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O. E. Gillen
Born September 22, 1830
O. E. GILLEN, proprietor Gillen House, Anamosa; is a native of New York City, and was born September 22, 1830; he grew up to manhood there, and came West to Iowa in 1855; upon the breaking-out of the rebellion in 1861, he enlisted in the 5th I.V.C., Co. I; he served as Commissary Sergeant of the regiment; he remained in the service three years, and returned to Iowa and opened the City Hotel at Mechanicsville, and remained there five years; in July, 1873, he engaged in the hotel business at Monticello, and remained there until January, 1816, when he came to Anamosa, and, in February, 1877, he opened the Gillen House. In February, 1864, he married Miss Margaret R. Milligan, from Cedar Co., Iowa; she was a native of Pennsylvania; they have four children—Jennie B., John B., Maggie A., Addie; they have lost three children.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 557.


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