CHARLES H. ADAIR, M.D. A practitioner of long experience
C. H. Adair, M.D., holds a position of prominence among the leading physicians of Fresno, where he has built up a fine practice. A son of John Adair, he was born October 7, 1848,** in Logansport, Ind. His grandfather, Asbury Adair, was born and brought up in old Virginia, and was afterward a pioneer settler of three states, moving first to Kentucky, thence to Indiana, and locating in Kansas while it was yet a territory.
A native of Kentucky, John Adair moved to Indiana with his parents, and after attaining his majority followed the trade of a contractor and bridge-builder in Logansport. He died in the prime of life, in 1849, of cholera, being then fifty-two years of age. He married Margaret Stewart, who was born in Scotland, and is now living in Rochester. Ind. Three children blessed their union, namely: Frank, who served in the Civil war in the One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, was wounded in battle, captured, confined in Andersonville prison until exchanged, and died soon after his release; C. H., the subject of this sketch; and Mrs. Mary Reniff, of Sublette, Ill.
After attending the public schools of Logansport, Ind., until thirteen years old, C. H. Adair worked for a time as clerk in a drug store. In 1864, running away from home, he made his way to Washington, D.C, where he enlisted as a private in Company C, Third Veteran Reserve Corps, with which he was at first stationed in Washington, and then in Johnson's Island until the close of the war, when, in July, 1865, he was mustered out of service. Returning then to Logansport, Ind., Mr. Adair attended school for awhile, after which he secured a position in the hospital department of the United States army, and for a year or more was in the employ of the Freedmen's bureau, dealing out rations, medicines, etc.. to the negroes throughout the south. Resigning from the bureau in 1867, he entered the senior class of the medical department of the University of Philadelphia, from which he was graduated in 1868 with the degree of M.D. Locating at once in Salt Lake City, Dr. Adair practiced medicine there two years. Coming to California in 1870, he continued the practice of his profession in Stockton until 1872, when he removed to
Roseburg, Ore. Locating there as a physician, he was soon after appointed surgeon with the rank of major of an Oregon regiment by the governor of the state, and served until the close of the war with the Modoc Indians. Returning to California in 1874, the doctor was successfully engaged in the practice of his profession at Colusa until 1887, being also pension examiner. The ensuing three years he practiced in San Francisco. Coming from there to Fresno in 1890, he has been very successful in the treatment of the many difficult cases placed in his charge, by his skill and knowledge winning the confidence of the community, and gaining a large and lucrative patronage. Dr. Adair has acquired considerable property, owning a ranch in the county, and having a fine residence on M street. For two years he served as county health officer, and for two years was city health officer.
In San Francisco, in February, 1888, Dr. Adair married Lena Cullum, a native of that city, and the daughter of one of its pioneer families. Two children have been born of their union, Charles P. and Florine. Fraternally Dr. Adair is a charter member of Fresno Lodge No. 439, B.P.O.E., of which he has been treasurer since its organization; he united with Roseburg (Ore.) Lodge, F.&A.M., with Colusa Chapter, R.A.M.. and with Marysville Commandery, K.T., but is not now affiliated: and was made an Odd Fellow in Oregon.
Politically he is a Republican. Mrs. Adair is a member of the Catholic Church.
History of the state of California and biographical record of the San Joaquin Valley, California. An historical story of the state's marvelous growth from its earliest settlement to the present time. Prof. James Miller Guinn , A.M. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago 1905
**I believe this is a typographical error - census data as well as his death records indicate he was born in 1839, therefore the memorial reflects the latter date.
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