Friday, July 30, 2010

Margaret Gardner Smith: Death notice

The following was published in the Deseret News, 27 March 1884, p. 2:

GARDNER--At West Jordan, March 20th, 1884, of consumption, Margaret, eldest daughter of Bishop Archibald and Margaret Gardner, born October 6th, 1847, being the second white child born in the Territory of Utah. She lived and died a faithful Latter-day Saint.

The funeral services over the remains of Sister Margaret Gardner were held in the West Jordan Ward House, Saturday, March 22nd 1884, at 9 a. m. Conducted by Counselor James Turner. There was a very large number of people present.

The speakers were Counselor Joseph E. Taylor and President Angus M. Cannon, whose discourses were very instructive and consoling. The Ward choir led by Brother Hyrum Goff, furnished the music.

The remains were taken to Salt Lake City and interred in the cemetery.

[This same article was also published in the Deseret News, 2 April 1884, p. 16.]

Friday, July 23, 2010

Neil Gardner: Obituary

The following obituary was published in the Deseret News, 4 Aug 1906, p. 5:


With the passing of Neil Gardner, who died at his home at Spanish Fork, July 6, is marked the death of another noble pioneer.

Neil Gardner was born in Brook Township, Kent county, Canada West, June 24, 1841. He was the oldest son of the late Bishop Archibald Gardner, the great pioneer mill builder, and Margaret Livingston Gardner. When he was five years old his father and family left Canada for Utah, having joined the Latter-day Saints. They left Winter Quarters in June 1847, and arrived in Salt Lake City, Oct. 1 of that year, traveling in Bishop Hunter's company.

The earlier years of Mr. Gardner's life were spent at Mill Creek hauling lumber from the canyon and working in his father's mill. In the year 1858, at the time of the general move of the Saints during the Johnston's army troubles, Neil Gardner came to Spanish Fork, and has resided here ever since. On Jan. 10, 1863, he married married Regina Evanson to whom he proved a true and worthy husband. He was left a widower 18 years ago.

Mr. Gardner has been an important factor in the subduing and developing of the land in and around Spanish Fork. He was an untiring worker in bringing streams from the mountain fastnesses and turning them upon the thirsty soil. Much of the surveying for that work was done by him, and through his good judgment and farsitedness the people saw fit to make him a director of a good many canal companies. At the time of his death he was one of the five directors of the Spanish Fork Co-op.

Our subject was also greatly interested in the lumber and flour mill business, inheriting the love for such, perhaps, from his father. He has held many trustworthy positions and was true to the end to the religion of his youth.

In 1876 he was sent on a mission to Canada remaining there until June of the following year. He was again called on a mission in 1885, this time to the Southern States, laboring in Georgia for 22 months.

During the time he has lived in Spanish Fork, Mr. Gardner has been one of its most active, progressive citizens. His good judgment and wise counsel, his untiring efforts to promote the welfare of his fellow man have gained for him the love and respect of the whole community.

He was 63 years of age at the time of his demise, his death being caused from stomach troubles. He leaves eight children and 14 grandchildren to mourn his loss.

He has led a most honorable and exemplary life, and has met with a fair measure of success in a financial way. It is safe to say no man is more highly respected throughout the country than Neil Gardner.

Utah can justly be proud of her many noble pioneer sons and daughters, some still living, others who have passed away. With the history of our fair state are connected many brave, sturdy, god-fearing men, who spent their lives in the building of this haven of rest in the rockies. Men who braved the desert wild and pioneered the way for this great western civilization.

The memory of the pioneers will always be held sacred by the people of the state, and as one by one we lay them away in the silent tomb, our hearts go out to our Maker, that He will reward them for the work they did while here.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Mary Larsen Gardner: Obituary

The following obituary was published in the Deseret News, 21 Oct 1921, p. 11:

Pneumonia Fatal to Early Utah Resident

Mrs. Mary L. Gardner

Mrs. Mary Larsen Gardner, 71, a native of Denmark, died in a Salt Lake hospital Thursday of pneumonia.

When a girl of 10, Mrs. Gardner came to Utah. After becoming the wife of Bishop Archibald Gardner, she lived at West Jordan for a time but in 1890 they moved to Afton, Wyo., where she had since made her home.

Mrs. Gardner is survived by the following sons and daughters: A. Bruce Gardner, Clarence Gardner, president of Star Valley stake, E. A. Gardner and Bishop Frank Gardner, all of Afton; E. L. Gardner of Delaware; Mrs. Lillian Gardner Widdison of Hooper, Utah; and Wilford W. Gardner of 961 Ramona avenue, Salt Lake. She is survived also by a brother, Andrew Larsen, American Fork, and two half brothers, Henson Heiselt, American Fork, and Hyrum Heiselt, Provo.

Funeral services will be held in the West Jordan ward meetinghouse at 11 a.m. Monday. The body may be viewed at the home of Reuben Gardner in West Jordan prior to the services. Interment will be in Salt Lake City cemetery under the direction of S. M. Taylor & Co.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Harriet Armitage Gardner Larter: Death notice

The following death notice was published in the Deseret News, 10 May 1866, p. 8:


In Moroni, April 12, HARRIET ARMATAGE,
wife of Henry N. Larter, aged 36 years, 1 month
and 28 days.

A husband, 4 children and numerous friends
lament her departure.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Abigail Sprague Bradford Gardner: Death Notice

The following death notice was published in the Deseret News on 5 February 1879, page 16.

At West Jordan, January 16th, 1879, ABIGAIL BRADFORD, wife of Bishop A. Gardner, aged 66 years and 4 months.

Sister Gardner joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at an early day in its history, and shared in the persecutions of her people, always evincing a strong and unshaken faith in the work. She leaves a number of relatives and friends.