Biography of Simeon J. Gillmore

It is with pleasure that we are enabled to incorporate in the history of Nez Perces County an epitome of the career of the esteemed gentleman whose name is at the head of this article. He was born in Pulaski County, Indiana, 011 February 27, 1863, being the son of James and Mary A. (Rumbough) Gillmore. When a child he went with his parents to Michigan and there he was reared until thirteen, when he began the labors of life for himself. He wrought in different parts of Michigan in logging and timber work and also did much dock building on the lakes. In 1891 he came to Tacoma and engaged in logging, and the next year he came to the Okanogan country, where he delved for the riches of the mining regions. Later we see him in this same work in Shoshone County, Idaho. There, also, he was occupied in locating timber claims, in which he was skillful. When the reservation was opened he came hither and located on a choice quarter section of land, three miles north from Mohler. To the improvement and opening of this he has devoted himself with an energy and skill that have brought their sure reward of a good competence and a fine and valuable farm. Mr. Gillmore states that when he landed on his present place he had but ten days’ rations and he was obliged to continue for three years, nearly, before he got any returns of any value from the farm. But he was determined to make a valuable estate and he has been very successful in this labor. He has plenty of implements of all kinds for the cultivation of the farm, has it all tilled, fenced and bearing the fruits of the field, while a good house, orchard and other improvements are in evidence.

Mr. Gillmore is a member of the W. of W. and is a reliable and honorable man, who is deserving of the generous approval and esteem that are bestowed upon him from his fellows.

Source: An Illustrated History of North Idaho: Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho; Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903

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