A public official of proved ability and worth, Malvern Dimmick has served as justice of the peace for a period of ten years and before assuming these duties had made an enviable record as mayor of Ventura. He was born in Onawa, Monona County, Iowa, January 30, 1864, a son of Addison and Lovisa (Carpenter) Dimmick. The father engaged in the practice of law as a young man, and while residing in the north he fought for the Union. In 1875 he went to Louisiana and cultivated a plantation in that state during the remainder of his life.
Malvern Dimmick attended he public schools of Iowa and Louisiana, pursuing his advanced studies in the University of Mississippi, which awarded him the Bachelor of Science degree in 1882. Entering the educational field, he taught for a number of years in Iowa and Missouri, serving as superintendent of city schools at various places in the latter state. His last service in that profession was rendered as instructor in mathematics in the Southwest Missouri State Teachers College at Springfield. In 1898 he went to Flagstaff, Arizona, where he was connected with the lumber industry for four years, and then came to California, locating in Los Angeles. About the 31st of January, 1906, he arrived in Ventura and was with the Channel Commercial Company, a wholesale concern, for a year, after which he turned his attention to the grocery business. In 1918 he became associated with the former owners of the Ventura Wharf & Warehouse Company, which he represented as manager for six years following the purchase of the business by that company, and materially furthered its interests. Meanwhile he had been chosen mayor of Ventura and served until 1923, giving to the municipality a progressive administration, characterized by needed reforms and improvements. Elected justice of the peace in the fall of 1922, he took office in January, 1923, and proved so capable that he has been retained in that capacity to the present time. He carefully ascertains the facts of each case brought before him and his rulings have at all times been impartial and fair.
In 1891 Judge Dimmick was married to Miss Laura J. Rains, who passed away in 1918, leaving two daughters, Helen R. and Edith C. Dimmick. For his second wife Judge Dimmick chose Mrs. Elizabeth P. Jones, to whom he was married in 1925. The Judge loves the sea and finds keen enjoyment in outdoor life. He belongs to the Lions Club and his fraternal affiliations are with the Masons, the Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is ever ready to aid the poor and needy, and is an enthusiastic champion of welfare work for boys. Unbiased in politics, he casts his ballot for the candidate whom he considers best qualified for office, irrespective of party ties, and is liberal and broad-minded in all of his views. In community affairs he has ever shown a deep and helpful interest and was mayor and president of the board of trustees of the city of San Buenaventura for a period of four years. His standards of life are high and the respect accorded him by the citizens of Ventura is well deserved.
Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: California of the South Vol. III, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 147-148, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.
© 2012 V. Gerald Iaquinta.