|E. S. GILBERT.|
E. S. Gilbert is the assistant postmaster of Riverton,
his wife being the appointee to the office. He was born in
Leavenworth, Kansas, on the 15th of August, 1883, and is a son of
Berthier N. and Caroline (Bamberg) Gilbert. The father is a native of
New York and the mother of Kentucky, and they were married in
Leavenworth, Kansas. Mr. Gilbert is a railroad man, now serving as
ticket and passenger agent at Fort Scott, Kansas, which position he
has occupied continuously for forty-one years—a record that is
indicative of his marked fidelity, his uniform courtesy to the
patrons of the road and his loyalty to the interests of the
corporation which he represents.
E. S. Gilbert was reared under the parental roof and the common schools afforded him his early educational privileges. He continued his course until he was graduated from the high school at F6rt Scott, Kansas, with the class of 1897. Later he became a student in the Kansas State University at Lawrence, where he remained for a year and then put aside his textbooks to enter upon active business interests, taking up railroad work. For five and a half years he ran out of Fort Scott on the Frisco road, having entered the employ of the company as a fireman. He was subsequently given his engine and at the time was the youngest engineer in the service of that company. He left the road in 1903 to engage in the life and accident insurance business at Fort Scott and a year or so later he established a cigar store in that city. In 1906 he removed to the Riverton valley in Wyoming and filed on a homestead near the present oil field of Pilot Butte. He still retained his interest in the Fort Scott cigar business, however. and commuted, going to and from his claim. lie proved up on his homestead in November of the same year and is still the owner of that ranch. In November, 1906, however, he returned to Kansas and spent the winter and the following spring and summer in Fort Scott. In the late fall of 1907 he came again to Riverton and entered the government service, being engaged in survey work for more than a year. Later Mr. Gilbert was variously employed for several years and on the 27th of January, 1914, his wife was appointed postmistress and he became assistant postmaster, discharging the duties of that position to the present time.
It was on the 10th of June, 1904, that Mr. Gilbert was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Devine, of Fort Scott, a daughter of J. J. Devine. who was one of the prominent stockmen of that locality. To Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert have been born two daughters, Adaline and Kathryn. Mrs. Gilbert has been a lifelong democrat and at the last presidential election was the only woman worker at the polls in Riverton, being among the most conspicuous, active and helpful workers in the campaign at that period, much of the success of the party in Fremont county being due to her efforts and influence.
Mr. Gilbert belongs to Fort Scott Lodge, No. 579, B. P. 0. E. He was reared in the faith of the Christian church, while' his wife was reared in the Catholic faith. They are both well known and highly esteemed in Fremont county, having an extensive circle of friends, and goodwill is entertained for them by all who know them.