GARDINER FULTON CORSON was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in January of 1859 to Henry Corson and his wife, the former Maria Shock. He was the youngest of five children in the family when the census was taken in 1860. His older siblings were Ellen, John, Mary, and Harry J. Corson. Gardner Corson was still living with his parents in Philadelphia when the Census was taken in 1880. He was then working in a cutlery factory. Besides Gardner, older brother Harry and a younger sister, E. Lillie Corson were living at home. Brother John Corson, a painter, had by then moved to Camden, New Jersey. 

By 1887 Gardiner Corson had come to Camden. City Directories from 1887 through 1895 show him living at 432 Bridge Avenue, working as a painter.. 

Gardiner Corson began living with Clara Scattergood around 1891. A daughter, Rena, was born in 1891. Another daughter, Edna, came in May of 1893. The 1896 and 1897 City Directories both list Gardiner Corson at 406 Bridge Avenue. The 1898 and 1899 City Directories shows Gardiner Corson at 412 Mickle Street. When the Census was taken in 1900 the Corson family was living in a rented house at 424 Mickle Street in Camden, New Jersey. Gardner Corson was then working as a house painter. The Corsons eventually purchased this house.

On October 26, 1912 at New Castle, Delaware Gardiner Corson and Clara Scattergood, who had been together for over 21 years, were formally married.

On November 27, 1907 Gardner Corson was appointed to the Camden Fire Department. Gardner Corson served through at least 1926. By 1929 he had retired on pension.

Gardner Corson was still living at 424 Mickle Street in 1931. He passed away not long afterwards.

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 19, 1906

George Shields - William Hillman - William Jobes
Josiah Sage - Seth Monnell - George Quinn
Martin Carrigan - J.W. Simpson - James Elberson
William Elberson - Charles Worthington
Harry Dease - Isaac Toy -
Harry A. Haines Sr.
Joseph Ernest - Joseph Gail - Samuel S. Elfreth
William SchreglerCharles H. Ellis 

West Street - Mickle Street - Beckett Street
Kaighn Avenue - Line Street - South 8th Street
Mt. Vernon Street - Clinton Street - Cedar Street
North 4th Street - Taylor AvenuePenn Street
Haddon Avenue - Bridge Avenue

Engine Company 1 -  Engine Company 2
Engine Company 4 - Chemical Engine Company

6th Regiment, New Jersey National Guard
Farmers & Merchants Market
Camden Opera House

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Frank G. Hitchener - William Morgenweck - Sperry & Hutchinson - Camden Bowling Alleys
M.W. Taylor Theatrical Agency - John Sherwood - Louis Certain - Richard Carpenter - Daniel Mehlin
Mrs. Ida Paul - Mrs. Farley - John Campbell - Harry Chase - John WIdden - H.W. Wilson
Gardner Corson - Mrs. Borquin - C.M. Alcott

Gardner Corson was appointed to the Fire Department in November of 1907.

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 28, 1907

Newton Ash - Ephraim Hires - Gardner Corson - John H. Lennox - Herbert Hibbs
Dr. A. Haines Lippincott - Charles H. Ellis - E.G.C. Bleakly

Camden Daily Courier
October 29, 1921

W. Scott Franklin
Dan McSurdy
Charles Schultz
Albert Dukes Sr.
Maurice P. Foley
Gardner Corson
Jacob Woodside
Charles Robinson