California Genealogy and History Archives
N. BRAMHALL, M. D.
district of Fair Oaks has in Dr. Bramhall an honored member of the
medical profession and a successful practitioner of the science, who
since coming to this locality as a permanent resident in 1902 has
identified himself closely with all the activities of the community, has
contributed to the development of the fruit industry and has promoted
enterprises for the material, educational and professional advancement
of Sacramento county. His residence, with its beautiful setting of lawn
and trees and its attractive location on a slight eminence, is regarded
as one of the most substantial and convenient in the entire district.
Thoroughly modern in all of its appointments, it is utilized not only
for a home but also for an office. Surrounding the neat two-story
residence are two and one-half acres almost wholly studded with native
Bramhall was born in Abingdon, Va., March 18, 1878, and removed with his
parents to Chicago when he was six years of age. His fine mental
endowments came to him as an inheritance from his father. Col. Frank J.
Bramhall, a man of unusual ability, born, reared and educated in New
York City, a graduate of one of the law schools of the metropolis and
for years an attorney of that great city. An appointment as collector of
internal revenue for a district in Virginia caused him to remove to that
state and there he remained for some time discharging the duties
connected with the office. Later he filled a like position in Tennessee.
When he resigned therefrom he removed to Chicago, where he was engaged
in business. Ultimately he removed to California and was among the first
to select a tract at Fair Oaks, where he cleared the land and planted
fruit trees. The last years of his eventful life were quietly passed at
his home in Oakland, this state.
the residence of the family in Chicago Robert N. Bramhall received a
classical education and also completed a course in electrical
engineering, following that occupation for only a short time. Always he
had been attracted by the science of materia medica, and he abandoned
engineering to take up the study of therapeutics, which he prosecuted in
the medical department of North- western University. On the completion
of the regular course in 1902 the degree of M. D. was conferred upon him
by the faculty. Immediately afterward he came to California and joined
his father at Fair Oaks, where he has since devoted his attention to the
practice of his profession and has built up an extensive patronage
extending over the entire settlement and for miles around.
The family of Dr. Bramhall comprises his wife and daughter, Elinor Eugenia. His marriage was solemnized in Chicago July 15, 1902, and united him with Miss Emma E. Smith, who was born in Iowa, but grew to womanhood in Chicago and received a classical education in the city of Boston. Descended from an old family of New England, she comes of distinguished lineage, her grandfather. Rev. Samuel Francis Smith, D. D., having been the author of the national hymn, America. From childhood she has been an adherent of the Baptist denomination and a contributor to its benevolent and missionary movements. The family have a high social standing at Fair Oaks and enjoy to the highest degree the confidence of acquaintances. The Doctor's life is indeed a busy existence. As a relaxation from his professional duties he finds pleasure in looking after his orange and olive grove, which covers fifteen acres in Fair Oaks Colony. These manifold duties do not prevent him from discharging with fidelity every duty as a citizen and every responsibility as a neighbor, and he is always found to be a firm supporter of every principle of justice in civic and social affairs.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011