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ROBERT ADDISON TODD, D. D. S., began the practice of dentistry in California about 1886 and was, at the time of his death a leading dentist at Corona, Riverside County, where he had resided for over twenty-three years.

Dr. Todd was born in Madison County, Indiana, May 16, 1852, and was young at the time of the family removal to Iowa, where he acquired his early education in the public schools and where also he began the study of dentistry, in the city of Des Moines. Later he practiced in Colorado and Montana. In 1885 he graduated in the Pennsylvania Dental College, in the city of Philadelphia, and after thus receiving his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery he came, in 1886, to Los Angeles, California, where he became associated in practice with his elder brother. Dr. Baxter Todd. He continued his professional activities at Los Angeles until 1891 when he removed with his family to Aspen, Colorado, practicing there until 1898, when he came to Corona where he built up a practice which attests alike his professional skill and his personal popularity. Besides dental work he and his wife had various ranching interests and they took a very active part in the trials and hardships which attended the early growth of the orange and lemon industry in Corona. Dr. Todd continued his work until two days before the time of his death. He died at his home in Corona on December 21, 1921, of pneumonia with complications of the heart.

Dr. Todd took an active interest in the affairs of his community but not in order to put himself forward publicly. If a matter of right or wrong was at stake he came forward and let his voice be heard for the right. First and foremost, he was a Christian. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Corona and from boyhood he had been very active in Christian work.

January 10, 1881, recorded the marriage of Dr. Todd to Miss Emma Maria Butchers, who was born in New York City, being taken early in fife to Minnesota. She graduated at the First State Normal School at Winona and taught in the public schools for eight years before her marriage. Dr. and Mrs. Todd became the parents of four children: Grace H., a teacher, resides in Los Angeles ; Robert A., Jr., is deceased ; Gordon B. is in the stocks and bonds business in New York City; and Harry Willard is a teacher.


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