Henry Robbins Gilson, born in Groton, Massachusetts on Sept. 27 1877, attended Massechusetts Institute ofTechnology and graduated with an engineering degree. He briefly worked as a salesman and engineer, but eventually became the Vice President of the U.S. Rubber Co. He was married to Clare Guilding Gilson (1881-1925) with whom he had six children (Elizabeth, Barbara, Neale, Henry Jr., Sarah Ellen, Fannie). Two years after the death of Clare, Henry married Hilda Kruse on January 15, 1927. Hilda was born in Deland, Fla. in June 1891 and attended nursing school at the Clifton Springs Sanitarium and Training School for Nurses. She graduated in 1916 and worked as an assistant superintendent of nurses at the Clifton Springs Sanitarium in Clifton Springs, N.Y. The Gilson’s had their first child (Jean) on July 12, 1928 and their second (James) in 1931. After the birth of James, the Gilson family moved from New Rochelle, New York to Naugatuck, Connecticut.