Cottonwood County MN Biographies--Charles Gillam
Charles W. Gillam was born in Omro, Wisconsin, April 10, 1860, a son of Samuel S. Gillam, who was born in New York, June 26, 1833. The maiden name of his wife was Abigail C. Clark, who was born in Washington county, New York, March 17, 1833. In 1869 Samuel S. Gillam came to Cottonwood county, Minnesota, and took a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres of government land, in Great Bend township, and the following year he brought his family. He built a home on this land and began farming, making improvements from year to year until he had a good body of land under cultivation, on which he raised fine crops of the varied products for which land in this section was adapted. He continued to live on this farm until about 1898, when he retired from farming and removed to Windom, Minnesota, His wife died on May 17, 1911. She was the mother of five children: Henry C., born on November 27, 1854; William S., July 27, 1856; Charles W., April 10, 1860; Edward E., May 21, 1864; and Albert S. L., September 1, 1866.

Charles W. Gillam was educated in the public schools of Windom and worked on his father's farm until he was twenty years of age. When he attained his majority he engaged in the flour, feed, grain and implement business, in Windom, continuing this business for about three years. About 1890 he became connected with the old Cottonwood county bank, of Windom, and, in 1902, was made vice-president of the Windom National Bank. In addition his other business he has been largely interested in the real-estate business.

On February 20, 1890, Charles W. Gillam was married to Helen H. Hunt, daughter of J. J. Hunt, of Brownsdale, Minnesota. To this union three children have been born: Paul J., Josephine H., and Stanley S. Mr. Gillam affiliates with the Republican party. He has served as mayor of Windom for three terms, and as city recorder for three terms. In 1914 he was elected state senator on the Republican ticket and is now holding that position. He is a member of the Masonic order, a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and also a member of the Royal Arcanum.