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Harry Sylvester "Ves" Gasaway
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Birth: May 16, 1859
Saline County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jan. 6, 1919
Gallatin County
Montana, USA

Son of Thomas Marshall & Mildred Alvira (Price) Gasaway. He married (1) Nellie Servenia Bean in 1886 and they were the parents of two children: George Miles and Oona Fay. He married (2) Laura Jane Poff in 1899 and they were the parents of one daughter: Mildred Mae.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Bozeman, Montana
January 7, 1919


H. S. Gassaway
Taken Sick After Eating Meal at Ranch Cabin Near Chesnut.

Harry Sylvester Gassaway, one of the early settlers of Montana and for many years a well know rancher in the Trail creek country near Chesnut, in Park county, died at the Gallatin hotel, yesterday morning of food poisoning after being sick for the past eight days.
The deceased was born in Gallacia, Illinois, 59 years ago next May. He came to Montana in 1879 and lived for a time in and around Miles City. Later he came to this section of the state and settled on a ranch in Park county about nine miles from Chesnut.
During the winter months, Mr. Gassaway spent much of his time in Bozeman at the Gallatin hotel, which is operated by his wife, Mrs. Gassaway, when duties on the ranch did not occupy all of their time. From time to time Mr. Gassaway would return to the ranch and attend to the feeding of some of the stock or the disposal of hay and grain. At Christmas time he was in the city and for several days thereafter. Sunday December 29, he left for the ranch and arrived in Chesnut during the forenoon. He walked the remainder of the distance to the cabin and when he got there was more or less fatigued by the journey and exposure from the cold. He built a fire and heated some coffee, which has been in the pot since the last time he was there. He drank the coffee and ate some biscuits and other food which also had been unused from the previous meal several days before.
Soon after partaking of the meal he became sick and throughout the rest of the day and following night was confined to his bed. For two more days he could do nothing to relieve himself and the second day one of the neighbors, James Downey, called at the cabin to see what was the trouble and to give aid if necessary. There he found the sick man. Later, Samuel Boucher of Bozeman happened in about that time and stayed with the sick man for a couple of days and nights.
Mr. Gassaway claimed he was poisoned by drinking the warmed over coffee.
Mrs. Gassaway was informed of the illness of her husband and he was brought to Bozeman New Year's day. A doctor was called and relief given. For a time he appeared to be getting along nicely with the exception of a slight numbness or paralysis which at times affected his limbs and one side of the face. Sunday he had a spell of hiccoughing and this morning shortly after a consultation of doctor he passed away. At no time, according to his wife, did the sick man suffer, except during the cold days at the cabin from the time he was first taken ill till Mr. Downey and Mr. Boucher arrived.
Besides his wife and one daughter, Mildred May, who helps manage the hotel, two other children from a former marriage survive. They are: Mrs. Fay Trunk, of Forsyth and George Miles Gassaway, who lives, a short distance from Forsyth.
The funeral arrangements have not been completed, the family a waiting to hear from a sister, Mrs. F. A. Beans, Warren, Montana before making the final plans.

* Errors in this obituary: place of birth Galatia, Illinois; Mrs. F.A. Beans (should be Bean)
Family links: 
  Thomas Marshall Gasaway (1840 - 1913)
  Mildred Alvira Price Gasaway (1840 - 1907)
  Laura Jane Poff Gasaway (1874 - 1942)
  Nettie Servenia Bean Crawshaw (1868 - 1965)*
  George Miles Gasaway (1887 - 1960)*
  Oona Fay Gasaway Trunk (1891 - 1981)*
  Mildred Mae Gasaway Gibson (1925 - 1961)*
  Harry Sylvester Gasaway (1859 - 1919)
  Florence Alabama Gasaway Bean (1864 - 1935)*
*Calculated relationship
Sunset Hills Cemetery
Gallatin County
Montana, USA
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Record added: Jul 16, 2005
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- Sharon
 Added: Dec. 15, 2009
May you rest
in peace forever.
- J. Bean
 Added: Aug. 22, 2005

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