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Cleveland - H. Z. Williams & Bro.
1882

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GIPSON P. GILLMER, city solicitor, elected on Republican ticket prosecuting attorney of Trumbull county and practicing law t Niles, Ohio, was born in Newton township, Trumbull county, July 31, 1872.  His father was James A. Gillmer, a native of the same township and born on the same farm in 1841.  The grandfather, Alexander Gillmer, supposed to have been born in Connecticut, was among the early settlers of this county, James A. Gillmer is now a resident of the farm where his mother began housekeeping.  His wife's maiden name was Laura A. Byers, a native of Pennsylvania of Holland or "Pennsylvania Dutch" descent.  She is still living.  This worthy couple were the parents of three sons: David J., now associated with James McGranahan & Sons, lumbermen, at Alliance, Ohio; William W., residing at Warren, connected with the car=builder's trade, and Gipson P. Gillmer, of this notice, the youngest of the family.
     He was reared on the old homestead in Newton township.  His first schooling was in the district where he lived and at Newton Falls high school.  Subsequently he attended the Northern Indiana University, at Valparaiso.  He graduated in the scientific course in 1898, finishing by a two-year classical course at Waynesburg College, Pennsylvania, at which time he was superintendent of the public schools of that city.  He read law with T. H. Gillmer, at Warren, finishing his legal studies at the Cincinnati Law School, being admitted to the bar in June, 1903, after which he began practice at Niles in September of that year.  In 1905 he was elected solicitor for the city and re-elected in 1907.  In 1908 he was nominated by the Republican party for prosecuting attorney.  Politically, Mr. Gillmer is a staunch Republican.  In fraternal matters he is connected with the Masonic order, being a Knight Templar and Shriner; he also belongs to the Odd Fellows' order and Knights of Pythias.
     He was married in 1900 to Maud Ella Kern, daughter of Edwin A. and Dianna (Musser) Kern, of Niles, of which city she is a native.  She was the principal of the Latin-English department of the high school at the time of her marriage.  Mr. Gillmer is a stockholder of the Dollar Savings Bank, besides being interested in teh Niles Car and Manufacturing Company, the Standard Boiler and Plate Iron Company, and other local enterprises at Niles.  He has been highly successful, both as a lawyer and a business man.  He was well informed on many branches and taught school in Newton township, Newton Falls public school and principal of Gustavus, Ohio, high schools and principal of he mathematical department of Niles high schools, and was also superintendent of public schools at Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.  He was engaged in various callings, all of which have worked together to develop for him a character at once strong and many-sided, he being able to cope with many problems by reason of his excellent attainments.
Source:  History of Trumbull County, Ohio by Harriet Taylor Upton of Warren - Vol. II - Illustrated - The Lewis Publishing Company - Chicago - 1909 - Page 12
 

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