Dr. William D. F. Ward, who has recently taken his place among the leading practitioners of Santa Rosa, has had a successful career in his profession, and has gained a merited high place among the physicians of the state. During the decade in which he has been a resident of California he has manifested remarkable skill in the successful prevention of disease and the alleviation of human suffering. He has gained the high regard of the citizens of Santa Rosa during his brief residence among them, and his career in this charming city will be marked with the same high degree of success which has been vouchsafed his previous efforts.

Dr. Ward was born in Canada, January 12, 1855, a son of Burton and Jane (Goodwin) Ward, both deceased. His father was a merchant and farmer. He moved from Canada to Boston, and was naturalized and thereafter remained a citizen of the United States.

Dr. Ward received his early education in the excellent schools of Canada, and attended Amherst Academy in Nova Scotia and other institutions of learning. He received his medical diploma in Canada, and in 1894 took a post-graduate course in California Medical College. He first located for practice in Eureka, Homboldt county, California, and in July, 1903, came to Sonoma county, where he has already gained a fiar share of the professional patronage.

Dr. Ward married, in 1877, Miss Mary Hunter, a daughter of Martin Hunter, of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. They have two sons, Phil Demill and Harry, both at home. Dr. Ward is a Mason, affiliated with the Egyptian Masons, in which branch he has taken ninety degrees.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume I

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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