|Morgantown Weekly Post|
Morgantown, West Virgina
May 24, 1904
PASSED AWAY Died at his home in Morgantown at 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, George E. VanGilder, aged 43 years 3 months and 29 days, after a long illness of kidney disease. The news of Mr. Van Gilder’s death comes as a great shock to his host of warm personal friends in this city and vicinity, although it has long been known that he was in a critical condition his friends had never ceased to hope that he would ultimately be restored to health, and the news of his demise will cause genuine heartfelt regret throughout this community. At a recent Republican primary election Mr. VanGilder was nominated as the party’s candidate for re-election as assessor of the second assessment District of Monongalia County, the duties of which office he had so ably discharged.As a mark of his official and personal popularity it is ony necessary to state that he polled a far larger vote than any of the fifty odd candidates on the Republican ticket.He was the son of John O. VanGilder, deceased, and wife and was born and spent all of his life in this county and city. He was possessed of a kindly, quiet disposition that made friends of all with whom he came in contact.Deceased was a painter by trade, but for some time engaged in the merchandise of this city.Although not a member of any church he was both as boy and man free from any bad habits and lead a Christian, honorable and blameless life, and his soul has passed from earth to his Master, free from stain.He was an honored member of the local lodge of Knights of Pythias.Mr. VanGilder was married several years ago and is survived by his wife, four daughters, his aged mother, two sisters and seven brothers. (actually, two brothers and seven sisters)Funeral services will be held at the residence, No. 54 University Driveway, at 10 a.m. Thursday, after which the remains will be laid to rest in Mt. Union cemetery.
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