California Genealogy and History Archives
ANNA G. GARDNER
the first trans-continental line of railway had been brought to
completion and thus welded the west with the east by links of steel,
Mrs. Anna Gardner came to California with her parents and settled in
Sacramento. Among the pictures on memory's walls none is clearer to her
mind than those associated with the long trip from the eastern home of
the family to the then unknown and sparsely settled regions of the west.
The plastic minds of youth readily absorb and long retain incidents of
importance, and the young girl who experienced a most delightful trip
via the Isthmus of Panama has never forgotten those interesting events,
although she since has passed out of youth into the afternoon of life's
busy day and now has an honored place among the elderly matrons of
Sacramento, whose growth she has witnessed for a period of more than
forty years. Her father, Daniel Sloat, for years made his home in New
York City, where she was born; her mother was a native of Kentucky and
descended from southern ancestry but New York City was her home from
childhood. Almost immediately after his arrival in Sacramento the father
secured employment with the Southern Pacific Railroad Company and
continued with them for a long period, but eventually returned to the
east and there died. After having been spared to a ripe old age, the
mother passed away in 1901 at Oakland, this state.
The first grammar-school ever conducted in Sacramento was attended by Mrs. Gardner. In 1871, while she was still a young girl, she became the wife of Daniel Gardner, long a resident of Sacramento. Four children were born of the union and of these two sons are now living. The elder, Benjamin W., is a native of Sacramento and has spent his entire life in this city, with the exception of the period of his active service in the Spanish-American war ; in his family there are four children, born of his union with Miss Clara Schondobie, a young lady of Sacramento. The younger son, Elmer R., likewise a native of the capital city, has a responsible position as manager of the Pacific States Telephone Company at Modesto, and is fraternally very active in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, also holds honorary membership with the Rebekahs. In the latter organization Mrs. Gardner for years has been a successful worker and her selection as past noble grand, also as the incumbent of other offices of trust and honor, indicate the respect entertained for her executive ability and wise leadership by the members of the order in Sacramento.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011