Biography of George W. Gilmore

This industrious and prosperous farmer is one of the men whose labors have built this section of our County and made it one of the wealthy portions. He is a man of good standing, has displayed ability and good qualities in his labors and achievements.

George W. Gilmore was born in West Virginia, on February 22, 1856, being the son of William J. and Mary (Hansford) Gilmore, natives of Virginia. The father came from an old English Virginia family and he died in April, 1899, aged seventy-four. The mother was also a descendant of one of the old colonial families and died in April, 1895.

Our subject was educated in the public schools and remained with his parents until twenty-one, and then went to work for wages, and about 1878 he purchased a small farm and to the development and improvement of that he gave his attention for a number of years. Then he became interested in lumbering on Cheap River, and this continued until 1892, when he came to Idaho and filed on his present place, two miles east from Lenore, He erected good buildings and since that time he has cultivated it himself. He raises the cereals and flax and has done well on his farm. He has about thirty-five head of stock and pays much attention to raising stock. Mr. Gilmore has the following brothers and sisters: Albert H, David W., Charles W., John W., Elizabeth Myers, all of West Virginia; Salome Graff, in Pennsylvania; Florence Auvil, in Alabama.

On January 21, 1877, at St. George, West Virginia, Mr. Gilmore married Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob and Annie (Johnson) Myers. The father was born in Pennsylvania and now lives in West Virginia. He comes from an old Dutch family. The mother was born in Virginia of a pioneer family and is still living. Mrs. Gilmore was born on April 29, 1858, and she has three brothers and one sister, Nelson, John, Benjamin, Barbara Shoemaker.

Three children have been born to our subject and his wife, Tacy, wife of Harvey A. Southwick, on Windy Ridge; Mary, wife of Charles H. Crumpacker, near Nez Perce; Annie, wife of James Johnson, near Lenore. Mr. Gilmore is a Democrat and a good substantial citizen.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903

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