Biography of George W. Gilson
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

GEORGE W. GILSON was one of the successful representatives of the real estate business in the City of Cleveland at the time of his death, which occurred on the 23rd of September, 1923, and was a man who had honored Ohio, where he was born and reared, both by his sterling character and his worthy achievement.

Mr. Gilson was born at Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio, on the 11th of March, 1863, and was a son of Dr. George and Emma (Whyth) Gilson, he having been doubly orphaned when a child of about three years and having been taken into the home of his uncle, William Bowler, who resided on East Fortieth Street in the City of Cleveland. Here he was reared to adult age and here he profited fully by the advantages of the public schools, and his higher education was received in fine old Hiram College, at Hiram, this state, in which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Soon afterward he went to Saint Louis, Missouri, but within a short time he went to Toronto, Canada, where he became editor of a medical journal. Later he was a resident of Buffalo, New York, for a comparatively brief interval, and he then went to New York City and identified himself with the Sage Foundation Corporation, in which connection he made his initial venture in the real estate business. He became one of the first salesmen for this corporation, in connection with its development of Forest Hills, Long Island, and he continued this alliance, with marked success, for a period of fifteen years. Mr. Gilson then returned to his native state and established his residence in Cleveland, in 1916. Durinz the ensuing five years he was here associated with the real estate firm of Van Sweringen & Marshall, and he then engaged in the same line of enterprise in an independent way, by the organization of the Gilson & Allyne Company, with which he continued his association until his death. He extended its operations and became one of the well known real estate men in the Cleveland metropolitan district. His death came suddenly, without previous indisposition of apparent order and with no premonition, he having passed away while reclining on a couch in his home. Mr. Gilson was a stalwart advocate of the cause of the republican party, but never manifested any desire for political preferment or public office of any kind. He was a man of fine intellectual ken, was genial, considerate and kindly, and his circle of friends was limited only by that of his acquaintances. He was an earnest communicant of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

In Toronto, Canada, occurred the first marriage of Mr. Gilson, and this wife died in the City of Buffalo, New York, she being survived by two children. In the City of New York Mr. Gilson thereafter formed the acquaintance of Miss Frances M. Cavanaugh, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and their marriage was solemnized June 20, 1915. In the following year they came to Cleveland. Estelle, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Gilson, was born January 3, 1917, and her death occurred in August, 1921. Mrs. Gilson maintains her home at 12463 Cedar Road.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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