THOMAS M. GASH, an enterprising general merchant and successful business man, and for the past six years the popular Postmaster at Claytonville, Clay County, has for a full score of years occupied his present office as Justice of the Peace, ever discharging the various duties pertaining to the position with ability and integrity. Our subject is the son of Bernard P. and Isabelle (Barr) Gash, and was one in a family of eight brothers and sisters who gathered around the hearth of the old homestead many years ago. The father was a native of Maryland, and in later life removing to Kentucky, died in the latter State in the year 1838.
In 1858, about a score of years after the death of his father, Mr. Gash came to Missouri and located in Missouri City, where he remained for sixteen months. In the fall of 1859, he settled in Claytonville. His father had been a lifetime farmer and had trained him in the numerous duties of agriculture upon the farm, whose one hundred and twenty-five acres under the skillful management of its owner yielded a bounteous crop year after year. The father had also served as a soldier in the Canadian War, and in the various duties of life displayed in different occupations the same capable and wise handling of business which has distinguished the career of our subject.
Mr. Gash owns an excellent and valuable farm of one hundred and four acres, and is also the owner of village property. Having in early life mastered the trade of a carpenter and builder, and also having acquired a knowledge of wagon-making, he successfully followed these various vocations for a period of twenty years, but now devotes his time in agricultural pursuits and stock-raising, besides which he is occupied with other business cares and interests. Conducting a general store prosperously for the past six years, Mr. Gash has also faithfully served as Postmaster at Claytonville.
In 1851 our subject married Miss Eliza Sylvia, a Kentucky lady, who died in 1889, mourned by a large circle of friends. In 1891 Mr. Gash married for the second time, his present wife having been Mrs. Ida L. (Smith) Markle, of Kansas City. By his first wife he had six children, three of whom yet survive, viz: Dora, Lenora and Fanna G. These daughters are well known and highly respected, and occupy prominent positions socially. Mr. and Mrs. Gash are among the valued members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and are numbered with the cheerful givers for the promotion of social and benevolent enterprises. Mr. Gash is a member of the Masonic fraternity and has been Master, Warden and Secretary of the lodge. Our subject is an ardent Democrat, and is interested in the national and local issues of the day. He is widely known as a progressive citizen and a man of sterling worth, and deservedly holds the esteem and confidence of a host of friends.
PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD of Clay, Ray, Carroll, Chariton and Linn Counties, Missouri. Submitted by Lisa Smalley
JESSE T. GILLIAM
Through varying scenes of adversity and prosperity, through alternations of hope and fear, through effort and vicissitude, Jesse T. Gilliam, of Plateau valley, Mesa county, living near Collbran, has come to his present estate of worldly comfort and success, and having been tried by both extremes of fortune and never overcome by either, he has all the more enjoyment in his prosperity of today through recollecting the trials by which he secured it. He was born in Clay county, Missouri, in 1837, and is the son of John and Eliza (Clark) Gilliam, the father a native of North Carolina and the mother of Tennessee. The father accompanied his parents from his native state to Missouri when he was but three years old, and there passed the rest of his days, dying in 1867, at the age of fifty-four. The mother lived to the age of seventy-nine, dying in 1894. They were the parents of nine children, Jesse being the oldest. His boyhood and youth were passed in his native county and at Savannah, Andrew county, whither the family moved in his childhood. He remained at home until he was twenty-one, and afterward managed his father’s farm until the beginning of the Civil war. In 1861 he enlisted in the Missouri Home Guards, and in 1862 in Company G, Fourth Missouri Cavalry. In this command he served until the end of his term of three years, and after his discharge re-enlisted as a member of Company H, Thirteenth Missouri Cavalry. He was finally discharged on May 13, 1866, and returned home where he remained until 1872, engaged in farming and raising stock. He then moved to Kansas and continued his operations in these lines of industry in that state for five years. From 1876 to 1884 he lived in the Indian Territory, and the next three years was again in Kansas. In 1887 he came to where he now resides on Kansas mesa, Plateau valley, in Mesa county, having nothing when he settled there but the clothes he wore, his blankets and fifty cents in money. On February 24, 1903, he was married to Mrs. Susan E. Campbell, who has been of material assistance in building up his fortunes and making his home comfortable. Both are highly respected.
(Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado, Publ 1905. Transcribed by Kim Mohler)
A successful newspaper is generally representative of the people of the place in which it is located and its value to a community is beyond estimate. The American press, like the American people, is vigorous, tire-less in its defense of the principles of justice and frank in the expression of opinions. Such, in brief, is the character of the Liberty Tribune, of which Mr. Gilmer is editor and proprietor.
Among the early residents of Clay county may be mentioned the father of our subject, Robert G. Gilmer, who was born in Guilford County, N. C., February 22, 1814,. There he grew to manhood and remained until 1836, when, imbued with the pioneer spirit and desirous of seeking a home in what was then considered the Far west, he came to Missouri on horseback, in company with a friend, and settled in Clay County. For a few years he engaged in teaching school and later clerked in various stores in Liberty. About 1844 he removed to the country and built the front part of the house owned at present by Mrs. Zerelda Samuels, mother of the James boys, and which place gained considerable notoriety in after years as being their home.
After a short time, however, Mr. Gilmer, Sr., returned to Liberty and engaged in business. In 1848 he removed to Missouri City and there carried on a large business merchandising, buying and shipping hemp, and also farming extensively. At that time Missouri City was one of the principal river towns and its commercial importance was considerable. In 1866 Mr. Gilmer embarked in business as a manufacturer of tobacco and continued thus engaged until 1870. He died in Liberty, March 31, 1891, and his remains were laid to rest exactly fifty-four years to a day from the time he had left his old Carolina home to come to Missouri.
Irving Gilmer was born in Missouri City, Slay County, Mo., January 28, 1863, and is therefore now in the prime of his mental vigor. He was reared to manhood in that city. In December, 1887, he came to Liberty, and in May of the following year leased the Liberty Tribune, in connection with Thomas H. Frame. The owner of the paper was J. D. Lincoln, who had purchased it at that time from John Dougherty. Mr. Frame retired in three months and his part of the lease was transferred to George F. Bird. In May, 1890, at the commencement of the forty-fifth volume Mr. Gilmer purchased the Tribune, of which he has since been editor and proprietor. Since his first connection with the paper, he has controlled its business management, and his efforts in that line have been successful.
September 12, 1888, occurred the marriage of Irving Gilmer to Miss Minnie M., daughter of John A. Denny, and early settler of Clay County. Mr. and Mrs. Gilmer are the parents of one living child, Robert. G., who was born December 26, 1890. They have lost one child by death. Religiously, Mr. Gilmer is identified with the Old-school Presbyterian Church, and is active in his support of all measures which have for their object the elevation and welfare of the people.
(Source: PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD of Clay, Ray, Carroll, Chariton and Linn Counties, Missouri, Page 292, Chicago:, CHAPMAN Bros., 1893. Transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team)