Biography of Charles N. Gardner
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CHARLES N. GARDNER
Although the period of his identification with the development of Elsinore was all too brief in duration, Mr. Gardner became an enthusiastic believer in the future prosperity of the place and devoted the last energies of his useful existence to plans for the local development. These plans have since been carried from the formulative stage into actual operation through the sagacious efforts of his wife, a talented business woman, with the forceful assistance of his former business partner and intimate friend. Throughout the greater part of his life he was a resident of Milwaukee, Wis., where he was born in 1847 and where his parents remained until death, father and son having been business partners for many years in an enterprise of substantial importance and considerable prominence. When the business finally passed into other hands the younger member of the firm removed to Tacoma in 1903 and opened a piano establishment on C street, where he continued in business for five years, removing thence to California and settling at Elsinore. Shortly after his arrival he acquired the Lake View Inn and Hot Springs, but his demise in 1909 left to his widow and business associate the task of developing this property, notably one of the most beautiful places in Southern California. During his residence in Wisconsin he was identified prominently with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks at Milwaukee, but aside therefrom he held no fraternal associations. Nor did his tastes incline him toward politics, in which he took no part whatever other than giving his ballot to the men whom he considered best qualified to represent the people.

The marriage of Mr. Gardner August 10, 1892, united him with Miss Mary Prothero, who was born in Wisconsin, being a daughter of Thomas and Anna M. Prothero, still residents of that state. The only son of Mr. and Mrs. Gardner is Amos Dodge Gardner, who was born August 26, 1893, and received his education largely in the German. and English Academy at Milwaukee. After accompanying his parents to the west he identified himself with the upbuilding of the coast country and is now a capable supporter of Riverside county development. Since the death of his father he has remained with his mother and has assisted her in the carrying forward of their business affairs.

With a view to the development of the property Mrs. Gardner bought ten acres across the lake and this she contemplates transforming into a beautiful park, thus affording a means of pleasure and recreation for the patrons of the Inn Other property has been acquired since the death of Mr. Gardner and in these important transactions Mrs. Gardner has the benefit of the experience and counsel of M. L. Cambern, the long time business associate as well as especial friend of Mr. Gardner. This gentleman is likewise a "booster" of Riverside county and believes that you can traverse the entire area of the United States without discovering a spot more rich in natural wealth, more delightful in climate, or more attractive in the high character of its citizenship than Riverside county in general and Elsinore in particular. With this opinion concerning the merits of the locality he has been glad to invest, in property and recently succeeded with Mrs. Gardner in securing the franchise for fifty years for the lighting and heating of the city of Elsinore, besides which he has aided Mrs. Gardner in making arrangements to bore for oil at once. General projects also receive his practical assistance and any movement for the local upbuilding receives his enthusiastic support.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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