|Ira N. Gibson
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; page 480, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing
Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical
Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Ira N. Gibson, of Browning, Illinois, was born January 1, 1843,
near New Castle, Pennsylvania, his parents being John and Mary F.
(Fervor) Gibson. They were natives of Pennsylvania. They removed to
Morris, Illinois, stayed there seven years; thence they went to the
army; at the close of the war, went to Peoria, when the subject was
twelve years of age. Both parents are still living.
Ira Gibson grew to manhood in Peoria, but in the fall of 1863,
while prospecting in Iowa, he enlisted in the Iowa Cavalry, at Sioux
City. He was sent out on the plains, where he remained fighting Indians
and guarding the frontier until the close of the war, when he was
mustered out, at Davenport, in 1865.
He returned to Peoria and engaged in milling, where he remained
seven years. He was head miller in the mill of Frank Fields, for two
Quitting the milling, he engaged in the fishery business on the
Illinois River, and this has been his occupation since. In it he has
acquired a comfortable living and a nice property in Browning,
Illinois. He furnishes his stock both winter and summer to J. W.
Peters, at St. Louis, where he finds a ready sale for all his products.
He puts up his own ice and operated the business in a systematic manner.
Mr. Gibson has been twice married. His first venture into
matrimony was when twenty-four years of age, to Miss Frances Smith of
Peoria. At her death she left four children: Alice, Frank, Louisa and
Mr. Gibson was married a second time in Browning, to Miss Mary
Williams, who was born in Fulton County, Illinois, in 1858. To this
union there are two children: Frances and Ethel, bright little girls,
Mr. Gibson is a Democrat in politics, and is a member of
Browning Lodge, No. 309, I. O. O. F. He was formerly a member of the G.
A. R., but the post disbanded and he has not yet joined any other.
His first wife was a Roman Catholic in religion, but the present
Mrs. Gibson is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
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