Early Residents of Monrovia

Lewis D. Remington

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Birthdate: August 31, 1869

Birthplace: Pontiac, Michigan

Occupation: Doctor

Properties Owned: 145 Stedman Place

Lewis Durkee Remington was born on August 31, 1869, in Pontiac, Michigan, to William and Mary (Graham).  Lewis was the third of five sons, and his father was a minister. 

Lewis worked in education, serving as principal at a high school principal in Fenton, Michigan. But his wife, Maud Lila (Holdridge) had a lung disease.  He brought her to Monrovia, California, to be treated at Pottenger Sanitorium which specialized in diseases of the lungs.  Unfortunately, Maud Lila died, leaving Lewis a widower with their daughter, Beatrice Dorothea (1904-1983).

His experience with his wife turned Lewis into a different direction professionally.  He went to medical school and received his MD in California in 1909.  He became an instructor of diseases of the chest at the University of Southern California and taught there from 1912-1915.  He went on to be a lecturer at the same school from 1915-1916, and an assistant professor from 1916-1918. 

In 1910, he married again to Cassie A. Prentiss.  The first evidence of them living in Monrovia is from the 1910 census.  It reports them and Beatrice as living at 146 N. Primrose Avenue and his profession as physician with a specialty of the heart and lungs.  Because of his medical specialty and previous experience with Pottenger Sanitorium, he may have been associated with the clinic and the other doctors there, but he definitely had his own medical practice in Monrovia.  The 1911 directory for Monrovia gives his business address as 603 ½ S. Myrtle Avenue.  Later, his practice was located at 416 S. Ivy Avenue.

He served during World War I  in the Marine Corps.  In a transport list (undated), his name appears in the column under sick and wounded attached to Headquarters, 40th Division, DSO.  In another transport list, he is listed as a captain.


According to his granddaughter, Marie, he used the front room of the Stedman house as his office and was an avid gardener. On his days off he would work in the yard until 11 a.m., then come in, shower, put his suit on, have lunch and then take fruit, veggies or flowers to his patients.

He died on June 12, 1963, in Orange, California, at the age of 93, and was buried in Fenton, Michigan.

Sources:

Ancestry.com. U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.

Brimhall, Dean R. & J. McKeen Cattell, eds.  American Men of Science: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume 3.  1921.  Press of the New Era Printing Press, Lancaster.He lived at 146 Primrose and in 1939 built a home for his third wife at 145 Stedman Place. Was Chairman of the Monrovia Branch of the Los Angeles County Medical  Association in 1928-1929. Had an office at 416 S. Ivy Avenue near the fire station.

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