THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   FRANK B. GILL, one of the most prominent general farmers of the town of Eaton, belongs to that large class of young men who are manifesting much wisdom in their choice of a calling. In devoting himself to agricultural pursuits, he is following what is not only one of the most useful and honorable vocations, but which is at the same time the most independent. Besides general farming, he has been for years interested in the growing of hops and in dairying, two of the most profitable branches of agriculture in the State, which State is admittedly the leading one in the Union in all three lines.
   Mr. Gill is a son of Sumner Gill, whose biographical sketch appears elsewhere in this volume, and who has for many years been regarded as one of the leading citizens of Madison County. Frank B. Gill was born May 31, 1852, in the town of Smithfield. In his early youth his education was not neglected; for, besides attendance at the district schools, he was a student at the Normal School in Cortland, and afterward took a full course at the Utica Business College. So that he is well prepared for practical life and business in any direction. Remaining at home on the farm until 1876, he then married Rebecca Robinson, who was born in Ireland, and who died June 28, 1888, leaving a son, Edgar Gill, born January 6, 1883. In February, 1891, Mr. Gill married Miss Kittie L. Cook, who was born in Kenosha, Wis., and is a daughter of Gilbert and Jennie (Jones) Cook, both of whom are now deceased, the former dying in Wisconsin, and the latter in Cazenovia, N. Y. After the death of her father Miss Cook came with her mother to Cazenovia, where she received an excellent education.
   About the time of his marriage Mr. Gill purchased his first farm of one hundred and thirty-seven acres, to which he has since added from time to time, until he owns now two hundred and forty acres of land. Upon this fine farm, besides being interested in general farming, he grows about thirty acres of hops, and keeps a large herd of high-grade Holstein cows, believing this breed to be the best for general dairy purposes. His farm is well improved; and his buildings, which he himself erected, are much superior to the average farm buildings in their commodiousness and in their substantial construction . In politics Mr. Gill has always been a Democrat, is well informed as to his party's policies, principles, and history, and is sound in the faith. Fraternally, he is a member of Morrisville Lodge, No. 658, A. F. & A. M., and also of the Farmers' Grange. Socially, Mr. Gill is a most pleasant and genial gentleman. He is popular among his fellow-citizens, and is highly regarded by all who know him, as is also his wife, who is an intelligent and accomplished lady. They attend the Congregational church in Morrisville, and are prominent in all local matters socially.
   Edgar D. Gill, another son of Sumner Gill, is a young and enterprising general farmer of the town of Smithfield, owning the old homestead of one hundred and fifty acres of land. He was born April 9, 1861; and, after securing such education as was afforded by the district schools, he attended Cazenovia Seminary, and then took a course in the Syracuse Business College. Preferring the pursuit of agriculture to a professional life, he turned his attention. to farming, and has ever since been a general farmer, dairyman, and hop-grower, keeping from twenty to twenty-five high-grade Holstein cows, and having from twenty-five to thirty acres of hops. In all three lines he has been eminently successful, and is one of the most prosperous farmers in the county. Mr. Gill was married, November 11, 1891, to Miss Hattie E. Smith, who was born in Rochester, N.Y., July 12, 1871, and is a daughter of Leonard and Cora Smith, well-known people of that city. Mrs. Gill is a member of the Episcopal church. Politically, Mr. Gill is a Democrat, and, fraternally, is a member of Morrisville Lodge, No. 658, A. F. & A. M.

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