James S. Gardner

James S. Gardner

County Mayo, Ireland
Death 17 Feb 1924 (aged 80)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 8, Lot 20, NEC
Memorial ID 83611188 · View Source
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Arrived in Brainerd in 1871.

Brother of Isabell Gardner Coutu.

Half-brother of Elizabeth Gardner Crowell.

•See William A. Ferris.
•See George D. LaBar
•See Blanche Sleeper Smith.
•See Maud Sleeper Hazen.
•See Nicholas Heller.
•See John McMahon.
•See Myrta Bixby Murray.
•See Henry Drapeau.
•See Charles Douglas Johnson.

He was the engineer of one of the first Northern Pacific construction trains to arrive in Brainerd.

      ENGINEER J. S. Gardner is lying very ill at his residence, with inflammatory rheumatism. (Brainerd Tribune, 02 February 1878, p. 4, c. 1)

1880 Census for Brainerd, E.D. 99, family #302:
Gardiner, James, head, 35, b. Ireland, locomotive engineer
Gardiner, Sarah A., wife, 23, b. NY
Gardiner, Edith M., dau., 4, b. Minn.
Gardiner, Guy W., son, 2, b. Minn.
Gardiner, James R., son, 2, b. Minn.
Robinson, Catherine, sis-in-law, 21, b. NY, helps sister

1900 Census for Brainerd, E.D. 55, family #40:
Gardner, James, head, 57, b. Feb 1843 Ireland, m. 27y, imm. 1864, hotel keeper
Gardner, Sarah, wife, 47, b. Feb 1853 NY, 4 ch. 2 liv.
Gardner, George, son, 18, b. Aug 1882 Minn.
[Contributed by John Van Essen]

                 Candidate for Mayor.

      In compliance with the request of many voters I hereby announce myself a candidate at the approaching city election for the office of mayor of the city of Brainerd. J. S. GARDNER. (Brainerd Dispatch, 14 February 1884, p. 3, c. 3)

                  The Office of Mayor.

      J. S. Gardner's announcement of his candidacy for Mayor appears in this issue, and the Dispatch thoroughly endorses the public sentiment that has prevailed upon Mr. Gardner to enter the field for that office. His interests in the city and his record, both as a good citizen and as an official, are too well known to need reproduction in these columns. He is a live, progressive, public spirited, and capable man, and has "a mind of his own" too firm to be subservient to private or party interests that are not in harmony with the public good. Besides his undoubted capacity to efficiently look after the public affairs of the city, and his unswerving honesty and integrity, he has that general and thorough popularity that renders his election as near a certainty as anything in the future can be. Thus far Mr. Gardner is the only candidate for Mayor who is prominently mentioned, and it remains to be seen whether any other will undertake to run against him. But let that be as it may, Mr. Gardner ought to, and doubtless will, receive a rousing majority. (Brainerd Dispatch, 14 February 1884, p. 3, c. 3)

Mayor of Brainerd 1884-1886.

      Mayor Gardner has issued an order for all houses of ill-fame in the city to be closed by Saturday, May 17th. Any person found keeping or frequenting such a place after that date, will be prosecuted according to the provisions of Ordinance No. 2, which is as follows:
      SECTION 1. No person or persons shall keep within the limits of the city of Brainerd a disorderly or ill-governed house or place, or a house of ill-fame, or place resorted to for the purpose of prostitution, assignation, fornication, or for the resort of persons of ill-name, ill-fame or dishonest conversation, or common prostitutes, and no person shall procure or suffer to come together at such house or place any of the above described persons; nor commit nor suffer to be committed in such house or place any immoral, lewd, lascivious, immodest or other improper conduct or behavior, or any reveling, rioting or disturbance. Any person violating the provisions or any provision of this section, shall, upon conviction thereof before the city justice, be punished by a fine not exceeding $100, and not less than $25, and the cost of prosecution, or imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding ninety days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
      SEC. 2. Any person who shall within the limits of the city of Brainerd visit, resort to, or frequent or be found in a disorderly house or place, or a house of ill-fame, or place resorted to for purposes of prostitution, assignation, fornication, or for the resort of persons of ill-name, or ill-fame, or dishonest conversation or common prostitutes, shall, upon conviction thereof before the city justice of said city, be punished by a fine of not less than five nor more than ten dollars and the costs of prosecution, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding thirty days, or both such fine and imprisonment.
      SEC. 3. No person or persons shall knowingly let, hire, lease or demise any room, house, building or premises within the limits of the city of Brainerd to any person or person of ill-name or ill-fame, or who are known by common reputation to be common prostitutes, or the keepers or proprietors of houses of ill-fame, or places resorted to for purposes of immodest or immoral conduct or behavior. Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction thereof before the city justice of said city, be punished by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars nor less than fifty dollars and the cost of prosecution, or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding ninety days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Brainerd Dispatch, 15 May 1884, p. 3, c. 4)

Owner and operator of the Palace Hotel.

      Excavating for the new brick block to be erected by J. S. Gardner on Sixth street, has been completed and the laying of the foundation has begun. Mr. Gardner intends to rush the work in order to have the building entirely completed this fall. It will be solid brick, 25x80 feet, two stories high, with basement under the entire building. The first floor will be used as a store room by Mr. Gardner himself, who will put in a fine stock of groceries as soon as ready. The second story will be a public hall, intended for the use of secret societies, etc. As this hall will be 25x80 feet, about as large as the Odd Fellow's hall, it can readily be seen that it will be a very desirable place for the use of such organizations. (Brainerd Dispatch, 21 September 1888, p. 4, c. 4)

      Mr. Gardner has his new brick building on 6th street completed and expects to open a first-class grocery store in it the middle of next month. (Brainerd Dispatch, 23 November 1888, p. 4, c. 3)

      J. S. Gardner will build another new brick store on Sixth street south. (Brainerd Dispatch, 26 July 1889, p. 4, c. 4)

           JAMES S. GARDNER
                              HAS PASSED AWAY

       Was Pioneer Railway Man and One
                    of Brainerd's Earliest


     Mr. Gardner's Engine Pulled Presid-
               dential Train When Hayes
                   Visited the Northwest

      James S. Gardner, one of Brainerd's earliest residents and a pioneer railroad man, passed away at 10:05 Sunday morning at his home, 422 South Sixth street, following an illness caused by a cerebral hemorrhage which he suffered in November.
      Mr. Gardner was born on February 28th, 1843 in County Mayo, Ireland. He came to the United States at the beginning of the Civil War, first settling in New York state, and later coming to Minnesota, living in the southern part of the state and in Duluth.
      He came to Brainerd with Adam Brown, both being among the first engineers into the city when the Northern Pacific Railway built its line west from Carlton junction. He has made his residence in Brainerd practically ever since.
      Several interesting incidents are connected with Mr. Gardner's career as a locomotive engineer. He drove the engine that pulled the train into Bismark, N. D., with New York troops who took part in Custer's last battle. His engine pulled the presidential train when President Rutherford B. Hayes visited the Northwest, and Mrs. Hayes rode quite a distance in the cab of Mr. Gardner's engine.
      The older residents of Brainerd will recall the disaster when the old railroad bridge across the Mississippi in this city collapsed while a train was crossing it, with much loss of property and several lives. Mr. Gardner's train passed over the structure just before it went down with the train that followed his.
      Deceased was married in January, 1874 to Miss Sarah A. Robinson, in Bath, N. Y. Two children were born to this union, Mrs. P. B. McTague of Duluth and George H. Gardner Brainerd attorney.
      In addition to his wife and children he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Helen McDonald, of Brainerd, a half-sister, Mrs. W. H. Crowell, also of this city, a half-sister in Ireland, a half-brother, Andrew living in Los Angeles, and a half-brother John in Louisiana, and a niece, Mrs. F. E. Ebner, of Brainerd. There are two grandchildren, Irving McTague and Mrs. G. L. Monroe, and a great granddaughter, Marjorie Virginia Monroe.
      Mr. Gardner is characterized as a staunch believer in and a defender of the city of Brainerd. Once settled here he never had an ill word to say of the city, and was so well content with it that he never desired to live elsewhere, preferring to spend the major portion of his life here.
      He took a very active interest in civic affairs before the infirmities of age made it impossible. He was mayor of Brainerd in 1883 and again at a later date, and for over twenty years was a member of the county commissioners, most of that time being spent as chairman of the board.
      Mr. Gardner was a member of the Masonic fraternity, Blue Lodge Chapter, Commandery and Shrine. He had held membership for many years in the I. O. O. F. but had given up that order several years before his death. He had long been a member of St. Paul's Episcopal church.
      The funeral will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home under the auspices of Aurora Lodge, No. 100, A. F. & A. M., with a Knights Templar escort. Rev. W. M. Walton, of St. Paul's church will officiate. Interment will be made in Evergreen cemetery.
      The active pallbearers will be Edward Crust, G. W. Chadbourne, C. D. Johnson, W. A. M. Johnstone, Fred J. Reid and R. R. Wise. The honorary pallbearers will be Anton Mahlum, C. B. Rowley, Dr. A. F. Groves, T. H. Brady, A. G. Trommald and Fred Allison. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 18 February 1924, p. 5, c. 1)

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