WILLIAM J. GARDINIER
Danube NY Schoolboy, Herkimer NY Attorney
Contributed by BetteJo Hall-Caldwell
A Successful Lawyer
Herkimer , N.Y., Tuesday, July 18, 1905
Something About a Danube Boy Who is Now One of Herkimer's Ablest Young Lawyers.
We present to our readers this week the honest countenance of William J. Gardinier, one of the most
prominent of Herkimer's young lawyers, and a gentleman who commands the respect and esteem of the
people of his native county.
Mr. Gardinier is a native of the town of Danube and was born on the Gardinier farm December 17, 1870.
His first days at school were spent in the district school house where so many of the strong and able
men of this county commenced their education. In 1886 he entered Little Falls Academy and graduated
from that institution in 1889, being president of his class. In the fall of 1889 he entered Cornell
University from which institution he graduated in 1893 with the degree of Ph.B in history and
political science. He was one of the Theta Beta Kappa men of his class and member of the Delta Chi fraternity.
His education completed he came to Herkimer in 1893 and entered the law office of Devendorf &
Smith. For two years he gave all of his time to the study of law and being a nephew of Judge
Devendorf, under that learned gentleman's tutorage, he became one of the best read lawyers in the
county. He was admitted to practice in all of the courts of the state at the last term of the general
term of the supreme court held in Syracuse, December 26, 1895 with the late Judge Harding presiding.
Early in 1896 he opened an office in the Snell block on Main street, where he remained for five years,
until the disastrous fire in that block, when he removed to the new Earl block, where he is now located.
Mr. Gardinier comes from a staunch republican family and takes a active interest in politics, being one
of the leading republicans in town. For several years he has been chairman of the election board in the
second district of the town and from 1889 to 1901 very acceptably served as attorney for the village of
Herkimer. He has a lucrative practice and is at all times a busy man.
Mr. Gardinier has a very pleasant home on Prospect street which he occupies with his wife and three
children. He is the kind of a citizen that makes a town better by their living in it and a man whom the
people of this county can call to official life with the assurance that he will treat public office as a