Biography of Edward T. Gardner
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Gardner, Edward T., was born in the village of Ithaca, September 26, 1846, the only son now living of six children of Ira M. Gardner. He was educated in the public schools of this city and early took up the trade of his father, lathing the Catholic church of this city at the age of sixteen. He rapidly worked into different branches of the trade and acquired such proficiency that he soon became a contractor. In 1877 he went into partnership with Thomas B. Campbell and Robert Richardson, and their first large contract was the building of the residence of William H. Sage, after which they built the Jane P. McGraw residence, and also the annex of Wells College, at Aurora. The summer of 1876 our subject spent in Colorado. Since the dissolution of the above firm Mr. Gardner has built many of the most prominent buildings in this city Small's planing mill, remodeling the Culver block, and others. He has made a specialty of glass factory work, and built the United Glass Company's ovens and furnaces. He became interested in a new device for annealing glass, and machinery for handling it, and traveled all through the gas belt of Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, setting up these ovens. Mr. Gardner is a member of Fidelity Lodge, Eagle Chapter, and St. Augustine Commandery. He is also a member of the I. O. O. F. and of the Encampment. He belongs to the Aurora Street M. E. church. October 16, 1878, he married Minnie D. Sandborn, of Ithaca. Their fine residence was erected by Mr. Gardner in 1885.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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