Edmond Gibson Gardiner. For more than half a century Edmond Gibson Gardiner, who died in Norwalk, Aug. 4, 1923,
was identified with the banking interests of Huron County, as president of the old Norwalk National Bank, which
is now known as the Citizens National Bank. He was born in Norwalk, Aug. 23, 1844, the son of John and Frances
Mary (Joslin) Gardiner.
John Gardiner was born at Millstone Point, New London County, Conn., Sept. 15, 1816. He came to Ohio in 1832 and
settled in Norwalk. He became a leading financier of this section of the state and was employed at the age of eighteen
in The Bank of Norwalk, a branch of The State Bank of Ohio. Later with others he organized the Norwalk National
Bank, of which he was president for many years. He died April 14, 1915, and is buried in Norwalk. There were four
children born to John Gardiner: Edmond Gibson, the subject of this sketch; John Jr.; Lucy Jane; and William L.
At the age of seventeen years Edmond Gibson Gardiner became identified with the banking interests of his father.
The Bank of Norwalk referred to above was succeeded by the Norwalk National Bank and Mr. Gardiner held the office
of vice president until the death of his father in 1915, when he succeeded to the presidency. He retired from that
office in 1918 when the bank was merged with the Citizens Bank, thereafter being known as the Citizens National
Bank. Mr. Gardiner continued, however, as a director of the institution until his death in 1923. The banking interests
of the Gardiner family were unique in having three generations identified with the same bank during same period
of time. They were John, E. G., and the latter's son, Charles B.
On June 2, 1872, Mr. Gardiner was united in marriage with Miss Susan Jane Barnes, the daughter of John Barnes,
a prominent citizen of Huron County, who at one time held the office of county auditor. To Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner
were born four children: Charles B., lives at Norwalk; Mrs. James A. Ford, lives at Cleveland; Mrs. Philip Fulstow,
lives at Norwalk; and Mrs. Maurice E. Laird, lives at Columbus.
Mr. Gardiner was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Born of old New England stock, Mr. Gardiner held fast to the old ideals of conservatism and thrift, and was a living
example of a youth, born into a rich heritage, who still found his greatest pleasure in hard work. At the same
time he was a true sportsman and for more than 30 years was secretary and treasurer and a leading member of the
Winous Point Shooting Club, which was composed of 30 men of wealth, whose 7,000 acres of shooting grounds at the
head of Sandusky Bay were the finest in the Middle West. Mr. Gardiner was a royal host and his chief delight was
to have his good friends assembled at his table. Years ago his father had inaugurated open house on New Year's
Day, which was carried on by his son, and which for many years has made the old Gardiner homestead a social center
each recurring holiday.
Mr. Gardiner died Aug. 4, 1923, after an illness extending over a period thought to have had its inception at the
time of his retirement from active banking in 1918. He is buried in Norwalk. Mrs. Gardiner resides at the old home,
133 West Main Street, Norwalk.
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
North Central Ohio Biographies
Names A to C
Names D to G
Names H to K
Names L to P
Names Q to S
Names T to Z
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