California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
MILTON EDWARD DIMOCK — While in all of the states the matter of establishing the rights to lands, and guaranteeing of titles is one of the most important lines of business, it is especially so in California owing to the fact that so large a portion of the state at one time belonged to Mexico, and the early Spanish holdings further complicate the complexities of the land office. Then, too, the numerous contests arising out of squatter rights and homesteading add to the burdens, necessitating the employment of experts in this line, among whom is Milton Edward Dimock of San Bernardino.
Milton Edward Dimock was born at Chicago, Illinois, February 6, 1879, a son of Marshall Dunbar and Lydia Elmira Dimock. The family name has been spelled several ways, the Dymokes coming to this country from England and settling in Massachusetts at an early day. In time the spelling was changed to Dimick, and still later to the present one of Dimock. Mr. Dimock's mother's family originated in Maine, and is also an old one in this country. About 1855 Marshall Dunbar Dimock crossed the plains and mountains to California, where he spent several years, being during that period in and around Marysville. He returned to his old home by sailboat around Cape Horn. It was probably the influence of his stories of the El Dorado which led his son, many years later, to locate permanently in California.
Milton Edward Dimock attended the public schools of Luverne, Minnesota and La Grange, Illinois, subsequently acquiring a knowledge of the fundamentals of business life at the Metropolitan Business College of Chicago, Illinois. For a number of years he has been engaged as a searcher of land titles, and is one of the most skilled men in this difficult business. Mr. Dimock has become prominent in public affairs since coming to San Bernardino, and is now serving as president of the city Board of Education, to which important office he was elected in 1921. He has always taken a great interest in educational matters, and is determined to further improve the schools under his supervision, securing for the pupils the best of teachers "and equipment, for he recognizes the value of a good education, not only to the individual pupil, but to the community generally. From his youth he has been connected with the Young Men's Christian Association, and is now serving as a Director of the Association of San Bernardino. Early united with the Methodist denomination, he has continued his connection with it, and is now a member and Trustee of the First Episcopal Church of San Bernardino. He has always been a staunch Republican, and is active in his party.
On June 18, 1901, Mr. Dimock was united in marriage with Anne C. Behrens, a daughter of August Behrens. Mr. and Mrs. Dimock have two children, namely: Marshall E., who was born October 24, 1903; and Elizabeth, who was born September 6, 1906. Ever since coming to San Bernardino Mr. Dimock has given an intelligent attention to civic matters, and has demonstrated in every way his resolution to make this city his permanent home, and to do all that lies in his power to aid in securing its welfare, and improving its condition, and he is consequently regarded as one of the representative citizens of this part of the state.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011