Biography of Dr. Alexander R. Anderson, Jr.
Kings County, CA Biographies





ALEXANDER R. ANDERSON, JR., D. V. M.
In the front rank of Kings county's professional men, possessing a thoroughly disciplined mind and keeping in close touch with the trend of modern thought relative to his calling, stands Dr. Alexander R. Anderson, Jr., a successful veterinary surgeon of Hanford. Dr. Anderson was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on the 12th of May, 1898. While he was still a child, the family moved to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and in the schools of that city he secured his elementary education. He was then a cadet student at the noted Culver Military Academy, at Culver, Indiana. Having decided to devote his life to the practice of veterinary surgery, he then entered the Grand Rapids Veterinary College, at Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was graduated in 1918, standing second in his class. To him also belongs the honor of having been the youngest practicing veterinary surgeon in the United States. During the World war, the Doctor enlisted and was commissioned a first lieutenant in the veterinary service, being stationed at Camp Greenburg, Georgia, from May, 1918, to December, 1919. He then entered upon the practice of his profession at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, but in 1920 he went to Fresno, California, and formed a professional partnership with Dr. McKenna, the county veterinarian of Fresno county. He was made field deputy and milk inspector for that county and was also appointed meat inspector for the city of Fresno. In 1922 Dr. Anderson came to Hanford and established the Hanford Veterinary Hospital, which is considered one of the finest small veterinary hospitals in the state for animal inspection. Dr. Anderson enjoys a large general practice and has an especially large practice in the treatment of dogs, which are brought to him from all over the central part of the San Joaquin valley. He is the official veterinarian for the Raisin Belt Kennel Club, as he is also for the Hanford District Raisin Belt Kennel Club. He is a lover of dogs and owns one of the finest bird dogs in the state of California. The Doctor is very fond of hunting and appreciates the qualities of a good hunting dog.

Dr. Anderson is a member of Hanford Lodge No. 1259, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the American Legion, the Forty and Eight, the San Joaquin Valley Veterinary Association, the California State Veterinary Association and the Hanford Kiwanis Club, and he is assistant scoutmaster of the Boy Scouts for Kings county. In 1918 Dr. Anderson was married to Miss Clarabel Crawford, who was born and reared at Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Doctor has been very successful in his professional work since coming to Hanford and by his genial manner, public spirit and active interest in the community welfare has earned the high place which he holds in public esteem.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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