Gilbert A. Decker, saddler, Millbrook village, was born July 16, 1858, in Cane Co., Ill. His parents Peter S. and Caroline Decker reside in Millbrook Tp. At the age of 20 Gilbert A. went to the village of Millbrook to learn the trade of harness making, and was under the instructions of Charles Clements five months, when he bought the stock in trade of that gentleman and embarked in business independently. In the summer of 1879 he disposed of his interests and went to Morley to work at his trade, but illness compelled him to abandon his employment for the time being, and after his recovery he worked in different places until the spring of 1883, when he again became the proprietor by purchase of the stock owned by J.A. Tory, to who he made his sale in 1879. He is now doing a prosperous business and monopolizes his line of trade in the village of Millbrook. His stock represents a value of $1,000.
Mr. Decker was married in Ottawa Co., Mich., June 27, 1883, to Henrietta, daughter of V.J. Seymour, a native of the State of New York. Mr. Decker is a Republican.