Monday, September 28, 2009

William Frances Gardiner 1876 - 1907

William Francis Gardiner, the fourth child of Robert and Margaret Gardiner, was a hardworking individual. He worked as a trolley boy when he was young at the trolley barns.  With the economy downturn he and his siblings needed to work.  At the time of his death at age 31 he was a foreman in the trolley car barns in Salt Lake City.

His wife, Mary Ellen Boylin, was known as "Nellie". She was born in England and later came to Utah with her family in 1888. She joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when she was in her twenties about a year before she married William.

At the birth of his son Stewart, William is listed as a car repairer.  The family is living at 922 4th street in SLC. 

In 1907 the family is living at 589 6th avenue.  That year William Francis Gardiner was the informant on his own son Harold's death certificate.  He died from Marasmus  - progressive emaciation and general wasting due to enfeebled constitution rather than any specific or ascertainable cause. 40 days later on Nov 14, 1907  William died from intestinal hemorrhage, 1 day, typhoid fever, 14 days. His wife Mary Ellen was the informant. He died 10 years before his mother Margaret and 20 years before his father Robert. 

Typhoid fever is a result of drinking dirty water.

His son William Charles dies in 1918 of lymphomic leukemia.

His last son Stewart Boylin dies in 1993 of old age.  He was 89.

The trolley barns which are currently used as stores in SLC are not the same ones he worked in.  Here is a peek at his work environment:


April 10, 1904, Salt Lake Tribune:



Consolidated Railway and Power Company, 1901

Francis Armstrong, former President of the Salt Lake Railroad Company, died in 1901. A. W. McCune, who was at that time serving as the President, purchased the Armstrong estate holdings in the company, and thereby gained control over two-thirds of the stock.[31] In June of 1901, McCune proposed that the company issue second mortgage bonds to purchase $500,000 of Salt Lake Rapid Transit, East Bench Street Railway, and Popperton Place and Fort Douglas Rapid Transit bonds. When this transaction was completed, McCune resigned his position at Salt Lake Railroad Company and organized the Consolidated Railway and Power Company.[32] His stated purpose was to consolidate all streetcar properties, and on August 8, 1901, the Salt Lake Railroad Company sold all its assets (subject to lien) to McCune as agent for Consolidated Railway and Power Company. The price was $850,000. On August 10, the Salt Lake City Railroad Company property was conveyed by warranty deed.[33]
The Consolidated Railway and Power Company was incorporated under the laws of the State of Utah on August 9, 1901 by McCune, Joseph S. Wells, B. M. Ellerbeck, W. P. Reed, E. B. Ellerbeck, Spencer Clawson, R. C.Rood, G. S. Gammett, E. E. Calvert and W. E. Wilson.
Capital was fixed at $4,000,000 and was divided into 40,000 shares at a par value of $100. At the time of incorporation, only ten shares had been subscribed for, the remaining being transferred to McCune and the other owners.[34]
Indebtedness of all predecessor companies was retired by means of a consolidated mortgage on all the property. Consolidated mortgage bonds amounting to $1,472,000, due to July 1, 1921, and drawing 5 percent, were listed.[35]
Upon consolidation of all the companies into one, an immediate expansion program was initiated. The company extended its Murray line an additional 15 miles south to Sandy and built a line to North Salt Lake. In addition, a new car barn was constructed on the site of the old Salt Lake Rapid Transit barn which had burned down several years before.[36]
Perhaps among the most significant decisions made during this period was to purchase, rather than continue to generate all needed electricity. Therefore, the directors negotiated a contract, and purchased power from the Utah Light and Power Company.[37]
Despite apparent prosperity, the Consolidated Railway and Power Company came under increasing public criticism. Company car barns, overhead wires and tracks were said to be a public eyesore. Plans for the destruction of many of the more obnoxious transit buildings were never executed. Lawsuits, damage claims and complaints were increasingly frequent. Even the first known streetcar robbery in Utah transpired during the short life of Consolidated. The Salt Lake Tribune of July 11, 1903, states that two men held up the trolley on 13th East and South Temple, escaping with $21.30.[38] [39] The Salt Lake attorney harassed the company for its refusal to keep the cars clean, and even threatened an ordinance to force more sanitary conditions. The burdens seemed too difficult for the management of Consolidated to solve.


November 15, 1907 Inter Mountain Republican:

September 9, 1918 Salt Lake Herald:


Typhoid fever, also known as enteric fever, or commonly just typhoid, is an illness caused by thebacterium Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi. Common worldwide, it is transmitted by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with feces from an infected person.[2] 

The bacteria then perforate through the intestinal wall and are phagocytosed by macrophages. Salmonella Typhi then alters its structure to resist destruction and allow them to exist within the macrophage. This renders them resistant to damage by PMN's, complement and the immune response. The organism is then spread via the lymphatics while inside the macrophages. This gives them access to the reticuloendothelial system and then to the different organs throughout the body

Typhoid fever, also known as enteric fever, is a potentially fatal multisystemic illness caused primarily by Salmonella typhi. The protean manifestations of typhoid fever make this disease a true diagnostic challenge. The classic presentation includes fever, malaise, diffuse abdominal pain, and constipation. Untreated, typhoid fever is a grueling illness that may progress to delirium, obtundation, intestinal hemorrhage, bowel perforation, and death within one month of onset. Survivors may be left with long-term or permanent neuropsychiatric complications.


Talk about grave markers telling a story. Look at the grave markers below and read the story of this family. Interesting.

William Charles Gardiner:

Charles Francis Gardiner and Nellie Boylin Gardiner had three children.  One, namely, William Charles Gardiner died at 10 years 7 months 14 days from lymphatic leukemia on September 8, 1918 in Farmington, UT. 

Lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a form of leukemia, or cancer of the white blood cells characterized by excess lymphoblasts.
Malignant, immature white blood cells continuously multiply and are overproduced in the bone marrow. ALL causes damage and death by crowding out normal cells in the bone marrow, and by spreading (infiltrating) to other organs. ALL is most common in childhood with a peak incidence at 2–5 years of age, and another peak in old age. The overall cure rate in children is about 80%, and about 45%-60% of adults have long-term disease-free survival.

Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), also called acute lymphoblastic leukemia, is a cancer that starts from white blood cells called lymphocytes in the bone marrow (the soft inner part of the bones, where new blood cells are made).

In most cases, the leukemia invades the blood fairly quickly. It can then spread to other parts of the body, including the lymph nodes, liver, spleen, central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), and testicles (in males). Other types of cancer can start in these organs and then spread to the bone marrow, but these cancers are not leukemia.


Published: Sunday, Feb. 21, 1993 12:00 a.m. MST
Stewart Boylin Gardiner, 88, of Layton, Utah died Thursday, February 18, 1993 at the Clearfield Nursing and Rehabiliation Center following a long illness.
Stewart was born in Salt Lake City April 4, 1904 to William F. Gardiner and Mary Ellen (Nellie) Boylin. Attended West High School and graduated from Davis High School. He worked 43 years for the Southern Pacific Railroad in the Oakland, California offices, returning to Utah following his retirement.He is survived by a sister-in-law, Donna J. Bowen, Bountiful, Utah; nieces and nephews: Donna Lee B. and Jim Barnes, Orem, Utah; Mary Karen B. Solomon, Craig, Colorado; Kirsten B. and Budd Black, Bennion, Utah; N. Cacey and Carol Bowen, Bountiful, Utah; John H. Bowen, Salt Lake City, Utah; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; brothers, William and Harold Gardiner, and Norman R. Bowen.

Funeral services will be held at Lindquist's Kaysville Mortuary, 400 North Main, Kaysville, Tuesday, February 23, 1993, 11 a.m. Friends may call at the mortuary Tuesday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.