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Robert E. Gleason
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Birth: Oct. 12, 1842
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 6, 1887
Washington County
Minnesota, USA

See Blanche Sleeper Smith.

May have been born in New York, Lake County, Illinois or Michigan, possibly Muskegon, Muskegon County.

First husband of Augusta Smith Gleason Kaley.

R. E. Gleason, who has been employed by J. J. Howe & Co., in the capacity of millwright and engineer for the past four years, sent in his resignation on Thursday morning. Mr. Gleason is a thorough mill man and the company loses a valuable assistant. Mr. G. has not decided what he will do yet, but will probably remain in Brainerd. (Brainerd Dispatch, 15 November 1883, p. 3, c. 3)

R. E. Gleason, formerly of this city, but who has been at work for the Dubuque Lumber Co. for some time past, has gone to Stillwater to put up a large mill for Turnball & Blackmer, and has taken a contract to run it for them for two years. (Brainerd Dispatch, 15 May 1885)


At Stillwater of Robert E. Gleason
a Former Brainerd Resident.

On Monday night intelligence was received in this city of the sudden and tragic death of Robert E. Gleason, a former Brainerd resident, but who for the past years has been foreman in R. W. Turnball's [sic] large saw mill at Stillwater. It seems that about 5 o'clock Monday evening a man employed in the mill reported to Mr. Gleason that one of the boxes of the machinery which drives the big belt had become hot and required attention. Mr. Gleason went to the heated box and applied the proper methods for reducing the heat. He worked at the box for some time, and after he had completed his task he told the engineer to start up again. The signal whistle to notify the men when the machinery is about to start was blown, but Mr. Gleason evidently did not hear it. He placed one hand against an upright timber and raised one leg to step over the belt. At that instant the machinery started and the driving wheel above being on the downward turn, the belt started at full speed. This unfortunate gentleman was caught by the belt and carried to the big iron pulley in a second. Around this pulley his body was whirled like a flash of lightning, and thrown against the fly wheel thence to the floor. A horror stricken bystander ran to the engineer and the machinery was stopped in a moment. A sickening sight was presented to those who approached the prostrate form. The top of the unfortunate man's head had been torn off and his brains scattered in every direction; his lungs laid some distance from the body, his arms were a mass of pulp, and he had been disemboweled. The lower extremities were not badly injured. Physicians and an undertaker were summoned. The doctors sewed up the gaping wounds as best they could, and the fragments of the body were picked up and placed as nearly as possible in their proper places. The remains were taken to the undertaking rooms of Mueller & Spindle in Stillwater, and prepared for burial.
Mr. Gleason was born in Lake County [sic], Ill. [sic], on Oct. 12, 1842, and was nearly 46 years of age. He was a first-class millwright, having worked at this trade in different cities of Michigan and Minnesota for the last twenty years, and it was a great surprise to those who knew how thorough was his knowledge of a mill that he should have been thus caught. He was at one time a member of the well known lumber firm of J. J. Howe & Co., of this city, the firm name then being Howe, Gleason & Co. He was well and favorably known by all of our citizens, was of a pleasant and genial disposition, and consequently was a foreman who was loved and admired by the men employed under him. His remains were temporarily interred in the cemetery at Stillwater, the funeral ceremonies being conducted at his residence by the minister of the First Congregational Church of that city. A beautiful floral offering by the employees of the mill was placed upon his casket. He leaves a wife, and four children by a former marriage, to mourn his loss, besides an aged mother and several brothers and sisters who reside in Lake County, Ill. Three of his children, Misses May and Maud Gleason and Mrs. F. W. Wieland reside in this city, and the eldest Mrs. W. D. DeShon was visiting with him in Stillwater at the time of his death. The afflicted ones have the sympathy of their friends in their sad bereavement.
Mr. Gleason was a free and accepted Mason, being a member of Lodge No. 181, of Muskegon, Mich., and had his life insured in the beneficial association of the organization (Brainerd Dispatch, 10 June 1887, p. 4, c. 4) 
Family links: 
  Augusta Smith Kaley (1848 - 1935)*
  Lucy D Gleason Wieland (____ - 1954)*
  Maude Ida Gleason Wick (1877 - 1961)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Buried in county grounds, very few stones.
Fairview Cemetery
Washington County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Block 3, Lot 43, Line 4, Grave 4
Created by: A. Nelson
Record added: Dec 30, 2012
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Robert E. Gleason
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 Added: Dec. 30, 2012

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