HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ILLINOIS
& HISTORY OF MORGAN COUNTY
Munsell Publishing Company, Publishers, 1906.




GILLETT, CHARLES PHIPPS, Superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf, Jacksonville, Ill., was born in the institution of which he is now the head, the son of the late Philip Goode and Ellen M. (Phipps) Gillett. (A detailed sketch of his father's life will be found immediately preceding in this work.) After attending the public schools of Jacksonville he entered Illinois College, where he continued his studies until 1881. In that year he became assistant to his father, then Superintendent of the institution, his official position being that of Secretary to the Superintendent. Subsequently he was appointed to the post of Assistant Superintendent, and occupied that position until 1893, when his father relinquished the superintendence of the school. During the winter of 1893-4 Mr. Gillett filled the place of the Superintendent of the Minnesota State Institution at Faribault, the latter being temporarily absent form his post. During the term of 1898-99, he was an instructor in the Louisiana State School for the Deaf, at Baton Rouge, La. In May, 1900, he became a teacher in the Illinois Institution, and remained in that capacity until April 12, 1903, when he was elected Superintendent. It will thus be seen he has spent practically all the maturer years of his life in the work of educating the deaf. The post he now occupies, which was filled by his lamented father for a period of more than thirty-seven years, carries with it great responsibilities, as well as great possibilities. Mr. Gillett is faithfully carrying forward the magnificent work which gained a tremendous impetus under his father's wise and most efficient management, and practically every waking hour of every day is devoted to the task of maintaining and, wherever possible, advancing the standard of the school.


1906 Index

Home