1889 – Born on the 17th of July in Malden, Massachusetts.
1909 – Gardner graduated from Palo Alto High School, and received his only formal legal education at Valparaiso University School of Law.
1911 – He became a self-taught attorney and passed the state bar exam.
1918 – He opened his own law office in Merced, California, but soon joined the firm of I. W. Stewart in Oxnard.
1912 – He married Natalie Frances Talbert. They had a daughter, Grace.
1933 – He moved to Ventura, California where he practiced law.
1937 – He moved to Temecula, California, where he lived for the rest of his life.
1968 – He married his long-time secretary Agnes Jean Bethell, the "real Della Street".
1970 – Died on the 11th of March in Temecula, California.