GRANDPARENTS    (Father's Parents)

George Erron Gillett
George Erron Gillett

Born: September 8, 1885, in Purdy, Barry County,
   Missouri, son of Benson Owen and Susan
   Elizabeth (Waltrip) Gillett

Died: May 31, 1952, in Kansas City, Kansas,
   at the age of 66 - buried in Highland Park
   Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas

Sana Elmira Shedden
Sana Elmira Shedden

Born: October 6, 1886, in Onaga, Kansas,
    daughter of George William and Sarah Louise    (Rodee) Shedden

Died: August 29, 1967, in Kansas City, Kansas,
   at the age of 80 - buried next to her husband in
   Highland Park Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas

Married: February 5, 1908, in Frankfort, Kansas

Occupation: George did general labor, worked as a furnace tender and was a molder --
Sana worked as a nurse's aide

George Erron Gillett was born September 8, 1885, in Purdy, Barry County, Missouri, the son of Benson Owen and Susan Elizabeth (Waltrip) Gillett. His birth certificate did not give his name.

All sources, including his marriage license and the 1900 census, give his name as IRA E. GILLETT but the birth certificate for his first born son and his draft card classifying him D-2 that was issued to him in Des Moines, Iowa, November 6, 1918, listed him as GEORGE ERRON GILLETT. The Shedden clan (relatives of his wife) always called him "Ira" and called his son "Junior".

It is not known for sure when George left his home in southern Missouri, but it was probably when his mother died in 1902 in Tiff City, McDonald County, Missouri. He went to work on the railroad. He was about 17 years old. At the time his brother, Charles, was a railroad agent 30 miles west in Jewell, Kansas.

While working for the railroad in Gaylord, Kansas, George met Sana Elmira Shedden. Sana was born October 6, 1886, in Onaga, Pottawatomie County, Kansas, the second child of George William and Sarah Louise (Rodee) Shedden.

They were married in Frankfort, Marshall County, Kansas, Sana's home town, on February 5, 1908. They were married at the Methodist Church parsonage by Rev. James Newton. At that time George was 22 years old and Sana was 21 years old.

In their early years of marriage they moved and traveled extensively as George worked for the railroad, farmed, drove a wagon, and did general labor work. They started their married life living in Gaylord, Kansas.

They were living in Fort Dodge, Iowa, when their first son, Ira Elijah Gillett (my father), was born July 24, 1910. His birth certificated listed his father as George E. Gillett.

Adrien Laverne Gillett, their second son, was born in Stansberry, Missouri June 27, 1912.

Atholl Adair Gillett, their third and final son, was born August 9, 1914, in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Among other mid-western cities they also lived in were McCook, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; and Helper, Utah, before settling in Kansas City, Missouri, in late 1919.

The only company George worked for while living in Kansas City was the Progressive Brass Mfg. Co. He worked as a molder, general laborer and as a furnace tender - the man that was actually in charge of melting the metal.

When they first moved to Kansas City, they lived in an apartment on 16th Street between Main and Baltimore. They later moved to 1624 Central and in 1924 they moved to 1620 Central. In 1926 they were living at 1615 Central.

On January 16, 1927, George made the Sunday issue of the newspaper for being able to receive 310 stations on his special radio. One of the stations received was Trent on Stroke, England. He was also pictured in a large ad for Wheatley Philco Radio in the December 3, 1929, issue of the Kansas City Journal-Post.

They continued their short stays in rented houses in Kansas City, Missouri, as they moved to the following:

        1928 - 3013 Oak
        1933 - 3014 DeGroff Way
        1937 - 3315 Wabash
        1938 - 3620 Mersington
        1939 - near 49th and College 1940 - 43rd and Euclid

Sana Gillett never worked outside the home while living in Kansas City, Missouri, except for working at the election poles as a Republican. In the 1930 census she is listed as "Yolanda" Gillett rather than either Sana or Sarah. Her husband, George, had a niece named Yolanda and Sana liked the name. She also used it in some of her letters.

While working for the Progressive Brass Mfg. Co., George Gillett contracted a lung disease, asthma, and was required to be hospitalized a number of times in his life. Some of these times he was not expected to live. They unsuccessfully tried to sue Workmen's Compensation for industrial disease but lost due to procedural errors.

Because of ill health and after long stays in the hospital, George retired in 1941 at the age of 55. They moved to 1704 Nebraska, Kansas City, Kansas, to live with their oldest son, Ira Gillett, and his family. George lived 11 more years, passing away on May 31, 1952, at the age of 66. Burial was in the Highland Park Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas.

While living with her son, Sana Gillett worked 5 years as a nurse's aide at Providence Hospital and 15 years at Bethany Hospital. She retired in 1961 at the age of 75.

She moved with her son to 2929 Parkwood Blvd, Kansas City, Kansas, in 1953. In 1961, Sana entered Mount St. Joseph Nursing Home, where she passed away on August 29, 1967, at the age of 80. Burial was in the Highland Park Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas.

Neither George nor Sana Gillett learned to drive a car.