Julius W. Gardner, the first permanent settler of Warren Township, Carroll County, resides on section 16. He came to Carroll County in the autumn of 1874 from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, accompanied by his brother John H. His brother bought the northwest quarter of the same section, on which he lived about four years, when he moved to Arcadia, and from there a year later to Audubon. In 1884 he moved to Southwestern Dakota, where he now lives. Julius W. Gardner was born in Kane County, Illinois, September 1, 1842, a son of William P. and Amanda Gardner, his father a native of New York, and his mother of Pennsylvania. His father was a pioneer of Kane County, Illinois, and in 1846 went from there to Fort Winnebago, on the Upper Wisconsin River, near the present site of Portage City. He and his family followed an Indian trail to Big Bull Falls, about 125 miles, through a wilderness. He lived there about two years and then moved to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and a short time later returned to Kane County. In 1850 he became one of the first settlers of Linn County, Iowa, and improved a farm near Cedar Rapids, where he lived until 1881, when he located in Manning. Although seventy years of age, and notwithstanding the hardships and trials of pioneer life in three States, he is still an active business man.

In July 1861, Julius W. Gardner enlisted in the defense of the Union, and was assigned to Company D, Eighth Iowa Infantry. His baptism of fire was received at Shiloh, where he was a member of General Prentiss' division. He was wounded three times in that battle, in the right wrist, the left arm and right knee. He was captured, but being wounded was left on the ground by the rebels and recovered the next day. After a short hospital experience he was sent home, and the following August had recovered sufficiently to rejoin his regiment, then stationed at St. Louis, Missouri. On account of his wounds be was unfitted for field duty, and was detailed on guard and recruiting duty, and served until January 1863, when he was honorably discharged and placed on the pension roll.

The year following he spent at Aurora, Illinois, attending school, still unable to walk without crutches. He was married at Cedar Rapids September 13, 1864, to Miss Jennie Ross, daughter of Hiram and Mary Ross, who settled in Linn County in 1863, coming from Bradford County, Pennsylvania, where Mrs. Gardner was born December 6, 1844. Her father is deceased, and her mother now lives in Sioux County, Iowa, with her son George. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner have five children: Flora E., Fred H., Mary A., Ross J. and Bert R.

Mr. Gardner is proprietor of four different "Gardner Additions" to Manning. He has platted these, ninety-five acres in all. His homestead, adjoining the city plat on the east, is 200 acres. In addition to his Manning property he owns a fine farm of 200 acres in Audubon County. Mr. Gardner is one of the representative citizens of his township, and an influential, public-spirited man. He is a member of McPherson Post, G.A.R., at Manning. In politics he affiliates with the Republican party.

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