Saturday, April 12, 2008

JOHN A. GARDNER - Obituary

John A. Gardner

The East Liverpool Tribune

John A. Gardner, died, at 5 o'clock yesterday morning (Jan. 15, 1906) at the Gardner homestead in Chester, of neurotic rheumatism, aged 34 years. Besides his mother, Mrs. Lavina M. Gardner, the deceased is survived by a sister, Mrs. E. D. Marshall.

Mr. Gardner had been sick for eight weeks, and it was evident from the first that the disease would prove fatal. His father, the late R. R. Gardner, was one of the wealthiest men of Hancock county, West Virginia. He owned at one time a large part of the land now occupied by the town of Chester. At his death John came into a large part of the estate, including the land occupied by the American Sheet & Tin Plate company and tuat embraced in what is known as Rock Springs park.

John Gardner was one of those big hearted, companionable men, who make friends rapidly; and being gifted with a sunny disposition, he held the lasting esteem of all with whom he came in contact.

The funeral services wil be held from the residence, the Rev. Dr. J. C. Taggart, pastor of the First United Presbyterian church, East Liverpool, officiating at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. The deceased was a prominent member of East Liverpool lodge of Elks, and Chester aeric, Fraternal Order of Eagles.

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