John Gilliland

VERMONT — John Gilliland, after a lingering illness, died at his home in this place last Friday evening June 2nd. Mr. Gilliland was born in Missouri Dec. 9, 1823; he emigrated to this state in 1845 and first settled at Rushville. One year later he went to Springfield, and while there learned the mason trade which he followed for many years. He afterwards moved to Astoria where he was united in marriage to Miss Lucinda Owens, a daughter of Dr. Owens, one of the founders of Astoria. (This was in 1854.) One year later he purchased the tannery in that place of John Boyd and soon after engaged in the harness business with W. H. Green. About this time he sold his tannery to Chas. Chaddock, and in 1857 he closed out his harness business, buying a farm in Astoria Tp., one mile South of this place, where he resided till some years ago when he moved to this place and has ever since been one of the town's progressive citizens. Mr. Gilliland has held a number of offices of public trust during his life, which he filled to the satisfaction of his constituents. In his business transaction he has always been strictly honest. Democratic in principle he always took an active part in the party, but was not a partisan. Few men have lived more active lives, and none has left for the unknown greater regretted. He leaves a wife and three sons to mourn his departure. The funeral occurred on the following Sunday afternoon and was largely attended.


Published in the Astoria Argus on 6/8/1893

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