Y H. Scott, M. D., of Riverside, is one of those successful men to be found in the various walks of life who may be truthfully said to be self-made-men who from boyhood start in life with a fixed object in view; and with strong determination to reach the goal, they develop those valuable characteristics-energy, perseverance, and a determined mind, that enable them to overcome all obstacles and render them intelligent, quick to conceive, and prompt to act-characteristics especially valuable to the skilled physician and surgeon.
The subject of this sketch was born in Ontario, Oxford County, Canada West, in 1836. His father, Dr. Thomas Scott, was a native of England and a pioneer of that section of Canada. Dr Scott passed his boyhood, until ten years of age, as other youths in attendance at the public school. He was then placed as a “boy of all work” in a drug store. Not much time was left him for idleness or play, even had he been disposed to avail himself of it. He was ambitious, of studious habits, and bound to learn. His spare moments were devoted to study, and he became in time a skillful druggist and chemist, whose services were valuable to employers, and he secured a lucrative position in New York. He entered earnestly upon a course of medical study, and after years of reading returned to Canada and entered the Victoria College (now Trinity College) at Toronto. He graduated with high honors from that college in 1859, and then established himself as a practicing physician at Ingersoll, in his native county. For more than a quarter of a century Dr. Scott pursued a successful professional career in that county. He was one of the leading physicians of the section, and was for many years the assistant surgeon of the Great Western Railroad; but the labors and exposures attendant upon his practice finally undermined his health, and it became necessary that he should seek a home in a more genial climate. With that object in view he came to Southern California in 1887 and located in Riverside, establishing his office in the Hamilton Block. Dr. Scott has fixed his residence on Orange Street near Fourteenth Street, and has also purchased ten acres of land in the Wilbur tract, upon which he is engaging in horticultural pursuits.
He is a skillful physician and surgeon and a gentleman in the fullest sense of the word, and is conceded by all to be a desirable acquisition to the professional circles of Riverside. He has for years been prominent in fraternal societies, and is a member of the Masonic order, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ancient Order of United Workmen, Chosen Friends, and Ancient Order of Foresters.
The Doctor married Miss Lydia Ann Walker, a native of Canada. His children are named Annie Louise and Florence Mildred.