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Roy Carl Gans, civil engineer, connected with the Department of Streets and Sewers of St. Louis was born in Ashland, Boone county, Missouri, September 29, 1877. His father, George Ache Gans, was born, near Uniontown, Pennsylvania, March 8, 1845 and came with his parents to Missouri from Fayette county, Pennsylvania in 1868 settling near Columbia, Boone county. In later years he resided in Columbia where his death occurred January 7, 1919. His wife, Laura Loraine (Russell) Gans, was born near Ashland, Boone county, May 19, 1866, her grandparents being among the early settlers of that county. Mrs. Gans now makes her home in Parsons, Kansas. She was married in 1872 and became the mother of two sons and tour daughters, Walter Russell, Roy C, Nora J., G. Loraine, Ruth E. and Alma M.
Roy Carl Gans, the second of the family, was educated in the public schools of Ashland and Nevada, Missouri, and in the State University at Columbia from which he was graduated in 1901 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. He has been engaged in the practice of his profession in various branches since his graduation and has been in the employ of the city of St. Louis since 1910. He has steadily advanced through various positions in the engineering department until promoted in 1918 to the position of Senior Civil Engineer, Department of Streets and Sewers, which he now holds.
On the 22nd of August, 1902, at Coffeyville, Kansas, Mr. Gans was married to Cosette Aleen Davidson, daughter of Marshall and Mary Davidson of Nevada, Missouri, who came to Vernon county this state in 1880 from Woodford county, Illinois. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Gans are E. Maurine and George M.
Mr. Gans is a member of the Church of Christ, the outgrowth of the reformation movement that was begun about 1809 by Alexander Campbell and others at Washington, Pennsylvania, near the home of Mr. Gans' ancestors.
He gives his political support to the republican party and fraternally is connected with the Tau Beta Pi. He is a Mason belonging to Itaska Lodge, No. 420, A. F. & A. M., and is a member of the American Association of Engineers. During the World war Mr. Gans was active in the promotion of Liberty Loan and Red Cross drives.
(Source: Centennial History of Missouri, One Hundred Years in the Union, 1820-1921, Vol. V, Published 1921)


A. R. GIBBS. Alexander Robert Gibbs was born in Bedford County, Virginia, June 4, 1815. He was the fifth son and seventh child of a family of nine sons and six daughters. In his tenth year he removed with his parents to Kentucky where he grew to manhood. Was brought up on the farm and in early life commenced trading in stock, buying in Kentucky and driving to Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama. Was married in Lee county, Virginia, March 9, 1847, to Mary J. Gibson, daughter of Zachariah Gibson. By this marriage they had four children, two sons and two daughters, all of whom are living except the oldest son, who was drowned in early boyhood. Mr. Gibbs came to Missouri in 1851 and settled on the farm where he now resides, six miles northeast of Ashland, and fifteen miles southeast of Columbia. There are 260 acres in this tract. He owns a large body of land on the Missouri river. Mr. Gibbs deals largely in thorough-bred stock, principally cattle.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


WILLIAM H. GOIN; William H. Goin was born in Boone County, Missouri, January 5, 1834. He is the son of Archibald and Sophia (Hunter) Goin. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm. About the year 1869 he commenced merchandising in Sturgeon. He had previously clerked in a store when a boy. He was married, January 6, 1856, to Miss E. J. Sweeney, daughter of Archibald Sweeney, who was a justice of the peace for Bourbon Township for a number of years. They have five children, all living — Emma, Byron A., Idella, Archie and Aubrey. Mr. Goin is a man of considerable culture. His opportunities, when young, were poor, but, by hard study and close application, he has in a great measure overcome the disadvantages of early life, and with small thanks to any one but himself, can boast a fair education, which for all practical purposes is not inferior to that of many of our college graduates. The acquisition of property, as well as education, has also been by his individual efforts. He has travelled extensively in connection with the cattle business, visiting some seventeen States. He is a member of the firm of Goin & Lockridge, which has been in existence since 1870.
{Source:  History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882 by Western Historical Company; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack.}


GEORGE W. GULICK; George W. Gulick, the subject of this sketch, is a native of Loudon County, Virginia, as were both his parents, William and Mary (Hixson) Gulick. Both his grandfathers were Virginians and majors in the revolutionary war. His father served in the war of 1812. George W. was born April 13, 1830. He grew to manhood in his native county, and was educated partly at the country schools, completing his education at Loudon Agricultural and Chemical Institute. After finishing a thorough course of studies at this college, he entered at once upon the active duties of life. His proficiency was such that on quitting Loudon Institute, he was elected an honorary member of the Literary Society of Hampden-Sidney College, Virginia. He was married, October 13, 1857, to Miss Mittie E., daughter of William J. and Lucinda Carr. She was a native of Loudon County, Virginia. They have eight children now living: William E., Carr, Kate C, Mary L., Walter O., George T., Hattie and Pearl. Mr. Gulick removed to Boone County, Missouri, in 1857, and settled about two miles from where he now lives. Himself and wife are members of the Baptist church. He is also an Odd Fellow and a member of the Order of United Workmen. He served as a justice of the peace for Bourbon Township for two terms. 'He is also a member of the Boone county Democratic central committee. He is of German origin on his father's side. His mother was of Scotch descent. Mr. Gulick is an energetic, well-to-do citizen, and is held in high esteem by all who know him.
{Source:  History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882 by Western Historical Company; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack.}

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