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Lewis D.


August 31, 1869


Pontiac, Michigan

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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.

For more detailed biographical information on the Crandall and Denslow families, contact the Monrovia Historical Museum Foundation.  A fee will be charged for access to the information.

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