Month 4: Dr. Ellen Brown Seymour
The first Redlands businesswoman, who introduced the orange trees
By Toni Momberger
Dr. Ellen Brown Seymour, city founder Frank Brown’s cousin, came to Redlands from Connecticut on a summer day in 1881, before the roads were paved or a hospital established. She was 49.
Seymour had been married at 21 and widowed at 32.
She opened a medical office on Nov. 26, 1882 in what was then called Prospect House.
Seymour was active in the establishment of Redlands. She secured $600 of the $1,600 raised by public subscription for the town’s first church, and was one of the original directors of the Redlands Water Co.
Her house, at 521 Chestnut Ave., was built in 1891 and was the target of attempted arson 13 times.