DR. F. HOLMES SMITH
Dr. F. Holmes Smith is a comparatively young man, yet he has already passed through a most interesting career, one phase of which was a stirring trip up into the frozen north where he faithfully followed the call of medical duty in Alaska, upon the shores of the Behring Sea, as the company doctor for the North American Commercial Company. Upon his return to civilization he took up the less arduous duties of a practicing physician and surgeon at San Bruno in 1909.
Dr. Smith was born at Lake City, Minn., on October 29, 1879, and received his college education at Stanford University, after which he received his doctor’s degree at Cooper Medical College. Thereupon he immediately entered into the practice of medicine, being interned at the French Hospital, where he secured much valuable practical experience. From here he went to Alaska.
Upon his return from Alaska he was married in 1911 at San Jose and shortly afterwards decided to throw in his lot with San Mateo County. Following this wise decision he moved to San Bruno and nailed up his shingle. He entered into the life of this thriving town with enthusiasm, with the result that he soon had established a lucrative practice. In a short time he was elected health officer of San Bruno—another result of conscientious attention to his duty.
Although deeply interested in his profession, Dr. Smith has not neglected the social side of life. He is a member of the B.P.O.E., 1112 as well as a member of the Masonic Lodge of South San Francisco.
Dr. Smith owns property in San Bruno and also has business interests in this town. A son, Harry F. Smith, three years old will soon be going to school, and in time will it is hoped follow as successful a career as his father.
Transcribed by Betty Wilson
Source: History of San Mateo County by Philip W. Alexander & Charles P. Hamm page 167. Press of Burlingame Publishing Co., Burlingame, CA. 1916.
© 2004 Betty Wilson.
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