Isaac B. Gilmore was vice-president of the People’s Bank of Bentonville, Arkansas, was a native of McLean County, Illinois, born February 23, 1835, and the son of James and Mary (Bradley) Gilmore. The father was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, in 1803, was of Irish descent and a farmer and stock trader by occupation. He resided in his native county and state until 1834, when he immigrated to McLean County, Illinois, and there died in 1865. He was a great stock trader, and many times drove cattle through New York on horseback. His wife, Mary (Bradley) Gilmore, was born in Georgia in 1808, and died in 1875. She was the mother of 10 children.
Isaac was reared on a farm and his school advantages were very limited. At the age of six years he went to school all one winter barefooted, and as there were no free schools, and his parents were poor, at the age of twenty-six he could write his name. He was a Union man during the war, and August 7, 1862, he enlisted in Company E, Ninety-fourth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and participated in the following battles: Perry Grove, Vicksburg, Marganzie Bend, Yazoo, Brownville, Ft. Morgan, Mobile Campaign, and others. Mr. Gilmore was first sergeant of his company, and was discharged at Springfield, Illinois, August 9, 1865.
Previous to the war, in 1860, he married Miss Kate Kane, a native of Bartholomew County, Indiana, born in 1842. To them were born seven children. After the war Mr. Gilmore resided in his native state and county until 1869, when he moved to Lawrence County, Missouri. On account of the failing health of his wife, Mr. Gilmore returned to his birthplace in 1874, and resided there for three years. He then moved to Caldwell, Kansas, and was engaged in the livery business, trading in stock and in farming. For five years he was vice-president of the Exchange Bank of Caldwell.
In July 1887, he became a resident of Bentonville, Arkansas, purchased a lot and organized the People’s Bank at that place and was elected vice-president. For several years Mr. Gilmore dealt in stock and real estate and met with good success. He was a Republican in politics, casting his first presidential ticket for John C. Fremont, and was a member of the G. A. R., Burnside Post No. 4, Bentonville, Arkansas, being chaplain of the post. He and his wife were members of the Christian Church, he being a member for decades, and deacon of the same most of the time.
He died in 1920 and is buried in Caldwell, Kansas.
Adapted from Goodspeed – History of Benton County 1889