Biography of Dr. John N. Chain
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





JOHN N. CHAIN, M. D. - The somewhat accidental circumstance of association with a gentleman skilled in the science of materia medica turned the thoughts of Dr. Chain to that profession in the formative period of youth and led to a course of classical and professional preparation that now places him in the list of brilliant practitioners in Humboldt county, where he is associated with the Northern California Hospital at Eureka and maintains a general practice, in that city that brings him into friendly touch with all classes of people. Much of his early life was passed on the frontier and in the saddle, for although a native of Illinois he was scarcely a year old when the family removed to Nebraska, then almost beyond the boundaries of civilization. The privations of the isolated country home, the poverty of the environment, the long day's toil for the necessities of existence and the struggle to secure a common school education in a region none too blessed with schools, all this lingers in his memory of youth, but against it he places his love of animals, his delight in horseback riding and the rugged health that came from the outdoor life of the prairies. His father, Jacob M. Chain, was a native of Ohio and his mother, Amelia (Simms) Chain, of Illinois, while his birth occurred at Lewistown, Fulton county, in the latter state, August 14, 1876. After having lived on the homestead near Lincoln, Neb., from 1877 to 1895 (in the meantime, from 1893 to 1895, having studied medicine in that state), in the year last mentioned he came to California with his preceptor, Dr. Fred R. Breed, and studied under him in San Diego, where he laid the foundation of his broad professional knowledge.

Through his own efforts John N. Chain acquired the highest educational advantages. After he was graduated from the high school he matriculated in the University of California, from which, after seven years' study, he received the degrees of B. S. and M. D. in 1904. A period of practical experience in hospitals of Sacramento and San Francisco was followed by his location in Eureka in 1905 and after three years in the office of Dr. Rea Felt in February, 1908, he opened an office of his own in the Ellery building, where he has been located ever since. While skilled in every department of the science, perhaps his greatest reputation has been obtained in obstetrics and gynecology, hut he makes somewhat of a hobby of healthful and sanitary conditions. As a physician he advocates prevention of disease. He thoroughly believes in the old adage that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Frequently he has lectured on sanitation and health, the proper observance of the laws of which he believes would greatly lessen community illness or contagious diseases. A service on the Eureka Board of Health covered four years and gave him an opportunity to publicly advocate the most stringent municipal rules in regard to sanitation. Professional societies of which he is a member are the Humboldt County, California State and American Medical Associations, while his fraternal affiliations are with Humboldt Lodge No. 79, F. & A. M., and Eureka Lodge No. 652, B. P. O. E. In 1902 he was united in marriage with Miss Fannie M. Squires, a native of Seward, Neb., and they have two sons, John and Jere.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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