The Robert Arden Gardner Sr. Family of Texas and New Mexico Updated May 11, 2002
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Robert Arden Gardner Sr. was born 5/20/1895 in La Mesa, NM. Parents were William J. Gardner and Eleanor Virginia (Eva) Harkey Gardner. Brother William Ansel Gardner and Vera Helene Gardner Orkney were also born to parents in or near La Mesa, NM which at that time was not yet a state only Territory.
Arden was a farmer and rancher in Southern NM and West TX. He cleared land along the NM-TX border west of Canutillo, TX and farmed until just before his death. Crops mainly were cotton, both Pima and Short Staple, alfalfa and corn. He purchased the Beaverhead Ranch between Magdalena and Silver City in the Gila National Forest and ran whiteface cattle, Herefords. Arden's father was killed near the old Lanark Train Station in Dona Ana County in 1902. His mother, Eva died in 1953 in El Paso, TX.