From The History of Fresno County by Paul E Vandor published in 1919.
Manifold and varied as are the lasting benefits conferred on society by one profession alone, that of medical men and women, and much as doctors have accomplished in the great early and later pioneer work of building the magnificent commonwealth of California, it is doubtful if the public today realizes what the splendidly trained, assiduous and brave-hearted corps of physicians has done to make Central California still more of an earthly paradise.
Among this class of royal-blooded souls none is more justly esteemed and popular than Dr. M. S. McMurtry, who was born in Batesville, Ark., in 1880. the son of Dr. Milton McMurtry, a native of Fulton, Mo. Having finished the usual collegiate studies. Milton McMurtry graduated from the Missouri Medical School at St. Louis, receiving the degree of M. D., after which he went to Arkansas to practice.
Later he moved to Erin Springs, Okla., then to Purcell and still later to Oklahoma City. It was in 1906 he located in Clovis, Cal., having in each place established an enviable reputation for skill and intuition. Milton's father, Calvin
McMurtry. was a native of Kentucky, though of Scotch descent, and was for some time the holder of a very responsible position in the United States mail service. The good wife of Dr. Milton McMurtry was Nellie Byers before her marriage, and she was born at Batesville, Ark. Her father came from Philadelphia, and her mother from Boston; and through their happv union she received a very broadening culture. Both Dr. Milton and Mrs. McMurtrv died at Clovis in 1916.
An only child, M. S. McMurtry came to Purcell in 1885 and there attended school; and with his father he made the race into Oklahoma and located claims and lots. While his father continued his practice, the mother and son lived on their claim. He also went to school in Batesville and then he entered the University of Oklahoma at Norman. He was there two vears, when he matriculated at Westminster College, in Fulton, Mo. He graduated in 1900. with the degree of Bachelor of Science.
Entering the University of Missouri, he attended courses in the medical department at Columbia, and graduated in 1902 with the degree of M. D. For two years he was an internee at Parker Memorial Hospital, and then he began to practice in Oklahoma City, where he remained until the fall of 1904.
In that year he moved to California and located at Clovis; and here he resumed his professional practice. He was soon an active member of the County Medical Society of the San Joaquin Valley, the State Medical Society and the American Medical Association; and having profited by postgraduate courses at the New York Polyclinic and the New York Postgraduate College, his learning and fitness were soon generally recognized, and he was made Health Officer for Clovis and Deputy County Health Officer.
He also became surgeon tn the Fresno Flume and Lumber Company, and local surgeon to the Southern Pacific. Taking up the general practice of medicine and surgery, he is also surgeon in charge of the Clovis Sanatorium.
Dr. McMurtry's interests and activities are not confined to medical work alone. With true scientific interest in all about him, he has gratified an ambition to have a practical part in the development of agriculture here, and now owns a fine vineyard near Clovis. He also has ninety acres four miles out of Clovis, sixty-five acres of which are devoted to Calimyrna fig culture. To irrigate his land properly, and to render himself somewhat independent in his ranch operations, Dr. McMurtry has installed his own pumping plant.
Amid the delightful environment of Clovis, the Doctor was married to Lucretia Smith, a native of Selma, who was educated at Clovis and is the daughter of A. P. Smith, the well-known rancher of Clovis. Two children have blessed this marriage. Clayton and Kathleen. Dr. and Mrs. McMurtry attend the Presbyterian Church, and the Doctor, who is indeed a prince among fellows socially, is a member of the local Knights of Pythias, the Woodmen of the World, and the Modern Woodmen of America. While at the University he was popular among the Ipsilon Beta Chi's, and this may be a cue to his general popularity today.
Lucretia Catherine Smith McMurtry
Clayton H McMurtry
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