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San Bernardino County and Riverside County


DR. FRANK M. GARDNER, health officer of the City of San Bernardino, is one of its native sons who had devoted himself entirely to the practice of medicine since his graduation until accepting his present position, and now has a good and growing practice in addition to his official duties.  

While he is a loyal native son of California in all that the name usually implies, he had the misfortune of having to pass a number of years in the frozen East. He could not successfully object to this, as he was only one year old when taken back there, was educated there and afterward formed attachments and business association which held him there for some time. But he returned just as soon as he could, and he is one of San Bernardino's most ardent boosters, ready and eager at all times to do all he can for the advancement of the city of his birth.  

Dr. Gardner was born in San Bernardino May 29, 1878, and his parents removed with their family to New York in the following year. In 1886 he returned to San Bernardino, where he attended grammar school until 1887, and then returned to New York. In that city Dr. Gardner attended school, and after graduating from high school at once entered the New York Homeopathic Hospital as a student. He was graduated with the class of 1904, and then spent two years in the famous Hahnemann Hospital, after which he branched out into a practice of his own. He located in Bay Shore, Long Island, and while he remained there enjoyed a rapidly growing practice, but soon decided to return to his real home, which he did.  

In 1915 Dr. Gardner was appointed health officer, which position he is now ably filling. He is also building up a lucrative and growing practice and is well known as a most competent physician.  

He is the son of George J. and Anna (Yount) Gardner. George J. Gardner who was a nephew of Jonas Osborn, was a native of New York and came out to San Bernardino in 1870, lured hither by the golden stories of the great successes in the mining fields. He located in the Tecopa mining district, where he made quite a success in mining and in addition conducted a general merchandise store in Tecopa, the mining ventures being backed by the large capital of Jonas Osborn. He remained in that place for nine years, at the end of that time returning to New York. In that state he was a farmer, and he followed that occupation until his death in 1885. Dr. Gardner's mother, a native of Nebraska, was a daughter of Joseph Yount, one of the early pioneers of California, who came to the state in 1876.  

Joseph Yount served as a soldier in the Mexican war and made the trip to San Francisco before the gold discoveries, returning home via Cape Horn. He joined the rush during the gold excitement of 1849 and again came to California, where he remained two years, being fortunate in his gold mining and acquiring a respectable stake. During his first visit to San Francisco after the Mexican war he suffered many privations even wrapping his bare feet with gunny sacks to protect them from the cobble stones with which the streets were paved.  

In 1862 he brought his family across the plains, being a unit of a thirty wagon train of which he was elected captain. He went to Eastern Oregon, near LeGrande, and was among the first settlers of the Grande Ronde Valley. They remained there for thirteen years and in 1876 started a drove of cattle to Arizona, Miss Yount driving a team all the way. As they learned that it was a year of drought in Arizona, Mr. Yount bought a five thousand acre ranch in the Pahrump Valley in Lincoln County, Nevada, which was given the name of the Manse and became a famous freighting station between California and Nevada. He put the five thousand acres all under cultivation. The land is now owned by the Mormon Church.  

Miss Yount married George J. Gardner August 27, 1877, and pioneered once again in the Tecopa Mining District. Mrs. Gardner is still living and is in San Bernardino with her son. She is the third of ten children, in their order being: Laura, Maud, Joanna, William, Thomas, Samuel, LeRoy, Fannie, John and Nellie.  

Dr. Gardner has one brother living, Carl Leroy Gardner, a farmer in the State of New York, and one brother deceased, Joseph Adolphus Gardner.  

On August 12, 1915, Dr. Gardner was united in marriage with Miss Ernestine Herbert, a daughter of Dr. G. H. Herbert, of Salt Lake City. Mrs. Gardner comes from pioneer Utah stock, her people crossing the plains to the Mormon stronghold in 1857. Her grandfather was Joseph Prothers, a civil engineer of distinction who was chief engineer for the Union Pacific during its construction across the country. He was the engineer who built the road from Omaha to Salt Lake, including the famous Echo Canyon Grade. Dr. and Mrs. Gardner have three children : Mary Anna and Nellie Barbara, students, and Frank Herbert. Mrs. Herbert spends the winters in San Bernardino with her daughter.  

Dr. Gardner is a member of the San Bernardino County Medical Society. He is a member of San Bernardino Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; of San Bernardino Parlor 110, Native Sons of the Golden West, and of the San Bernardino Castle No. 27, Knights of Pythias. He is a republican in politics.

History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011