Lockwood, William Ellison (Dr.) (1863-1897)

Dr. William Ellison Lockwood was born at North Stamford, Conn., in l863, and died at Redlands June 23, l897.  He passed his early life in Stamford; was graduated from the scientific department of Yale University in the class of l883, and received his degree of M.D. from the Yale Medical School two years later.  For two years Dr. Lockwood practiced his profession in New Haven and then devoted himself to the special study of physiology, which he intended to make his life work.  While continuing his studies for the post-graduate degree of Ph.D. he was also engaged as instructor in chemistry and tutor in physiology in the Yale Medical School and in the graduate Academic department of Yale. June 30, l887, Dr. Lockwood was married to Miss Sarah E. Husted, who was for years a teacher in the New Haven High School, making a specialty of English.  Mrs. Lockwood is the author of textbooks on the study of English, which are now widely used in schools and colleges.  One of the most successful is her “Lessons in English.”  She also revised for Professor Whitney of Yale University, his “Essentials of English Grammar,” which is now known as “ Whitney and Lockwood’s English Grammar.”


In l891 Dr. Lockwood was appointed Fellow in Physiology in Clark University, Worcester, Mass.  Here a very successful career as a scientist seemed open to him, but his strength had already been over-taxed and his health failed him.  Compelled to resign his position, he came to Redlands in l892 with his family.  He purchased eighteen acres of land on Redlands Heights, had it set to orchards, and after living two years on Fourth Street, built a residence on this property, where he lived until his death. Although largely occupied by the cares of this ranch, Dr. Lockwood found time and strength to act for three years and a half as clerk of the First Congregational church, and he also served as clerk of the board of trustees of the Redlands school district for parts of two terms.  Dr. Lockwood made many friends in Redlands, who recognized and respected his high qualities as a man, an educator and a citizen and deplored his early death.  He was one of those who, although very reserved and unostentatious, impress their personalities upon all who know them well and command esteem by a quiet dignity of character.


Mrs. Lockwood with her two children, Lucy May and William Ellison, Jr., will continue to reside in Redlands.


(Source : Illustrated Redlands, 1897  p.34)