One of the prosperous and highly esteemed citizens of Elsinore is Mr. Gibson, a man of progressive spirit and broad,
generous sympathies, whose labors in behalf of the community have been for its general upbuilding. He was born
in Cooper county, Mo., March 25, 1846, receiving his education in the subscription schools of that locality and
assisting his father with the work on the farm. His parents, William and Urea (Godown) Gibson, natives of West
Virginia and New Jersey, respectively, were married in Ohio and settled in Cooper county, Mo., in 1842, remaining
there until 1873, when they removed to Kansas, where the father died. Mrs. Gibson then went to Texas and made her
home with a son in that state until her death.
At the age of seventeen years Carlisle Gibson enlisted in Company M, Second Missouri Cavalry, under Capt. R. B.
Hughes, this regiment doing detached duty for several months. Later he served under General Davidson west of the
Mississippi until the close of the war, when he was honorably discharged in Memphis, Tenn., May 17, 1865. Returning
to the home place he resumed his duties on the farm and went with his family to Kansas; where he continued agricultural
pursuits for the succeeding twenty years. In 1894 he came to California and settled in Escondido, later removing
to Santa Ana, where he resided six years, five years of this time being spent in the employ of the county of Orange
as landscape gardener in caring for the courthouse park. In 1906 he located in Elsinore and for the past five years
has engaged successfully in the dairy business.
Mr. Gibson was united in marriage first, in 1877, with Miss Anna Eliza Carman, a native of Washington county, Pa.
Of this union eight children were born, four of whom are living: Mary Etta, wife of H. W. Cooper, of Escondido;
Orpha Alice Hogue, who with her husband and three children resides in Hollywood; Cora Josephine and Warren A.,
deceased; Ida May, the wife of C. W. Smith of East Hollywood; Emma, who died in Santa Ana; Gertrude G. Newstetter
of Los Angeles; and a daughter who died in Missouri in infancy.
In 1906, two years after the death of the first wife, Mr. Gibson married Mrs. Mary H. (Smith) Michener, who was
born in Guernsey county, Ohio, where she was married and in 1876 moved to Iowa ; ten years later she came to California
with her husband, settling in Elsinore, which has since been her home. Mrs. Gibson is one of the few remaining
pioneers of Elsinore and has watched and been much interested in the various changes that have taken place throughout
the valley, where she has a large circle of friends.
Politically, Mr. Gibson is a Republican though never an aspirant for office. He is broadminded and progressive
and prompt to aid worthy candidates. He is interested in the development of Elsinore and vicinity. By virtue of
his military service he has been a member of the Grand Army of the Republic for many years and as a citizen is
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912
Riverside County, CA
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