William Melvin Gibb, the second son of George and Mary Jane (McCray) Gibb, was born on Chestnut street, Edgeworth, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, June 1, 1856. He was educated in the local public schools, and passed his boyhood in his native town. Upon the completion of his studies, he took over the management of his father's business, and continued thus occupied until he had reached the completion of his twenty-fifth year. He then bought out the ice, coal and contracting business of John Agni, a successful fellow townsman. Mr. Gibb is now the owner of an excellent business building at Edgeworth, where he carries on his establishment, which has grown, under his successful management, to its present large proportions. Mr. Gibb is a prominent man in his community, and is active in many ways besides that of business. He is a member of the Republican party, plays an important part in politics, and has served as postmaster at Leetsdale for four years. In spite of this he is not an aspirant for office preferring to accomplish what he can while remaining in a private capacity. Besides his business and political affiliations, he is a conspicuous figure in fraternal circles, being associated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the American Mechanics, the Knights of Pythias and the Heptasophs.
Mr. Gibb married (first) 1886, Evelyn Scott, of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, and by her had one child, a daughter, Nellie E. Gibb, now Mrs. John G. Pitney, of San Francisco, California. Mrs. Gibb died in 1888, and in 1897 Mr. Gibb married (second) Mrs. Mary A. (Gelder) Walker, of Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. There have been no children of this union, but Mr. and Mrs. Gibb have adopted Mr. Gibb's nephew, Robert Malcom Gibb, a son of George W. Gibb. The young man is now seventeen years of age, having been born in 1897. Mr. and Mrs. Gibb are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
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