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Gile, Eli B.


Age: 20, credited to Morristown, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/8/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. E, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63

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Birth: 12/11/1841, Morristown, VT
Death: 09/06/1915

Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Morristown, VT
Marker/Plot: 12
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 14558425


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

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Mountain View Cemetery, Morristown Corners, VT

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Eli B. Gile

Source: Morrisville News and Citizen: SEPT. 8, 1915



The enjoyment of the events of the Labor Day was marred for Morrisville people by the announcement in the early afternoon of the sudden death of Eli B. Gile, one of the most highly esteemed citizens of Morrisville, and a life long resident of the town, who died suddenly at 1:15 o'clock at the H.A. Smalley & Co. barn, where he was taken from the Fair Grounds, after being stricken with an attack of severe dilation of the heart. Mr. Gile marched in the parade with the Morrisville Band, playing the saxaphone, the trip about a two mile walk.

After reaching the grounds Mr. Gile complained of not feeling well and did not eat dinner with the other members. His condition grew rapidly worse after the dinner hour and Dr. Johnstone was called and Mr. Gile was assissited into the back of L.C. Cole and taken to the Smalley place, where he expired. Mr. Gile had been enjoying excellent health of late, and was supposed to be feeling as well as usual Monday forenoon. It is thought the long walk and the heat was to much for his advanced aged, bringing about conditions that caused his death.

The funeral service will be held at the home on Jersey heights Thursday at 1:30, Rev. R.D. Cranmer of the Universalist Church. Interment will be at the family lot in Mountain View Cemetery at Morristown Corners.

As told in this paper in the issue of May 5, Mr. Gile is believed to have been the oldest band musician in New England., having been identified with orchestras and bands in Morrisville for over 50 years. He was a charter member, and the only survivor of the Morrisville Silver Cornet Band, which was the first band ever organized here, and had played with every band organized here since that time. This it seems fitting and right that his last service was along the lines he had so much enjoyed during his life time and for the promotion of which he had given so much of his time. Mr Gile was a member of the Old Hyde Park band organized before the war, which had for its leader Col. E.B. Sawyer, who is now the last survivor of that organization.

He was a veteran of the Civil War, being a member of Company E, 13th Regiment.

E.B. Gile was one of nine children, five sons, and four daughters, of Stephen and Lydia Straw Gile, who came to the west part of in the early part of the last century from New Hampshire. He was born Dec. 11, 1841, and had always lived in the west part of town, with the exception of four years spent in the wast, after his marriage.On the 29th day of April.1865, he was united in marriage to Miss Celeste Gates, daughter of Irving and Hancy Pike Gates, also of this town, who survive him. He is also survived by the following nieces and nephews: Mrs Ellen Wakefield, Mrs. B.F. Drowne, Mrs. Carlos Shaw, Morrisville; Mrs. Cleora Carver, Troy, N.Y., Mrs Oscar Sherwin, Mrs Augusta Douglas, Cadys Falls, Will Cross of New York State, Mrs. Etta Thorp, who lives in the west, Mrs Clara Peck of Stowe, Don Thomas, C.A. Gile, Levi Gile, Morillo and Ann Wood of Morrisville.

In the death of Mr. Gile Morristown loses a sturdy citizen, one whose genuine honesty and integrity were proverbial. He was an intensely interesting man, and to those who knew him best revealed a side of his character that his natural reserve did not show to those outside his circle of intimate friends.He was a great reader, and well posted upon current and historical events. The hospitality of "Uncle Eli" was well known, the Gile home always open to visitors. He will be greatly missed by old and young, and the sincere sympathey of all is extended to the bereaved family.

Courtesy of Deanna French.

13th Vermont Regimental History

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