ARTHUR J. GILL.
Prominent in the agricultural circles of Umatilla county is Arthur J. Gill, who is engaged in farming and stock
raising on section 7, range 1, seven miles from Pilot Rock. He was born in Hancock county, Illinois, April 19,
1873, a son of William H. and Caroline (Buholts) Gill, the former a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and the latter
of Iowa. When a young man, the father, William Gill, left Louisville with his parents and settled in Hancock county,
Illinois, where he engaged in farming for some time. In 1863 he went to northeastern Missouri and while there enlisted
in the Union army for service in the Civil war. He was a member of the Seventh Missouri Cavalry and had been in
service eighteen months when the horse he was riding fell and he received injuries which so disabled him that he
was given his honorable discharge. He then returned to Illinois, and followed farming until 1881, when he came
west and located near the present ranch of Arthur J. Gill. Here he took up land but failed to prove up on it and
after spending some time in Colorado and California for his health he returned to Oregon, took up another piece
of land near his first homestead, and proved up on it. In August, 1916, he bought another one hundred and sixty
acres, which he improved. The death of William Gill occurred at the Pendleton. Hospital in January, 1907, at the
age of sixty three years.
The boyhood of Arthur J. Gill was spent in Illinois, where he received his education, and in the years 1899-1900
he attended the State Normal School. In 1899 he came west and took up his present ranch of one hundred and sixty
acres. He had visited Oregon in 1883 and had been so impressed with the opportunities offered that he determined
to make this state his home. He improved his original one hundred and sixty acres near Pilot Rock in Umatilla county
and later purchased sixteen hundred and forty acres and two thousand acres of range land. This ranch he is now
conducting, raising wheat and cattle and horses. He has also done some sheep shearing throughout the country.
Mr. Gill gives his allegiance to the republican party, but he has never held office nor cared for political preferment.
He devotes his entire time to the conduct of his ranch interests and he is a stockholder in the Farmers Cooperative
Elevator in Pilot Rock. His ranch, highly developed and richly productive; his stock scientifically cared for;
his modern barns and outbuildings set in the midst of his many acres; all of these pay tribute to his agricultural
efficiency and skill and mark him as an individual force in the development of a great farming section.
History of Oregon Illistrated
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922
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