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Samuel E. Gardiner
Born January 11, 1826
SAMUEL E. GARDINER, merchant tailor, Monticello; is a native of Ireland. His parents were neither of them Irish; they were of Scotch and English descent. Samuel was born January 11, 1826; he learned his trade in Manchester, Eng., and emigrated to America in boyhood, and lived in Claremont, N.H.; he came to Iowa in December, 1866, and located in Monticello, and since then has carried on his business here. While living in Claremont, he was united in marriage to Miss Diantha M. Buckman, from Claremont, N.H., April 19, 1852; they had one daughter—Lizzie L., not living. Mr. Gardiner has held the office of Town Clerk; he has been prominently connected with the Masonic Order for many years; he was Secretary of the Blue Lodge eleven years, was Secretary of the Chapter four years, and also of the Commandery four years, and Generalissimo of Trinity Commandery, No. 16; he was the only Knight Templar in Jones Co. for many years; he was Knighted in Mount Horeb Commandery, at Concord, N. H., in 1860, and is authority on matters pertaining to the Order. Samuel L. Gardiner was the first Superintendent of Floral Hall, in Jones County Agricultural Society, and the hall, when first occupied was fitted up under his personal supervision.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 668.

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