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 Robert Marshall Gillaspy

Robert Marshall Gillaspy

Birth
Skiddy, Morris County, Kansas, USA
Death 13 Feb 1935 (aged 52)
Cherokee, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot Row 5, Lot 43
Memorial ID 62793852 · View Source
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Robert Marshall Gillaspy is the second son of Dr. Robert J. Gillaspy (b.1837) and Sarah C. Dixon (b.1856).

Following are excerpts from a Bio written by Robert's daughter-in-law, Virginia Clafflin-Gillaspy:

"Robert Marshal Gillaspy was born in Skiddy, Kansas. He spent most of his school years in White City, Kansas. Robert, three brothers, one sister, and the father came to Cameron, Kansas, and then after the Cherokee Strip opened for settlement they moved to a farm nine and one-half miles west of Wakita, Oklahoma.
Robert herded cattle for his father and neighbors as there was very little fencing at that time, and livestock had to have someone with them to protect them from Grey Wolves and straying away. While herding cattle, Robert had the misfortune of blinding one eye with his bull whip. While recovering he took up guitar playing and finally mastered it. He then took up farming. One of Robert's neighbors said he used to play for dances, school and church programs besides farming. Robert was a member of the Christian Church and the Masonic Lodge.
In 1906 Robert married Eithel White. Their first baby, a girl named Goldy [Goldie], passed away at the age of six months. After this they moved to a farm on the southwest quarter of the section across the road from the old home place. After the Gillaspys moved back to the home place, they purchased two more quarters of land and leased five others. Robert went into cattle and farming full time. He continued in this same business until he died in 1935."
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Obituary from unknown source:
MASTOID TROUBLE
R. M. Gillaspy, Living Northeast of Fish Hatchery Dies Here
R. M. "Bob" Gillaspy, 53, farmer and cattleman, living ten miles east and two south of Byron, died at the local hospital, Wednesday afternoon, [02/13/1935] following an emergency operation for mastoid trouble.
Gillaspy came to Oklahoma with his father, Dr. R. J. Gillaspy some time before the opening of the Cherokee strip. The elder Gillaspy was a practicing physician at White City, Kansas, and desiring to retire as a practioner, came into Oklahoma with a large herd of cattle. "Bob," who at the time was just a lad, came with his father and has since lived in the pasture land country in the western part of Grant County. He has three brothers, Grant, Will and Irving, living in the same neighborhood where their father located some forty years ago.
The deceased leaves a widow and nine children.
Funeral services conducted by W. A. Keller, will be held at Rosedale, in the northeast part of Alfalfa county at 2:30 this afternoon.

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GILLASPY
ROBERT M 1882 - 1935
EITHEL G 1889 - 1953


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Marshall Gillaspy (13 Mar 1882–13 Feb 1935), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62793852, citing Rosedale Cemetery, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by bpojito105 (contributor 47863569) .