My paternal great grandfather, George Ethelbert VanGilder complete with a coat, tie, pocket watch and hat. He certainly looks noble, doesn’t he! This cabinet card photograph was taken in Morgantown, West Virginia.
George, son of John Oliphant VanGilder and Mary Louise Hill was born on January 27, 1861 in Morgantown, West Virginia1. He died at age 43 on May 24, 1904 at his home in Morgantown, West Virginia2. He left his wife, Jessie Pool VanGilder and four little daughters.
He was a dedicated public servant throughout his, all too short, life. Public school teacher3, secretary of the Morgantown school board4, enumerator of the 1900 West Virginia Federal Census in Morgantown5, and elected town official6, were several of his civic activities. There is a cross street, George & VanGilder Streets, in
Morgantown named in his honor.
I think a line from his obituary says it all….”He was possessed of a kindly, quiet disposition that made friends of all with whom he came in contact.”7
1. "Morgantown Weekly Post," Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia, May 24, 1904, page 7.
2. “Morgantown Weekly Post,” page 7.
3. George Ethelbert VanGilder, George Ethelbert VanGilder Autograph Album, Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia, 1888-1887.
4. Samuel T. Willey, History of Monongalia County, West Virginia, From Its First Settlements to the Present Time, Preston Publishing Company, Kingwood, West Virginia, 1883, 657.
5. 1900 West Virginia Federal Census, Morgantown, Morgan District, Seneca, Monongalia County, ED 83, Sheet 15A.
6. Earl L. Core, The Monongalia Story A Bicentennial History: IV Industrialization, (McClain Printing Company, Parsons, West Virginia, 1982), Chapter 122: 1898, page 227.
7. “Morgantown Weekly Post,” page 7.