J. A. Gilbert, who has passed away, was not only recognized as an able and efficient farmer but was also highly
esteemed for his many excellent qualities of character. A native son of Iowa county, he was born in Washington
township on the 25th of February, 1857, of the marriage of James and Nancy (Going) Gilbert. Their children numbered
seven, four sons and three daughters.
J. A. Gilbert received his education in the public schools and is indebted to his father for instruction in agricultural
work. He continued to farm after reaching his majority and became in time the owner of a good property which he
always kept in fine, condition. He raised the usual crops and also gave considerable attention to the feeding of
live stock and both phases of his business proved remunerative.
On the 21st of September, 1881, occurred the marriage of Mr. Gilbert and Miss Anna Patterson, of West Liberty,
a daughter of John Patterson, a veteran of both the Mexican and Civil wars. She was one of a family of seven children
and by her marriage became the mother of twelve, six boys and six girls, as follows: Clarence, born October 3,
1881, is farming in this county and is married and has two children. Merritt, born on the 13th of February, 1883,
is residing in Cedar Rapids. Ray, born December 20, 1885, is engaged in farming. Blanch, whose birth occurred on
the 13th of January, 1888, married J. W. Brown, of Marengo, and they have three children. Glenn and Edna both died
in infancy. Elsie, born March 25, 1892, married D. E. Buswell, a farmer of this county. Elva was born on the 6th
of February, 1894, and died when four years old. Floyd, born December II, 1896, is at home. Carl died in infancy.
Veva was born on the 13th of November, 1899. Villa, the youngest of the family, was born on the 4th of January,
Mr. Gilbert gave his political support to the republican party as he was convinced of the wisdom of its policies.
He was an influential citizen and his cooperation could always be depended upon when there was some measure on
foot to advance the interests of his community. He was a man of domestic tastes who found his greatest happiness
in his home and his truest pleasure in providing for the comfort and well being of his wife and children. He was
a kind and loving husband and father and in all of the private relations of life measured up to the highest standards,
while as a citizen he was conscientious in the discharge of every duty. The influence of his life is still felt
and those who knew him cherish his memory.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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