Palo Alto


The city of Palo Alto is fortunate in having a most complete and up-to-date veterinary hospital, owned and operated by Ernest C. Zickendrath, which is complete and modern in every detail. He was born at Greensburg, the county seat of Decatur County, Ind., February 15, 1877. His father was Frederick William Zickendrath, a German by birth and a baker and confectioner by occupation. His mother passed away at the Indiana home in 1900, when our subject was twenty-three years old, and the father makes his home with our subject. They were the parents of two sons: William M., succeeding to his father's business in Greensburg, Ind., and Ernest C., grew up in Indiana and graduated from the Greensburg high school with the class of 1895; in the fall of 1907 he came to California.

The marriage of Mr. Zickendrath occurred in Berkeley during his second year as student in the San Francisco Veterinary College, and he and his wife lived in Berkeley until the fall of 1911, when they moved to Palo Alto. Mrs. Zickendrath before her marriage was Grace T. Jones, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, a daughter of Evan Winthrop Jones, a native of Wales; her mother was Maria Thursfield, born in Ireland of English parentage. Mrs. Zickendrath was reared and school in Ohio; later she took a course at Denison University majoring in music; she is a fine pianiste and has held the position of organist in the Baptist Church of Palo Alto; she took a two-years' post-graduate musical course in Berlin under the great German pianist Prof. Oscar Raif.

Immediately upon arriving in Palo Alto Dr. Zickendrath opened an office on Hamilton Avenue and practiced for two years and a half before their present residence was built in 1913. They purchased three-quarters of an acre and erected a beautiful residence, Mrs. Zickeidrath drawing the plans herself. The hospital was built in the rear and Dr. Zickendrath specializes in the care of household pets, and has built up an exclusive and lucrative patronage. He is a frequent contributor to the American Veterinary Journal and a stockholder in the Growers Bank of San Jose, while both he and Mrs. Zickendrath are active members of the Baptist Church of Palo Alto.

From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1445

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