Gilham, Calvit Addison
GILHAM, HOWELL, COTTLE
Posted By: Bill Rathbun (email)
Date: 3/6/2004 at 20:49:25
Fairfield Daily Journal, Mon. Aug 13, 1911
GILHAM FUNERAL THIS MORNING… Calvit Addison Gilham was born Aug. 29, 1826 in Greenville, Bond County, Illinois. The family from which he descended was Scotch-Irish and came to this country in 1730. His grandparents were among the early settlers of Illinois, and emigrated to that state from Georgia in 1803. He was the son of Thomas and Eliza Gilham and was the last survivor of their family of eleven children. During his childhood he lived in two capitals of the state, Vandalia and Springfield. In the fall of 1833 he moved to Sangamon County and while camping out on the way saw the great meteoric shower. In 1840 he moved with his parents to Jefferson County, Iowa and soon afterwards learned the blacksmith trade in Fairfield. In 1849 he went to California where he worked at the gold mines until his return to Iowa in 1851. The following year he was united in marriage to Almed Howell of Glasgow, and in 1853 went to California.
It was during this period of his life that he was converted, an experience he never tired of relating as the greatest of his life. In the year 1858 he moved to Oregon. He was the father of four sons, three of whom survive him: Thomas H. of Turlock, Cal.; George W. of Townsend, Montana, and C.A. Gilham, Jr., of Dale, Oregon. In 1886 occurred the death of his wife. Later he married Mrs. Elizabeth E. Cottle, who survives him… He was active in mind and body up to the time of his last illness… Methodist Ch.
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