History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/Gilbert S. Gilbertson
GILBERT S. GILBERTSON is a native of Spring Grove, Minnesota, where he was born October 17, 1863. His education was completed at a business college in Janesville, Wisconsin, and in the spring of 1879 he removed to Worth County, Iowa. Aside from farming his first employment was bookkeeping in an implement house in Forest City. In 1889 he was elected clerk of the District Court of Winnebago County in which office he was continued by reëlections until 1896 when he resigned to become a member of the State Senate from the Forty-first District. Mr. Gilbertson became a financier early in the nineties organizing a number of banks and loan companies. He was also owner and publisher of the Winnebago Summit of Forest City. For ten years he was treasurer of the city and was seven years a member of the school board, and chairman of the Republican county committee. In 1900 he was nominated and elected State Treasurer and was reëlected in 1902.