Archibald Gardner was an 1847 Utah pioneer and colonizer. He was born in Kilsythe, Scotland, and as a child immigrated to Canada with his father’s family. After joining the LDS church, they met the pioneers at Winter Quarters, and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on October 1, 1847. After building countless mills, irrigation canals, bridges and other projects to serve pioneer purposes in the Utah Territory, he came to Afton in 1889 at the age of 75 and built a flour mill and sawmill in the mouth of Swift Creek Canyon.
The great motivating forces in his life were his sustaining faith, deep concern for the needs of his fellow men, and his pride and love for his numerous family. Archibald served as the bishop of the West Jordan Ward for 32 years and was also a stake patriarch.
In 1902, upon receiving word of Archibald’s death, George Osmond, Stake President, stated in stake conference, “No person who had ever entered Star Valley had done so much to assist its people or to build up the country.”