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San Bernardino County and Riverside County


FRED B. KELL, M. D., a physician and surgeon whose work has brought him a steadily increasing prominence in professional circles at San Bernardino, Dr. Kell came to this city in 1915, and was reared and educated and received his professional training in the Middle West.

He was born in Jefferson County, Illinois. His father, Charles D. Kell, is also a native of that state, is a medical college graduate, though he never practiced that profession, and his career has been that of a prosperous farmer and at one time he was prominent in Illinois politics. He still owns a large farm in Illinois. Charles D. Kell married Miss Sarah Faust, a native of Illinois. Her father was a California forty-niner.

Dr. Fred B. Kell attended public schools, the Southern Illinois State Normal University at Carbondale, took a two years' business course in Brown's Business College at Centralia, Illinois, and received his M. D. degree from St. Louis Medical University. Before beginning private practice he had one year of training in the St. Louie City Hospital, and in January, 1915, located at San Bernardino. Dr. Kell was in service as a first lieutenant from July 2, 1918, until March 4, 1919. He is a member in good standing of the County, State and American Medical Associations and is affiliated with San Bernardino Lodge of Elks.

At Riverside October 17, 1917, Dr. Kell married Miss Lelia Erma Johnson. She was born in Colorado December 22, 1898, and her parents now reside at Long Beach, California. Dr. and Mrs. Kell have a daughter, Dolores Violet, born March 30, 1920.


History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011