JOSEPH GAMBLE, station agent, Villa Ridge was born in Perry County, Ill., March 28, 1844, to William and Rebecca (Hood) Gamble. They were both born in the north of Ireland, and came to America in early life, she when about fourteen years of age, and he seventeen. He died in Perry County, Ill., August 19, 1879. She is still living, and in Tamaroa, Ill. His occupation was that of farmer. Of their family of three sons and one daughter, only Joseph and Robert now survive. Robert is living at Tamaroa. September 3, 1867, our subject began learning telegraphy in the I. C R. R. office at Tamaroa, under Mr. Holt. He remained there till October 2, 1872, when he became agent at Chester, Ill., for the St. Louis Coal Road. At Chester, he remained for two years. April 5, 1875, he took his present position at Villa Ridge. He is now station and express agent and operator at Tamaroa. October 24, 1870, he was married to Alice Price. She was born in Wilmington, Del., daughter of Edwin and Sarah A. Price. They came to Perry, Ill., when she was quite small. His occupation was that of druggist. He died at Tamaroa, April 7, 1873; she, April, 1880. Mr. and Mrs. Gamble have one son — James C., living; one son and one daughter dead. He and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. In politics, he is Republican.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 287.