Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Noah W. Gardner is the progressive proprietor of the well appointed Selby's Garage, at Monterey. He was born on a Virginia farm, September 21, 1877, the son of Alfred and Mary (Arendorff) Gardner, both descendants of fine old English stock. His father was an extensive farmer, prominent among Southern agriculturists, but died when his son Noah was a child, and so the rearing of the lad fell to the lot of the devoted mother, who sent him to both the public and the best local private schools. That he obtained a good start in life is evidenced by his later success.

Leaving behind the joys and the cares of youth, he followed the insurance business for a few years and then enlisted in the United States army for service in ithe Spanish-American war, joining the Sixth Battery of Artillery. After his discharge, he took up the pulp and paper business, working for two years in the mechanical department and was sent to various cities to construct, with a force of workmen, the paper and pulp plants needed. Leaving that field, he was occupied for seven years in the manufacture of soda and soda-ash and in 1906 made the most important shift of his life, coming west to California.

Reaching San Francisco, he was for a year steam engineer with the United Railroad and in 1907 he came to Monterey with the Monterey Gas & Electric Works. The company was just building a new plant, having dismantled the old one and for two and one-half years he was in charge of the installation of the turbine system. Changing again, Mr. Gardner was circulation manager for two and one-half years for the Monterey Daily Cypress and it was when he gave that up that he entered the automobile field, where his skill as a fine machinist and engineer was appreciated. At the end of four years, he took over the Selby garage, which at that time had a capacity of thirty cars, which he has since increased to two hundred cars. He offers his many patrons the great advantage of a thoroughly fireproof structure, and his reliable business methods have brought him a liberal patronage.

Mr. Gardner was married to Miss Mary M. Davis, of Virginia, by whom he has had three children. Le Roy, the eldest, is on the New York Times; Virginia Fairfax died in Monterey at the age of ten; and Elinore is still at school. Mr. Gardner is an Elk and he also belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America. In politics he is an old-time democrat but political views do not influence his allegiance to all those activities which work for the welfare of city, state and nation.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.