Norman T. Gassette was born in Townsend, Vermont, and moved to Chicago, Illinois, at age ten years. He was the son of Silas B. Gassette and Susanna P. Martin. He was in the Civil War and by the Battle of Chickamauga (Tennessee) he was a first Lt., and after that a brevet Lt. Col. After the war he served a term as clerk of the circuit court of Cook County, and then led his own real estate firm, ultimately building the tall Masonic Temple Building in 1892; the tallest in the city. When he died, survivors were his wife, Amelia L. Boggs Gassette, daughter Grace Gassette and son Wirt Knickerbocker Gassette, a partner in his real estate business. After his death, Amelia moved from Chicago to Paris in the 1890s.
Thank you Betty Frank for sending this obituary to add to the memorial:
THE HANDS OF DEATH!
Norman T. Gassette, of Chicago, is dead. This sad event, which comes with a suddenness upon Chicago, will cause a shock all over the country, for the deceased had a wide circle of friends in all parts of the United States. Mr. Gassette passed away after a week's illness. He was attacked with the grip, but continued to attend to his business matters until he became so ill that he was obliged to go home. The grip rapidly developed into pneumonia, and the latter disease caused his death. Mr. Gassette was one of the oldest and most conservative real estate dealers in Chicago, and stood high in Masonic circles. He was one of the first projectors of the grand Masonic Temple being built at the corner of State and Randolph Streets. Norman Theodore Gassette was born in Townsend, Vt. April 21, 1839, and with his parents, Silas B. and Susanna P. (Martin) Gassette, came to Chicago from Springfield, Mass., in December 1849.
THE CLARE DEMOCRAT AND PRESS, p.2 Clare, MI 3 April 1891.