Edward and Anie (Rowe) Gillett, brother Lester T. and Mary Gillett, Holyoke and Sterling
A. C. Gillett, an automobile dealer of Fort Morgan, being proprietor of the Gillett Garage, is known to his friends, — and they are many — by the name of Ace Gillett. He was born in Holyoke, Colorado, November 26, 1893, and is a son of E. M. and Annie (Rowe) Gillett, who were natives of Iowa and of Illinois respectively. The father became a hardware merchant of Holyoke, Colorado, where he located about 188S, but for the past twenty years or more he has resided at Sterling, Colorado, where he occu- pies the position of president of the Logan County National Bank. He has long figured prominently in business and financial circles of this, community and has had not a little to do with shaping material progress and upbuilding in that locality. His wife is also living.
A. C. Gillett was reared and educated in Sterling, Colorado, being graduated from the high school of that place in 1911. He afterward entered Culver Military Academy at Culver, Indiana, and still later pursued a two years' course in the State University of Wis- consin. In 1914 he was graduated from a business college at Burlington, Iowa, and having thus qualified for life's practical and responsible duties, worked in a bank and also at railroading in Burlington for six months. In December, 1914, he arrived in Port Morgan, Colorado, where he engaged in the automobile business, handling the Over- land and Willys-Knight cars and the Republic truck. He now has> a very extensive patronage and his business is steadily growing. In 1916 he erected a fine modern two- story garage seventy-five by one hundred feet, with basement under it. This he expects to enlarge as soon as the war is over. He also owns a forty acre tract of land, which he rents, deriving therefrom a good income, and he is likewise owner of an attractive home at No. 505 East Bijou street, in Fort Morgan, and a residence lot one hundred and fifty feet square.
Mr. Gillett was married in March, 1914, to Miss Nellie E. Neibert of Fairfield. Iowa, and they are well known socially in Fort Morgan, where they have many friends. Mr. Gillett is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and has been initiated into the Masonic order. Politically he maintains an independent course, voting for men and measures rather than party. His religious, faith is that of the Methodist Epis- copal church and his life is actuated by high and honorable principles. In business connections he has made a most creditable record and is. now one of the prosperous auto- mobile men of his section of the state. He utilizes his entire building in the conduct of his business, handles all kinds of automobile accessories, and something of the volume of his patronage is indicated in the fact that he now employs twenty-two men. He is a young man of but twenty-five years and his record is one that many a merchant or dealer of twice that age might well envy.
In 1920 Ed was still in Sterling, and Lester was in Goldendale.
The Goldendale Sentinel, Goldendale, WA., March 18, 1920, page 7
Taylor Z Gillett, born at Brookville, Iowa, November 21, 1848, married December 15, 1874, to Mary Mowery, died March 5th, 1920. He was one of the progressive and successful farmers of Jefferson county, Iowa, during the active years of his life, and while on the farm his three children, a son and two daughters, were born.
In 1897, with his son, K.C. Gillett, he organized the Farmersâ€™ Savings Bank, of Packwood, Iowa, and moved to the town of the Packwood to look after the management of the bank.
In 1901, he became interested with his brothers in the Logan County National Bank, of Sterling, Colorado, to which place he moved into 1902. At this place he also assisted in the organization and managed the PlatteValley Lumber and Mercantile Company. In 1905, with his brother, L.T. Gillett, he became interested in the banking business of Klickitat county, his son, K.C. Gillett, taking charge of the State Bank of Goldendale in that year as president, but his death in 1907 was such a shock to his father that he was forced to give up the management of the business in Colorado and practically retired from business life.
He moved to Washington state in 1913, making his home in White Salmon until 1916, when he moved to Goldendale, building the home on Columbus avenue, which he occupied until his death. At the time of his death he was president of the Farmersâ€™ State Bank of Centerville, vice-president of the State Bank of Goldendale, and the Columbia State Bank of White Salmon.
He was always actively interested in anything for the upbuilding of the community, a kind and generous father and a dependable neighbor and friend, and in his death the community suffers a great loss.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. H.W. Loughary of this city, and Mrs. George A. Reed of White Salmon; four brothers, L.T. Gillett of Goldendale; E.M. Gillett of Sterling, Colorado; John R. Gillett of Quincy, Illinois, and W.R. Gillett of Fostoria, Iowa; two sisters, Ellen M. Stockton, Buena Park, California, and Eliza J. Pollock of Sterling, Colorado.
The funeral services were held in Portland Tuesday, March 9th, and the body was laid to rest in the Mt. Scott Park cemetery.
Note: Book on Benoni Gillett and from Carol Thompson, his Great grand daughter.
Lester Tucker Gillett, Jr. lived with his brother John on the farm for nearly 5 years with their mother keeping house for them until the fall of 1886. He attended public schools in Jefferson Co., and was a graduate of Elliotts Business College of Burlington Iowa. Specializing in commercial Law and banking. In Sept of 1887 with his brother E. M. he engaged in the hardware and harness business at Holyoke, Colorado. This was the first store in this town. With drought homesteaders abandoned farms and left business dwindeled and in the spring of 1891 L. T. took civil service examination for Railway mail service, made clerk in Aug of 1891. From Denver to ogden utah. Dec 1891 he exchanged that run for one from Salida to Silverton Co. with headquaters at Salido Co. In march of 1892 he made a trip to CA., and then north to Vancouver B.C. looking for a bank location. In Aug of 1893 he vistited the Worlds Fair in Chicago, with his fiancee. In Competince Iowa he married Mary Ulrey. Death: 1937 Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA
One descendant wrote
"My grandmother (no longer with us) got her BS in Astronomy from Wellesley in 1919, and had a long distinguished career first working on a family business which set up the first radio networks across the country, and ended up working for Lockheed for many years doing orbital calculations on the Mercury and Apollo projects. One of her titles when she worked for Lockheed was “Head Computer” so I always tell people I came by mathematical talent (such as it is, but I do have a PhD in OR from MIT) because “my grandmother was a computer”.
If you ever travel on the NJ Turnpike, and see all those radio towers in the Meadowlands (salt flats outside Newark) it’s because MY grandparents discovered that radio waves travel much better/farther in waterlogged sands then they do when broadcast off high buildings. So people think of that RKO image of radio waves coming off the Empire State Building, but when they did that they couldn’t get radio waves to GO far enough to join them up into networks until my grandparents figured the salt flats business out. So that’s how she started her career, and she ended it working on space projects. (And raised 4 kids somewhere in there.)
The mathematical talent skipped a generation (my mother was a psychologist), but I got it and so did my daughters (1st of which is a Civil Engineer). But I don’t have grandchildren yet (and it’s still a little early).
But MY grandma understood STEM! Thank you for reminding me of that happy memory today.