Surname: Gilliam

Progressive Men of Western Colorado

This manuscript in it’s basic form is a volume of 948 biographies of prominent men and women, all leading citizens of Western Colorado. Western Colorado in this case covers the counties of: Archuleta, Chaffee, Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Lake, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, San Juan, and San Miguel.

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Gilliam, Guy Harry – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Guy Harry Gilliam, 69, a lifetime resident of Elgin, died Dec. 9 at his home. A celebration of his life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Elgin Community Center. Private burial will be at the Highland Cemetery in Elgin. Mr. Gilliam was born May 26, 1937, the son of Harry and Irene (Geiger) Gilliam in Elgin. He graduated from Elgin High School and then served with the Army. After his honorable discharge he returned to Elgin where he worked in ranching and logging. He loved trucks and traveling. Survivors include his daughters and their husbands, Jill and Kelly Coles of Boise and Shelby and Jeff Flowers of San Diego; a brother, Larry Gilliam of Elgin; sisters, Sharen and Steve Anderson of La Grande and Karen Ricker of Union; three grandchildren; and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 16, 2006, Published: December 16,...

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Biography of Col. Cornelius Gilliam

COL. CORNELIUS GILLIAM. – Colonel Gilliam was a native of North Carolina, and was born in 1798. But his recollection of that state in after years was like a dream; for when but a youth he accompanied his parents to Missouri, where he lived for many years. August 31, 1820, he married Miss Mary Crawford of that state. Ten years later he was elected sheriff of Clay county for a term of two years; and at the expiration of that time he joined the Black Hawk war. In 1837 he served as captain of the company which fought all through the Seminole war. About this time trouble arose with the Mormons. The authorities decided to expel them from the state; and for that purpose volunteer were called for. Captain Gilliam came to the front, raised a company and was chosen its captain. He was soon after promoted to a colonelcy for meritorious conduct. In 1843 he represented Andrew county in the legislature. Religiously he was a free-will Baptist. In 1845 he was ordained to the ministry; and the next year he left for Oregon, arriving in the fall. He first settled in Polk county, but soon removed to Benton county, there remaining until his departure in 1847 to join the then marshaling forces for the Cayuse war; for the Indians threatened death and destruction on every hand. The people...

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