IRVIN H. BETTS, M. D.
Although one of the youngest of Visalia's physicians and surgeons, Dr. Irvin H. Betts is well known and deservedly
popular, not only as a medical man, but also as a citizen. He was born in Hames Valley, Monterey county, California,
September 28, 1889. His father, Charles H. Betts, was born in California, and his mother, whose maiden name was
Florence Baugh, was born in Texas.
Irvin H. Betts acquired his education in the public schools of Salinas, California, and in 1911 received the degree
of Bachelor of Science from the University of California. He then entered the medical department of that institution
and was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1915. The first year after his graduation was spent
in the University Hospital of San Francisco, after which he practiced for a year in the San Francisco Hospital.
When the United States entered the World war in 1917 he joined the Medical Corps of the United States army, with
the rank of first lieutenant and spent nine months in Siberia as an army surgeon.
Upon being discharged from military service he returned to California, and on June 1, 1919, he located in Visalia,
where he has built up a good practice and maintains a high professional standing. Dr. Betts is vice president of
the Tulare County Medical Association and holds membership in the California State and the American Medical Associations.
Ten years have passed since he received his degree of M. D., yet during that time he has kept in close touch with
the progress of medical science through reading the leading medical journals, the study of new textbooks, etc.
While a medical student he became a member of the Nu Sigma Nu fraternity.
In 1919 Dr. Betts was united in marriage to Miss Vinita Britner, a native of Georgia, and they have two children:
Vinita E., aged six years; and Irvin Hiram, Jr., aged two years. In the clubs and fraternal societies of Visalia
Dr. Betts is a familiar figure. He is vice president of the local Red Cross, a member of the Visalia Rotary Club,
belongs to the American Legion and Visalia Lodge No. 1298, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He is also a member
of the Forty and Eight, and wields an influence in various ways for the advancement of Visalia's social and civic
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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