs. Fred Georinger, also of Wilkes-Barre.
Dr. Banks was a member of Olivet Lodge No. 607, F. and A.M.; Delaware County Medical Association, Artisans, Shriners of Scranton, and P.O.S. of A. Since coming to Delaware County he worshipped at Olivet Presbyterian Church, Prospect Park. He also was president of the Norwood Board of Health.
As Mrs. Banks remembered this morning, it was on May 20, twenty years ago that the Banks first moved to Norwood. The mosquitoes were so bad, she recalled, that if they hadn't bought their house they would have never stayed.
The doctor said there was a way to eliminate a great many of the mosquitoes but nothing was being done, she said. Before beginning his practice, he gave up a lot of time and money to travel throughout New Jersey and other areas to study the problem. Dr. Banks had the Delaware County Mosquito Commission appointed and was named its first secretary.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30pm at the Griffith Chapel, Norwood. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday evening.
Bernhard Banks (1829 - 1892)
Catherine Becker Banks (1833 - 1902)
Emma Lydia Reifsneider Banks (1878 - 1960)*
Dr. Henry Clay Banks (1905 - 1996)*
Carl F Banks (1906 - 1993)*
Roland W. Banks (1907 - 1973)*
Thelma Katherine Banks (1910 - 1926)*
John Banks (1867 - 1919)*
Bernard Banks (1869 - 1950)*
Catherine B. Goeringer (1873 - 1958)*
Henry Wellington Banks (1875 - 1946)
Plot: Lot 10 -- Evergreen Section
Created by: Sarah J.
Record added: Mar 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67542569
To my 2nd great-grandfather|
Added: Aug. 29, 2014