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Nina E. [Irish] Gilliam

June – July 1904


From the Daily News

June 1904 -

Mrs. T. W. Gilliam [Nina E. Irish] was stricken with paralysis Tuesday, at her home at the Gallatin Ranch, and her body from the waist down received the effect of the stroke.  Dr. Fife was summoned but it was impossible to give her any relief.  The unfortunate lady is quite young, being under 30 years of age.  A messenger was sent post haste for Mr. Gilliam who is in the mountains.

Mr. Gilliam rode for two days and nights straight thru from Eagle Lake, borrowing horses on the way to be with his wife.

July 9, 1904 – No hope of recovery

July 10, 1904 – Passed a very restful night Friday and Saturday morning her condition seemed to be better than at any time since.

July 26, 1904 – Death of Mrs. Nina E. Gilliam

B. A. Bell brought word late Tuesday evening of the death of Mrs. T. W. Gilliam (Nina E. Irish] at Gallatin ranch, west of town. Mrs. Gilliam was thirty three years of age and was a native of Minnesota. She leaves behind her husband and two children.  Her husband, T. W. Gilliam, is the Junior member of the partnership of Bell & Gilliam.   The funeral service will be held at the old Colyear place, on Red Bank, now the home of Joe McClure (1999, the Chase Place), at 9 o’clock Thursday morning to be concluded upon arrival at the Cemetary.


The funeral services of the late Mrs. Nina Ethleen Irish Gilliam, wife of T. W. Gilliam, were held Thursday morning at the residence of J. A. McClure, at Red Bank. Rev. G. H. Wilkins of Tehama, delivered an impressive sermon to a host of sorrowing friends and relatives who were gathered in love and respect to the dear departed. The casket was brought to Oak Hill Cemetery where interment was made.

The pall bearers were:  Will Ide, Ellis Bell, Ed Snively, Chas. Reynolds, Perry Snively, and Thos. McCartney.

The Floral tributes were unusually numerous and beautiful, testifying to the sincere affection and deep regard in which Mrs. Gilliam was held by her many friends and neighbors.  A large concourse of carriages followed the funeral cortege to grave and may were in attendance who had known the deceased lady during her career as a school teacher.

Mrs. Nina Ethleen Irish Gilliam was born Dec. 5, 1970, at Glencoe, Minnesota.  With her parents and brother she came to California in the autumn of 1877 & located near Georgetown, El Dorado county, where she lived for ten years.

For the sixteen years Mrs. Gilliam resided continuously in Tehama county and for five years of this time she was one of the successful teachers here which gave her the opportunity of making a large circle of friends.

On Sept. 15, 1894, she was married to Thomas W. Gilliam, who with two small children, her parents, mourn her untimely death.

As a daughter she was all that parents could wish, as a wife and mother none could excel her, as a friend and neighbor she was ever true and obliging.

A perfect woman, nobly planned, to love, to honor and command.

For a number of years she has resided with her family in Red Bank where she leaves many dear friends to mourn her.  She identified herself with the Red Bank Church in faithful, willing work and untiring energy.

One week before her sickness she assisted in training the children for Children’s Day exercises (June 12th) joining with the choir for the last time.

On June 13th her physician pronounced illness congestion of the spine which resulted in partial paralysis from which she suffered untold agonies for over weeks, until God in His wisdom saw fit to relieve her by death of her sufferings.  On June 21st, her case being pronounced hopeless, her husband was summoned from Lassen county, and hastened night and day to her bedside which he reached June 23rd to answer her call of “Tom, Tom” during the weary weeks of suffering that followed.  All that love and care could do for her was done.

Death claimed her ten minutes past six just as the sun was going down Tuesday, July 26, 1904, at the age of thirty-three years, seven months and twenty one days.

Her death leaves a vacancy in a happy home.  A mother and father are left to mourn an only daughter, a brother, an only sister, and friends to miss her from her accustomed place.

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