Biography of Gorden R. Silcott
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Gordon R. Silcott. - Prominently identified with the business life of Worthington is Gordon R. Silcott, who is president and general manager of the Worthington Coal & Supply Company. He is a veteran of the World War. Mr. Silcott was born at Nelsonville, Ohio, December 15, 1894, the son of George C. and Eva M. (Shafer) Silcott.

George C. Silcott was born at Ravenswood, West Virginia. Throughout his life he engaged in the coal business and for many years was a well known operator in the Hocking Valley. Later, he became a coal broker in Columbus as president of the George C. SilcotSilcottompany. Mr. Silcott died December 1, 1922, and is buried in Union Cemetery, Abbey, Ohio. His widow was born at Nelsonville, Ohio. Gordon R., the subject of this sketch, was their only child.

The boyhood of Gordon R. Silcott was spent at Nelsonville, Ohio, where he attended the public schools. He was graduated from Nelsonville High School and from Ohio University, having received a degree from the latter institution in 1916. He began his business career with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company at Akron, Ohio, and later went as a teller in the State Bank at Akron. Mr. Silcott resigned from that position in order to enlist for service in the World War, in May, 1917. He was sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio, as a member of the One Hundred Forty sixth Ambulance Company, Thirty seventh Division, and in April, 1918, was transferred to Camp Upton, Long Island, and in that month sailed for Glasgow, Scotland. From there the outfit was sent to Southampton, England, and subsequently to France. Mr. Silcott saw active service on five battlefronts as an ambulance driver and at the time of the armistice was stationed in Belgium. After his discharge from the service, Mr. Silcott became identified with the coal interests of his father in Columbus, and in July, 1922, came to Worthington, where he established the Worthington Coal & Supply Company, of which he is president and general manager.

On April 30, 1922, Mr. Silcott was united in marriage with Miss Virginia Reed, of West Virginia, the daughter of L. V. and Tessie (Root) Reed. They are natives of Missouri and Ohio, respectively, and now reside at Charleston, West Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Silcott have a son, George Reed Silcott, born September 25, 1925.

Mr. Silicon is identified with the Republican party in politics. He holds membership in the Presbyterian Church, and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, Thirty second degree, Shrine, Phi Delta Phi fraternity, Kiwanis Club, and American Legion. He is also identified with the Chamber of Commerce, Worthington.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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