COLOMB, Brooks A., M.D., St. James Parish, Louisiana
Submitted by Mike Miller

Louisiana:  Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, and
Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form (volume 3), pp. 506-507.  Edited by Alc‚e
Fortier, Lit.D.  Published in 1914, by Century Historical Association.

Colomb, Brooks A., M. D., successful physician, Colomb, St. James parish, La.,
was born in St. James parish, March 25, 1862; son of Henry Octave and
Elizabeth Bradwell (Brooks) Colomb, the former of whom was born in Ascension
parish, La., and the latter in Mobile, Ala.  The father devoted his energies
to the vocation of a sugar planter throughout life.  A few years prior to his
death he retired from active business and moved to Florida.  His death
occurred at Union, La., at the age of 76 years.  The mother died Feb. 4, 1912. 
The paternal grandfather was a native of Herblais, a suburb of Paris, France,
whence he went to San Domingo at an early date. After some years in this
latter location, he came to the United States about the year 1800.  The
mother's family, Brooks, came originally from England, locating in South
Carolina, from which branches of the family have been extended south and into
various parts of the country.  The paternal grandfather, Christopher Colomb,
after locating in the United States, became very prosperous and took a
prominent part in public affairs.  He occupied a district bench in Ascension
parish during some time.  He married a Miss Bringier, of Ascension parish, and
some years later was married to a daughter of Admiral Perry. Christopher
Colomb was a direct descendant of Christopher Columbus.  Two children were
born to Henry Colomb and wife, namely:  Henry Octave, now deceased, and 
Brooks A., the subject of this sketch.  The latter received his earlier
education at private schools of the locality in which he was born, following
which he passed 2 years as a student in the academic department of the
Louisiana State university.  When this latter course of instruction had been
completed, he entered the medical department of Tulane university, after
passing 2 years in which, and 2 years as interne in the New Orleans Charity
hospital, he received his degree of M. D.  Then, in 1885, he went to Florida,
where he remained in medical practice about 3 years.  In 1888 he returned to
Louisiana and located at Colomb, where he has since devoted his abilities to
the requirements of his patients.  The doctor is a member of the Episcopal
church.  He is also affiliated with the Woodmen of the World, the St. James
Parish Medical and the Louisiana State Medical societies.  Oct. 24, 1894, Dr.
Colomb was married to Miss Margaret Scott Gilmore, a daughter of Prof. James
H. and Estelle (Berrick) Gilmore, of Marion, Va.  Mrs. Colomb's parents are
both now deceased.  Her father was during a number of years professor of law
in the University of Virginia.  Her mother was born at ;Washington, D. C.  Six
children have been born to Dr. and Mrs. Colomb, as follows:  Bessie Brooks, a
graduate of Silliman college, Clinton, La.;  Brooks A.,  Estelle Gilmore, 
Henry Octave,  Margaret L., and  Catherine Ioor.  The latter five are now in
high school.

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