ANDREW P. GIBSON GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Chanute Tribune, June 18, 1906
Died: June 17, 1906
CAPE. A. P. GIBSON, NEOSHO
COUNTY PIONEER, DEAD---HE
CROSSED THE PLAINS IN 59
IN THE U. S. ARMY, WINNING
CAPTAINCY BY HIS GALLANTRY.
Capt. Andrew P. Gibson died at his home, 211 South Steuben avenue, in this city, yesterday morning at 10 o’clock. The funeral services will be held at his late home at 9 o’clock tomorrow morning. Rev. D. C. Shields of Thayer will have charge, and he will be assisted by Rev. H. J. Coker, pastor of the Chanute Methodist church, and Rev. H. G. Mathis, pastor of the Chanute Presbyterian church.
The body will be buried in the Leanna cemetery, ten miles northeast of Chanute. The Grand Army of the Republic will have charge of the ceremonies.
Captain Gibson was one of the early settlers of Neosho county. He had always taken a prominent part in the affairs of the community until his powers began to fail him a year or so ago, and leaves behind him friends and deeds which will long cause him to be remembered and esteemed.
Mr. Gibson was born in Indianapolis, Ind. June 12, 1837, so that at the time of his death he was just five days past his 69th year. When he was 5 years old his parents moved to Mercer county, Ill., and on November 8, 1865, he was married to Annette E. Taylor, of Rock Island county, Ill.
When the civil war broke out, Mr. Gibson was quick to enlist, entering the service in July, 1861. He wore the army blue for four years, coming out with the rank of captain, being mustered out at Louisville, Ky., July 1865.
Mr. Gibson served in Co. I of the 45th Illinois Infantry, and took part in every battle in which his regiment engaged, which included some of the fiercest and bloodiest of the war. He was at the siege of Vicksburg, was in the decisive battle of Shiloh, and was one of that host which marched with Sherman in four columns ten miles apart, from Atlanta to the sea.
Previous to the war Mr. Gibson had made a trip across the plains to California Gulch, now Leadville, Colo., where he staked out a mineral claim.
Mr. Gibson came to this country with his brother-in-law, A. L. Taylor, in 1870, and settled on a farm in Big Creek township, east of Chanute, where he remained until three years ago when he moved to Chanute. He conducted a big farm successfully, and acquired a competence through his industry and business ability, combined with the natural increase in values from his investments in Neosho county realestate. In 1875 he represented this county in the state legislature.
Three of his children—two boys and one girl—and an uncle, are buried in the Leanna cemetery where he will be laid tomorrow. Mr. Gibson’s wife and two children survive him. The children are M. G. Gibson, manager for the A. L. Davis Lumber company, and Miss Ruth Gibson, Mrs. M. M. Finch of this city is a sister of the dead man. Mrs. Noble, another sister, moved last week from Humboldt to California and will not be here for the funeral. A. L. Taylor, of Iola, Mr. Gibson’s brother-in-law, is now here.
Mr. Gibson was a member of the United Workmen, the Triple Tie and the Sons and Daughters of Justice.