BENJAMIN A. MARDIS, M. D.
Dr. Benjamin Allen Mardis, a prominent practicing physician of Forest Hill, claims California as his native state and dates his birth in San Francisco on the 17th of April, 1870. He is descended from French ancestors who were among the early settlers of the South. Both his grandfather and father were born in the state of Mississippi, and the latter, Benjamin Allen Mardis, Sr., married Miss Fannie Washington Read, by whom he had two children, Benjamin Allen, Jr., and a daughter, who is now Mrs. W. H. Foulkes, a resident of San Francisco. The father served his country in the Mexican War, and soon after the close of that war came to California, where he spent the rest of his life and died, his death occurring in 1873. His widow survives him.
The subject of this sketch was three years old when his father died, and was reared by his uncle, T. J. Read, his early education being received in the public schools of Napa County. Entering the University at Berkley, California, he pursued a course in pharmacy and graduated in due time. Then he took up the study of medicine in Cooper Medical College, and of that institution is a graduate with the class of 1892. Immediately after his graduation he came to Forest Hill and entered upon the practice of his profession, and for the past eight years has conducted a practice in the town and surrounding country that has gradually increased, each year adding to his success and popularity. He also owns and conducts a drug store in the town.
Having established himself in his profession, Dr. Madris took to himself a wife, wedding in 1896, Miss Belle Nevada Hines, a native of Nevada City, California, who presides over his pleasant home.
Like many of the leading citizens who were born in this sunny state, the Doctor has identified himself with that popular organization known as the Native Sons of the Golden West. He is also a prominent member of the Masonic order, belonging to the blue lodge, chapter and commandery, and being a thrice past master of the blue lodge. Of him politically it may be said that he is an independent, as he votes for men and measures rather than holding close to party lines.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.