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
"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