Contra Costa County












J. WALLACE DEWITT, M.D.  Not alone in Antioch, where he has his office and residence, but also throughout the entire northeastern part of Contra Costa county, Dr. DeWitt has established a professional practice based upon confidence in his skill as a physician and integrity as a man.  The talents he possesses are such as to especially adapt him for successful practice in the science of medicine.


Thoroughly devoted to Antioch and a patriotic citizen of California Dr. DeWitt has made his home on the coast since eighteen years of age.  He was born in Sullivan county, Mo., January 26, 1869.  In childhood he was given such advantages as the family means permitted, it being the desire of his father, Joseph DeWitt, that he should be prepared for life’s responsibilities by the foundation of a good education.  After completing the studies of the State Normal School he came to California in 1887 and settled in San Francisco.  The first employment he secured was that of clerk in a drug store.  While thus occupied he devoted his leisure hours to the study of medicine, for he had already determined to become a physician and surgeon.  His salary as clerk was carefully saved until he had accumulated enough to render possible a thorough course of study in the Cooper Medical College, where he matriculated in 1889 and from which he was graduated in 1892.  For some years after graduating he engaged in practice in San Francisco, where he established a reputation for skilled treatment of diseases of the ear, eye, nose and throat.  In 1898 he opened an office in Antioch, where, in addition to and connected with his general practice, he has conducted a drug business.  For that purpose he bought a building centrally located, remodeled and enlarged the same, and fitted it up for a drug store in front, with consultation parlor and operating room in the rear.  Besides owning this building he has acquired a comfortable home in Antioch.


The marriage of Dr. DeWitt united him with Mrs. Nettie (Chase) Barnum, who was born in Antioch and is a daughter of John G. Chase.  The children of their union are named Donald and Melba.  Dr. DeWitt’s tastes have never led him into politics or public life, and aside from serving as city trustee he has held no official positions.  Yet he has not been neglectful of his duty as a citizen, but has aided in movements for the progress of town and county.  Journals of a professional nature receive his support and he is thoroughly in touch with developments made in therapeutics, desirous of keeping pace with the growth of the science, yet cautious in adopting new discoveries until their value has been proved beyond question.  The Contra Costa County Medical Society numbers him among its members, and he also acts as examining physician for the Independent Order of Foresters and other organizations with which he is associated.  In Masonry he is connected with the blue lodge, chapter and Eastern Star.  He is also a member of the ancient Order of United Workmen, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Rebekahs, and his wife is associated with the Rebekahs and the Eastern Star.





Transcribed by Donna Toole.

­­­­Source: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Pages 931-932. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

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Contra Costa County Biographies

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