Biography of Charles B. Gardiner
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Gardiner, Charles Berry, was born in Somerset, June 19, 1849, a son of William Gifford and Rebecca (Hood) Gardiner. He was educated in the public schools, Lapham's Institute of North Scituate, R. I., and Schofield's Commercial School at Providence, R. I. At the close of his school days he entered the Mt. Hope Iron Works to learn the machinist's trade and stayed there about three years, and was then employed at various places until 1875, when he moved to Florence, Mass., where he was employed by the Florence Tack Co. as selling agent until 1878, when he came to Raynham as manager of the Leeds & Robinson Co. In 1890 their business was merged into a corporation called the Diamond Tack & Nail Co., with Mr. Gardiner as treasurer. In 1891 their plant was partially destroyed by fire and Mr. Gardiner bought out Messrs. Leeds and Robinson and continued the business alone until 1892, when he admitted Mr. David F. Ranney as a partner and they have continued together up to the present time. Mr. Gardiner was a member of the Legislature in 1879 and is also a member of Ionic Lodge, F. & A. M. He has been twice married; first, December 24, 1871, to Mary W. Babcock of Westerly, R. I., who died in 1883, and second, on June 15, 1887, to Katherine E. Ranney of North Hampton, and they have two children Dorothy M. and Katherine.

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Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
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The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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