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DR. MARY ADELAIDE STOLZ, a resident of Redlands for nearly twenty years, is a remarkable woman in many respects. Of strong character and personality, she has made her journey through life a most successful one, not alone from the professional and financial standpoint, but socially and in every walk of life she aspired to. By all who know her, Dr. Stolz is regarded as a noble woman, a splendid type of womanhood, and the religious influences which surrounded her childhood have had much to do with the shaping of her life, for one of the prominent traits of her character is her faith in the great fundamental truths which lie at the base of the Christian religion and which to her are a vital and living reality.

She has always had a living, loving interest in people, and is always interested in every movement for the uplift of humanity, and the wide and varied experiences of her active and interesting career show that all humanity with whom she came in contact interested her and awakened her sympathy. She has the gift of making of every acquaintance a sincere friend.

Few women left as Dr. Stolz was, with a family of children to rear unaided, could have accomplished what she has and given such children to the world, children who will, and have, made the world the better for their having lived in it, just as their mother did.

Dr. Stolz was born in the picturesque environment of Waimea, Island Kauai, of the Hawaiian Islands, on September 26, 1853. Her father was George Berkeley Rowell, a native of Cornish, New Hampshire, who was born in 1815. He was a graduate of the Andover Theological Seminary and of Amherst College, and was a missionary to the Islands from 1842 until 1884, a life time spent in splendid service, for he passed on in 1884, while still working for his people. The mother of Dr. Stolz was Melvina J. (Chapin) Rowell, a native of Newport, New Hampshire, born in 1816. She died in Crafton, California, in 1902. They were the parents of seven children, of whom Dr. Stolz was the youngest. She graduated from Mt. Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1875, and on January 1, 1880, in the Hawaiian Islands, she was married to Herbert Louis Stolz, of Brooklyn, New York, who was born in Buenos Aires, February 24, 1858. He was a teacher and also a sugar planter. In 1892, while performing his duty as a sheriff, he was shot to death by a former pupil, a leper. A reservation had been set aside for lepers, many of whom had taken refuge in the Kalalau Valley, and it was here Mr. Stolz was killed while attempting to take the man to the reservation.

After the death of her husband, Dr. Stolz returned to New York, as she had to support and educate her children. She studied medicine in the Medical College and Hospital for Women of the Homeopathic School in New York. She was graduated in 1897 with the degree of M. D. She practiced most successfully for three years in Brooklyn, New York, and then decided to make her home in California. This she did, in 1902 locating in Redlands and engaging in practice as a Homeopathic physician in general practice. She has made a success of her work in her adopted home and occupies a prominent place in medical circles.

In all civic affairs she has always taken a deep interest and is regarded as a dependable factor in any work for the advancement or uplift of Redlands. She is a director of the Young Women's Christian Association, of the Day Nursery and of the Associated Charities, and an earnest worker in all the work pertaining to these organizations, for which she is fitted to a remarkable degree. Dr. Stolz is an active worker in the various women's clubs of the city, being a member of the Contemporary Club, the Spinet Club and the Post Meridian Club. She is a member of the Congregational Church.

Dr. Stolz was the mother of six children, of whom four died in childhood, Frederick William, Francis Carlos, Louis Berkeley, and Malcolm Rowell. Rosemary, born September 28, 1880, was a graduate of Stanford University. She was librarian of the Redlands High School and also of the Technical High School in Oakland, California. She was married to Leslie Abell, a teacher in the Oakland Technical High School, January 1, 1917. She died three months later, March 29, 1917.

The fifth child of Dr. Stolz is Dr. Herbert Stolz, a brilliant, talented young man, well known not only in California and the east, but nationally and abroad as well. His career is in itself most interesting, and he has played a distinguished part in a comparatively brief span of life, a worthy son of a most worthy and devoted mother. He was born August 20, 1886, and graduated from the Redlands High School, entering Stanford University in 1906, and was graduated with the class of 1911. He took only one year out of college and in that he assisted in building the famous "Snark" of Jack London's, the noted author being a warm friend of his, and he sailed with him on that hazardous trip. He left the Snark at Honolulu and returned to his studies at Stanford University.

He was the private secretary to Dr. Jordan, president of Stanford University, and thus earned his own expenses for two years. He went with Dr. Jordan as secretary of the Fish Commission, adjusting the fishing rights between Canada and the United States.

He won the Cecil Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, England which, as everyone knows, required not only the finest scholarship, but the highest personal character as well, and he passed the tests for both most brilliantly. After his years at Oxford he returned to Stanford University and took his M. D. degree. He was appointed professor of athletics of Stanford University. Of course, when the war broke out he joined the army, in the Medical Volunteers, serving at Fort Riley, Kansas, and Camp Cody, New Mexico, before going overseas, where his service was in keeping with his record. After the armistice was signed he returned to the United States and was stationed at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, until he resigned from the army June 1, 1920. He was then made assistant supervisor of physical education of California and stationed at Sacramento, and is now supervisor. While overseas he was director of some of the Inter-Allied athletic games carried on in the vicinity of Paris.

In 1915 he married Miss Margaret A. Post, a graduate of Stanford University and a former resident of Redlands. She was a granddaughter of Mrs. Hotchkiss of that city. She died in 1918 and was buried in Redlands.

On June 1, 1919, he married, in a little American church in France, Miss Edgell Adams, a Young Men's Christian Association worker overseas. She was a pianist of note from Birmingham, Alabama, and formerly had a studio in that city.

The sixth child of Dr. Mary A. Stolz, was Malcolm Rowell, who died in his infancy.


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