WILLIAM P. BYRON, M. D.
Among the physicians of Kings county who have risen to eminence in their chosen field of endeavor is Dr. William
P. Byron of Lemoore, whose career has been that of a broad minded, conscientious worker in the sphere to which
his life and energies have been devoted and whose skill and success have won for him a leading place in his profession.
He is a native of the district which he now serves, born near Lemoore on the 22d day of October, 1878, the son
of Henry W. and Rosina (Gallard) Byron, the former a native of Illinois and the latter of Australia. Henry W. Byron,
who is now deceased, made the long and tiresome journey around Cape Horn in a sailing vessel, arriving in California
in 1853. He went to Australia during the gold excitement there, and there met the lady who became his wife. In
1864 he returned to California and for a number of years was engaged in farming and fruit raising near Lemoore.
He was prominently identified with the early activities of the district, having served as the first president of
the Lower Kings River Ditch Company and was horticultural commissioner of Kings county. He was a member of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Improved Order of Red Men. His death occurred in 1919. To him and his
wife were born seven children, of whom three are living, namely: L. H., of Lemoore; William P., the subject of
this sketch; and Dr. Albert E., of Oakland, California.
William P. Byron secured his elemental education in the public schools of Lemoore and then, having determined to
devote his life to the practice of medicine, he matriculated in the California Medical College, from which he was
graduated in 1904, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Going to the state of Washington, he there practiced
his profession for a year and a half, but in 1906 he came to Lemoore and has since been in practice here. He has
long held distinctive prestige in a calling which requires for its basis intellectual discipline of a high order,
supplemented by rigid professional training, and his ability is recognized and appreciated not only in Lemoore,
but also throughout the district. In addition to his long and creditable professional career, he has also proved
an honorable member of the body politic, rising in the confidence and esteem of the public and commanding respect
because of his public spirit and his efforts to advance the welfare of the community. Doctor Byron is health officer
for the city of Lemoore, district surgeon for the Southern Pacific Railroad and county physician for the west end
of Kings county. He served one term as county coroner and was also public administrator of the county for four
years. He is the owner of eighty acres of fine grapes near Lemoore.
Dr. Byron was married to Miss Bella Washburn, a native of Kansas. He is a Mason, a Noble of the Mystic Shrine,
and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, the Benevolent Protective Order of
Elks, the Woodmen of the World, the Foresters of America, the Improved Order of Red Men and the Portuguese lodges
- the I. D. E. S. and U. P. E. C. Personally Dr. Byron possesses to a marked degree those elements of character
which attract men and his life affords a striking example of well defined purpose and innate ability. Measured
by its accomplishment, its beneficence and its helpful optimism, his life has contributed immeasurably to the comfort
and well being of the community and he is held in correspondingly high esteem by all who know him.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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