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Since 1909 Dr. W. K. Lindsay has been city physician, health officer and secretary of the board of health of Sacramento. He was born at Sheldon, Sacramento county, September 4, 1877, and when he was thirteen years old the family moved into the city and for six years he attended the public schools. Pie then took a four-year course in the University of California and was graduated from the medical department in 1901 with the degree of M. D. He began his medical practice in Courtland, but five years afterwards moved to Sacramento, where he has since practiced his profession. When the new charter for Sacramento was adopted in July, 1912, the board of health was abolished, but he was continued in office as health officer and city physician. He has been very active ever since his graduation in advocating measures for the prevention of contagious diseases and the complete stamping out of the same. In 1907 he was appointed as special inspector by the board of health of Sacramento, and in this way he became well and favorably known. On the resignation of Dr. H. L. Nichols, who desired to retire, Dr. Lindsay was appointed health officer in January, 1909, since when he has filled that important office. The summer of 1912 was strenuous because of the concerted movement to eradicate rabies which was prevalent among all canines, several persons having suffered injury from bites, and the board of health found it necessary to give them the Pasteur treatment. Then came the infantile paralysis scare, but by rigid quarantine the disease was abated and finally wiped out.

The father and grandfather of the doctor, both named William K. Lindsay, crossed the plains in 1851 with ox-teams and settled on the Cosumne river. They were dairymen and farmers on a large scale. The grandfather owned two thousand acres of fine, fertile soil; he was a supervisor of the county of Sacramento for a number of years and resigned the office in 1859. Dr. Lindsay's father mar- ried in 1876 Miss Maria A. Tuttle, who was born in New York. She had come to California from the state of New York in 1870 and had taught school until her marriage. They were the parents of five children, namely: William K. is the subject of this review. James Albert is now a practicing dentist in Sacramento. Helen Salome is the wife of James H. Hayes, traffic manager of the Pacific Fruit Exchange. Landon Sanders was a farmer on the Homestead Tract, and was accidentally drowned in 1907; the family still own eight hundred and eighty acres of farm and dairy land in this tract. Elmira Ann, the youngest in the family, died in infancy.

Dr. William K. Lindsay married Etha Mae Walker, daughter of Henry C. Walker, formerly a prominent business man in Detroit, Mich., but who had come to this state for his health. The children of this marriage are: Almira Maude, born June 2, 1902; William Kinkade, born December 2, 1904; and Walker Henderson, born Jan- uary 28, 1906. Naturally Dr. Lindsay is broadly interested in all public questions both in and out of his profession. He is a member of the Sacramento Society for Medical Improvement, a member of the State Medical Society and also of the American Medical Association and the Northern District Medical Society. In fraternity he is a Scottish Rite Mason, a past district deputy grand president of the Native Sons of the Golden West, and a past president of Court- land Parlor No. 106 of that order. "With Mrs. Lindsay he is an active member of the Eastern Star and of the Congregational Church. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011