John Gardner

Richfield, Oct. 28, 1896—John Gardner was the oldest son of Alexander Gardner and Ann Knox Gardner. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, July 22, 1833. He died at his home in Richfield on the 10th inst., from the effects of a bad cold, accompanied by dysentery. At the age of nineteen he first heard the Gospel, which he embraced with whole-souled sincerity, and was always true to its principles which were ever dear to him. In 1853 he came to Utah at twenty years of age. Fiver years later he married Miss Julia Pratt, daughter of the late Elder Parley P. Pratt, by whom he had fourteen children, four of whom are dead. He was an honest, upright, zealous, hardworking man. He owned a large farm northeast of Richfield. He endured all the hardships incident to pioneer life, during the grasshopper, the Indian and the Buchanan war. He carried the effects of numerous accidents, any one of which might have caused his death had not the Lord spared his life to do His work. He did much temple work for his dead ancestors. He held successively all the grades of the Priesthood up to that of High Priest. He passed peacefully and quietly into rest, to await the reward of his noble deeds. A large cortege of sorrowing friends followed his remains to the cemetery. His loss is deeply mourned. –COM.

[Deseret News, Oct. 29, 1896]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Jan. 2006]


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