Biography of Charles O. Gardiner
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





CHARLES OTIS GARDINER, of P. P. Mast & Co., manufacturers, Springfield; was born in Madison Co., N. Y., Oct. 18, 1826; he is of Scotch and German descent, being from the family who settled and whose descendants now own Gardiner's Island; is a son of Daniel Dennison and Orrilla (Fairbanks) Gardiner; his mother was of the same family connection as the inventor of the celebrated "Fairbanks" scales; his father was a manufacturer of agricultural implements, and thus the native mechanical genius of Mr. Gardiner was early developed by practical application. He was a member of the first wrecking crew on the lakes; it was this crew who removed the safe from the steamer Atlantic, sunk in 160 feet of water off Long Point, Lake Erie; was three years' foreman of the works at Milwaukee where the Pitts thresher was manufactured. In 1857, he took charge of the Buffalo Agricultural Works, but the financial pressure of that year somewhat crippled the firm, and, in the fall of 1860, Mr. Gardiner came to Springfield, having made arrangements with Thomas & Mast to take general superintendence of the Buckeye Agricultural Works; he continued as foreman and general superintendent of the works until the reorganization, when he became a member of the firm of P. P. Mast & Co.; he is the inventor of their force feed for grain drills, and, in fact, of all the important late patterns held by the firm, and is the real mechanical genius of the firm, and contributed largely to the success of the works, now one of the important manufacturing establishments which have made the village of Springfield an important city, with a good prospect of becoming one of the greatest manufacturing centers in the world. His residence is 100 Gallagher street. He married, in 1853, Miss Amelia A. Clark, of Chautauqua Co., N. Y.; they have one child living, Anna A., now Mrs. Dr. William Lagonda.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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