Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


On the 28th of July, 1887, Dr. Rollin Reeves was born at Johnson City, Tennessee, a son of William R. and Mary (Murphy) Reeves. For at least four generations the Reeves family has been identified with the affairs and the development of the resources of eastern Tennessee. Doctor Reeves' great-grandfather and grandfather were both natives of the state. The latter was William P. Reeves, whom old residents recall as an active and influential citizen. William R. Reeves, the Doctor's father, has also been keenly interested in public matters and is at present (1924) a member of the Tennessee legislature.

Rollin Reeves attended the local schools in his boyhood. After completing the high school course he took the academic course in Emory and Henry College, and received his degree of M. D. from the medical department of Vanderbilt University at Nashville in 1912. He then was for a time an interne in Vanderbilt Hospital, after which he attended clinics in New York city and at the Mayo Brothers' institution in Rochester, Minnesota. In 1913 he came to Salinas, California, and the same year was made physician and surgeon for the Spreckels interests. In 1916 he was appointed county physician and while holding this position he entered the Medical Corps of the United States army. In August, 1918, he went to France as surgeon of the One Hundred and Forty-fifth Field Artillery and was attached to the hospital of Desouge, France, until December of that year. Then the regiment was ordered home and he was mustered out at the Presidio, San Francisco, in January, 1919.

Returning to Salinas he resumed the practice of his profession. In 1922 the Salinas Valley Hospital was opened by him and his brother, Dr. Wiley Reeves, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume. This institution is conducted along modern lines, well equipped, and deserves the large patronage it is receiving.

Dr. Reeves is a member of the Salinas Chamber of Commerce, the Exchange Club, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the American Legion, in all of which he is deservedly popular because of his progressive ideas and genial disposition. In 1919 he was united in marriage with Miss Jean Arline Abbott, daughter of Harvey Abbott and a lineal descendant of Carlyle Stewart Abbott, one of Salinas'-pioneers. Two children have come to bless this union-Marylin, born August 7, 1920, and William Abbott, born January 7, 1924.

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.