JESSE R GILCREST, proprietor of the Toronto Machine Company, and vice-president and a director of the National Bank of Toronto, O., has been a resident of this city since 1897 and has been actively identified with the affairs of the community.
Mr. Gilcrest was born in Wheeling, W. Va., August 4, 1864 and is a son of John B. and Laura Gilcrest. He was four years old when his parents moved to what then was LaGrange, now Brilliant, Jefferson County, Ohio and there he was reared and educated. He learned the trade of machinist at that point, and subsequently followed it in various parts of the country, also setting up machinery and gaining an experience which can be acquired only through working in many shops and at a variety of work. He was for a time foreman of the machine shops at Mingo Junction, O., from which place he came to Toronto in 1897, here establishing the Toronto Machine Company, of which he is treasurer and had charge of the mechanical department. He is largely interested in the Means Engineering and Foundry Company. He has had a succcessful career in business here and is numbered with the leading and progressive citizens.
Mr. Gilcrest was married to Miss Tuckie Wildpret, of Belmont County, Ohio, and they have four children: Donald, Lawrence, Tuckie and Dorothy.