Sunday, September 26, 2010

Carrie Andrus Gardner: Obituary

The following was published in the Deseret News, 15 July 1940, p. 14:

Carrie Andrus Gardner

Mrs. Carrie Andrus Gardner, 67, died Saturday in a local hospital of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was a lifelong resident of Salt Lake County.

A daughter of Milo and Emma Covert Andrus, she was born in Crescent, Utah, Sept. 17, 1872. She was an active member of the Church.

Survivors are her husband, Robert Gardner of Salt Lake; three sons, R. V. Gardner of Murray and Alton M. and LaMar A. Gardner of Salt Lake; four daughters, Mrs. Albert Olson, Mrs. Rulon Goff and Mrs. Hugh Finlayson of West Jordan and Emma D. Gardner of Salt Lake; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow at the West Jordan Ward by Bishop LeRoy Karren of the Wilford Ward. Interment will be in West Jordan Cemetery.

Friends may call at 36 East Seventh South Street this evening and at 3323 South Thirteenth East Street tomorrow from 10 a.m. until noon. There will also be a viewing period at the West Jordan Ward.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Robert Gardner (1862-1942): Obituary

The following was published in the Deseret News, 18 March 1942, p. 16. [Note: The original was published in one long column.]

Robert Gardner, well-known Utah builder, dies in West Jordan.

West Jordan Leader Dies
Robert Gardner Closes Useful Career

Funeral arrangements were being completed today for Robert Gardner, 79, prominent Utah contractor, who died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rulon Goff of West Jordan.

A son of Bishop Archibald Gardner and Mary Ann Bradford Gardner, he was born April 4, 1862, in West Jordan. He was a member of the Church, holding the office of High Priest.

Mr. Gardner was seriously injured while logging in American Fork Canyon in his early manhood. He underwent many operations and was a cripple for 11 years, walking only with the aid of crutches. However, he managed to farm successfully with the aid of his wife.

He was a weighmaster for the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company for a number of years. His body was bent badly because of his accident, but when he finally recovered, he stood erect and walked perfectly without the aid of crutches. He then became a contractor and supervisor of road grading of railroads in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.

He supervised the excavating and grading for the Utah Copper Mill, the United States Smelting and Refining plant at Midvale, the Utah-Idaho Sugar factories at West Jordan, Idaho Falls and Sugar City, Ida. He supervised the building of the electric tramway from Lark to Bingham and the Highland Railroad and two miles of railroad at the mouth of Bingham Canyon, the Orem Railroad and several other railroads in Utah and Wyoming.

He dug a number of canals and put in the first pumps at Utah Lake to aid irrigation in Salt Lake Valley. He constructed the Salt Lake Country Club Golf Course and for a time was field supervisor for the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company at Idaho Falls and Sugar City, Ida.

He married Carrie Andrus Dec. 19, 1888, in the Logan Temple.

He is survived by two sons, Robert U. Gardner of West Jordan and LaMar Gardner of Salt Lake; four daughters, Mrs. Irene G. Olson, Mrs. Jane Finlayson and Mrs. Elva Goff of West Jordan and Miss Emma Gardner of Salt Lake and 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Nine brothers, James H. Gardner of Lehi, Syrenus Gardner of Orange, Calif., Bruce, Ezra, Clarence and Frank Gardner of Afton, Wyo., Wilford W. Gardner of Salt Lake, Clarence Gardner of California, and Edwin Gardner of North Carolina, and five sisters, Mrs. Rebekah Gardner and Mrs. Ellen Gardner of West Jordan and Mrs. Serena Andrus, Mrs. Annie Francis of Spanish Fork and Mrs. Lillian Garner of Hooper also survive.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Rebecca G. Gardner: Obituary

The following was published in the Deseret News, 15 March 1948, p. 19:

Rebecca G. Gardner

WEST JORDAN--Mrs. Rebecca Gardner Gardner, 88, died Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at her home in West Jordan of causes incident to age.

She was a lifelong resident of West Jordan, being born there on Nov. 22, 1859, a daughter of Archibald and Mary Ann Bradford Gardner.

An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she worked in the Relief Society and was a charter member of the Archibald Gardner Camp, Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She was believed to be the oldest member of the West Jordan First Ward at the time of her death.

She was married to Heber L. Gardner Sept. 2, 1880, in the Salt Lake Endowment House. He died in 1937.

She is survived by five sons and four daughters: Mrs. Edna G. Hogan, Mrs. Vivian G. Richardson, Mrs. Beatrice G. Dimond, Miss Genevieve Gardner, Leo and Clive Gardner, West Jordan; H. Allan and William Louis Gardner, Salt Lake City; Bertrand F. Gardner, Burley, Ida.; eight brothers and two sisters: Syrenus Gardner, Orange, Calif.; Mrs. Syrenna G. Andrus, Spanish Fork; James H. Gardner, West Jordan; Ozra, Bruce, Clarence and Frank Gardner, Afton, Wyo.; Edwin Gardner, Greensboro, N. C.; Miss Lillian W. Gardner, Hooper, Weber County; Willford W. Gardner, Salt Lake City; 43 grandchildren and 59 great grandchildren.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Mary Elizabeth Gardner Turner: Obituaries

The following was published in the Salt Lake Tribune, 15 June 1932, p. 19:

Mrs. Mary E. Turner
TURNERVILLE, Wyo.--Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Turner, 82, one of Star valley's oldest pioneers, died at her home here Saturday of ailments incident to age.

She was born in Mill Creek, Utah, February 1, 1850, a daughter of Archibald and Mary Ann Bradford Gardner. She married William A. Turner in the Salt Lake L. D. S. endowment house November 25, 1865, and moved with her family to Star valley, October 7, 1890, where she had resided since. Mrs. Turner was an ardent L. D. S. temple worker. Her husband died October 17, 1906.

Six sons and daughters survive: Steven, Archibald and Royal E. Turner and Mrs. Rebecca Izatt, Turnerville; Robert E. Turner, Le Grande, Ore.; Mrs. Rhoda Izatt, Afton; 46 grandchildren and 61 great-grandchildren.

Another obituary was published in the Star Valley Independent, 23 June 1932, p. 1:

Brief Life Sketch of Mary E. Turner

Mrs. Mary E. Turner of Turnerville passed away at her home June 11, 1932. Mrs. Turner has been confined to her bed the biggest part of the time since last January, when she was taken ill with the flu and death resulted from complications due to old age, being past 82 years old.

She was the daughter of Archibald Gardner and Mary Ann Bradford. She was born February 1, 1850 at Mill Creek, Utah and was married November 25, 1865 to William A. Turner. They came to Star valley in October 1890 where they made their home. She was the mother of 10 children, 4 of whom have preceded her to the grave, and also her husband who passed away October 17, 1906.

Mrs. Turner was a diligent church worker and has a record of 520 people whom she has done temple work for.

She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Rhoda Izatt of Afton, Mrs. Rebecca Izatt of Turnerville, Stephen, Archibald and Rawsel E. Turner of Turnerville and Robert H. of Legrande, Oregon. She had 64 grandchildren and 61 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Grover ward June 13 with the choir singing "Sometime We'll Understand." Prayer by Levi E. Merritt. Song by Ernest Turner and Emily Simpson "Oh Dry Those Tears." The speakers were Bishop Ray B. Thurman of Grover; Francis Simpson, Heman Hyde and Lyman W. Fluckiger. The Gardner boys sang "A Mothers work is done." Benediction by Peter Peterson.

She was buried in the Grover cemetery. Ozro Gardner dedicated the grave.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

WWII Veteran Information Needed

I received the following request from Geoff Hatch and am passing it on in case anyone reading this blog can help.

"I am currently working with the Gale History Center to collect the stories of WWII veterans from the South Salt Lake Valley area. I am looking for oral histories of these individuals from the time leading up to WWII, through their service in the War and their lives immediately after the war. If you know of any living relatives that may have the information I am looking for who would be willing to share what they have, would you please forward my name and contact numbers."

Geoff is looking for information on the following Gardners:

Brigham Riggs Gardner
Edwin Ford Gardner
Jane Elizabeth Gardner (Finlayson)
John Riggs Gardner
Clinton Riggs Gardner
Russell F. Gardner
Sherman B. Gardner
Shields R. Gardner
William Sheldon Gardner

If you have any information that might be helpful, please contact Geoff directly at: