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Cowboy Museum Dinner Celebrates Local Legacy
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At its annual Cowboy Museum Dinner, officials will be honoring the history of A.L Gilbert and also saluting Glenn Bacigalupi with this year’s Memorial Recognition.

“We are honored to tell the history of A. L. Gilbert and also what A. L. Gilbert Company has done for our community,” said Museum Manager Karen Serpa.

The memorial recognition for Bacigalupi will also be a special part of this 20th anniversary dinner and auction, said Serpa.

Founder A.L. Gilbert was born in 1871 and came to Oakdale in 1892 at the age of 21 and established the A.L. Gilbert Company, which originally dealt in lumber. He later sold the business to an uncle and went to work for the Bank of Oakdale, where he was a bookkeeper and also dealt with grain and insurance. Later ventures would see a grain warehouse and a barley mill.

Bacigalupi, who passed away in September of 2015, worked for A.L. Gilbert Company for more than 60 years and grew up across the road from the Gilbert family. He has previously been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and also worked at and managed the family business, Oakdale’s H-B Saloon.


The dinner and auction, which is a major fundraiser for the museum, is set for Saturday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the FES Hall, 140 N. Lee, in Oakdale. There is limited seating still available; for more information on tickets call 209-847-7049.