|Birth: ||Jul. 10, 1888|
Grand Forks County
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 9, 1959|
Phil's youth was spent on a 320 acre farm, first living with his family in a one-room tar paper shanty until another piece of land was purchased where a house was built. At the age of 10, Phil took over the duties of teamster and helped his brother, Dudley, turn over 2000 acres of land using a walking gang plow. This job had to be done between threshing and freeze-up each fall. His father's rules required them to be in the field from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with all other chores to be done before or after those hours. During the winter months, Phil attended a rural school.
When Phil was 15, his father moved the family to Rock Creek, Park County, Montana. They arrived in Livingston in an emigrant car with horses, cows, and three carloads of machinery and household furnishings. Neighbors helped take everything to the recently purchased Dines Kenney homestead ranch east of Clyde Park.
From then until he was married ten years later, Phil worked for his father and his brother, Dudley. Dudley had a steam threshing rig and they did the threshing for most of the farmers in the Rock Creek Valley.
In the winter of 1911 or 1912, Phil attended Montana State College at Bozeman enrolling in the agricultural short course. This was in keeping with his lifetime objective of being the best farmer-rancher possible. He kept abreast of the newest methods and continuously upgraded his machinery. The fact that the farm is still as productive as ever attests to the conservation practices which he used and passed on to his son and grandson, who still run the ranch.
Phil married Hedwig Lucy Uhl, daughter of John and Rose (Black) Uhl of Clyde Park, on March 12, 1913. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Henry James and took place in the Methodist parsonage in Livingston. They traveled to Livingston by train and upon returning, he took his bride to a home a few miles above the home place known as the Sample place. They lived there about two years before moving back to the home place which he eventually purchased.
Phil and Hedwig had a family of five children and 17 grandchildren. In 1947, Phil turned the farm over to his son, John and wife Charlene, and retired to Livingston. He and his wife lived there until their deaths.
Judson Henry Gilbert (1850 - 1930)
Sarah Sophia Horton Gilbert (1851 - 1933)
Hedwig Lucy Uhl Gilbert (1891 - 1971)
Vera Roberta Gilbert Bruggeman (1913 - 1995)*
John Horton Gilbert (1915 - 1990)*
Phyllis Lucille Gilbert O'Rourke (1919 - 2009)*
Gladys Louise Gilbert Cox (1921 - 2014)*
James Allen Gilbert (1926 - 1933)*
Dudley Seymour Gilbert (1878 - 1960)*
Sarah Marie Gilbert Pepper (1880 - 1972)*
Alice Judson Gilbert Jones (1882 - 1948)*
Philip Horton Gilbert (1888 - 1959)
Edna Lillian Gilbert Smith (1891 - 1980)*
Grace Josephine Constance Gilbert Shelhamer (1893 - 1980)*
Mountain View Cemetery
Maintained by: Nancy Stout
Originally Created by: Jim Harrison
Record added: Oct 18, 2010
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