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Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital – Willits, California
In 1926 15 year old Frank R. Howard was injured in a very serious automobile accident. The
doctor was unable to save him without a “real hospital” or emergency equipment. They were
bringing up a train from San Francisco, 150 miles from Willits, when the boy died. The tragedy
moved Charles Howard (played by Jeff Bridges in the movie Seabiscuit) to donate the
“tremendous sum” of $30,000 for the construction of Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital.
Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital—Hollister, California
In 1902 nine year old Hazel (“little sunshine”) died from an appendicitis. They could not get
her to a San Jose hospital, some 30 miles away, in time. Mr. T.S. Hawkins, her grandfather,
gave the community a hospital in 1907.
Leland Stanford Junior University (Stanford University) –Palo Alto , California
Leland Stanford, Jr. died in 1884 at the age of 15. He fell ill in Greece and died in Italy. His
parents devoted their fortune to the memorial university named for their only son which
opened in 1891. His father, Leland Stanford, was a powerful and wealthy Californian
businessman who also served as governor and U.S. Senator.
The above were created by grieving folks who could have had the hospitals built and the
university started before the death of the child.