|Birth: ||Oct., 1854, Ireland|
|Death: ||Oct. 22, 1908|
Crow Wing County
Arrived in Brainerd in 1874.
See Isabell Gardner Coutu.
See Nicholas Heller.
The Coon building, corner of Fifth and Laurel streets has been purchased by George Gardner. (Brainerd Dispatch, 09 July 1886, p. 4, c. 4)
NOTE: The above mentioned building was burned down in the fire of 10 October 1890.
Some Spring Building.
From present appearances there will be considerable building going on as soon as spring has opened. George Gardner has already a crew of workmen clearing his lots on Laurel street from rubbish left by the fire [10 October 1890] and will be ready to begin the erection of a fine brick block as soon as the grounds are in shape. The block will be 125x50 feet, two stories high and will be brick veneered. [This is the Gardner Block.] The lower floor will be finished off into five stores, and the upper floor into offices and a large hall. The building will be rushed through to completion as soon as possible, most of the material being already on the ground. (Brainerd Dispatch, 10 April 1891, p. 4, c. 5)
Geo. Gardner will give a grand opening ball in his new hall on the evening of July 4th. The new building will be nearly finished by that time and Mr. Gardner proposes to have the event celebrated. (Brainerd Dispatch, 12 June 1891, p. 4, c. 5)
The opening ball at Gardner's hall on Saturday evening was a very pleasant occasion and well attended. (Brainerd Dispatch, 10 July 1891, p. 4, c. 4)
Geo. Gardner will move his saloon into one of the rooms in his new block next week. Orth's tailor shop and a barber shop will occupy two of the other apartments. The new block is about completed and is a handsome structure. (Brainerd Dispatch, 11 September 1891, p. 4, c. 5)
A New Year's Ball.
The members of the Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1, have made arrangements to give their annual ball on New Year's night, Jan. 1st, 1892, at Gardner's new hall. This ball will be one of the most enjoyable of the season, and a nice assemblage can be depended on. The hall will be beautifully decorated and every possible arrangement will be made for the convenience and comfort of those in attendance. (Brainerd Dispatch, 11 December 1891, p. 4, c. 5)
A Magnificent Dancing Hall.
Gardner's Hall, in this city, has been in the hands of the decorator for several weeks past, and the result reflects great credit on the artist having the work in charge, Mr. Wm. Guthrie. The work is in paper in imitation of frescoing, and speaks volumes for Mr. Guthrie's ability as a paper hanger. The walls of the main hall are done in panels of ingrains of alternating colors. Arising from the heavy oak wainscoting between and separating the panels are Corinthian columns with capitals and bases, which support the decorations of the ceiling. These panels contain the graceful figures of dancing girls in flowing costumes of soft material, which add greatly to the beauty of the walls. The immense ceiling is done in 19 panels of figured paper with a large panel in the center. This is in imitation of frescoing and is so natural that no one could tell the difference. In the center of the room in the large panel is a magnificent center piece 18 feet in diameter, done in colors which harmonize beautifully. From the middle of this center piece is suspended a magnificent new brass chandelier containing myriad's of electric lights with beautiful shades, which, when lighted, present a most entrancing appearance. The electric lights in the hall have been arranged in clusters, which makes the lighting of the hall much more effective. The hall and ante-room have not yet been completed, but Mr. Gardner assures us they will be as elaborately decorated as the main hall, especially the ladies waiting room, which he proposes to make a thing of beauty.
All this has cost Mr. Gardner a great sum of money, and it is but just that he should have ample return for his enterprise, hence he has concluded hereafter to charge $20 for the hall for dances and $25 for banquets. This includes the use of the piano. Special rates for a series of dances will be made on application.
When it is completed this city will have in Gardner's hall, undoubtedly, the most beautiful hall in the northwest for dancing purposes, and Mr. Gardner's enterprise in this matter should, and, undoubtedly, will be appreciated. (Brainerd Dispatch, 19 April 1895, p. 4, c. 4)
Geo. E. Gardner Dies Sud-
denly Last Night.
At about 9:30 last evening George E. Gardner, one of Brainerd's oldest citizens, was found dead sitting in a chair in a small room in the rear of the saloon formerly conducted by himself in the Gardner block, at the corner of Fifth and Laurel streets.
According to the account given by the bartender who was on duty at the time, Mr. Gardner had been around town the early part of the evening and about 8 o'clock went into the restaurant next door and ate a hearty supper, and shortly after ordered an oyster stew, but did not eat it, and asked the proprietor of the place to assist him to a chair in the back room of the saloon as he was not feeling well. He was helped to a chair and as he said he wished to sleep awhile was left alone. In the meantime a rig had been ordered to take him home, and when it came they went to the room to awaken him and found that he was dead. His remains were removed to Losey & Dean's undertaking rooms.
Coroner Gibson was at once notified and came at once, and after an examination of the body said death was due to heart failure.
Deceased leaves a widow and one child, a boy about 10 years of age. (Brainerd Tribune, 23 October 1908, p. 1, c. 6) [Courtesy of Brian Marsh, CWCHS]
GEO. E. GARDNER
IS FOUND DEAD
Prominent South Side Resident
Is Found Dead in His Former
Place of Business
BEEN FEELING WELL ALL DAY
Death Supposed to Have Been
Instantaneous as He Was
Seen Short Time Before
Geo. E. Gardner, owner of the Gardner block, and for many years engaged in the saloon business at the corner of Fifth and Laurel streets, was found dead in the card room of the saloon in that building about 9:30 o'clock Thursday evening. Shortly after 8 o'clock Mr. Gardner had partaken of a hearty meal at Herbert Graves eating house which adjoins the saloon on the east. He complained of not feeling well and Mr. Graves helped him to a chair in the card room of the saloon. He said he wanted to sleep a little and was left alone. Later in the evening the gentleman in charge of the saloon went to arouse him, and found him dead.
The remains were taken to Losey & Dean's undertaking parlors and prepared for burial. No funeral arrangements have been made, nor will they be until a half brother, Andrew Gardner, of Great Falls, Mont., and a sister, Mrs. Helen McDonald, of Portland, Ore., have been heard from. They were notified by telegraph of his death this morning. (Brainerd Dispatch, 30 October 1908, p. 3, c. 2) [Courtesy of Brian Marsh, CWCHS]
The funeral of the late Geo. E. Gardner will take place from the family residence, 816 South Sixth Street, Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. R. Alten, followed by interment in Evergreen cemetery. (Brainerd Dispatch, 30 October 1908, p. 2, c. 2) [Courtesy Brian Marsh, CWCHS]
Minnie Gardner Walls Willis (____ - 1934)
James Andrews Gardner (1886 - 1900)*
Crow Wing County
Plot: Block 9, Lot 85, South side N 1/2
Created by: A. Nelson
Record added: Apr 19, 2012
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John Van Essen
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