WILLIAM IRVIN GILMORE. The subject of this sketch represents one of the families who settled early on the Caddo Reservation in Young county and for more than thirty years he has been identified with its stock and agricultural interests. The history of his business career reveals him, in youth, starting out under the usual humble circumstances and in twenty-five years showing such ability and achieving a success that place him in the class of substantial and independent farmers in his valley.
In 1873 our subject’s father, Andrew Gilmore, settled as Caddo Springs, the site of the old Caddo village, and purchased land, upon which he passed his remaining years, dying in the late nineties at seventy-one years of age. He had resided in Texas since 1866, having settled in Parker county and been engaged in farming there until his advent to Young county. For nine years previous to his settlement in the Lone Star state he was a resident of Izard county, Arkansas, to which point he emigrated from Mississippi. He was an Arkansas soldier in the Confederate army during a portion of the Civil war era and was a horseshoer while in the service. He married first in Mississippi, and there his first children were born. His wife was Miss Lydia Byrd, whose people were from Alabama and who died, being the mother of: Lucinda, wife of O. D. Goldson, of Young county; Thomas, of Dickens county, Texas; James R., deceased; Sadie, of Greer county, Oklahoma, wife of E. Wooley; William I., Zachariah, deceased, and John, a farmer of Young county.
William I. Gilmore was born in Izard county, Arkansas, January 31, 1857, acquired a country school education in Parker county, Texas, and began his career in Young county with a horse and a cow and a calf. In the early days he worked on the cow range in Palo Pinto and Young counties, at the same time gathering together, out of his wages, a small herd of his own cattle. When he quit the stock business he sold his stuff and invested in the nucleus of his present home. This tract was a fractional quarter section and was the settlement of J. A. Jowell, and under Mr. Gilmore it has come to be one of the valuable and well improved farms of the county.
In his experience as a farmer Mr. Gilmore has always merited success. Rarely has he planted in the spring without reaping something in the autumn, and with the passage of time his condition has materially improved. His real estate holdings in the county embrace more than eight hundred acres, and it is well stocked with cattle.
July 27, 1877, Mr. Gilmore married Annie Foster, a daughter of J. B. Foster. Mrs. Gilmore was orphaned at an early age and died at the home she helped to build up December 22, 1901, leaving two children, Thomas B. and May. In December, 1903, Mr. Gilmore married Mrs. Mollie Gibson, a daughter of Robert Haynes and the widow of Lee Gibson. By her first husband Mrs. Gilmore is the mother of Bruce, Grace and Alice.
Mr. Gilmore has had no interest in politics further than the casting of his ballot. He invariably supports Democratic candidates on national and state issues and selects the most fitting candidate in local elections.
Source: B. B. Paddock, History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), Vol. II, p. 97.