New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 7, 1880|
New Jersey, USA
Son of Daniel and Margaret Gardner
Atlantic City, NJ
1880-10-09; Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer
DANIEL GARDNER, THE CLOWN
[SPECIAL DISPATCH TO THE INQUIRER]
Atlantic City, N. J., Oct. 8. - Dan Gardner, "the oldest living circus clown" during the latter years of his life, died here yesterday afternoon of paralysis, in the sixty-fourth year of his age. He was born in New York in 1816, where he was put to work with his father and brother in David Bruce's printing establishment. He commenced there when a mere child, and at ten years of age had acquired a decided distaste for the labor he had to do. A passion for the circus seized him at this time, and he ran away from home and joined Archie Madden's circus as a singer of comic songs and "wench dancer." He was the first person to introduce the song and dance negress or wench dancer to the public. He remained with Madden four years, and then joined Howe's circus, which was just starting on its career. HI next change was to Welch's show, at Ninth and Chestnut streets, Philadelphia, which he left to go with Lentz. Soon after the last change he formed a partnership with Richard Hemming, which continued for twelve years, and he then joined his fortunes with Forepaugh. This proved an unfortunate alliance, serious reverses being met with by Mr.Gardner. His next appearance in the circus arena, after severing his connection with Forepaugh, was as equestrian director of Cooper & Hemming's show in 1871, which was the last season he ever traveled with a circus. His last appearance in public was three years ago, at the benefit of Captain Townsend, at the Grand Central Theatre, Philadelphia.On that occasion he sang two comic songs, and being enthusiastically encored he whispered to the leader of the orchestra for a hornpipe, which he danced to the s]astonishment of his friends and the delight of the audience. After leaving the show business Gardner made his home at this place where he successfully conducted the Columbia House. He was the founder of all the large circuses now in existence, and was thoroughly conversant with every feature of the business, from necromancy to bareback riding. He was of a social disposition, and was universally a favorite. He delighted to relate incidents of his experience, which embraced every phase of circus life. His death was not unexpected, as he had been ill for several weeks. He died as if dropping into a gentle sleep. At his bedside were his family, which included several well known "professionals." He will be buried at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Philadelphia, on Monday."
1880-10-11; Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer
"GARDNER - On the 7th inst., at Atlantic City, DANIEL GARDNER.
His relatives and friends, also Hamilton Lodge, No 274. A. Y. M., are invited to attend his funeral, this morning, from Market street ferry, on the arrival of the 7:15 train from Atlantic City. Services at the Chapel at Mount Vernon Cemetery."
1880-10-12; Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer
"The funeral of the late Daniel Gardner, took place yesterday, and was largely attended by a number of his friends, including members of the theatrical profession. The services at the chapel of Mount Vernon Cemetery were participated in by Hamilton Lodge, No. 274, A. Y. M., and the remains were interred in the family vault."
Mount Vernon Cemetery
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