Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Dr. Frank R. Hart, who was engaged in the practice of medicine for twenty-two years and holds a creditable professional position in Pacific Grove, is a native of Modesto, Stanislaus county, California, born June 16, 1879, the son of Dr. A. J. and Sarah (Coombs) Hart, both natives of the state of Maine. His father was a physician in New England and he came to California in 1869, settling in Modesto, where' he practiced medicine for thirty years. In 1892 he removed to Pacific Grove and here, as elsewhere, he soon enjoyed the confidence that inevitably comes to a man knowing his field of labor and doing his simple duty therein. Both of these worthy parents are now dead, but two sons do honor to their memory-Dr. Frank R. Hart and Charles E. Hart, of San Francisco. The father was a member of Pacific Grove Lodge, No. 182, I. O. 0. F.

Frank R. Hart was thirteen years of age when the family moved to Pacific Grove, where he attended the public schools and during his student days was a member of the first football team organized in the Pacific Grove high school, on which he played half back, subsequently he was a student at Stanford University and in preparation for a professional career he was duly graduated after a course in the Hahnemann Hospital of the Pacific, receiving the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1903. He first practiced at Suisun, Solano county, and then at Santa Cruz, and he had won a worth-while reputation before he came to Pacific Grove in 1916.

It was natural that, when the World war called for Americans to sacrifice their personal interests he should volunteer early. He trained at Camp Fremont, and went overseas as first lieutenant with the Eighth Division, stationed first at Brest. Later he was with the Seventy-ninth Division and was also with the Three Hundred and Fifteenth Field Artillery of the Fifth Division, at Luxembourg, belonging to the sanitary train of the Field Hospital. He spent altogether one year and nine months in France. Returning, he organized the American Legion Post No. 283, of Pacific Grove.

In San Francisco, in the year 1905, Dr. Hart was married to Miss Mollie Scaroni, a native of Santa Cruz, by whom he has had two sons, Archie John and Franklin Joseph. Dr. Hart belongs to Monterey Lodge, No. 1285, B. P. O. E., and to Pacific Grove Lodge, No. 331, A. F. & A. M. He organized the American Legion Post of Pacific Grove. Here he has interested himself in the affairs of the fast-developing town; and besides belonging to the County and State Medical Associations, he is an ex-president of the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.