Fremont County, Iowa


Frank Gillman

May 19, 1914

Obituary of Frank Gillman, (Hamburg, Iowa), who died on May 19, 1914. Fought a Good Fight. The contest between life and death ended for Frank Gillman at 9:30 Tuesday morning at his home on Bluff Street. He was endowed by nature with a vigorous physique and exhibited marked activity through many years of his career.

Five or six years ago, he became afflicted and cheerfully submitted to surgery through which he found temporary relief. A year and a half ago he went to the hospital for a second operation from which he was just about fully recovered when worse trouble manifested itself. A tumor appeared under his arm. He appealed a third time to surgery and had it removed but the growth was pronounced sarcoma and could not be cured. Since then he has suffered a great deal, but with stoic fortitude he faced the inevitable. He put his affairs in shape and even arranged for his own burial with the same interest and precision that characterized his whole life. Mr. Gillman was born in Germany September 10, 1838, and died May 20(sic), 1914, thus being 75 years, 8 months and 9 days old.

He came to Hamburg in 1876, and was prominently identified with the interests of the city until he retired from active business only about five years ago. For many years he was engaged in mercantile pursuits but in the early nineties he acquired an interest in the Cornish bank, later became the sole proprietor of that institution under the name of the Bank of Hamburg. He sold it to its present owners when he retired.

In 1892 he was elected representative to the general assembly and served in the 24th. Soon after coming to Hamburg, Iowa, Mr. Gillman married Emma Birkby who died some thirty years ago. Of this union there are four children, E. H. Gillman of San Francisco, Mrs. F. M. Stow, Mrs. R. Beyschlag, and Miss Emma Gillman of (SIC) after which burial will be made at Mt Olive, east of town. Services will be conducted at the grave by the Masonic Lodge.

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