The Life of Fred Gilbert
Mr. Fred Gilbert died at his late residence on Kansas Avenue at 10 o'clock P. M. on Sunday, April 17, 1887, aged 53 years and 8 months.
Mr. Gilbert had been ailing for three years past with a complication of disease brought on by overwork and too close application to business. He became gradually worse and was confined to the house since the beginning of winter, until the 10, when he was compelled to keep his bed altogether until his death.
He was born in Boston, England in 1833 and came to America at the age of 19, his first place ot residence being Canada,then Michigan, whence he came to Olathe in 1856 and worked at his trade of wagon-maker for A. J. Clemmans tor three years, when they joined a partnership which lasted until 1879. He then did business at Bonita for a few years when he built the brick building on the corner of Kansas Avenue and Park street where he conducted the hardware and implement business until Febuary 1886 when he finally retired, after disposing of the business to his stepsons, the Keefer brothers.
In April 1874, he married Mrs. Jennie Keefer and three children have been born to them. The deceased was an active business man though quiet and gentle in his manner, a kind husband and indulgent father, and died with the highest esteem of his fellow citizens. The funeral took place from the house at 2 o'clock last Tuesday, the Rev. G. S. Dearborn officiating. He was a member of the Olathe lodge of A. F. & A. M. and was consigned to his final resting place under the auspices of the brethren of the order.
April 21, 1887
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GILBERT, Frederick Obituary
GILBERT--Frederick Gilbert, for twenty years a prominent merchant of Olathe, died on the 17th, age 53. (Kansas City Times, April 19, 1887)
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