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William Enos Gilfillen

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 707

     who, in association with John A. Wones, does a large business at Maplewood, O., under the firm name of the Maplewood Elevator Company, dealing in grain, grass seed, coal, lime, cement and other commodities, was born in Salem township, Shelby county, O., September 21, 1873. The parents of Mr. Gilfillen, William and Margaret A. (Baker) Gilfillen, were residents of Shelby county, the father for many years carrying on agricultural industries with success. He died in Jackson township, where his widow still lives. They had the following children: Emma D., wife of W. E. Coleman; Elizabeth, wife of Logan Clayton: and William Enos.
     William E. Gilfillen obtained his education in the public schools and afterward worked with his father on the .home farm until he was twenty-five years old, after which he rented land and carried on general farming until March, 1912, when he became the junior partner in the firm of Wones & Gilfillen, by purchasing the interest of E. E. Young in the Maplewood Elevator Company. The business is in a prosperous condition and is on a safe financial basis.
     In 1893 Mr. Gilfillen was married to Miss Rhoda Davis, who was born in Auglaize county, O., but was reared in Shelby county. She is a daughter of Harvey and Catherine (Morris) Davis whose other children were: Louie, who is the wife of Hamer Wagner; Floyd; Eliza. who is the wife of Albert Thompson: Charles; Mabel, who is the wife of H. A. Stabler; Fannie, who is the wife of Frank Reese; John: and Pearl, who is the wife of Henry Dosic. Mrs. Gilfillen was the third born in the above family. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Gilfillen: Raymond and Vernon. He is nominally a republican but reserves the right to exercise his own judgment in political matters and frequently votes accordingly. He has served on the school board, having a good citizen's interest in the public schools. For some years he has been identified with the Odd Fellows at Jackson Center, and both he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.

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