John Charles Gillett

John Charles Gillett

Pittsfield, Lorain County, Ohio, USA
Death 26 Mar 1936 (aged 69)
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA
Burial Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 40649997 · View Source
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Many attend Funeral for John Gillett

Hundres of friends paid their last respects to John C. Gillett, 69, pioneer Adams county farmer who was buried in the Ritzville cemetery Tuesday afternoon following funeral services at the Methodist church, with Rev. Richard Decker officiating.

Mr. Gillett died last Friday at a Spokane hospital following a serious of paralytic storkes. He had been in ill health for several months and was taken to Spokane early last week.

He had been a resident of Adams county since 1889, more than 47years, and was widely know throug Lincoln, Grant and Adams counties. At one time hhe was the largest wheat farmer in Adams county.

He served eight yers as county commissioner for Adams county and was a representative to the state legislature from his district from 1910 to 1912. He was a member of the board of directors of the Modern Hardware, Inc., at the time of his death and was financially interested in the German-American bank several years ago.

John Charles Gillett was born in Pittsfield Ohio, Dec. 26, 1866, the third of a family of six brothers. He left home at the age of 12, working nine months of the year and attending school the other three. In the winter of 1887-88 he was employed on a Northern Pacific snowplow out of St. Paul. From St. Paul, he came west to Seattle and then to LaConner where he spend a year on the large Chilberg ranch. In 1889 he got the wheat growing fever and came to Ritzville. Here he filed on ahomstead and later purchased addition land.

Mr. Gillet married Feb. 21, to Miss Ann Burfiend, who died Dec. 13, 1933. To this union six children*- five of who are still living.

He was one time a member of the Elks lodge and the I.O.O.F lodge.
He is survived by one son, John Gillette, Jr., Ritzvlle; four daughters, Mrs. Mamie Alert, Mrs. Little Schafer, both of Ritzville, Mrs. Alice Oestreich, Astoria Oregon and Mrs. Harriet Hille, Cashmere, Wash.; a brother, Frank Gillett, Arlington, Wash., and nine granchildren.

*The sixth child was a four month old baby girl who died of whooping cough on April 3 1899. (Adams Couty News April, 19,1899)

Ritzville Journal Times Thursday April 2, 1936 Courtsey of Sue Gardner & gapwork90

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