California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
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
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
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.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011