Samuel C. Gill


SAMUEL C. GILL, by the death of Samuel C. Gill, which occurred at his island home, Beaumaris, Canada, on August 17, 1909, Steubenville lost one of her most active and popular citizens. Mr. Gill belonged to the Mt. Pleasant family of that name, where he was born on March 10, 1851. His early education was in the schools of Mt. Pleasant, then as now being above the average of village schools, supplemented by a course at Earlham College, Ind., and a two year term at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. With his brothers, Hon. J. J. and J. W. Gill, he was one of the founders of the Exchange Bank (in 1873), once the National Exchange, in which he always maintained an interest and held a directorship for several years preceding his death. When his brothers entered into the glass business, as is more fully related elsewhere, he embarked in the same enterprise, in which business he remained during life, and was also one of the originators of and part owner in the Ohio Valley Clay Works, which have grown from a comparatively small beginning to one of the leading industries of the city.

In 1900 Mr. Gill was appointed a member of Governor Nash's staff, with the rank of colonel, and served in that capacity during Nash's two terms. Besides possessing a taste for literature and the arts, Mr. Gill was quite an extensive traveler and was a keen observer of all that came in his way. Several years previous to his death he purchased one of the beautiful islands in Lake Muskoka, Canada, where he built a summer home, and where he and his family pleasantly sojourned during the heated terms, and where, as stated above, he passed away. He was interested in social and civic enterprises, being a director of the Steubenville Country Club, and a member of the Ohio Society of New York, and the Caledon Club, Toronto. On October 5, 1881, Mr. Gill married Miss Willmena Hoyton, of Steubenville, who survives him with one son, James Holton Gill, one of our most worthy and popular young citizens.

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