Since 1900 the textile industry of Rhode Island has been the medium through which the business abilities of Arthur L. Gardiner, of Shannock, have found expression. Mr. Gardiner’s work in business management has been highly commended, his activities prior to his coming to Shannock having been notable and appreciated by those with whom he was in association. Alive to the interests of the community in which he lives, he has been foremost in assisting in the promotion of such public enterprises as merited the attention of the better element and at present is a member of the Republican State Central Committee for the town of Richmond.
He was born in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, April 27, 1879, a son of Alonzo J., a native of Exeter, Rhode Island, and Mary E. (Wilcox) Gardiner, also of Exeter. His father was engaged in the textile industry from his youth until within twenty years of his death, these last having been spent as superintendent of Elmgrove Cemetery, at Allentown, Rhode Island. Following an education in the public schools of North Kingstown and at East Greenwich Academy, Arthur L. entered the retail clothing store in Providence and for sixteen years filled the position of office manager there. He then came to Shannock, in 1916, and assumed the post of office manager and assistant treasurer of the Columbia Narrow Fabric Company, a position he still holds. He attends the Baptist Church and is a devotee in his recreational moments of baseball, football and golf. He was one of the organizers of the Meadowbrook Golf Club.
Arthur L. Gardiner married, in 1907, Bessie W. Luce, of Providence, and they are the parents of one daughter, Charlotte Waterman Gardiner.