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Before 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. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011