Baruch H. Gilbert

Carroll County IL Biography

Baruch H. Gilbert, a native of Savanna, is one of its leading citizens. He is prominent in civic affairs, and is at present Town Clerk, and is also a member of the School Board. His father, Simeon Gilbert, was for many years a resident of this city, coming here in early times. He was born in the State of New York, in 1820. His father, Baruch H. Gilbert, was born in August, 1795, and in early life became a pioneer of Orleans County, N. Y., where he was for many years engaged in farming. He was prominently identified with the local government, and for a long time acted as Justice of the Peace and Notary Public. He now lives retired in Medina, Orleans Co., N. Y., at the venerable age of ninety-three years. The father of our subject was reared in his native State, and lived there until 1847. He then started West, and made his way to Illinois: and, there being no railways in that day, he came from Chicago to Carroll County by team. He was then an unmarried man, and sought employment at whatever could bring him an honest penny. A part of the time he was employed in cutting wood, and later in supplying the steamers with fuel, and finally established himself in the mercantile business. In 1856 he returned to his native State, to manage his father’s farm. In 1860 he again came to Carroll County, accompanied by his wife, and children, and was a resident here until his death, Aug. 12, 1873, at which time this community was deprived of a useful and honored citizen. The maiden name of his wife was Olive Skellenger, and she was likewise a native of New York State. Her father, William Skellenger, is also supposed to have been a native of that State. There were three children born to the parents of our subject – John, who died in infancy; William, who died in 1881, aged twenty-two; and Baruch H.

With the exception of four years, from 1856 to 1860, passed in New York State, our subject has resided in Savanna nearly the whole of his life. He early entered upon a mercantile career as clerk in a store, and was engaged in that capacity in different stores for a period of nearly fifteen years. In 1880 he established himself in business on his own account, and two years later sold a half-interest in his business to another gentleman. A year and a half later he sold out, and has since devoted his attention to his private interests. He is in prosperous circumstances, having by wise and judicious investments increased his capital, so that he is in possession of a good income. He has built a beautiful home on Chicago avenue, the new and popular residential quarter of the city.

Mr. Gilbert was married, Jan. 1, 1876, to Miss Catherine N. Blineberry, daughter of George W. and Elizabeth (Sisson) Blineberry, and a native of the State of New York. Their pleasant household circle is completed by the presence of the two children born to them – Olive and Fannie.

Mr. Gilbert is a citizen well known for his public-spiritedness and liberality, and he seeks in every way to foster and encourage all schemes for the material and social advancement of his native town. As a man of sound understanding, sagacious judgment, and undeniable integrity, our subject is invaluable as a public official, and he performs the duties devolving upon him with marked ability. He is an earnest Republican in his political views, and cordially supports the measures of his party whenever occasion offers.

Transcribed & Contributed by Carol Parrish from Portraits and Biographical 1889 Pg 980

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