Lee County Biography


John M. Gardner, who has been a resident on section 5, Lee Center Township, this county, for over twenty-five years, and who for the past fourteen years has served as Supervisor of the township, is well and favorably known throughout the community. His father, the late John H. Gardner, was born near Troy, N. Y. His mother, whose name was Melvina Bixby, was a native of New England. This couple emigrated to Illinois in 1844 from Steuben County, N. Y., and settled in what is now Amboy Township, where the mother died in 1849. The father spent the latter years of his life in Lee Center Township, his decease occurring in 1871. They were the parents of six children, our subject being the second in order of birth.

John M. Gardner wns born in Hornby, Steuben County, N. Y., January 26, 1841. He was but three years old when his parents removed to Lee County, and, after a residence of six years in Amboy Township, came with them to Lee Center Township, where he was educated in the common schools, and reared to manhood upon the home farm. He was married in this township, October 28, 1868, to Miss Alice L. Clapp, daughter of E. L. Clapp, also residents of this township. Her mother's maiden name was Catherine Bull, for a history of whom se3 sketch of E. L. Clapp. Mrs. Gardner was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., November 1, 1845. Mr. Gardner is a member of the Republican party, although he has never taken n very active part in political affairs. The confidence which his fellow-citizens repose in him, is, however, shown by the fact that he has held the office of Township Clerk for three years, was Treasurer of the township for twenty- four years, and, as already stated, has been Supervisor of l>ec Center Township for fourteen terms. He is a man who is liberal in his religious views. Mr. Gardner has always followed the occupation of a farmer, and owns a fine tract of one hundred and seventy-eight acres, on which he has placed good improvements and where he lives a retired life.

Portrait & Biographical 1892


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