Mona Gardner (1903 - 1998)

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Mona Gardner
1903 - 1998
May 29, 1903
Toms River, Ocean County, New Jersey United States
August 2, 1998
Wall Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey United States
Other Names
Mona Hoyt Irons
Mona Gardner was born on May 29, 1903 in Toms River, New Jersey United States. She was baptized at First Methodist Church, Toms River, New Jersey United States. She died on August 2, 1998 in Wall Township, New Jersey United States at 95 years old. We know that Mona Gardner had been residing in Belmar, Monmouth County, New Jersey 07719.
Updated: August 5, 2022
Mona Gardner's parents were 'Disbrow' (sic) and Grace Irons. She was baptised in the Methodist church in Toms River, New Jersey, in 1909 with her sisters Elsie, and Pearl, and brother Cecil. In the 1910 federal census, Mona was 6 and living with her parents, Disbron (sic) Irons, who was age 31 at the time, and Grace, who was 27, in Dover, New Jersey. Her siblings Elsie (10), Pearl, age 5, and Cecil (1), were also in the household. Father Disbron was a caretaker in a hotel. Twenty years later, in the 1930 federal census, Mona was 28 years old, married, and living with her family in Neptune, New Jersey. In the household were husband Leon Gardner, who was 38, wife Mona Gardner, who was 28, and daughters Grace, who was 5, and Madelyn, who was age 1. Leon was a foreman at a golf club. After another 20 years passed, in the 1950 federal census, Mona, who was 46, was married to Leon Gardner, who was 57, and they were living in Monmouth, New Jersey with their child Kenneth, who was 10. Leon was the proprietor of a bait and tackle store. When she died, Mona was survived by one son, Kenneth L. Gardner, Lakehurst; two daughters, Grace A Boyd, Tinton Falls, and Madelyn F. Slocum, Wall; and two brothers, Edward Irons and Alfred Irons of Florida, according to Mona Gardner: Obituary
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Mona Gardner
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Mona Gardner
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Mona Hoyt Irons
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Belmar, Monmouth County, New Jersey 07719
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Mona Gardner was born on in Toms River, Ocean County, New Jersey United States
Mona Gardner died on in Wall Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey United States
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Monmouth Memorial Park 4201 NJ-33, in Tinton Falls, Monmouth County, New Jersey United States 07753
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Mona was born in Toms River, New Jersey and lived in Belmar, Neptune, and Wall Township, New Jersey as well as Neptune Township, Florida before moving to West Palm Beach, Florida.


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Mona was baptized in the Methodist church.


at First Methodist Church in Toms River, Ocean County, New Jersey United States


Mona was employed as a bait and tackle shop clerk for 20 years until her retirement in 1956.

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The following appeared in The Coast Star (Manasquan, New Jersey) on Thursday August 6th 1998: Mona H. Gardner - Retired Clerk Mona H. Gardner, West Palm Beach, Fla., died Aug 2 in Tower Lodge Wall Township. She was 95 years old. Born in Toms River, Mrs. Gardner lived in Neptune Township before moving to West Palm Beach. She was employed as a bait and tackle shop clerk for 20 years until her retirement in 1956. Surviving are one son, Kenneth L. Gardner, Lakehurst; two daughters, Grace A Boyd, Tinton Falls, and Madelyn F. Slocum, Wall; two brothers, Edward Irons and Alfred Irons of Florida; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were from Francioni, Taylor and Lopez Funeral Home, Neptune Township.

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In 1903, in the year that Mona Gardner was born, the silent film, The Great Train Robbery opened. Although it was filmed in Milltown, New Jersey, it was a Western. Twelve minutes long, the film used a lot of innovative techniques - some scenes were hand colored and composite editing, on-location shooting, and frequent camera movement were used. Its budget was $150 (about $4000 currently) and was the most popular film until 1915 when Birth of a Nation was released.

In 1926, she was 23 years old when on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

In 1936, at the age of 33 years old, Mona was alive when on November 3rd, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected to a second term. He ran against Republican Governor Alf Landon (Kansas), defeating Landon in the popular vote by 60.8% to 36.5%. Vermont and Maine were the only two states in which Landon won. John Nance Garner IV became the Vice-President in this election.

In 1950, when she was 47 years old, in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

In 1998, in the year of Mona Gardner's passing, on December 19th, the movie Titanic - based on the 1912 sinking of the ship and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - was released. Winning 11 Oscars, it was the first film to gross over a billion dollars and eventually grossed over $2 billion.

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