|1905 NYS Census Nathan Gardner|
Nathaniel Gardner, b 21 July 1882 NY – 7 December 1944 NY, was my maternal grandfather. He was born in New York City where he lived until 1940. My mother was in high school when he died so I never had the opportunity to meet him.
I have found him in old letters he wrote to my grandmother; in faded photographs showing him with my mother’s baby carriage; in city directories, and in census records.
|1905 NYS Census Nathaniel Gardner|
In the 1905 N.Y.S. Census my grandfather is listed twice. He is listed at East 87th Street in Manhattan with his parents, Louis [Leopold] and Fannie Gardner, and his siblings, Florence, Moses and Albert. This shows Nathan to be 19 years old and a telegrapher. [1905 NYS Census, NY Co, Manhattan, ED 13, AD 30, Block A, Pg8]
He is also listed as living at East 188th Street in the Bronx. He was a boarder with Eugene Archer. He was 23 and a telegraph operator. [1905 NYS Census, NY Co, Bronx, ED 52, AD 25, Page 16]
I believe both of these are my grandfather. His parents were indeed Leopold & Fannie Gardner. The names of his siblings are correct. He was actually 23 years old and a telegraph operator. He was certainly old enough to live on his own, as a boarder. Nathaniel worked in various Western Union offices over the years, sometimes in the Bronx. I think he moved in the days the census takers were collecting information and was counted twice.