JAMES E. GILLAND, proprietor of one of the leading business establishments of Greensburg, was born in Franklintown, York county, Pennsylvania, August 12, 1861, a son of James and Mary Jane (McDonald) Gilland, who had seven other children, as follows : Mary Etta, Lizzie, William, Cora, Charles, George, and Anna, deceased. James Gilland (father) was born east of the Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania, and later settled in Clarion county, same state, where he purchased a farm, cultivated and improved the same and resided theron for the remainder of his life.
James E. Gilland received a practical education in the common schools of Canada, Clarion county, Pennsylvania, and at the early age of twelve years left school in order to learn the trade of painter, which he has followed throughout his active career. At the present time (1905) he is the proprietor of a store located on West Otterman street, Greensburg, which is well stocked with all kinds of paints, brushes and oils, and he also contracts for the painting of houses, both inside and out. He is genial and pleasant in manner, attends promptly to the wants and wishes of his patrons, and therefore well merits the large patronage accorded him. His political views coincide with those of the Democratic party, to which organization he has given his allegiance since attaining his majority. Mr. Gilland married, July 2, 1885, Anna Horner, born in Berlin, Germany, June 31, 1866, a daughter of Henry and Amelia Horner, and their children are : Walter M., a painter by trade, employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company ; George R., a barber by trade, employed in Pitcairn ; Charles, Lena E., Margaret, Clarence, Mary, James, and Victor.
Source Pages 65 & 66 History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N. Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906
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