Henry Finger was reared on his father's farm in San Mateo county, and graduated from the high school at Redwood City.
When seventeen years of age he entered the University of California as a member of the first class of pharmacy, and there obtained his education in the drug business.
In 1872 he came to Santa Barbara as pharmacist for Robert Breitzmann, and after three years established a drug store of his own in the Clock building. During the years intervening between 1875 and 1890 he catered to a large and increasing trade, and discontinued his chosen occupation only because of a stubborn siege of illness which promised no immediate surcease, and from which he has even yet not fully recovered.
In 1891 he was appointed to the state board of pharmacy by Governor Markham and served for six years...He has varied interests in Santa Barbara, and as proof of his faith in the continued prosperity of his adopted town has invested inconsiderable real estate. - Historical and Biographical Record of Southern California, page 1089.
Henry James Finger, an apothecary, chemist b. San Francisco, Mar, 19, 1853 son of Theodore and Wilhelmina (Koch) educated public schools, California College of Pharmacy, 1871, 72 married Ella Chase Huntley, of New Haven, Conn. June 9, 1886. Clerk in drug store, Redwood City, Cal., 1869 removed to Santa Barbara, 1872. Member California State Board of Pharmacy almost continuously since 1891 (ex-president) author of California's pharm. law, act regulating sale of poisons act regulating itinerant vendors of drugs, and California laws relating to detention and cure of inebriates and drug victims. Appointed by President Taft delegate International Opium Conference, The Hague, 1911, 12 (member technical committee and signed treaty in behalf of U. S. Government). Member California Pharmacy Association, Progressive Republican, Unitarian. Author of numerous papers and published addresses concerning narcotic and other habit-forming drugs regarded as an authority on the subjects. - bio in Who's Who in America vol XI page 945
Found him on the 1860 Township 3, San Mateo, California census (img 19) as Henry Finger
Found him on the 1870 Township 3, San Mateo, California census (img 6) age 17, apprentice to druggist.
Found him on the 1880 Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California census (dist 82 img 7) as H. J. Finger
age 27, appothecary. He is single and living alone.
Found him on the 1900 Santa Barbara Ward 5, Santa Barbara, California census (dist 154 img 13) age 47, apothecary. Also in his household are Alamena Tuttle
and Louise Tuttle
Found him on the 1920 Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California census (dist 92 img 1) as Henry J. Finger
age 66, chemist, state board phar.
Found him on the 1930 Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California census (dist 17 img 1) as Henry J. Finger
age 77, no occupation. Also in his household is Mary E. Eddy
age 52, servant.