Biography of Thomas C. Gulliver
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THOMAS CHRISTIAN GULLIVER
A Civil war veteran, holding membership in T. B. Stevens Post No. 103, G. A. R., Mr. Gulliver is well known in Elsinore and vicinity as a citizen of sterling character and progressive spirit, his share in the development of the community having been both generous and practical. A Pennsylvanian, his birth having occurred in Lycoming county, April 21, 1841, Mr. Gulliver received educational advantages common to that period. At an early age he secured a position with the Pennsylvania Canal Company, with whom he remained until 1859. Upon the declaration of war between the North and the South he gladly offered his services in behalf of his country, enlisting August 14, 1861, in Company C, Fiftieth Pennsylvania Infantry, under Capt. Daniel Burgett, serving in this division throughout the long and terrible struggle which ensued. During his military career he was twice wounded, May 9, 1864, in the Battle of the Wilderness, and May 12, 1864, at Spottsylvania, where he was captured and plated in Libby prison, in which he was confined four months; this experience, perhaps more than actual warfare, made upon his mind an indelible impression of horror and injustice. Among the thirty eight engagements in which he participated none is clearer in memory than the Battle of Antietam, in which he took the flag from the Eighth Louisiana, receiving for his courage a medal from General McClellan.

Upon his honorable discharge in 1865, Mr Gulliver settled in Grand Island county, Neb., where he resided seven years prior to his immigration in 1885 to Riverside county, which he has ever considered the most delightful locality in which he has made his home. There were but seven houses and three tents in Elsinore at that time. During his residence in California he has followed mining in the desert, and after locating in Sawtelle he ran a bus line for about twelve years.

While a resident of Sawtelle Mr. Gulliver was married March 9, 1905, to Mrs. Hensine Duvall, the widow of a soldier. In maidenhood she was Miss Voigt and was born in Hedemarken, Norway, and came to the United States in 1884. Mr Gulliver assisted in the organization of T. B. Stevens Post, G. A. R., and was the second commander of the post. He has always been a stanch Republican, has ever maintained a practical interest in civic and national affairs, and now in the evening of his days enjoys life to the fullest extent.

From:
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


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