History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio
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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
History of Trumbull County, Ohio by Harriet Taylor Upton of
Warren - Vol. II - Illustrated - The Lewis Publishing Company -
Chicago - 1909 - Page 12