California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
WILL HAMMOND HOLMES, M. D. — When he located at Riverside in May, 1919, Dr. Holmes brought with him a well-established reputation as a specialist in eye, ear, nose and throat diseases, and for a number of years his work has been practically confined to those lines.
Dr. Holmes was born at Burlington, Iowa, November 6, 1887. His father, S. Perry Holmes, is a native of Illinois, now living at Chicago, and until recently was in the fire insurance business. During the World war he was a captain in the American Protective League. The father of S. Perry Holmes was a United States deputy marshal in Southern Illinois during the Civil war. S. Perry Holmes is of Scotch Irish descent, of Revolutionary stock, and is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, his son. Dr. Holmes, being eligible to the same patriotic society.
Will Hammond Holmes was educated in grammar and high schools, attended the Bradley Polytechnic Institute at Peoria, Illinois, and in 1911 received his medical degree from the Northwestern University Medical School of Chicago. He also did post-graduate work in Rush Medical College at Chicago. From June, 1911, to June, 1913, he was a hospital interne in the Pierce County Hospital at Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Holmes did his first professional work in California at Pomona, where he engaged in general practice in June, 1913. Subsequently he returned to Tacoma, where he confined his practice to the eye, ear, nose and throat. Then in May, 1919, he removed to Riverside. He is a member of the Riverside Community Hospital Association and has professional associations with the Riverside County, California State, Southern California and American Medical Associations. During his residence at Pomona he was health officer one term. He is a member of Pomona Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, a republican in politics and a member of the Congregational Church.
Dr. Holmes married Miss Louise Stone. Their marriage was celebrated April 22, 1913, in the cloister of the Mission Inn' at Riverside. Mrs. Holmes is a native of Michigan, daughter of Judge F. H. Stone, of Hillsdale, that state. She is of English ancestry and of Revolutionary stock. Of the two children born to the marriage of Dr. and Mrs. Holmes one survives, Mary Louise.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011