The Gardner family has been notified that Archibald will be inducted into the Afton Heritage Hall of Fame later this year. For those who have not heard and/or would like to attend the induction, here is some additional information.
The following article was published in the Star Valley Independent on Tuesday, 26 Jan 2012, p. 7A:
The Afton Heritage Committee has selected three individuals to be inducted into the 2012 Afton Heritage Hall of Fame.
The Heritage Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, July 7, at 11 a.m. in the Afton Civic Center.
The 2012 Hall of Fame inductees include Elno Foss Draney, Archibald Gardner and Ben Nield.
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Archibald Gardner, 1814-1902, was an 1847 pioneer and colonizer. After building countless mills, irrigation canals, and other projects in the Utah Territory, he came to Afton in 1889 and built a flour mill and sawmill in the mouth of Swift Creek Canyon.
The great motivating forces in his life were his deep sustaining faith, his charitable nature and concern for the needs of his fellowmen, and his pride and love for his numerous family.
George Osmond, President of the Star Valley Stake stated in 1902 stake conference that "no person who had ever entered Star Valley had done so much to assist its people or to build up the country as Archibald Gardner."
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