JEFFERSON COUNTY ILLINOIS
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Gale Gilbert


GALE GILBERT, a prominent young attorney of Mt. Vernon, who is rapidly 
winning his way to the front ranks of the legal profession in this 
locality, was born eight miles from the city, November 27, 1867.  His 
father, James Eli Gilbert, was also a native of Jefferson County, The 
Gilberts being among its earliest settlers.  The great-grandfather, Eli 
Gilbert, and the grandfather, Philo Gilbert, were both natives of Ohio.  
The latter is now living a retired life in Mt. Vernon, but theh father 
of our subject died some years ago.  The members of the family usually 
followed farming and became well-to-do.  They were also numbered amonth 
the highly respected citizens of the community.  James Eli Gilbert was 
at one time a candidate for COunty Treasurer of Jefferson County on the 
Republican ticket, but as the cuonty is strongly Democratic, he failed 
to win the election.

Our subject acquired his early education in the public and high schools 
of Mt. Vernon, and completed it at the Southern Illinois College at 
Carbondale, after which he embarked in teaching, which profession he 
followed for four terms.  He read law with the Hon. Norman H. Moss, of 
Mt. Vernon, preparatory to tnering the legal profession, and was 
admitted to the Bary Mary 7, 1891.  He then continued with Mr. Moss 
until June 1, 1893, when he started ou on his ownn responsibility, and 
it is but just to say that he is rapidly winning his way to the front.

Mr. Gilbert is a very prominent member of the Knights of Pythias 
fraternity and is the present Chancellor-Commander of his lodge in Mt. 
Vernon. On April 3, 1894, our subject married Catherine Irvin Harman, a 
native of Illinois, and the daughter of the late John Q. Harman.  He is 
a young man of more than average intelligence and ability, and drawing 
our conclusions from the past, we predict for him a successful and 
brilliant future.


"Portrait and Biographical Record of Clinton, 
Washington, Marion and Jefferson Counties, Illinois"
Published by Chapman Publishing Company of Chicago in 1894

Submitted by Sandy (Whalen) Bauer

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