Gilmore celebrates 100th birthday at Overbrook

Overbrook Mayor Don Schultz reads a proclamation to Harold Gilmore, right, naming Friday, March 28, 2014, as “Harold Gilmore Day in Overbrook, Kansas”, as part of Gilmore’s 100th birthday celebration held Saturday at Overbrook’s community center. Looking on is Harold’s nephew, Jack Gilmore.

Overbrook Mayor Don Schultz proclaimed March 28, 2014 as “Harold Gilmore Day in Overbrook, Kansas” as family and friends celebrated Harold Gilmore’s 100th birthday Saturday at the community center in the new Overbrook Public Library.

Gilmore, a resident of Port St. Lucie, Fla., came home for the celebration at Overbrook, having been born in a large two-story house five miles south of town.

Harold Martin Gilmore was the fifth son of Thomas W. and Ardelle Gilmore, and was born on March 28, 1914. His grandparents, Thomas Martin and Annie Gilmore, homesteaded in 1858 on land still owned by Jack and Jean Gilmore.

Harold and his six brothers attended Valley Brook No. 18 School, which has been remodeled and is presently the home of his nephew, Jack Gilmore. Harold graduated from Overbrook Rural High School in 1934.

During World War II, he was a truck farmer on a large scale, which served him well and prepared him to always have wonderful tomatoes, squash, peppers and other vegetables. Harold sold insurance for 40 years in Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Colo., and Boise, Idaho; with the last 22 years in San Francisco, Calif., where he retired in 1975. After retirement he lived near Cherokee Lake, in Tennessee, and finally in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He has outlived two wives, and enjoys excellent health for a man of his age.

He and his brothers were always very close, regularly holding reunions, and frequently returning to their home territory south of Overbrook, where his brother Britte B. Gilmore carried on the farming operation.

Harold’s 98-year-old brother, George, of Columbia, S.C., was in attendance along with relatives and friends from Connecticut, South Carolina, New York, Arkansas, Oregon, California, Colorado, Illinois and Kansas.

Photo and information thanks to Jean Gilmore.

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