Thora B. Gardiner

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Thora B. Gardiner (March 17, 1884 - November 13, 1953) was an America club woman.


Early life

Thora B. Gardiner was born in Holum, Iceland, on March 17, 1884, the daughter of Benedict Johnson and Thorbjorg Arnadottir. The family moved to the United States in 1901. [1]

Holum Former Municipality in Southern Norway, Norway

Holum is a former municipality in Vest-Agder county, Norway. The 116-square-kilometre (45 sq mi) municipality existed from 1838 until its dissolution in 1964. The administrative centre was the village of Krossen where Holum Church is located. The municipality was located in the northern part of the present-day municipality of Mandal.


Thora B. Gardiner was active in civic, club and church affairs. During and after the war, she was the secretary of the County Chapter of the American Red Cross. [1]

American Red Cross also known as the American National Red Cross, is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education in the United States.

The American Red Cross (ARC), also known as The American National Red Cross, is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States. It is the designated US affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the United States movement to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

She was on the school board and was instrumental in the founding the Oregon City High School, Barclay School, Eastham School and the merging of Park Place District with Oregon City and the founding of the Park Place School and the addition for the Mt. Pleasant School. [2] One of the Middle school (grades 6-8) of the Oregon City School District, founded in 1954, is named after Thora B. Gardiner. [3]

Oregon City High School

Oregon City High School is a public high school in the northwest United States in Oregon City, Oregon, a suburb south of Portland. It is the third-most populated high school in Oregon.

The Oregon City School District is a school district that serves the city of Oregon City, Oregon and some unincorporated areas of southwestern Clackamas County, including the hamlet of Beavercreek and the community of Jennings Lodge, which is physically separated from the rest of the district by the Gladstone School District.

She was the President of the Oregon City Women's Club and Vice-president and Secretary of the Clackamas County Public Health Association. [1]

General Federation of Womens Clubs federation of over 3,000 womens civic clubs in the U.S.

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She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Parent-Teacher Association, American Yeoman, St. Pauls Episcopal Church, Auxiliary and Alter Guild. [1] [4]

Order of the Eastern Star

The Order of the Eastern Star is a Masonic appendant body open to both men and women. It was established in 1850 by lawyer and educator Rob Morris, a noted Freemason, but was only adopted and approved as an appendant body of the Masonic Fraternity in 1873. The order is based on teachings from the Bible, but is open to people of all religious beliefs. It has approximately 10,000 chapters in twenty countries and approximately 500,000 members under its General Grand Chapter.

Personal life

Thora B. Gardiner moved to Oregon in 1912 and lived at 1305 J. Q. Adams St., Oregon City, Oregon. [1]

Oregon City, Oregon City in Oregon, United States

Oregon City is the county seat of Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, located on the Willamette River near the southern limits of the Portland metropolitan area. Established in 1829 by the Hudson's Bay Company, in 1844 it became the first U.S. city west of the Rocky Mountains to be incorporated.

On November 7, 1901, in Hamilton, North Dakota, she married Frederick William Gardiner and had three children: Benedict Edward "Ned" Gardiner, Frederick William Gardiner, Rosemary Gardiner Keeney. [1] [4]

She died on November 13, 1953, and is buried at Mountain View Cemetery, Oregon City. [2] [4]

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  2. 1 2 "Sunday November 15, 1953". Enterprise Courier. 1953.
  3. "Gardiner Middle School, We Are Gardiner"
  4. 1 2 3 "Tuesday Nov. 17, 1953". Enterprise Courier. 1953.