SF Call 1Dr. Adam Shirk (December 20, 1840 – January 12, 1907) was an alienist (i.e., a doctor of psychiatry) and surgeon. He was also in charge of the Alameda County Infirmary for several years. 1

Shirk was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, graduating in 1862. He served as surgeon for a Pennsylvania regiment during the Civil War. 2

Dr. Shirk was assistant superintendent of the Harrisburg Hospital for the Insane at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Then he served as the superintendent of the State Hospital for the Insane at Austin, Texas. 1 In 1888, he applied to become the resident physician at the Alameda County Infirmary 3 and took charge in 1889.

He married Virginia Harbert (Shirk) on July 11, 1867. They had  a son, Adam Hull Shirk, and Virginia had two sons by a earlier marriage, E.L. and J.W. Harbert. 5

In 1900, he had a private practice at 857 Broadway with a druggist, Shirk and Simms. His son worked as a clerk for the business.

In 1900, the family lived at 163 - 10th Street. 4

His son Adam Shirk was manager at the Reliance Athletic Club.

Dr. Shirk died "after a lingering illness", and was buried in the Grand Army of the Revolution Plot in Mountain View Cemetery.

1893 5

Links and References

  1. Death Summons Noted Alienist San Francisco Call January 13, 1907
  2. Prominent Alienist Ill San Francisco Call October 25, 1906
  3. The Eastern Shore Daily Alta California November 3, 1888
  4. Husted's Oakland 1900
  5. Physicians and Surgeons of America by Irving A. Watson, A.M., M.D. 1893