|Birth: ||May 11, 1861|
|Death: ||Sep. 12, 1912|
Blue Earth County
William H. Gary, a leading real estate dealer of Mankato, is a native of Winona, Minnesota, where he was born May 11, 1861, the son of Harris Brockway and Nancy Estelle (Woodward) Gary. His parents were both natives of Rutland, Vermont, in the fall of 1854 coming to Minnesota, where the husband engaged as a railroad engineer and assisted in the construction of a portion of the Northwestern line running through sections of that state and what is now South Dakota. He spent many years in this employment, and became so well known in the work that the town of Gary, South Dakota, was named for him. Harris B. Gary removed to Mankato,in 1906, and now resides with his son William H, the wife and mother had died September 14, 1905, at the age of sixty-nine. Four children were born to this union, as follows: Nellie, now the wife of J.A.Sigler, of Norfolk, Virginia; Addie who married Dr. C.E. Parsons, of Marshall, Minnesota; William H.; and George, who resides at Willmar, Minnesota.
After receiving a public school education at Winona, Minnesota, Mr. Gary entered the first serious business of his life as a representative and solicitor for the McCormick Harvester Company, with headquarters at Mankato. He was thus engaged for sixteen years, until 1902, when he opened a real estate office over the National Citizens' Bank, continuing the business there until the fall of 1905. At that time he removed to the Saulpaugh Block, his present location, where he has extensive dealings in Minnesota, Canadian and Texas lands; also buys and sells city property, and has quite a department of loans and collections. His business is systematically and energetically conducted and is constantly increasing in volume and importance.
Politically, Mr. Gary is a Republican, and, fraternally, a member of the A.F. & A.M.A.O.U.W., B.P.O.E. and U.C.T. He was married August 30, 1884 to Emma W., daughter of P.G. Sheldon, of Owatonna, Minnesota, and they have one child, Vernard S.
(The above was taken from a biographical history that included Blue Earth County residents.)
From the Mankato, Minnesota newspaper...
WILLIAM H. GARY IS SUMMONED BY DEATH
Well Known Mankato Business Man Passed Away at Local Hospital This Morning at Four O'Clock---Has Been Actively Identified with the Affairs of the City for Many Years---Death Comes as a Shock to Many Friends
William H. Gary, a prominent and well known business man of this city, died this morning at one of the local hospitals as the result of an operation performed yesterday morning and other troubles. While Mr. Gary's illness was quite generally known, yet the serious nature of it was not, and the announcement of his death came as a great shock to his many friends.
For the past twelve years Mr. Gary was troubled more or less with nervousness. but it was not until about two weeks ago last Friday that he was taken to one of the local hospitals for treatment. Yesterday morning he was operated upon for an enlarged prostate gland. He rallied from the effects of the ether during yesterday afternoon and was conscious and remained so up to the time of his death at 4 o'clock this morning.
At the bedside at the time of death were his wife and son Vernon, Mrs. Gary's parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.G. Sheldon of Gentry, Ark., and Mrs. Gary's brother, A.H. Sheldon of Electra, Texas.
Mr. Gary was a native of Minnesota, being born in Winona, May 11, 1861, and he was the son of Harris B. and Nancy (Woodward) Gary, both of who are now dead. They lived many years in Marshall, Minn., and Mr. Gary's father, who died about a year ago, was a pioneer engineer on the Northwestern road and a veteran Mason of this state. His parents were both natives of Rutland, Vt., in the fall of 1851, coming to Minnesota.
After receiving a public school education in the schools of Winona, Minn., W.H. entered the first serious business of his life as a representative and solicitor for the McCormick Harvester Company with headquarters at Mankato. He was thus engaged for sixteen years, until 1902, when he opened a real estate office over the National Citizens' Bank, continuing the business up to the fall of 1905. At that time he removed to the Saulpaugh block, where he continued in the real estate and insurance business up to the time of his death.
Here he had extensive dealings in Minnesota, Canadian and Texas lands; also bought and sold city property and conducted quite a department of loans. At this location, like all the lines of work he undertook, his business was systematically and energetically conducted and the volume was steadily increasing at the time of his death.
Mr. Gary took a decided interest in public and city affairs, and during the residence here held several positions of trust and responsibility. Among these was secretary of the Mankato Commercial club. During his incumbancy in that office he proved himself to be an energetic and active member, adding to the membership of the same and worked always for the welfare of the city and county. As a member of the city council from the first ward under Mayor Andrews' and Mayor Mayer's administrations the interests of his people as well as the city in general were looked after zealously and energetically. As such servant Mr. Gary was fearless and outspoken upon all matters effecting the interests of the city and people. He was most active and attentive to his trust and duties.
His position on the board of public works as city assessor was filled with equally as much enthusiasm and faithfulness to duty as in the other positions he held under the city. As secretary of the Mankato Fair association Mr. Gary proved himself to be a livewire, in fact this was one of the dominant features of his entire career in this city. Anything that Mr. Gary undertook he threw his whole heart and soul into it, and nothing was ever done in a halfway manner.
His decided friendly nature made for the deceased many lasting friends and made him popular in his life. In the death of Mr. Gary Mankato loses one of its most valued citizens. He was a man of his word and could always be relied upon and he was very strong in his dislike to anyone who betrayed his confidence. Mankato never had a stronger booster than was Mr. Gary.
Politically Mr. Gary was a Republican and fraternally belonged to Mankato Lodge No. 12, A.F. and A.M.; Blue Earth Lodge No. 30. A.O.U.W,; Mankato Lodge No. 225, B.P.O. Elks; Mankato Council. No.101, United Commercial Travelers and Mankato Aerie No. 269, Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Mr.Gary was married August 30, 1884 to Emma W., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.G. Sheldon, formerly of Owatonna, but now of Gentry, Ark.
Beside his wife the deceased is survived by one son, Vernon Gary of this city, two sisters and one brother, Mrs. J.A. Sigler of Norfolk, Va., Mrs. C.E. Parsons of Marshall, Minn. and George Gary of Wilmar, Minn.
Arrangements for the funeral are not completed , but in all probablilty will be held on Saturday.
(Note from Shirley Hemingway: Much of this article seems to be taken from the previous biography on Mr. Gary.)
9/23/1912 Mankato Newspaper article:
FUNERAL OF THE LATE WM.H.GARY
The funeral of the late Wm. H. Gary, who died in this city on Thursday, was held at the family residence on North Second street Saturday afternoon, and it was largely attended by sympathizing friends, among them being members of the several local fraternal societies to which the deceased belonged. The floral tributes were numerous and very beautiful.
The services were conducted by Rev. T. Ross Paden, pastor of the Presbyterian church. Musical selections were rendered by a choir consisting of Mrs. H.A. Patterson, Miss Mansfield, George E. Brett and D.M. Jones.
The pallbearers were C.E. Wise, O.F. Morrow, W.W. Beisser, G.W. Eichstaedt, W.B. Davies and W.A. Plymat.
The remains were held at rest in Glenwood Cemetery.
Emma Winona Sheldon Gary (1861 - 1920)
Vernard Sheldon Gary (1890 - 1956)*
Blue Earth County
Created by: S Hemingway
Record added: Apr 26, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19098405
...in memory of William Gary|
Added: Apr. 26, 2007