Biography of Jesse R. Gilcrest
Columbiana County, OH Biographies





Jesse R. Gilcrest is among the enterprising business men of East Liverpool, where he is proprietor of the East End Machine Shop. He was born at Wheeling, W. Va., Aug. 4, 1863, and is the son of John B. and Laura C. (Brainard) Gilcrest.

John R Gilcrest, deceased, was a native of Brilliant, Ohio, born Jan. 21, 1837. His wife was born in Indiana, Aug. 28, 1838, and died July 7, 1925. Mr. Gilerest was a stone contractor and the owner of large stone quarries in Ohio. He died July 7, 1875, and is buried at Brilliant, Ohio. He served throughout the Civil War with the First Virginia Volunteer Infantry. To Mr. and Mrs. Gilcrest the following children were born: James B., lives at Mt. Pleasant, Pa.; Harry, died May 2, 1923; Jesse R., the subject of this sketch; Frank, deceased; Lulu, the widow of James M. Smith, lives at Follansbee, W. Va.; and Eugene, deceased.

Jesse R. Gilcrest spent his boyhood in Ohio. He attended the public schools, learned the machinist's trade, and at an early age entered the employ of the Spaulding Iron Works at Brilliant. He was later connected with the Laughlin iron Company at Mingo Junction, Ohio, and the H. L. Dickson Company of Pittsburgh. In 1900 he established the Toronto Machine Company, at Toronto, Ohio, which he successfully conducted for 20 years. During this time he was also connected with the Toronto Foundry & Machine Company as general manager. He later purchased the Davis-Price Foundry & Machine Company of New Cumberland, W. Va., which he conducted for two years. In May, 1924, Mr. Gilcrest came to East Liverpool, where he established the East End Machine Shop. He is also an inventor of note and holds many patents.

On April 7, 1923, Mr. Gilerest was married to Miss Doris E. McDaniels, of East Liverpool, the daughter of L. M. Mc Daniels.

Politically, Mr. Gilcrest is a Democrat. He is a Mason.


From:
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926


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