L. J. LISTA, M. D.
††††† As a representative of the medical profession, Dr. L. J. Lista is held in high esteem throughout Siskiyou County, having built up a large practice at Mount Shasta, where he is recognized as one of the ablest physicians and most skillful surgeons who has ever practiced in this section of the state.† He was born in Italy, on the 2nd of January, 1896, and is a son of Joseph and Mary (Secreto) Lista.† His father was long prominent in educational work, having served as a professor of philosophy, but later he turned his attention to commercial affairs, with which he was identified to the time of his death, in 1929.† The mother still lives in Italy.
††††† Dr. Lista attended the public schools of his native country, and in 1913, when seventeen years of age, came to the United States.† Locating in West Virginia, he attended grade school and high schools, after which he entered George Washington University.† Soon afterwards the United States became involved in the World War and he enlisted in the Signal Corps, being sent to the training school at Burlington, Vermont, where he remained until the signing of the Armistice, when he was honorably discharged.† For a while he taught in the Emerson Institute, in Washington, D. C., and served as assistant secretary of the young Menís Christian Association of that city, teaching Spanish, French and Latin.† His original desire had been to enter the medical profession, but he now turned his attention to the study of law, attending the National University Law School for one year.† By that time he had determined to devote his life to the practice of the healing art, to which end he entered the medical school of George Washington University, and later, the medical department of the University of Maryland.† Prior to that he had taken a course in George Washington University and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts.† He now went to Europe in order to round out his medical education, attending the summer sessions of the liberal arts department of the University of Siena, after which he entered the medical department of that university as an intern in surgery.† He also did post-graduate work in Vienna, Venice and Naples, and in 1928 returned to the United States.† Locating in Oakland, California, he became resident physician of the Alameda County Hospital, where he served from September, 1928, until June, 1929, when he entered upon the private practice of his profession in that city.† Shortly afterward he came to Mount Shasta, where he has since conducted a general practice in medicine and surgery.† He prefers surgery, however, as his special field of practice and has performed a number of the most successful major operations in this section of the state.† The people of Mount Shasta are now engaged in a campaign for the erection of a hospital, to cost one hundred thousand dollars, which will be under the management of Dr. Lista.
††††† In 1919 Dr. Lista was united in marriage to Miss Hazel Beatrice Weekley, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, who received a college education.† They are the parents of a daughter, Mary.† Dr. Lista is a member of the American Legion and the Alpha Kappa Kappa medical fraternity.† He is also affiliated with the Siskiyou County Medical Society, the California State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.† He is closely devoted to his professional work, of which he is a constant student, and takes a sincere interest in the personal welfare of every patient, without regard to their social standing or their ability to pay for his services.† He is a kindly and genial man, possessing to a marked degree those qualities which inspire confidence on the part of the sick, and all who know him hold him in the highest esteem.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J. W. Major, History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 340-343. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co.† Chicago 1931.
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