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Victor Capron

Victor Capron

Victor J. Capron (August 25, 1867 November 16, 1934) was an American politician in the state of Washington. He served as a Friday Harbor Town Council member, 1911–1912; as mayor, 1912-1914 and 1930–1932; member of the Washington House of Representatives,[1] 1913–1917, 1923–1927; and member of the state Board of Health, 1919–1934.

V. J. Capron
Capron in 1913
Member of the Washington House of Representatives for the 52nd district
In office
Mayor of Friday Harbor
In office
1912-1914, 1930-1932
Member, Friday Harbor Town Council
In office
Personal details
Born(1867-08-25)August 25, 1867
Ava, New York, United States
DiedNovember 16, 1934(1934-11-16) (aged 67)
Seattle, Washington, United States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Fanny Valentine Kirk
RelationsPeter Kirk, steel manufacturer and founder of Kirkland, Washington
ChildrenMarjorie and Victor
Residence(s)Friday Harbor, Washington
Alma materJefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1888
OccupationDoctor, legislator

He was born in Rome, New York; graduated in 1888 from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia; served as resident physician of St. Luke's Hospital in South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and surgeon of the Norwegian Deaconess Home and Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

In 1893, he became government physician in Kau, Hawaii, where he was credited with containing a cholera epidemic; and in 1898 became town doctor at Roche Harbor, Washington. He opened a hospital in Friday Harbor; established the island's first telephone system so he could better respond to medical needs in Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor; invented an X-ray machine powered by his vehicle so he could assess injuries on site; and invested in agricultural enterprises.

His most well-known legacies as a legislator include Trout Lake Dam, the town's fresh water system established when he was mayor of Friday Harbor; and the Capron Fund, which returns to Island and San Juan counties a portion of gas tax revenue and vehicle registration fees they generate to help fund road maintenance and construction. Those counties are separated by water from the state's road network.

Dr. Capron married Fanny Kirk, daughter of steel manufacturer Peter Kirk (1840-1916), founder of Kirkland, Washington. The Caprons' son, Victor Jr., (1908-1986), served on the Friday Harbor Town Council from 1934 to 1941. A grandson, Victor Capron III (1934-), served on the Friday Harbor Town Council from 1976 to 1979 and on the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee.

Dr. Capron is the subject of chapter five in the book "Roche Harbor" (Arcadia Publishing, 2009).


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