October 13, 2011

Gardinier, Ellsworth, Jane Harcus, Irving, Evelyn, James

Ellsworth and Jane H. Gardinier
Oakwood Cemetery
(Source:  Photo by Jacqueline Klapproth Nelson. Copyright October 2011)
Gardinier, Ellsworth
"Ellsworth Gardinier passed away August 24, 1947 at his residence.  He was born in Somers Township July 3, 1861 and was engaged in farming.  He served as Somers Town Treasurer, Town Assessor, and was a Member of the Somers Town Board.  On January 5, 1883, he was married to the former Miss Jane Harcus of Berryville.  Surviving are his wife Jane, four sons, Samuel, Irving, Ellsworth, Jr., and Thomas, all of Somers.  Five daughters are Mrs. William Dorey, Mrs. Edward Tabbert, Mrs. Peter Lauer, all of Somers; Mrs. Frank Ehmke of Kenosha; and Miss Joan Gardinier of Racine.  Hansen Funeral Home provided services and burial was held at Oakwood Cemetery in Somers."
(Source:  Racine Journal Times, publication dated August 25, 1947)

More about Ellsworth Gardinier
E.J. Gardinier has always been a resident of Somers Township, where he now makes his home on Section 14.  In was in this township that he was born July 3, 1861, his parents being James and Marie (Cobb) Gardinier.  The father's residence in Kenosha County dated from 1840, at which time he removed from New York, his native state, to Wisconsin.  For two years he cultivated the Simmons farm and during the remainder of his life was employed by others.  In 1862 he responded to the country's call for troops, enlisting as a member of the Thirty-Third Wisconsin Infantry, with which he did faithful service on the battlefields of the south.  His political allegiance was given to the Republican Party.  He wedded Maria Cobb, a native of this county, and to them were born four children: E.J., Edwin, James (see below) and Clifton.
E.J. Gardinier went to district schools until the age of fifteen, when he felt it necessary to begin providing for his own support and started work as a farm hand, being employed by William Yule for about eight years.  He was desirous of engaging in business on his own account, however, and his first purchase of land, bought with his savings, was a tract of five acres which he cultivated for five years.  He next bought another five-acre tract and after two years five acres more, and at the present time he is the owner of thirty acres of valuable land on Section 14 in Somers Township where he is engaged in fruit raising and in dairying.
When he made his first purchase there was just room enough to turn a wagon around on a cleared space and the rest was underbrush.  This he had to cut down in order to prepare the land for cultivation.  All of the improvements upon the farm are his own work and indicate his careful management and progressive spirit.  Broad practical experience has taught him much.
On the 4th of January, 1883, Mr. Gardinier was united in marriage to Miss Jane Harcus, her father being John Harcus, a native of Scotland.  Nine children were born on this union.
(Source:  The City and County of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Vol. II, S.J. Clark Publishing Co., 1916)

Thomas S. Gardinier
Thomas S. Gardinier, 67, Rt. 1, Box 388 A, County Line Rd., died Saturday night at his residence following a short illness.
Mr. Gardinier was born in Somers Township on Sept 27, 1902, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth J. Gardinier.  He received his education at Wood Road School.
He married Miss Frieda S. Becker on July 3, 1948.
He farmed in Somers until 1966 when he retired.
Mr. Gardinier was a member of the Immanuel United Methodist Church.
Survivors are his wife; three brothers, Samuel J. Gardinier, Eagle, Wis., and Irving E. and Ellsworth J. Gardinier, both of Somers; and three sisters, Mrs. Tina Dorey, Somers, and Mrs. Myrtle Lauer and Mrs. Frank W. Ehmke, both of Kenosha.
Two sisters, Miss Joan Gardinier and Mrs. Ella Tabbert, preceded him in death.  Oakwood Cemetery.
(Source:  Racine Journal Feb. 7, 1970)

More about Jane Harcus Gardinier
"February 2, 1949, Jane Gardinier, age 88, passed away at the Kenosha Hospital after a short illness.  Born in Scotland on May 2, 1860, Mrs. Gardinier, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Harcus, came to America when a young girl and resided in Racine.  On January 5, 1883, she was married to Ellsworth J. Gardinier, who preceded her in death on August 24, 1947.  After their marriage they moved to Somers Township where they made their home since that time.
Surviving are 4 sons: Samuel J., Irving E., Ellsworth, Jr., Thomas S.; 4 daughters, Mrs. William Dorey, Mrs. Edward Tabbert, Mrs. Peter Lauer, Mrs. Frank Ehmke; one brother, Samuel Harcus of Lakeshore Road in Berryville, and 2 sisters, Anna and Christina in Scotland."
(Source:  Racine Journal Times, publication date February 3, 1949)

"James Gardinier has been called to the U.S. Army service this week and has left for camp Sunday his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Gardinier, entertained at a family gathering in his honor."
(Source:  Racine Journal Sept. 27, 1945)

More about the Gardinier family
Irving and Evelyn Gardinier
Oakwood Cemetery
(Source:  Photo by Jacqueline Klapproth Nelson, copyright October 2011)

James G. Gardinier
Military.  No dates known.
Oakwood Cemetery
(Source:  Photo by Jacqueline Klapproth Nelson, Copyright October 2011)

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