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Gabriel W. Cox
Gabriel, son of Samuel P. and Mary
Cox, was born in Gallatin, July 13, 1852, and there grew to manhood. He
received his primary education in the common schools of Gallatin, and
completed it with a course at the Christian University, of Canton, Missouri,
and in 1870 and 1871. at the Gem
City Commercial College, of Quincy, Illinois. Returning to Gallatin he was employed by Gilham & Simpson as
a clerk, and continued in their employ until 1874, when he became the
successor of Mr. Simpson, and a short time after sold his interest to Mr.
Gilham. Leaving Gallatin he went to Centerville, Iowa, and engaged in the
grocery, grain mid provision business, with William M. Flint, under the firm name
of Flint & Cox, and remained there until the fall of of 1874; again
returning home, he accepted" a
clerkship in his father's store, continued until his father sold out in
February, 1876, and then
engaged in farming until the fall of the same year. In the summer of 1877 he was employed by
the wholesale hat and cap house of Bird & Hawkins, of Kansas City,
as a traveling salesman, but abandoned the business in January, 1878, on account
of ill health, and in July of the same year, accompanied his father to
Colorado, taking fifteen mule teams, and was employed by Fitzgerald, Mallory
& Co. to grade and haul on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad,
beginning at Iron Spring and grading to Otero, on Pea River, in New Mexico.
They also took a large contract for street grading in the City of
Trinidad, Colorado. In 1879, his father becoming ill, they sold out and
returned to Gallatin, where he was again employed in his father's store, and
remained with him up to the time he closed out, in October, 1881.
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