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Bio. of William Gordon ~ father-in-law of Clara (Kull) Gordon
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: March 25, 2005 at 09:43:31
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William Gordon stands in the forefront among those who have in the regular
course of their business operations, as well as by their personal efforts in
other directions, been vital and important factors in the upbuilding and
development of Sioux City. For nearly half a century he has been engaged in the
real estate business here, during which he has been generally recognized as a
business man of more than ordinary ability, and has exerted a tremendous
influence on the progress of the community. Possessing probably the most exact
knowledge of real estate values of any man in the city, he has long been
considered an authority in this field, so that many outside, as well as his fellow
citizens, have come to rely on him for valuations. It has been said that he
has handled more real estate in this city and vicinity than any other dealer
and through his individual efforts a vast amount of outside capital has been
induced to invest in Sioux City real estate. As a member of the Sioux City
planning commission, he took a deep interest in the great work before that
body and directed his attention particularly to securing better railroad
terminal facilities for the city. Mr. Gordon has by no means, however, confined
his attention and efforts to the real estate business, as he has also been very
active and successful in loans and insurance fields, in both of which he is
numbered among the leaders of Sioux City, and throughout local business
circles he ranks among those whose activities and influence have been of a most
beneficent order in affairs affecting the welfare and advancement of the

Mr. Gordon has been an important factor in Sioux City's building operations.
In 1888 he erected the Iowa building at the intersection of Fifth and
Pierce streets, then the most imposing office structure in the city. In 1889 he
erected the Gordon building at the corner of Fourth and Iowa streets. He was
instrumental in the erection of the old Orpheum building here, and the New
Orpheum building, which is now being constructed on the southeast corner of
Sixth and Pierce, was undertaken by reason of his influence. The structure, when
completed, will be four stories in height, will cover a third of the block,
will be Sioux City's finest and most beautiful office building and will house
the New Orpheum theatre. Mr. Gordon controls about one hundred and fifty
acres having about eight thousand feet of frontage of the Missouri river, within
six blocks of the business center, which land he is developing into an
industrial center.

On the 4th of June, 1884, Mr. Gordon was married to Miss Stella Davis, of
Sioux City, and to them have been born three daughters and a son. Elizabeth is
the widow of the late J. K. Irvine, who was secretary and treasurer of the
Knapp & Spencer Company, a wholesale hardware and sporting goods concern of Sioux City. Mr. and Mrs. Irvine became the parents of two children, Elizabeth and John K. Irvine. Jeanne is the wife of Chester C. Pope, of Beverly,
Massachusetts, and they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Jeanne. William Davis Gordon, who was married to Miss Clara Kull, of Sioux City, and is the father of two sons, William and Robert, is serving as superintendent of the Vermont
Marble Company at West Rutland, Vermont. He is a veteran of the World war, having gone overseas as a captain in the Coast Artillery. Margaret is the wife of Ralph A. Gaynor, president of the Gaynor-Bagstad Company of Sioux City,
wholesale dealers in drugs and hospital supplies, and president of the American Medical Supply Association. Mr. and Mrs. Gaynor are the parents of two daughters, Dorothy and Nancy.

A worthy exemplar of the teaching and purposes of the Masonic fraternity,
Mr. Gordon has membership in Tyrian Lodge, No. 508, A. F. & A. M.; Sioux City
Chapter, No. 26, R. A. M.; Columbian Commandery, No. 18, K. T.' Sioux City
Consistory, No. 5, A. A. S. R.; and Abu-Bekr Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. He
likewise belongs to Sioux City Lodge, No. 112, B. P. O. E., to the Sioux City Auto
Club, the Sioux City Boat Club, the Sioux City Country Club, the Sioux City
Academy of Science and Letters and the Knife and Fork Club. Moreover, Mr.
Gordon belongs to the Sioux City Real Estate Board, the Union League Club of
Chicago, the New York Real Estate Board, the National Real Estate Board, the
Bankers Club of New York city and the Sioux City Chamber of Commerce, in the
various activities of which he has taken an important part. He is chairman of
the railway and terminals department of the City Planning Commission, president
of the Iowa Town Planning Association, president of the New Samaritan
Hospital Association and president of the manhattan Realty Company. Mr. Gordon has long taken an active and helpful part in the work of the First Presbyterian church of Sioux City, of which he has been a member for the past four
decades. He has been chairman of the board of trustees for several years and is now serving as chairman of the house committee. A man of rugged strength of character, of finest moral fiber, and one who has realized a large measure of useful accomplishment, he is universally recognized as a most valuable citizen.

census information:
June 4, 1900
Iowa, Woodbury County, Sioux City 2-WD
Jackson Street

Gordon, William, head, born May 1857, age 43, married 16 years, born Ireland, both parents born Ireland,naturalized 1882, 18 years in U.S., real estate broker

Gordon, Stella D., wife, born November 1859, age 40, married 16 years, born in Iowa, father born Pennsylvania, mother born New York, four children, four living

Gordon, Elizabeth, daughter, born June 1885, age 14, single, born in Iowa

Gordon, Jeanne, daughter, born February 1887, age 13, single, born in Iowa

Gordon, William D., son, born May 1889, age 11, single, born in Iowa

Gordon, Margaret, daughter, born December 1891, age 8, single, born in Iowa

Gordon, Alexandr, brother, born September 1872, age 27, single, born in Ireland, both parents born in Ireland, naturalized 1888, 11 years in U. S., cashier-stock work

Waldron, Bridget B., servant, born June 1872, age 27, single, born in Ireland, both parents born in Ireland, naturalized 1874, 26 years in U. S., servant

*Do I know for a FACT that this is the correct 'Gordon'

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