Re: Obit for Susannah Smith Gardner
Eugene (Oregon) Morning Register, 29 December 1927, page 9:
MRS. GARDINER PASSES
COTTAGE GROVE RESIDENT
WAS AGED 78 YEARS
Funeral Services Will be Held
Thursday Morning at Meth-
(Register Lane County Special)
COTTAGE GROVE, Ore., Dec.
28.--Mrs. Susannah Smith Gardiner
died yesterday morning following
an illness of several months at the
age of 78 years. Funeral services
will be held Thursday morning at
the Methodist church at 10:30
o'clock. Rev. J.A. Linn, officiat-
ing. Mrs. Gardiner was a life-long
member of the Methodist church
and her husband, Rev. Gardner,
was pastor of the Methodist church
in Oregon since 1888, and passed
away here several years ago.
Mrs. Gardiner was born in Penn-
sylvania August 20, 1849 and im-
migrated to Iowa with her parents
when a child. She was married
to Wm. Gardiner March 14, 1868.
To this union five children were
born, four of whom survive: Mrs.
Myrtle Morgan, Cottage Grove;
Mrs. Alama Bennett, Leonard Ed-
ward Gardiner, Mrs. Grace Woods,
of Salem; William, deceased. Rev.
Gardiner was transferred to the
Oregon conference in 1888, locat-
ing at Shedd. They were trans-
ferred to Cottage Grove 18 years
ago, Mr. Gardiner passing away
here a few years ago and Mrs.
Gardiner has made her home here.
Interment will be at Walker beside
her late husband.
Cottage Grove Sentinel, 2 February 1916, page 1:
Pioneer Preacher, Founder of
Church Here, Crosses River
Rev. W.J. Gardiner Succumbs Following Brief Attack of
Grip. -- Many Former Comrades in Labor Pay Final Tribute
Rev. W.J. Gardiner, one of the best
known of the pioneer preachers and
circuit riders of the valley, died here
Saturday morning. He had been suf-
fering with the grip for about a week.
Death came shortly after he had arisen
and while sitting in a chair. The fun-
eral was held Monday afternoon and
interment took place at Walker. The
services were in charge of Rev. H.N.
Aldrich, pastor of the Methodist church,
who was assisted by Dr. T.B. Ford
of Salem, who was superintendent of
this district at the time Rev. Gardiner
was an active preacher; Rev. Hiram
Gould of Newberg, a classmate of Rev.
Gardiner's in Iowa; Rev. C.E. Cline of
Portland, and army comrade; Rev. Geo.
H. Peese of Portland, a former pastor
here; Rev. R.S. Bishop of Creswell and
Rev. E.G. O. Groat of this city.
Mr. Gardiner was born in England,
Aug. 3, 1845, and came to the United
States wit his parents in 1849. The
family first settled in New York, mov-
ing later to Illinois, where three of the
children died of cholera in Chicago in
1854. Another child died later and the
death of Rev. Gardiner takes the last'
member of the family. He studied for
the ministry while farming in Iowa and
was licensed to preach in 1873, his work
covering Iowa and Dakota before com-
ing to Oregon in 1888 on account of
poor health. His health was quickly
regained and he was given the Dexter
circuit, including Dexter, Cloverdale,
Goshen, Creswell, Cottage Grove and
Mosby Creek. There was not a dol-
lar's worth of church property of the
Methodist church within the circuit at
that time but rapid changes took place
under Rev. Gardiner's enthusiastic lead-
ership. His first revival meeting was
held in Cottage Grove and he organized
the Methodist church here in 1898 with
27 members. It now has several hun-
dred members and is the strongest
church organization in the city. Rev.
Gardiner retired from active work as
the result of an attack of paralysis
and apoplexy while speaking from the
pulpit in a noted revival meeting at
Mr. Gardiner was a Civil war vet-
eran and a member of the Appomattox Post
No. 34, G.A.R. He served during al-
most the entire war in Co. A, Seventy-
fifth Illinois infantry. Although in
many of the noted battles he was never
Mr. Gardiner was married March 14,
1868, to Miss Susannah Smith, who sur-
vives. The marriage ceremony was
celebrated in Iowa. Five children were
born to this union. All survive and
all were present at the funeral. They
are: Mrs. Myrtle Morgan of Lowell;
Leonard of Salem; Mrs. Alta Bennett
of Salem; J.W. Gardiner of Sacra-
mento; Mrs. Grace Wood of this city.
There are a number of grandchildren.