Calvin J. Sharp, M.D.,
Calvin J. Sharp, M.D., a physician and surgeon of Oakland, was born in Marble Rock, Floyd county, Iowa, February 21, 1859, a son of Isaac and Agnes (Cornelis) Sharp, both natives of New York and still living on the old homestead in Iowa. The father, born November 19, 1830, a farmer from his youth up, has filled the local office of trustee, road overseer and school director in Scott township, where he resides. The mother, born September 2, 1836, was married July 19, 1854. They are parents of five sons and four daughters. Grandfather John Sharp, born in December 1799, was a farmer successively in New York, Illinois and Iowa until his death in March, 1880. His wife, Elizabeth born September 19, 1794, died August 2, 1859. Grandfather Patrick Cornelis, born March 2, 1814, died December 21, 1871, and his wife, Jane, born March 18, 1809, died December 24, 1858.
C.J. Sharp, the subject of this sketch, was educated in the district schools and helped on the farm in his youth. He attended high school three years in Marble Rock and one year in the Ames Agricultural college. He then taught school three years. Having conceived the desire, at the age of fifteen, of becoming a physician and still cherishing that ambition, he became a druggist’s clerk in 1885, and began to read medicine under Dr. J.W. Rue of Greeley, Iowa. After eighteen months in too close application, he found it necessary to come to this coast to recuperate, and staid six months. Returning to Iowa for a brief period he again came to this coast in June, 1887. He then took a full course in the California Eclectic Medical College and was graduated at that institution November 23, 1889. By invitation of Dr. H.T. Webster Professor of Theory and Practice in that college, and President of the Eclectic Medical Society, he became a partner with him in his general practice. He is a member of the county and State medical societies of the Eclectic school, and makes a specialty of diseases of the nose, throat, and ears.
Source: "The Bay of San Francisco," Vol. 1, page 527-528, Lewis Publishing Co, 1892.
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