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Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Clarence Gill

   Clarence Russell Gill, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Gill, died April 12, 1922, at Brooklyn, New York, with appendicitis.

   He was born at Rhodes, Michigan, Dec. 12, 1902, began school at Gladwin, and graduated from the normal at Port Huron in June, 1918. In July he enrolled as a student at Valpariso Wireless Institute, Indiana, and graduated in February, 1919, receiving his first commission as radio operator on the White Star Line passenger ship "City of Cleveland III" in June. Was transferred in August to the merchant marine S. S. Lake Ellenoah and made his first ocean trip to Amsterdam, Holland. His record on this and succeeding voyages was very satisfactory. He enlisted at Camp Vail, N. J., Signal Corps Training school April 27, 1920, and while serving as a radio instructor took a course in radio telephony and electricity which he completed in 6 months. He continued as radio electrician instructor, being detailed on special exhibitory work to New York City, where he received highest praise. His record was excellent at the time of his discharge July 12, 1921, and he received his license as radio operator July 18 at New York. Failing to obtain a position on account of the numerous applicants he entered the service of the Western Electric as a student, working himself up to a position of honor and trust- He gained the highest esteem and respect from all who knew him, his fellow workmen paying him a high tribute at his death. His mother hastened from Chicago to be at his bedside but he had passed away. An effort was made to locate his father but he could not be found. "To be forever with the Lord is not death, but life eternal; therefore we sorrow not as those who have no hope."—His mother.

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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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