Representative Charles Gilmore View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 10/7/1936
Birth Place: Charlotte, IA
Birth County: Clinton
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
House: 36 (1915)
37 (1917)
38 (1919) - 39 (1921)
Home County: Clay
Charles Gilmore
Clay County


MR. SPEAKER: Your committee, appointed to prepare resolutions commemorative of the life, character and public service of the late Honorable Charles Gilmore of Clay county, Iowa, begs leave to submit the following report:

Representative Charles Gilmore of Clay county was born in Charlotte, Clinton county, Iowa, October 18, 1852. His father was born in Massachusetts and his mother in Illinois. He received his education in the public schools of Charlotte, worked in the Charlotte flour mill most of the time with his father until his father’s death in 1877, when he took charge of the mill and operated the same until 1890.

He was married to Clara A. Dickey (now deceased) of Clinton county, September 19, 1882. To this union four children were born, one girl dying in infancy. He is suvived by three children, John Gilmore, Mrs. Warren Doyle, both of Sioux Rapids, Iowa, and Mrs. Will Henneberg of Linn Grove, Iowa; also by ten grandchildren, Mrs. Donald Hagedorn, Mrs. Lloyd Dumkrieger, Arlo, Beulah, and Dean Gilmore, Virginia and Charles Doyle, Mrs. Kermit, Mathisen, Margene, and Carroll Heneberg.

In 1891 he moved to Clay county and located on a farm near Sioux Rapids, and he was interested in farming and stock raising up to the time of his death.

He was president of the Rossie Savings Bank for many years. In 1895 he was elected to the board of supervisors of Clay county and served continuously until January 1, 1912, being chairman for twelve years. In 1914 he was elected to the House of Representatives from Clay county and served said county during the Thirty-sixth, Thirty-seventh, Thirty-eighth, and Thirty-ninth General Assemblies. He was a Republican.

He died October 7, 1936. During his services in the General Assembly, the struggle for a good roads law was on and Charles Gilmore was ever on the side of “Good Roads” legislation. He was a pioneer of good roads building.

As a legislator he was courageous, able, and honest.

Therefore, Be It Resolved, by the House of Representatives of the Forty-eighth General Assembly of the State of Iowa, That in the passing of the Honorable Charles Gilmore the State of Iowa has lost a valuable and honored citizen, and the House belatedly tenders its sympathies to the surviving members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the Journal of the House and that the Chief Clerk be instructed to send an enrolled copy to his three surviving children.





Unanimously adopted, April 12, 1939.