Biography of Thomas B. Gilbert
North Central Ohio Biographies

Thomas B. Gilbert, deceased, was recognized as one of the dependable business men of Loudonville. He was a member of one of the oldest and best known families of Ashland County. He was born in Loudonville, Jan. 10, 1865, the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Sprague) Gilbert.

Henry Gilbert, deceased, was a native of England. At about the age of 14 years he came to this country and settled in Knox County, Ohio. He later served an apprenticeship as a cabinet maker with Jacob Wagner, of Coshocton, Ohio, and in 1845 came to Loudonville, where he established a pioneer furniture business. He had in his employ five men and became one of the city's prosperous merchants. Henry Gilbert died in 1898 and his wife, who was born in Wooster, Ohio, died March 28, 1891. He was a Republican and held several public offices. He was a charter member of the Loudonville Lodge, F. & A. M. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert: Henry, who died in Chicago, Ill., in 1920; Frank, who died at Dunkirk, N. Y., in 1922; William, who died in Chicago, Ill., in 1928; Gerard, who died at Loudonville, in 1923; Thomas B., the subject of this sketch; Hattie, unmarried, lives at Loudonville; J. Bernard, who is branch manager of the National Biscuit Company, Oak Park, Ill.; and Joseph, who lives at Loudonville.

Thomas B. Gilbert had always lived in Loudonville. He attended the public schools and was associated in the furniture business with his father after his graduation from Loudonville High School in 1883. He also became interested in the undertaking business and studied at the Massachusetts College of Embalming, Boston, Mass., from which he was graduated in November, 1902. Later, he received an Ohio certificate as an embalmer. He carried on the business which was established by his father until his death, Nov. 29, 1930. The business is now conducted by Joseph N. and L. Hattie Gilbert.

Mr. Gilbert was a Republican, and belonged to the Rotary Club, Knights of Pythias, and Modern Woodmen of America. He had served as city treasurer for several terms and had been a trustee of the Loudonville Cemetery Board for the past 25 years.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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