JOHN ALEXANDER LANE, M. D. - It has been the destiny of Dr. Lane to be identified with Humboldt county throughout
practically all of his life, for although a native of North Carolina, born in Guilford county, December 5, 1873,
he was less than two years of age when his parents, Henry and Martha (Campbell) Lane, came to California, settling
in this county and here rearing their two sons, George and John Alexander. Through his skill as a woodsman the
father earned a livelihood for the family until it eventually became necessary to seek an occupation requiring
less manual exertion and he then engaged in the hotel business at Fortuna, where he lived during his later years.
The schools of that village were small, but more thorough than might have been expected, so that they afforded
Dr. Lane the necessary foundation on which to build the larger intellectual and professional equipment of maturity.
In the carrying out of his early desire to make a scientific study of materia medica and enter the profession of
a physician and surgeon, he matriculated in the Cooper Medical College of San Francisco and had all the advantages
offered by that old established institution. Upon receiving the degree of M. D. at the conclusion of his regular
course of lectures he remained in San Francisco for a year as an interne in the City and County hospital, then
returned to Fortuna to take up professional work, but in 1907 removed to Ferndale and has here since made his home.
Through marriage to Augusta V. White, a native of Humboldt county and a member of a pioneer family honored throughout
this section of the state, Dr. Lane is the father of three children, Lora, Henry and Tante. Activity in professional,
public, educational and fraternal affairs has characterized his residence in Ferndale and his intelligent cooperation
with local problems. The Humboldt County, California and American Medical Associations have his name on their lists
of members and he in turn derives the benefits offered by their modern grasp of professional affairs. As a trustee
of the Ferndale high school he has kept in touch with educational development and has fostered every measure tending
toward the more thorough preparation of boys and girls for the responsibilities of life. His fraternal connections
are numerous and include association with Eureka Lodge, B. P. O. E.; Eel River Lodge No. 147, F. & A. M., at
Fortuna; Ferndale Chapter No. 78, R. A. M., of Ferndale; Eureka Commandery No. 35, K. T., Islam Temple, A. A. O.
N. M. S., San Francisco; the Eastern Star; the Lodge of Odd Fellows, in which he is past grand; and the Knights
of Pythias, in which he is past chancellor commander.
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915
Humboldt County, CA
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