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   W. W. RAMSEY, D. D. S.   Although but in the beginning of his professional career, Dr. Ramsey has already established a reputation for broad and accurate knowledge of the science of dentistry and has an assured position among the professional men of Madera County.  When he came to the city of Madera in the summer of 1901 he succeeded to the practice of Dr. A. T. Lockwood.  Since then, through his skillful handling of the work given him, has gained the confidence of the people and enjoys an increasing practice together with a growing reputation for professional skill.  In his office are all the equipments necessary to modern dentistry, and such inventions as he believes to be helpful he utilizes in his work.

   In his lineage Dr. Ramsey is of old Virginian stock.  His parents, Joseph and Jenny (Sharp) Ramsey, were natives of the Old Dominion, but settled in Texas after their marriage, the father embarking in the cattle business near Dallas.  Dr. Ramsey, who was an only child, was born in Dallas, May 8, 1875, and was but one year old when his father died.  Afterward the widowed mother returned to Virginia and settled among relatives in Abingdon, Washington County, where he was sent to the public schools.  The education there acquired was supplemented by attendance at Liberty Hall Academy and Glade Spring Military Academy.  When in his junior year he left the latter institution and removed to Kewannee, Ill., after which he traveled for a Chicago house for about four years, his territory covering the middle west.

   Coming to California, in 1895 Dr. Ramsey has since made this state his home, and his mother also lives here, having her home in Redlands.  After he had spent two years in Southern California he took up dental work with a cousin, Dr. Sharp, in Lodi , and soon decided to make the profession his life-work.  With that object in view he matriculated in College of Physicians and Surgeons in  San Francisco, department of dental surgery, from which he was graduated June 23, 1901, receiving the degree of D. D. S.  After his graduation he came to Madera, where he has since given his attention to professional duties.  Along the line of his profession he is identified with the State Dental Association , also with the Alumni Association of his alma mater.  With his wife, formerly Cora Tooker, a native of Iowa, he holds a high position socially and is welcomed in the best circles of Madera.  Although born in the south and reared in the east, he is loyal to the state of his adoption, has been a careful and thoughtful student of California’s early history, and believes in her ultimate destiny as one of the greatest commonwealths in our nation, offering to her citizens beauties of climate and commercial opportunities unsurpassed by any state.  To a gentleman of his genial temperament, association with fraternal organizations provides a desirable form of recreation, and since coming to Madera he has affiliated with Lodge no. 280, F. & A. M., in which he was made a Mason, also the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Woodmen of the World and Modern Woodmen of America.

Guinn, J. M., History of the State of California and Biographical Record of the San Joaquin Valley, California, (Chicago: Chapman Publishing, 1905), page 690.

Transcribed by Harriet Sturk.

Last update: September 18, 2000
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