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Perry Clayton Gatewood

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Perry Clayton Gatewood

Birth
Crown City, Gallia County, Ohio, USA
Death
1 Mar 1968 (aged 88)
Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, USA
Burial
Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, USA Add to Map
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Perry was the son of James Madison and Margaret Ann (Sheets) Gatewood. He married Lesta O. Lanthorn. I have no record of any children between them.

Former Crown City Mayor, Perry C. Gatewood, 88, Claimed by Death Today

Perry Clayton Gatewood, 88, former mayor of Crown City, died at 9 a.m., today in Holzer Hospital. He had been a patient there since Jan. 5,. He had been in failing health six moths. His condition had been serious since the first of the year.

Called the "Bob Taft" of Gallia County's most southern town at one time, Mr. Gatewood resembled the late Sen. Robert A. Taft not only in looks but in civic affairs as well. He served the village as mayor for three terms. He was instrumental in the growth and development of Crown City.

He was born on Oct. 21, 1879, in Crown City, son of the late James M. Gatewood and Margaret Ann Sheets Gatewood. Mr. Gatewood was twice married, first to Emma R. Caldwell, then to Lesta Lanthorne. She survives, along with the following children from his first marriage: Mrs. Harold (Helen) Moore, North Lewisburg, O,; Mrs. Lewis (Ruth) Williams, Rochester, N.Y., Monroe Gatewood, Gallipolis; William Gatewood, Columbus; Mrs. Ernest (Rowena) Zenk, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Dave (Esther) Allen, Pittsburgh; Robert Gatewood, Washington C.H.; Mrs. Elizabeth Novak, Milwaukee; Nelson Gatewood, Dayton; Mrs. Neil (Louise) Lamott, and Mrs. Robert (Lucy) Seeds, both of Columbus.

Twenty-six grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren survive. A brother, Paul Gatewood, Columbus and one sister, Mrs. Dwight (Louise) Ghrist, Punta Gorda, Fla., survive. Five sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.

Mr. Gatewood attended Ohio Township Rural School, Gallia Academy High School and two years at Ohio Northern University in addition to teachers training at Rio Grande College. He taught 14 years- all three schools in Ohio Twp.; Sugar Creek, Oak Dale and Waugh Bottom.

The former mayor had a farm background and also followed the trade of a carpenter. He built many homes in Crown City and up and down the Ohio River. Mr. Gatewood was associated with the Burley Tobacco Growers Co-operative for six years, was a monthly magazine editor (The Burley Grower) and for three years managed the Crown City Warehouse or receiving plant.

He was a member of the Crown City Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Monday at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home under the direction of Rev. Paul Bauders. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 1, 1968
Transcribed by Marjorie Wood

He divorced his 1st wife Emma Rowena (Caldwell) Gatewood after 1940 (update: read below. She divorced him); they were married 5 May 1907 in Gallia Co. OH. Lesta was his second wife.

Perry was buried in a family plot with his parents and several brothers and sisters. His ex-wife Emma Caldwell Gatewood (the Hiking Grandma Gatewood) is buried in Ohio Valley Memory Garders in Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio. Perry and Emma had 11 children.

Bio of First Wife - Emma Rowena Caldwell
On May 5, 1907, at the age of 19, she married 27-year-old Perry Clayton (P. C.) Gatewood, a college-educated primary school teacher, and later tobacco farmer, with whom she had 11 children. Almost immediately her husband set her to work burning tobacco beds, building fences, and mixing cement, in addition to her expected housework duties.

Although P.C. was recognized in the community as a man of above-average intellect, he had a mean streak. Within months of the wedding, he started to beat his wife, a vicious pattern that continued for the duration of their marriage. In 1924, he was convicted of manslaughter after killing a man during an argument. He was ordered to pay restitution to the widow of the victim, but his prison sentence was suspended because he had nine children and a farm to take care of. Emma recalled being beaten nearly to death on several occasions. When her husband became violent, she would often run into the woods, where she found peace and solitude.

In 1939, after yet another violent fight, P.C. arranged to have his wife arrested and jailed. Seeing her with broken teeth and a cracked rib, the town mayor took her in and found her a job. She filed for divorce in September 1940, and in February 1941 she testified against her husband in a hearing that resulted in the divorce being granted, giving her custody of the three children still at home and with alimony to be paid by P.C. This was at a time when divorce was difficult, and after her husband had repeatedly threatened to have her committed to an insane asylum as a means of maintaining control over her.

Submitted by: Ann Lindsey (46801569)
Perry was the son of James Madison and Margaret Ann (Sheets) Gatewood. He married Lesta O. Lanthorn. I have no record of any children between them.

Former Crown City Mayor, Perry C. Gatewood, 88, Claimed by Death Today

Perry Clayton Gatewood, 88, former mayor of Crown City, died at 9 a.m., today in Holzer Hospital. He had been a patient there since Jan. 5,. He had been in failing health six moths. His condition had been serious since the first of the year.

Called the "Bob Taft" of Gallia County's most southern town at one time, Mr. Gatewood resembled the late Sen. Robert A. Taft not only in looks but in civic affairs as well. He served the village as mayor for three terms. He was instrumental in the growth and development of Crown City.

He was born on Oct. 21, 1879, in Crown City, son of the late James M. Gatewood and Margaret Ann Sheets Gatewood. Mr. Gatewood was twice married, first to Emma R. Caldwell, then to Lesta Lanthorne. She survives, along with the following children from his first marriage: Mrs. Harold (Helen) Moore, North Lewisburg, O,; Mrs. Lewis (Ruth) Williams, Rochester, N.Y., Monroe Gatewood, Gallipolis; William Gatewood, Columbus; Mrs. Ernest (Rowena) Zenk, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Dave (Esther) Allen, Pittsburgh; Robert Gatewood, Washington C.H.; Mrs. Elizabeth Novak, Milwaukee; Nelson Gatewood, Dayton; Mrs. Neil (Louise) Lamott, and Mrs. Robert (Lucy) Seeds, both of Columbus.

Twenty-six grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren survive. A brother, Paul Gatewood, Columbus and one sister, Mrs. Dwight (Louise) Ghrist, Punta Gorda, Fla., survive. Five sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.

Mr. Gatewood attended Ohio Township Rural School, Gallia Academy High School and two years at Ohio Northern University in addition to teachers training at Rio Grande College. He taught 14 years- all three schools in Ohio Twp.; Sugar Creek, Oak Dale and Waugh Bottom.

The former mayor had a farm background and also followed the trade of a carpenter. He built many homes in Crown City and up and down the Ohio River. Mr. Gatewood was associated with the Burley Tobacco Growers Co-operative for six years, was a monthly magazine editor (The Burley Grower) and for three years managed the Crown City Warehouse or receiving plant.

He was a member of the Crown City Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Monday at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home under the direction of Rev. Paul Bauders. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 1, 1968
Transcribed by Marjorie Wood

He divorced his 1st wife Emma Rowena (Caldwell) Gatewood after 1940 (update: read below. She divorced him); they were married 5 May 1907 in Gallia Co. OH. Lesta was his second wife.

Perry was buried in a family plot with his parents and several brothers and sisters. His ex-wife Emma Caldwell Gatewood (the Hiking Grandma Gatewood) is buried in Ohio Valley Memory Garders in Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio. Perry and Emma had 11 children.

Bio of First Wife - Emma Rowena Caldwell
On May 5, 1907, at the age of 19, she married 27-year-old Perry Clayton (P. C.) Gatewood, a college-educated primary school teacher, and later tobacco farmer, with whom she had 11 children. Almost immediately her husband set her to work burning tobacco beds, building fences, and mixing cement, in addition to her expected housework duties.

Although P.C. was recognized in the community as a man of above-average intellect, he had a mean streak. Within months of the wedding, he started to beat his wife, a vicious pattern that continued for the duration of their marriage. In 1924, he was convicted of manslaughter after killing a man during an argument. He was ordered to pay restitution to the widow of the victim, but his prison sentence was suspended because he had nine children and a farm to take care of. Emma recalled being beaten nearly to death on several occasions. When her husband became violent, she would often run into the woods, where she found peace and solitude.

In 1939, after yet another violent fight, P.C. arranged to have his wife arrested and jailed. Seeing her with broken teeth and a cracked rib, the town mayor took her in and found her a job. She filed for divorce in September 1940, and in February 1941 she testified against her husband in a hearing that resulted in the divorce being granted, giving her custody of the three children still at home and with alimony to be paid by P.C. This was at a time when divorce was difficult, and after her husband had repeatedly threatened to have her committed to an insane asylum as a means of maintaining control over her.

Submitted by: Ann Lindsey (46801569)


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