Harry M. GILLIG
- Born: 1859
- Marriage (1): Amy Isabella CROCKER on 10 Jul 1889 in Manhattan, New York, USA
- Died: 13 Apr 1909, Los Angeles, California, USA aged 50
Extract from California Death Index
Name: Harry M. Gillig
Date of Death: 13 April 1909
Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, USA
Est. Birth Year: 1859
Extract from New York Marriages
Groom: Harry M. Gillig
Father's Name: John Gillig
Mother's Name: Rebecca Tomb
Bride: Amy Isabel Crocker
Father's Name: Edwin Bryant Crocker
Mother's Name: Margaret E. Rhodes
Marriage Date: 10 July 1889
Marriage Place: Manhattan, New York, USA
Extract from the "San Francisco Call" dated Thursday, 15 April 1909
Harry Gillig Is Victim Of Heart Disease.
Well Known Clubman Expires Suddenly in His Apartments in Los Angeles Hotel.
For Seceral Years the Genial Bohemian Had Been in Failing Health.
Marriage With Amy Crocker, the Divorced Wife of Porter Ashe, Was Unhappy.
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
LOS ANGELES, April 14 - Harry Gillig, known from San Francisco to New York as a man of the world and prominent clubman, died suddenly las night in his apartments at the Hotel Fremont of an attack of heart disease. Gillig had been here with his mother for several days, as it was his custom to pass at least a portion of the winter season in southern California.
Beyond Medical Aid.
He had not been well for two days and had been confined to his room, although his attack was not believed to be serious, Last night he was seized with a particularly violent affection of the heart. Physicians were summoned hastily, but before they could render and assistance Gillig was dead.
Great secrecy regarding the death of Gillig was maintained by friends and the management of the hotel. Reporters were told today that the family had no desire to make any of the details of the illness or death of the patient public.
In Poor Health for Years.
According to acquaintenances of Gillig here he had not been in good health for several years, his illness being attributed by them in part to domestic troubles. He had been a member of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco for years, and was also said to be a member of the Lamb's Club in New York.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at a local undertaking establishment and the body will be cremated at Rosedale cemetery.
Sorrow at Bohemian Club.
Harry Gillig was an old time member of the Bohemian Club, a clever entertainer and a genial and kindly spirit in the social life of San Francisco for many a year. The news of his death reached the members of the Bohemian club last night just as they had gathered at dinner to honor Uncle George Bromley. Many of them had known Gillig all his life, and spoke in deep sorrow of his passing. Nearly every guest had some kind word to say or anecdote to tell of Gillig.
Gillig possessed a rich tenor voice, and had intended to go on the operatic stage, but after he married Miss Amy Crocker, the divorced wife of Porter Ashe, he traveled extensively and neglected his voice. Although his wife brought him a vast fortune, Gillig had amassed a competence of his own.
Gillig was a product of that open, free and jovial spirit that has long hovered over San Francisco. He sand; he told stories; his skill as a presti-digitateur was that of a professional. He was a member of the Lamb's club of New York, and as a member of the Larchmount yacht club he associated with the socially elect of the city of New York. His yacht was the Ramona.
The parents of Gillig lived near Sacramento and it was there that he grew up. The family owned a large estate, famous in its day. Gillig came to San Francisco and in the early eighties joined the Bohemian club. He was graduated from Harvard and went to Paris to cultivate his voice.
Upon his return he married Amy Crocker. This was in 1889. For many years he and his wife traveled and then came the divorce with which San Francisco is familiar. His wife, it will be recalled, later was married to Jackson Gouraud.
Investements in Los Angeles.
Gillig made his own fortune by investments in Los Angeles real estate. His property holdings increased rapidly in value until he had an independent fortune of his own,
It is told of Gillig that the richness of his voice attracted the attention of Adelina Patti. He was with a party that serenaded her one night while she was appearing in Los Angeles. She was in her hotel at the time and sent down to learn who it might be that sang so sweetly. When she found out, she invited Gillig and his companions to her apartments.
One of Gillig's favourite diversions was the sleight of hand art. He traveled over India in an effort to locate the Yogi, fabled for their powers as magicians. Out of his ability to do little tricks, Gillig derived no end of fun for himself and his friends.
Astonishes the Waiter.
Some of his comrades of the old days recalled last night how he amazed the cooks and waiters on the Sacramento river boats by his appetite for boiled potatoes. Gillig was journeying to San Francisco with a party of friends. Every few minutes he would call upon the cook to make sure that there would be enough boiled potatoes for dinner. So insistent had he been that a basin full was placed before him by a grinning waiter. Taking a potato at a time Gillig slipped it apparently down his throat, but where it went not even those who watched him closest could say. The waiter looked on with amazement while the great pile began to diminish. One after another the potatoes disappeared. When the basin had been emptied, Gillig turned to the waiter with a frown.
"Why is it you never can have enough boiled potatoes on this boat?" he demanded.
More potatoes were brought and the same process was repeated. Every time Gillig traveled on the Sacramento river boats after that, a sack of potatoes were placed conveniently near his stateroom.
Gillig was about 50 years of age. His spirit never lost its vivacity. Bohemia has lost one of its apostles by his death.
Extract from the "San Francisco Call" dated Friday, 16 April 1909
Body Of Harry Gillig Cremated In The South.
Simple Funeral of the Late Well Known Clubman.
[Special dispatch to The Call]
LOS ANGELES, April 15. - Services over the body of Harry Gillig, prominent in the business and social life of San Francisco for many hyears, were held today at the chapel of Peck & Chase. The services were attended only by the intimate friends and relatives of Gillig. The Bohemian Club of San Francisco was represented by Willard Barton, and several Los Angeles men who were close associates of the deceased also attended. The body was cremated at Rosedale cemetery.
Harry married Amy Isabella CROCKER, daughter of Judge Edwin Bryant CROCKER and Margaret RHODES, on 10 Jul 1889 in Manhattan, New York, USA. (Amy Isabella CROCKER was born on 5 Dec 1863 in Sacramento, California, USA, died on 7 Feb 1941 in Hotel Savoy Plaza, New York, USA and was buried in Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, California, USA.)