MEETING # 1546

4:00 P.M.

DECEMBER 15, 1994

Redlands at Fortnightly's Beginnings:

by James A. Fallows M.D.

Assembly Room, A. K. Smiley Public Library

Introduction and Summary

Redlands in 1895

When I realized that my paper was to be given in early 1995, or, as it turns out, just before 1995, I became interested in finding out more about 1895, the year of Fortnightly Club’s founding. Therefore I used the A.K. Smiley Public Library’s Viewer-Printer to look at each issue of Redlands’ two 1895 newspapers, the Redlands Facts and the Citrograph. Using a recorder, I dictated notes from interesting or significant articles and later transcribed them into computer text files. Later I categorized the items by place and by subject.

The information about 1895 is in three forms. First, the complete paper which is stored in the library, with 1895 in the world, in United States, in California, in San Bernardino County, and in Redlands. Second, the oral presentation for this evening, with selected topics about Redlands only. Third, the miniaturized handout with fifteen pages of abstracted Redlands in 1895 information for readers’ later reference.

As a side-benefit of the study, I went through the files of the Heritage Room of the A.K. Smiley Public Library to yield three notebooks containing information about the houses and commercial buildings of Redlands in 1895, with street maps, house and building descriptions, and photocopies where available. These three thick notebooks are sorted by street address for easy access. Just ahead of the photocopies and text, I have included two printouts of the list of houses, one sorted by address, and the other sorted alphabetically, mostly by the original owner’s surname.

Although the photocopies are for identification rather than beauty, they can lead to direct viewing with increased appreciation of the fine people of old Redlands who created these houses and buildings that we enjoy. I applaud the countless people, who over the years, have photographed or described the houses and to those who have gathered and preserved the records. They are stored in the Heritage Room for the public use.

The able and interested Heritage Room staff, with whom I have spent many weeks, Christie Hammond, Joanna McCrary, Don McCue, and Kellie Long, are a good team, with Larry Burgess’ lead. My wife, Jean, as always, encouraged and supported the hours of computer sorting and printing of the data involved.

This evening I plan to tell of some of the highlights of Redlands in 1895.


James A. Fallows M.D. is a retired physician, having practiced Internal Medicine at the Beaver Medical Clinic for 35 years until retirement in 1990.

He was born in Abington, Pennsylvania, in 1925. After graduation from Harvard Medical School, he trained at hospitals in Philadelphia, and served in the U.S. Navy at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center, and first came to California to be on the staff of the U.S. Naval Hospital in Corona, California. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology.

In Redlands he has served on the School Board, headed the Intensive Care Unit for its first fifteen years. At times he has been active with The Redlands Racquet Club, Redlands Mounted Police, Rim-of-the-World Riders, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Trinity Episcopal Church, the Fortnightly club, the Beaver Medical Clinic Foundation, and others. In his medical practice and subsequently he has been interested in and aided by computers.

His wife, Jean, his four children and their families have always been a joy to him.


The World and Redlands in 1895, The Year of Fortnightly Club’s Founding.

(Click on any blue underlined link)


  1. Government
  2. Disaster
  3. Inventions
  4. Arts
  5. Literature
  6. News
  7. Sport

United States

  1. Government Policy
  2. National Personnel
  3. National Concerns
  4. Invention
  5. Art, Music
  6. News
  7. Social
  8. Sport
  9. Business


  1. Government

San Bernardino

  1. Government


  1. Advertisements in the Daily Facts
  2. Arts
  3. Citrus (See VI below)
  4. Construction
  5. Education
  6. Fortnightly Club
  7. Government
  8. Journalism
  9. Library & Parks
  10. Medical
  11. News
  12. People
  13. Religion
  14. Sports
  15. Utilities



Births in Redlands

Deaths in Redlands

Landscape Advice of A.K. Smiley