A. W. KIMBALL, M.D.
When the Mayflower made its historic voyage to the shores of America among its passengers was an Englishman bearing the name of Kimball. A large number of the name now living in the United States trace their lineage back to Richard Kimball, one of the earliest settlers of Ipswich, Mass. The next generation was represented by John, a son of the English emigrant, and through him the line descends successively to John, Jr., Jacob, Moses, Nathaniel, and Erastus B. (a blacksmith, born in Connecticut), to E. N. Kimball, who was born at Uncasville, New London county, Conn., March 30,1828. The last-named joined the westward tide of emigration after the discovery of gold in California, and about 1850 became a pioneer in the development of this region where he was engaged principally at contracting and carpentering. When somewhat advanced in years he retired from business cares and started east to visit relatives and the friends of his boyhood, but he was never afterward heard from and his fate is unknown. After coming to California he had married, in Vallejo, Mrs. Elizabeth (Davis) Vivian, a native of St. Austell, England, With her first husband, William Vivian, a miller, she left England for Australia, and thence came to California in 1849. Shortly afterward Mr. Vivian was drowned in the bay. Later she became the wife of E. N. Kimball, whom she survived some years, dying at Marysville, Cal., in 1875. Of her three sons, E. N. Kimball, Jr., and A. W., the eldest and youngest, are residents of Williams, Colusa county, while the second son, Albert A., makes Marysville his home.
While his parents were residents of Marysville, Yuba county, Cal., A. W. Kimball was born April 28, 1858. At ten years of age he accompanied the family to San Francisco, but two years later returned to Marysville, where in 1879 he was graduated from the high school. The year after completing his high-school course he took up the study of medicine, which he had selected for his life work. Following a course of lectures in Cooper Medical College he went east to Kentucky and completed his medical education in the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville, from which in 1882 he received the degree of M. D. Desiring to supplement his theoretical knowledge by more thorough practical experience he matriculated in the medical department of the University of the City of New York, from which he was graduated in 1883. During his course in the eastern institution he had the advantage of varied clinical work in the hospitals of New York, where his experience in the treatment of intricate and complicated diseases, as well as in general surgical cases, proved of inestimable value to him. On returning to California he opened an office at Williams in 1884 and is now one of the oldest practicing physicians in Colusa county, where he has an excellent reputation for skill in diagnosis and accuracy in the treatment of disease. In addition to his private practice he is retained as surgeon for the Southern Pacific Railroad. At the time of first coming to Williams he did not anticipate becoming a permanent citizen of the town, but the location proved satisfactory and his practice steadily increased, so that he has had no reason to regret his decision in remaining a practitioner of the place.
The attractive residence owned by Dr. Kimball is presided over by his wife and brightened by the presence of three children, Marjorie Fairbairn, Alexine Fairbairn and Edward Fairbairn. Mrs. Kimball was formerly Miss Helen M. Fairbairn and was born in Chico, Cal., but at the time of her marriage made Oakland her home. The family to which she belongs traces it ancestry to Scotland. Her father, Rev. Alexander Fairbairn, was a pioneer minister of the Presbyterian denomination in California and died at Williams, this state. Fraternally Dr. Kimball is connected with the Woodman of the World, Independent Order of Foresters, and Tuscan Lodge No. 261, F. & A. M., of Williams, in which he was made a Mason and of which he officiated as master for two terms. Both he and his wife are devoted Christians and contribute to movements for the spiritual upbuilding of the people. As secretary of the board of trustees and in other official capacities he has been intimately associated with the work of the Methodist Episcopal Church in his home town.
Transcribed By: Cecelia M. Setty.
Source: "History of the State of California and Biographical Record of the Sacramento Valley, Cal.," J. M. Guinn, Pages 445-446. The Chapman Publishing Company, Chicago, 1906.
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