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            Among the prominent professional men of Tuolumne County, California, no one is better or more favorably known than R. Innis Bromley, M. D., the subject of this sketch.  His birth took place in Contra Costa County, California, January 24, 1857, his ancestry being English and easily traced to a period prior to the Revolutionary War.  His paternal great-great-grandfather, William Bromley, was one of the patriots of colonial days and was a member of the Committee of Safety from Vermont, in which state he lived and died at a patriarchal age.  His son John died in 1828.  Another son, named Lewis, was born in 1787 and was a veteran of the War of 1812.  His son, Major John Lewis Bromley, was the father of our subject.  Major Bromley was born in Baltimore, Maryland, December 25, 1820, and through service in the Mexican War received his title of military authority.  His company was among the first to enter the city of Mexico in 1847.

            Major Bromley started to California in the spring of 1852 by way of Cape Horn, and was six months on the passage.  He located in San Francisco and started there the first business in the commission line in that city and became well known and very prominent.  Later he removed to Contra Costa County, where he bought a large ranch, and for a number of years engaged in the raising of stock.  After a busy life he retired in advancing age to Oakland, where he now resides, eighty years of age, still hale and hearty.

            The marriage of Major Bromley took place in Baltimore, Maryland, to Miss Anna Levering, a native of that city.  She accompanied her husband to California, although the life of the rough and lusty young city must often have tried her severely, reared as she had been amidst the refinements and luxuries of Baltimore.  History must credit the brave women who thus assisted in the civilizing process of early California life for a great part of the culture and magnificence she has now attained.  Seven of their eleven children still survive Mr. and Mrs. Bromley; all of them respected citizens of the state.

            Dr. Bromley, our subject, was educated in the excellent schools of Oakland, where he attended the academy and later became a student in the California State University, in both scientific and medical departments, graduating at the latter in 1882.  For six years he practiced his profession in San Francisco, for some years being an assistant professor of surgery in the university; was one of the visiting physicians of St. Luke’s Hospital; the examining physician for the Hartford life Insurance Company, and its medical supervisor for the Pacific coast.

            In 1887 Dr. Bromley removed to Sonora, where he has had a most satisfactory practice ever since.  His skill as a surgeon is recognized and he is frequently called to go long distances to assist brother physicians.  The Doctor has invented and patented a number of surgical instruments that have met with the approbation of the profession, and is the author of many valuable papers on interesting subjects which have appeared in the scientific and medical magazines.

            Dr. Bromley was married in 1895 to Miss Fanny Mansfield, a native of Columbia, Tuolumne County, a daughter of William Mansfield, a respected and early settler of that town, a cousin of General Mansfield.  Two children have been born to the Doctor and his accomplished wife, Innis and Fanny, making a charming family to inhabit the delightful home which is theirs, in a pleasant part of the city.

            Educational matters have always claimed a large portion of the time of Dr. Bromley, and he has consented to serve as a trustee of the school board at times.  He is a Republican in politics, and is socially connected with the Knights of Pythias and the Foresters organizations.  Personally he is a man to command the esteem of all.  He has lived to see the commercial development of his state and has done his part for the welfare of his section.




Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: “A Volume of Memoirs and Genealogy of Representative Citizens of Northern California”, Pages 526-527. Chicago Standard Genealogical  Publishing Co. 1901.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.




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