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Dr. C.K. Ah Fong, 1893
Dr. C.K. Ah Fong, 1893
TitleDr. C.K. Ah Fong, 1893
DescriptionPotrait of Dr. C.K. Ah Fong, an Idaho doctor who practiced Chinese medicine. The photograph was taken in Rocky Bar. Ah Fong moved his practice to Boise in 1894.
Ah Fong was born in Canton China sometime in the 1840's. He came to Idaho in ca. 1866 and became a popular herbal physician. In 1900 Ah Fong filed a suit against the Idaho Board of Medical Examiners who refused him a license to practice medicine despite the fact he held a license from 1887-1897. The board acted on a 1899 law requiring United States citizenship and a degree from a recognized college before issuing a license. The Idaho State supreme court ordered the case to be heard in the Ada district court, where Ah Fong won the right to practice medicine. Ah Fong died in Boise August 19 1927 (at the age of ca. 83).
SubjectChinese Americans; Boise (Idaho); Ada County; Rocky Bar (Idaho); Elmore County; Pioneers; Portraits; Physicians; Ah Fong, C. K.
CoverageUnited States--Idaho (State)--Ada--Boise; United States--Idaho (State)--Elmore--Rocky Bar
Collection SourceBiography File
RepositoryIdaho State Historical Society
ContributorsWashington State University Vancouver Information Services
Project Identifierwsuvp0458
Physical Description4 in. x 6 in.
FormatOriginal images were scanned as 300 dpi TIFF files on a Microtek 9600XL scanner. 72 dpi JPEG files were then added to the CONTENT database at the WSU Libraries.
RightsTo obtain a copy of this item, or request permission to publish, contact the Idaho State Historical Society Library and Archives, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise,ID. 83712-8250, 208-334-3356.
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