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Elmer G. and Carrie Gardner

Elmer is 10 in the 1880 census of Pipers Gap, Carroll County, Virginia.  Hes' the son of James and Martha E. Gardner, both born in Virginia.  They were also in Pipers Gap in 1870, and Elmer was ten months old.

In 1900 S  Elmer G.  and Cary A. have Della - March 1890, Sarah, -June 1898 in Missouri, Toulose - May 1898 (although the age is clearly 7), Allie - July 1895, Sarah, and Mary February 1900.

In 1910 the family is in Dundy County, Nebraska (just over the line from Yuma County).  Elmer and Cary, both born in Virginia, have James 16, Vida 13, Sarah 11, May 10, Floyd 8, Elmer H. 5, Donie H. 2 -daughter, and three-month-old Pearl.

In May 1914 County Clerk McKinney issued a marriage license to Minor Edman and Miss Sarah Gardner both of Eckley.  Rev. Breckinridge performed the ceremony.

In 1930 Elmer and Cary are in Benton County, Arkansas (wonder if the Cowan family followed them there.....)

Hart Cemetery, in Rogers, Arkansas, has an Elmer G. Gardner born 1869 in Carroll County, Virginia, dying April 16, 1939 in Rogers.  Carrie A. Ellen Edwards Gardner - 1869-1958 is also buried there.

James F. Gardner of Happyville (near Elmer's ) registered  for the WWI drafts, said he was born May 24, 1893 in Hillsville, Virginia, was farming for Mrs. Viola Smith of Happyville, and had a wife.   That wife was Edith  M. Smith (who was probably the niece of Viola.

Edith wrote in the East Yuma history that the Gardners had come in 1914 from Roanoke, Virginia.

In 1920 James F is farming for James Briggs north of Yuma.  He and Edith M. and Alfred H. 2, are "roomers".

In 1930 James F is farming near Yuma.  He and Edith have Alfred H 12, Kenneth J. 10, Helen 8, Eugene 5, and Esther 3.

In 1940 James F. Gardner and wife Edith 40, born Kansas, are farming near Eckley.  They have Alfred H. 20, Kenneth J 19, Helen S 18, Eugene V 13, Esther R 17,  Clyde D 9.  Sharon (son)  6, Mart E 4, and Irvin 1. All the kids were born in Colorado.,

Edith wrote in the East Yuma history that their children were Alfred H, Kenneth James, Helen (Mrs. Everett Warren),Gene V., Esther R. (Mrs. Walter Brophy), Clyde D., Sharon L, M. Eldon, Ervin O., and Steve L.

SSDJ has Jim dying in 1965.- and the FAG listing of James F. Gardner in the Wray cemetery has 1893-1965, and Edith 1899-1967 with a child Helen Lucille Gardner Warren 1921-2011

Virgle Eugene Gardner, 86, long time Brush resident died Monday evening, June 28, 2010, at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley after a short bout with cancer.  He was born June 17, 1924, near Eckley, CO to James and Edith (Smith) Gardner.He married Shirley Sigwing April 5, 1953, in Wray, CO.
He worked at the Co-op in Wray before they moved to Brush in 1956 where he worked for the Warren and Foster Lumber Companies for many years.
He was a handyman and enjoyed tinkering, he was always there to fix things for his children. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughters, Karen Eskew and Nancy Hosier, both of Fort Morgan, Jana Schippert of Brush, and one son, Randy Gardner of Brush; six brothers, Kenneth Gardner and Sharon Gardner, both of  Washington, Clyde Gardner of Ft. Collins, Eldon Gardner and Ervin Gardner both of Ft. Benton, Montana, and Steven Gardner of Wray; two sisters, Helen Warren of Denver, and Esther Brophy of Portland, Oregon; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley in 1997, and one brother Alfred, and his parents.
Visitation was held on Thursday, July 2, 2010, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Heer & Dahl Mortuary in Brush.
A funeral service was held on Friday, July 2, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Fort Morgan.
Interment followed in the Brush Memorial Cemetery.


The Wray cemetery also has Alfred H. Gardner - March 19, 1918 - September 6, 2002.

FAG says they had Della Mondana Gardner Albro - 1890-1950 buried in Sterling Colorado.

Jeannette Albro Cantrell

Date: March 25, 2001 In Reply to: Eugene Livingston Albro
I am a descendent of Eugene L. Albro. His son Frank was my grandfather. He has quite an interesting history. My father, Vern Howard Albro, was one of four children by one of his wives, Della (Gardner). I have photos. I would like to share information.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Hazel Worthley, 90, of San Pablo died Nov. 17, 2002. Hazel was born Feb. 27, 1912, in Nebraska to Frank and Della (Gardner) Albro. She moved from Colorado to California in 1943.

She is survived by a daughter Alberta (Lee) Whitaker of Napa; five grandchildren: Pam, Brian and Daniel Roay of San Pablo, David Whitaker of New York and Ken Whitaker of Quincy. She also leaves two great-grandchildren, Lucia Greenfield of New York and Tarah Donahue of San Pablo.

She was predeceased by her husband, Milton, in 1972 and daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn and Arthur Roay, in 1963.


NAPA - Beloved wife and mother Alberta May Whitaker, 77, passed away peacefully at home with family at her side, on Sept. 7, 2008. She was born Feb. 8, 1931, in Sterling, Colo.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Gerald and her two sons, David (Olga) and Ken.

After 27 years, she retired from Pacific Telephone Company. She was a lifetime member of Napa Rock & Gem Club and Pioneer Club of Pac Bell.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations can be made to Hospice of Napa.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m., at Tulocay Cemetery, 411 Coombsville Road, Napa.

Alberta’s loving, caring and sharing will be deeply missed by all the lives she touched. God bless, rest in peace, we love you.


One Ancestry tree has Mary Elva Gardner - daughter of Elmer and Carrie - born February 13, 1900 in Hamilton , Missouri.

The same tree has James F. Gardner born May 24, 1893 in Hillsville, Virginia.

And Elmer Harold Gardner born February 14, 1905 in Albany, Missouri, dying April 16, 1939.

Another tree has him dying June 20, 1953 in Colorado, with a spouse Clara Nicholene Aageson.

I am the daughter of Jerald Dean Gardner born in Benton (Bentonville) AR, who married my mother Toni Yvonne Elder in 1966. My fathers parents were Harold Elmer Gardner, b. Joplin, MO 1905, d. Yuma, CO 1955 and Clara Nicolene Aageson, b. unk, d. 1946? They had several children; Robert, Ralph, Alene, Alvin... something like 12 total. Harold remarried after Clara died and had more children (unk). Most of the brothers and sisters live in CO, one has gone to CA, two in TN, us in MO. Their home where all these kids grew up was in Yuma, CO, although my father, Jerald was born in AR. Harold died when my dad was 16 and my dad went into the Army, we don't know to much prior to my grandfather, Harold.

Mary Gardner Lindgard


The West Yuma history has Clara Nicholine Aageson born April 8, 1911 on the farm three miles east of Lone Star and dying 1943.

Ancestry lists one possible as Viola Koger, Married to John R. Koger in 1930 Englewood, Colorado.  Viola is 33, born Missouri, and they have Ethel 12, Alice 11, Ralph M. 9, and Earl 3.  All four kids born in Colorado.  John Ralph Koger had registered for WWI in Eckley, saying he had a wife and one child, and was a carpenter.

John and Viola are in Denver 1923 and 1925 city directories  - John is a carpenter.

In 1915 he listed Eckley as his address when witnessing a land claim.  And in 1915 it looks like they were quitting farming.


Minor Allen Edman registered for WWI in Eckley.  He said he was born in Charleston, Illinois on October 19, 1893.  He said he was Deputy Assessor to County Assessor John Dalrymple, and had a wife and child. 

In 1918 the news release is confusing, but it looks like Minor A. Edman was appointed to be a mail carrier in Kirk.

His tombstone in the Yuma Cemetery has a death date of October 31, 1918 - and it's the same lot 71 as Jacob

Minor's estate was probated in Wray January 1919

Looks like the Elmer Gardner family was in Nebraska in 1910, and that after Minor's death she married the widower Jesse R. Cowan , the butcher in Eckley. 

Haven't found Alwielda  in the 1920 census yet, but "Awilda Best" is the name on her 320 acres straddling the railroad two miles west of Eckley.

Alwieda Edman - Best is also buried in the Yuma Cemetery, lot 71, with a burial date of 1928

Looks like Sarah stayed in Arkansas for a while after 1930, 'cuz Cecile married Lewis Smith in Benton County Arkansas in 1935.

Arnold Ratcliff  : 21 Feb 1932  residence: Bentonville  age: 19 
event place: , Benton County, Arkansas, 

spouse: Dorothy Edman  spouse's age: 18   
spouse's residence: Rogers, Benton, Arkansas 
marriage license date: 21 Feb 1932 

One Ancestry tree has Sarah dying August 30, 1987 in Denver,

and another has Dorothy marrying Arnold Floyd RATCLIFF.

But almost certainly she's the one in the California Death Index as Dorothy Arwilda Grondsman, born December 7, 1913 in Colorado, dying December 30, 1993 in Yuba City, Sutter County or Yuba County (Father's surname was EDMONDS).

Name: Dorothy A Grondsman
Birth Date: 1 Sep 1966
Address: 6416 N Valley View W Dr, Gig Harbor, WA, 98335 (1994)
[5960 Redburn Ave, Marysville, CA, 95901-6833 (1993)] 



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