WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
RICHARD TYREE GILLESPIE
(aka R. T. GILLESPIE, DICK GILLESPIE)
(banker, merchant, and mine supervisor)
BIOGRAPHYRichmond Tyree Gillespie (also known as R. T. or Dick) was born about 1834 in Tennessee.
Gillespie lived in Silver Reef from at least 1881 until he left the Utah Territory in 1889. He was appointed as Superintendent of the Barbee and Walker Mining Company.
R. T. continued his business workings in Silver Reef when the Liddle Brothers & Company was sold to the Woolley, Lund & Judd Company, continuing business under the name Gillespie, Lund & Company. They were wholesale/retail grocers and dry goods merchants. A fine new wagon of superior workmanship was made in Salt Lake City for this merchant and mining business.
To round off a busy year, R. T. served on the committee to arrange for a public school in Silver Reef.
Gillespie, Lund & Company was dissolved in October 1883, with R. T. retiring and bought out by his partners who formed the Woolley, Lund ∧ Judd Company. With this change, the new firm has “closed up the mine and mill, throwing about 40 mean out of work and giving almost a death blow to the fast-failing camp.”
R. T. then becomes a banker and superintendent of the Barbee & Walker Mining Company.
R. T. served as a school board trustee for Silver Reef from 1884-1887 and as Superintendent of the Christy Silver Mining Company. In 1885, Christy Mining Company paid a June dividend of 10 cents per share and was described as in “splendid condition.” The mining companies at Silver Reef had 450 men working as miners, mill hands, woodchoppers, hauler, etc., with 150 of them working at the Christy mine under Dick Gillespie. He continued as banker at Silver Reef until 1889 when he left the Utah Territory.
Gillespie died intestate on May 25, 1894 in Pierce, Washington, and was buried in the Tacoma Cemetery. His probate papers list his widow as Isabella Gillespie with no children). Isabella continues living in Tacoma until her death in 1901. She was also buried in the Tacoma Cemetery.
REFERENCESRichmond Tyree Gillespie
A research report by Elaine Young, PhD.
1850 Lafayette County, Missouri Census (See line 22)
1880 St. Lewis Census (See line 29)
Find-A-Grave entry for Richmond T. Gillespie
Find-A-Grave entry for Isabella H. Gillespie