H. VANCE CLYMER, M. D.
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 Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Solano County, CA
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