Solano County

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The medical profession of Solano county has an able exponent in Dr. H. Vance Clymer, of Fairfield, who has long held the confidence and esteem of the people, as well as of his professional brethren. He was born on a farm in Marion county, Oregon, on the 5th of August, 1865, and is a son of Henry Vance and Mary (Johnson) Clymer. The father, who was a farmer by vocation, came to California in 1846, crossing the plains with the historic Donner party. The mother was also in this party, but when the train was divided the company with which she traveled went to Oregon. The father, with a Mr. Crell Burchard, went out for food for the Donner party, but they were unable to return. Mr. Clymer was in San Francisco for one year and then went to Oregon, where he spent the remainder of his life.

H. Vance Clymer attended the district schools near his childhood home in Oregon and was then a student in Willamette University, at Salem, that state, later matriculating in the medical department of that university, at Portland, being graduated in 1890 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He first located for active practice at Huting, Oregon, where he remained for several years, after which he went to Phoenix, Arizona, where for twenty-five years he was numbered among the successful physicians and influential citizens of that community. In 1893 he took postgraduate work in Chicago and in 1903 in New York. He has been a constant student, keeping in close touch with the latest advances in the healing art. In 1919 the Doctor came to Fairfield, and he is now numbered among the honored professional men of this locality.

Politically Dr. Clymer has always been aligned with the republican party, and he has been a close observer of public affairs. Fraternally he is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, in both higher branches of which he has taken many degrees, being a Knight Templar in the York Rite and a thirty-second degree Mason in the Scottish Rite, as well as a noble of the Mystic Shrine, and he likewise belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks at Phoenix, Arizona. In a professional way he is a member of the Solano County Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Possessing a comprehensive medical education, with years of practical experience, Dr. Clymer has had a thorough equipment for the successful practice of his profession, and his ability and skill have been recognized wherever he has practiced. The Doctor was married to Miss Grace Osham, a native of Modoc county, California, whose father, E. W. Osham, made the trip across the plains to California in 1849.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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