WILLIAM N. FINNEY, M. D.
Devoted to the noble and humane profession that has for its object the alleviation of human suffering, Dr. Finney has gained notable precedence as a regular physician and surgeon. He is practicing in Lincoln and his patronage is extensive. He was born on the 1st of February, 1849, in Vienna, Johnson County, Illinois, and on the paternal side is a representative of one of the old families of Virginia, while his maternal ancestors were from Tennessee. His paternal grandfather became one of the pioneer settlers of Illinois, and there G. P. Finney, the Doctor’s father, was born and reared. When he had arrived at years of maturity he married Miss Rachel Latham, who also was a native of Illinois and a consistent member of the Methodist Church. Mr. Finney followed agricultural pursuits as a means of livelihood, having for his family a wife and eight children. He died in the thirty-ninth year of his age, and his wife departed this life in her thirty-fourth year. Only two of the children now survive.
The Doctor acquired his preliminary education in the public schools, and his professional training was obtained in the Missouri Medical College, in which he was graduated in March, 1878. He began the practice of his profession at Clear Creek, Illinois, and for six years was a member of the medical fraternity of Missouri, also conducting a drug store there. In 1888, however, he disposed of his interests in the Mississippi Valley and came to California, establishing his home in Lincoln, where he soon acquired a large and lucrative practice. He realizes fully the responsibility which devolves upon the profession and is therefore a close and earnest student, who embraces every means that will assist him in preserving health and life. He has made judicious investments of his capital and is now the owner of a good residence in Lincoln and a ranch of one hundred and fifty acres, on which he is raising Jersey cattle and fine poultry. The loyal and patriotic spirit of Dr. Finney was manifest in his boyhood, and on the 1st of January, 1865, when he was only fifteen years of age; he enlisted in Company E of the Twenty-ninth Illinois Infantry, for service in the Union army. With his regiment he was sent to Texas to aid in suppressing secession movements there and in guarding government property. At the close of the war he received an honorable discharge and while in the east he was a prominent member of the Grand Army of the Republic and served on the pension board for two years. He is a Royal Arch mason, is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Independent Order of Foresters. He is of a genial nature and sterling worth which renders him a favorite with his brethren of these fraternities. His political support is given to the Republican Party and he and his family are Congregationalists in their religious connection.
The Doctor was married in El Dorado, Saline County, Illinois, to Miss Rachel Baine, and three children were born to them: Charles Edward, who is now engaged in the drug business; Ellen, now the wife of F. C. DeLong; and Alice B., the wife of H. Taylor. Both daughters are residents of New York City. The mother died in 1885, and after coming to California Dr. Finney was married to Mrs. Martha F. Leavell, who by her first marriage had two sons: Lewis and Arthur, whom they have reared. One is now in the drug business, the other in the grocery business. There are two children by the second marriage: John Marshall and Norma Frances.
Dr. Finney is a popular resident of Lincoln, rendered so by his uniform courtesy, kindly disposition and interest in others’ welfare, as well as his professional skill and ability.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.