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GILBERT, Silas 1845-1910


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/1/2019 at 14:42:01

Silas Gilbert Dead

Silas Gilbert died at his home in this city Monday afternoon after having been sick with pneumonia for a few months. Mr. Gilbert began showing signs of failing early in the fall. About a month ago he started for California in hopes that the change would prove beneficial but he got only to Colorado Springs when he realized that his strength would not permit him to continue the trip and he returned home. Since that time he failed gradually until the end.

Mr. Gilbert was born in Frederick county, Maryland, Nov. 20th, 1845. With his parents he moved to Dayton, Ohio, two years later. From there he moved to Arcanum, Ohio, and resided there from '69 to '88 when he moved to Darke county, Ind. and lived there until '95 when with his family he came to Grundy county and located on a farm in Melrose township. Three years ago he moved into a new home in Grundy Center.

Mr. Gilbert was married to Miss Francis Ressler June 3rd, 1866. Eight children were born to this union, one of them dying at the age of two. The remaining children are: Jennie and Willis who are at home, Mrs. R. Peters from Eldora, Mrs. C. Brewer, Whitten, Q. O. at Ann Arbor, Mrs. Elias Moats, Grundy Center and O. S. of California. The latter is coming to attend the funeral and he will not reach here until Saturday.

Mr. Gilbert was a member of the Brethren church from youth and served actively in the ministry of the same church for twenty-nine years, officiating many times at district and national conferences. He had the advantage only of a common school education, but by careful reading and extensive travel he was enabled to make a broad view in life.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. Blough from Waterloo will be held at Ivester Sunday afternoon.

--Grundy Country Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 6 January 1910, pg 1


Rev. Silas Gilbert Laid to Rest

The funeral services over the remains of Silas Gilbert, whose death was referred to last week, occurred Sunday forenoon from the Brethren church at Ivester, near where Mr. Gilbert resided many years and where he labored earnestly in the interest of the spiritual growth of the people of southwestern Grundy. The services were conducted by Rev. A. P. Blough, of Waterloo, a brother of County clerk, Wm. Blough. Rev. J. G. Royer, of Mt. Morris, Ill., assisted. Mr. Royer was for years associated with Mr. Gilbert in religious work and held the deceased in highest esteem. He is at present conducting a Bible school at Ivester.

A very large outpouring of people to pay a final tribute to this good man whose earth work is finished, attested the great affection of the people in the Ivester community for Mr. Gilbert.

All of the family were present at the funeral; Willis, of Des Moines, O. S., who came all the way from California and finally, in order to arrive in time drove by team from Marshalltown, almost to Ivester, Q. O., who is in college at Ann Arbor, Mich., Mrs. Peters of Eldora and Mrs. Brewer of Whitten; also the members of the family residing in Grundy Center.

The student companions of Q. O. Gilbert, at Ann Arbor, sent a magnificent floral piece as a token of sympathy and regard.

--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 13 January 1910, pg 1


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