ELON ARWIN ORMSBY, M. D.
One of the leading physicians of southern Alameda county is Dr. Elon A. Ormsby, of Centerville, where for over
two decades he has successfully practiced the healing art, having built up a large and remunerative practice. The
Doctor was born at Petaluma, California, September 8, 1870, a son of Walter Alfred and Lucy Grace (Price) Ormsby,
the former born at Ypsilanti, Michigan, and the latter at Waukesha, Wisconsin. His father was a watchmaker by trade
and was long in the employ of the Illinois Watch Company, serving as foreman for many years. In 1868 he came to
California, locating at Petaluma, where he engaged in watchmaking and where his marriage occurred. Later he became
associated with his, father in the operation of the first planing mill in Petaluma, but the mill and lumber yard
were destroyed by fire, entailing a heavy loss. Mr. Ormsby then went to work at the Blethern & Cary mill, at
First and Washington streets, in Oakland, but later resumed watchmaking, and his death occurred in that city in
1877. He was a republican in politics.
Elon A. Ormsby attended the public schools of Oakland, graduating from the old high school at Twelfth and Market
streets, the first high school in that city. He then matriculated in the California Medical College, in San Francisco,
and won the degree of Doctor of Medicine, in 1896. He engaged in the practice of his profession in Oakland, but
about two and a half years later moved to Ransberg, this state, where he remained two and a half years, going from
there to Concord and thence, three years later, to Linden, where he practiced two years. For the past twenty one
years the Doctor has been in Centerville and has gained a wide reputation as an able and dependable physician.
In 1897 Dr. Ormsby was united in marriage to Miss Augusta N. Rodgers, who was born in England, a daughter of Dr.
Samuel and Elizabeth (Nicholson) Rodgers. She came to this country at the age of eighteen years with her parents,
who located first in San Francisco, but later moved to San Diego. Her father, who was a graduate of Oxford College,
England, was a physician and was on the medical staff of the Bartholomew Hospital. He has also been a clergyman
of the Protestant Episcopal church and had built several churches in England. Dr. and Mrs. Ormsby have five children,
namely, Virginia Grace, Phoebe C., Arwina Elizabeth, Arwin Elon and Dorothy Marjorie. The Doctor is a stanch republican
in his political views and is ready at all times to cooperate with his fellow citizens in all movements for the
betterment of the community along material, civic or moral lines. He is a member of Alameda Lodge, No. 167, A.
F. & A. M., of which he is a past master; Oakland Consistory, A. A. S. R.; and Aahmes Temple, A. A. O. N. M.
S., of Oakland. Cordial and friendly in manner, he has a wide acquaintance and commands the unqualified confidence
and esteem of the entire community.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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