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Gilkey, Elma Lowd
Oshkosh/Wausau/Merrill, WI
Gray watered/moire green/gray silk fabric for most of dress;bodice is trimmed with some beads forming a floral design, skirt fabric extends up in a diamond-shape to the armpit back to the shoulder blades. Waistline accented with small beads and rhinestone design, front underskirt had an over skirt that is gathered at the knee and hold in place with a piece of fabric decorated with beads, rhinestones and a beaded tassel, center back hook and eye closure, V-shaped insert with bead and rhinestone design, floor-length skirt with open back panel; silk gray crepe neckline and under and over sleeves edged with tiny gray beads and large rhinestones.

Worn by Elma Lowd Gilkey to her son's (George L.) wedding April 3,1907. several newspaper accounts in Oshkosh Northwestern: April 6, 1907

Oshkosh Northwestern Obituary, April 18, 1921:
Mrs. Elma Gilkey, wife of George F. Gilkey, pioneer lumberman, passed away at her home, 199 Church Street, last night at 8:45 o'clock, of progressive anemia, following an illness of about three months. Mrs. Gilkey's health had been failing since Christmas, but it was not until about two weeks ago that her condition became serious.
Mrs. Gilkey was the daughter of Gilman Lowd, a pioneer settler in the town of Omro, who came to the state in 1846. She was born and reared in the town of Omro and received her early education there. She was graduated from the Omro High School and for two years attended Lawrence College at Appleton, where she prepared herself for the teaching profession, which she followed after leaving college. For a number of years she taught in various schools in the town of Omro, including a small school near Waukau, the Lowd School, which had been named after her father, the Knot School and the Claireville School
She was 69 years of age, having been born July 22, 1851. October 30, 1879 she was married to George F. Gilkey and since that time has resided in this city at the present residence, 199 Church Street. Mrs. Gilkey, who was a Daughter of the American Revolution, having been the descendent of seven revolutionary was veterans, took a prominent part in the activities of that organization, both in the local and state circles. She was some years ago a regent of the local chapter and for five years served as treasurer of the state body. She was a member of the Twentieth Century Club, in the activities of which she had also taken a prominent part. For a number of years, however, she had not taken an active part in the affairs of either organization.
Mrs. R.E. Root of Wichita, Kan., a sister of Mrs. Gilkey, had been a guest at the Gilkey home during Mrs. Gikley's illness and was present when she passed away, as was her son, George L. Gilkey of Merrill. Besides those already mentioned, Mrs. Gilkey is survived by her husband, two daughters, Miss Mabel E. Gilkey and Mrs. L. E. Stevenson, both of this city, two grandchildren, George and Jack Gilkey of Merrill, and a sisters, Mrs. C.W. Root of Wichita, Kan.
The funeral will be held in private Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home, the services being conducted by the Christian Science Church, of which the deceased was a member.

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