Winfield Scott Gardner

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Winfield Scott Gardner, son of William Gardner and Mahala Jane Hunt, was born at Pennville, Jay Co., Indiana, 11 February 1852.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 He died at Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., California, 16 November 1924,2,1,9 and was buried at Grand Junction, Mesa Co., Colorado, 18 November 1924.2

Winfield married Amy Jane Johnson, daughter of Levi Johnson and Harriet Rigby, at Jay Co., Indiana, 26 September 1874.10,11,12,1

Winfield Scott Gardner was raised in Jay County, Indiana. After his marriage at age 22 he began his own farm. He first worked on rented land for two years, and then bought a place which he further developed and improved and which he eventually sold. He then bought another tract of land and also added to its improvements and further cultivation, for another two years.

In 1887, he moved to Lenora, Norton Co., Kansas and later also took a homestead in Sheridan Co., Kansas. He farmed there for seven years, bringing about marked changes in the appearance and fertility of the farm. He returned to Norton Co., bought land there and continued to buy land over a period of years until he had twenty-three hundred acres.

He moved to Colorado in 1906 on account of his health. He bought fifteen acres of orchard land and worked it for two years. He then sold that property and moved to Clifton, Mesa County., Colorado, where he purchased 16 acres of fruit land which he planted in orchards. His place was well improved with good buildings and all the accessories and conveniences of a model farm property. He personally gave his attention to the cultivation of the crops until 17 Feb 1919, when he rented his land and moved to a house in Clifton; a residence he had owned for ten years. He and others purchased one hundred lots of the town site and Mr. Gardner was the owner of much valuable town property, his holdings embracing one hundred town lots and several houses, and an office building. He was a stockholder in the Shellenberger Mercantile Company of Clifton and in a coal mine of Mesa Co. He was a member of the Farmers Equity Union and a stockholder in the Grand Junction Fruit Growers Association. He was also vice president of the Clifton State Bank.



A History of Colorado (1920-21) stated: "In politics Mr. Gardner maintains an independent course, voting according to the dictates of his judgment rather than by reason of party ties. In religion he is a Spiritualist, while the faith of his wife is that of the Christian church. His industry has been the measure of his success in a business way and he is still the owner of twenty-three hundred acres of excellent land in Kansas and considerable fruit land in Colorado. His prosperity is the merited reward of his persistency of purpose and well-directed energy and his record shows what can be accomplished through personal effort and the utilization of every opportunity.”

For his health, he and his wife moved to Long Beach, California in 1922 where he later died.

A search of the applicable land records in Colorado could prove to be very interesting. The twenties and thirties were not good for farmers and their land. The disposition of William Gardner's holdings might not have been very favorable.13

Family

Amy Jane Johnson b. 21 Sep 1856, d. 5 Jul 1940
Children
  • Florence A. Gardner14 b. 28 Aug 1875, d. bt 1880 - 1900
  • Lydia E. Gardner14 b. 25 Aug 1877, d. bt 1880 - 1900
  • Levi Dory Gardner15 b. 13 Aug 1879, d. 1950
  • Carl Edwin Gardner16 b. 25 Sep 1881, d. 15 Feb 1971
  • Jessie Irene Gardner17 b. 1 Mar 1884, d. 1933
  • William Riley Gardner16 b. 11 Oct 1886, d. 23 Mar 1959
  • Chella Mae Gardner+17,18,1,19 b. 20 Feb 1890, d. 3 May 1971
  • Mabel Delight Gardner17 b. 17 Feb 1893, d. 18 Jan 1985
  • Winfield Johnson Gardner16 b. 24 Sep 1896
  • Ora Gardner20 b. 14 Sep 1900, d. 14 Sep 1900
  • Ira Emmons Gardner21 b. 1 Jun 1902
This person was last edited on19 Sep 2021

Citations

  1. [S549] Bible Record of Family and Descendants of Dana Roy and Chella (Gardner) Logan, The Holy Bible: King James Authorized Version Containing the Old and New Testaments, Indexed Self-Pronouncing Edition (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A. J. Holman Co., 1930); Compiler's genealogy files.
  2. [S1014] Winfield Gardner, Death Certificates, File No. 24-051233 (1924), California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.
  3. [S458] Ancestry.com, 1860 United States Census [on-line database and images] (http://www.ancestry.com), Penn Township, Jay Co., Indiana, population schedule, sheet 274, dwelling 939, family 951, William Gardner household, age 8, born in Indiana; original data: NARA micropublication M653, Eighth Census of the United States, , 1438 rolls, roll #269.
  4. [S459] Ancestry.com, 1870 United States Census [on-line database and images] (http://www.ancestry.com), Penn Township, Jay Co., Indiana, population schedule, sheet 106/1, dwelling 7, family 7, William Gardner household, age 18, born in Indiana, a farmer, could not read nor write; original data: NARA micropublication M593, Ninth Census of the United States, , 1748 rolls, roll #327.
  5. [S460] Ancestry.com, 1880 United States Census [on-line database and images] (http://www.ancestry.com), Jackson Township, Jay Co., Indiana, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 151, sheet 379/27, dwelling 256, family 255, Winfield S Gardner household, age 28, born in Indiana, a farmer; original data: NARA micropublication T9, Tenth Census of the United States, , 1454 rolls, roll #287.
  6. [S461] Ancestry.com, 1900 United States Census [on-line database and images] (http://www.ancestry.com), Almelo Township, Norton Co., Kansas, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 89, sheet 7A, dwelling 133, family 135, Winfield S Gardner household, age 48, born in Indiana, February 1852, could not read nor write. He was a farmer and owned his farm, free of mortgage; original data: NARA micropublication T623, Twelfth Census of the United States, , 1854 rolls, roll #493.
  7. [S462] Ancestry.com, 1910 United States Census [on-line database and images] (http://www.ancestry.com), Clifton, precinct 13, Mesa Co., Colorado, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 98, sheet 5B, dwelling 99, family 100, Winfield S Gardner household, age 58, born in Indiana, could not read nor write. A farmer, he owned a fruit farm that was mortgaged; original data: NARA micropublication T624, Thirteenth Census of the United States, , 1784 rolls, roll #122.
  8. [S463] Ancestry.com, 1920 United States Census [on-line database and images] (http://www.ancestry.com), Precinct 13, Mesa Co., Colorado, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 103/8A, sheet 186, dwelling 186, family age 67, born in Indiana, a fruit farmer, could not read nor write, Winfield S Gardner household; original data: NARA micropublication T625, Fourteenth Census of the United States, , 2076 rolls, roll #168.
  9. [S2409] Newspapers.com, on-line database and images, "Wm. Gardner is dead at Long Beach", The Daily Sentinel, (Grand Junction, Colorado), 17 Nov 1924, p. 6, (https://www.newspapers.com/): accessed Oct 2020.
  10. [S1147] Jay County Courthouse, Portland, Indiana, Marriage records, 1837-1925, D:120, FHL microfilm 1750169, further cited as Jay Co. Marriage Records.
  11. [S461] 1900 United States Census, Almelo Township, Norton Co., Kansas, POP. SCH., ED 89, SHEET 7B, DWELLING 133, FAMILY 135, Winfield S Gardner HSHLD, married 25 years.
  12. [S462] 1910 United States Census, Clifton, precinct 13, Mesa Co., Colorado, POP. SCH., ED 98, SHEET 5B, DWELLING 99, FAMILY 100, Winfield S Gardner HSHLD, married 35 years.
  13. [S1155] Wilbur Fiske Sonte, History of Colorado, Illustrated, five vols. (Chicago, Illinois: S. J. Clarke Publishing, 1918-21), 5:476-477, further cited as Sonte, History of Colorado. "Three volumes called volume 4 pub. in 1919. The one with 688 p. is the true v. 4. Letter from the publisher indicates that the 819 p. volume, with contents entirely different from the 688 p. volume, should be called v. 5. The third volume "4" is a slight variation of the true v. 5, having 823 p. instead of 819." -- cf. Catalog of Western History Department, Denver Public Library.
  14. [S460] 1880 United States Census, Jackson Township, Jay Co., Indiana, POP. SCH., ED 151, SHEET 379/27, DWELLING 256, FAMILY 255, Winfield S Gardner HSHLD, daughter.
  15. [S460] 1880 United States Census, Jackson Township, Jay Co., Indiana, POP. SCH., ED 151, SHEET 379/27, DWELLING 256, FAMILY 255, Winfield S Gardner HSHLD, son.
  16. [S461] 1900 United States Census, Almelo Township, Norton Co., Kansas, POP. SCH., ED 89, SHEET 7B, DWELLING 133, FAMILY 135, Winfield S Gardner HSHLD, son.
  17. [S461] 1900 United States Census, Almelo Township, Norton Co., Kansas, POP. SCH., ED 89, SHEET 7B, DWELLING 133, FAMILY 135, Winfield S Gardner HSHLD, daughter.
  18. [S1022] Chella Mae Gardner, Birth Certificates, File No. 90-539, 2558 (1890), Kansas State Department of Health and Environment; Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.
  19. [S1018] Chella Mae Logan, Death Certificates, File No. 7213 (1971), Colorado Department of Health, Denver, Colorado.
  20. [S110] Jo Benear. Billings-Logan Family Records, Clippings and Family Group Sheets, 1988, Compiler's genealogy files, Clarkdale, Arizona, Winfield Scott Gardner FGS.
  21. [S462] 1910 United States Census, Clifton, precinct 13, Mesa Co., Colorado, POP. SCH., ED 98, SHEET 5B, DWELLING 99, FAMILY 100, Winfield S Gardner HSHLD, son.