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Hon. Joel Allen Barber
Source: The US Biological Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Wisconsin Volume (1877) transcribed by Vicki Bryan

Joel Allen Barber, son of Joel and Aseneth J Melvin Barber, is a native of Vermont, and was born at Georgia, Franklin County, January 17, 1809. His father was from England, and settled at Canton, Connecticut. His mother was of Welsh descent, and her father was a captain in the revolutionary army, serving to the end of the war. Receiving his pay in continental money, his first breakfast after being discharged cost him seventy-five dollars in that currency. Young Barber farmed till his eighteenth year, when he entered the Georgia Academy, and fitted for college; entered the University of Vermont in the summer of 1829; left at the end of two and a half years; read law with Hon. George P. Marsh, of Burlington; was admitted to the bar in Prince George's County, Maryland, in 1834, after teaching school there two years. He returned to Vermont and practiced at Fairfield until 1837, settling, in September of that year, at Lancaster, Wisconsin. Here he has been in the practice for forty years, at times mingling land operations with legal business, but not enough to interfere with his profession. His legal knowledge is sound and extensive; he has a high standing as a criminal lawyer, and in all respects has long been an honor to the profession.

During the forty years that Mr. Barber has been a resident of Grant County, he has held some official position two-thirds of the time. He was on the county board of supervisors several years, and its chairman five; was county clerk four years; district attorney three terms; three times a member of the lower house of the legislature; one term in the State senate, and a member of the forty-second and forty-third congresses. In the house of representatives he was on the committees on war claims and revision of the statutes. He seldom spoke, but was an indefatigable worker.

Originally Mr. Barber was a whig of "free-soil" tendencies, and naturally identified himself with the republican party, to which he has steadfastly adhered.

In 1842 Miss Helen Van Meek, of Jamestown, Grant County, became his wife, she dying in childbed the next year, the child also dying. In 1847 he married Miss Elizabeth Banfill, of Lancaster. They have had seven children, only four of whom are now living. Joel A. is in the United States navy; Marsh is a student in Beloit College; Mattie is the wife of Rev. Edward D. Eaton, of Newton, Iowa; and Carrie is unmarried and resides with her parents.

Mr. Barber has abilities fitting him for any office in the gift of the people of Wisconsin; is a man of solid character as well as intellectual qualities, and is one of those statesmen whose record is an honor to a State.

Source: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin, by Parker McCobb Reed, Milwaukee; P. M. Reed publisher (1882) transcribed by Vicki Bryan

JOEL ALLEN BARBER, Lancaster, was a native of Vermont, and was born January 17, 1809. He worked at farming until his eighteenth year, when he entered the Georgia Academy, and fitted for college; entered the University of Vermont in the summer of 1829; left at the end of two and a half years; read law with George P. Marsh, of Burlington, and was admitted to the bar of Prince George county, Maryland, in 1834. He returned to Vermont and practiced at Fairfield until 1837, settling, in September of that year, at Lancaster, Wisconsin. Here he was in practice for over forty years, at times mingling land operations with law business, but not enough to interfere with his profession. His knowledge of law was sound and extensive; he had a high standing as a criminal lawyer, and in all respects had long been an honor to the profession. During the forty odd years that Mr. Barber was a resident of Grant county he held some official position two-thirds of the time; was district attorney three terms; three times a member of the lower house of the legislature; one term in the state senate, and a member of the forty-second and forty-third congress. Originally Mr. Barber was a whig of free-soil tendencies, and naturally identified himself with the republican party, to which he steadfastly adhered. He died in the fall of 1881.

John J. Blaine

JOHN J. BLAINE (Rep.) was born May 4, 1875, on a farm in town of Wingville, Grant county, Wisconsin; attended common school and was graduated from Montfort high school, Montfort, Wisconsin; afterwards attended Northern Indiana University at Valparaiso, Indiana, and was graduated from the law department thereof on June 3, 1896. He practiced law in Montfort, Wisconsin, one year, after which he removed to Boscobel, Wisconsin, where he has since practiced law. He served as mayor of Boscobel four terms and member of county board of supervisors of Grant county four years. He was elected to the state senate in 1908 and served in the sessions for 1909 and 1911, but was not a candidate for re-election. In 1912 he was alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago, and in 1916 a delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago. In 1918 he was, elected Attorney General, receiving 166,543 votes, against 86,226 for Thomas H. Ryan, (Dem.)

Source: The Wisconsin Blue Book (1919) pages 452-453; transcribed by FoFG mz

C. Watt Brandon
Source: Men of Wyoming, By C. S. Peterson (Publ. 1915) Transcribed by Richard Ramos

C. Watt Brandon, editor and publisher; (Rep.) ; b. October 12, 1871, Georgetown, Grant county, Wisconsin; s. of Oscar and Mary Ann (Noland) Brandon; educ. Pub. Shcls. LeMara and Kingsley, Iowa; learned the printer’s trade at Kingsley, Iowa, becoming a journeyman in Sioux City, Iowa, 1887; spent a couple of years as a journeyman printer through the South and East, locating in Minneapolis, Minn., 1892; connected with daily papers of Minneapolis, 1892-1904; publisher of The National Gaurdsman at Minneapolis, 1896-1902; located at Pinedale, Wyoming, May 10, 1904; founded and published The Pinedale Roundup until Jan. 3, 1908, when he removed to Kemmerer and purchased The Kemmerer Camera, which he has conducted since; owner News, McCammon, Idaho; owns majority interest in Cokevile (Wyo.) Register; colonel on staff of Gov. S. R. Van Sant, Minnesota, 1902-4; major on staff of Gov. D. M. Clough; Minnesota, 1898; asst. chief clerk Wyoming State Senate, 1911; mayor Kemmerer, 1913-14; re-elected, 1914; mem. 32 deg. Mason, Shriner; mem. Wyoming Consistory No. 1; O. E. S.; Elks; Knights and Ladies of Security; M. W. A.; W. O. W. Address: Kemmerer, Wyoming.

Erastus J. Buck, M.D.
Source: The US Biographical Dictionary and Pictorial Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Wisconsin Volume (1877) transcribed by Vicki Bryan

Dr. Buck is a native of Heath, Franklin County Massachusetts, and was born September 5, 1828. He is a son of Erastus and Roxanna (Baldwin) Buck. He received an academic education at Nunda, Livingston County, New York; read medicine with Dr. John Turner of the same place, and attended lectures at Jefferson Medical College. Philadelphia, where he graduated in March 1854.

He commenced practice at Towlesville, Steuben County, New York; immigrated to Wisconsin in the autumn of 1856, and located at Westfield, Marquette County, where he practiced until the rebellion commenced.

Dr. Buck enlisted as a private in the summer of 1861; was immediately commissioned as first lieutenant of the Marquette sharpshooters, a company which went into the 7th Regiment of Infantry, but the Doctor did not leave the State as a soldier. In January 1862, he was appointed first assistant surgeon of the 18th Wisconsin; became surgeon the next September, and was with the regiment through the battles of Shiloh and Corinth, and the capture of Vicksburg, thence to the close of the war. Though among the younger class of surgeons, Dr. Buck occupied an honorable position among those of his profession. He was placed on the medical board of operators, a body which determined what operations should be performed, and (as the writer happens to know) performed himself several capital operations, such as the resection of the shoulder and elbow, operations requiring much skill, and in which he was uniformly successful. He was considered one of the best surgeons in the division, and it is not likely his skill was overestimated.

On returning from the South in 1865 Dr. Huck located at Platteville, where he has found his army experience of great service to him. During the last twelve years, while doing a general practice, and making a specialty of nothing, he has had many surgical cases, such as strangulated hernia, fistula and chronic ulcers, and a few of them quite difficult, treating them with marked success. He is United States examining surgeon, and has been for several years.

In politics Dr. Buck is a republican, but makes everything secondary to his profession. In 1861, just before going into the army, he yielded to the urgent request of his political friends so far as to serve them a single term in the legislature, he representing Marquette and part of Green Lake Counties, and acting on the committee on medical science and medical colleges.

Dr. Buck is a firm believer in the general doctrines of Christianity, with a leaning toward the Presbyterian creed.

Miss Sarah E. Trask, of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, became his wife September 5, 1866, and they have four children.

Dr. Buck had a hard struggle in early life. In procuring his literary education he sawed wood, took care of a school building and acted as sexton of a church, to aid in defraying his expenses, and while reading medicine took daguerrean pictures to accumulate the means for finishing his studies. His education is thorough, and he learned the value of time and the worth of money in procuring it. A failure to early learn that lesson has been the cause of many a shipwreck in life.

Thomas Pendleton Burnett
The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin History and Biography, by Parker McCobb Reed (1882); Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Tammy Clark

Thomas Pendleton Burnett was born in Pittsylvania county, Virginia, September 3, 1800. He received an academic education, and after being admitted to the bar, settled and practiced his profession in Paris, Kentucky. He was appointed sub-Indian agent at Prairie du Chien, at which place he arrived in June, 1830, and commenced the practice of law. In January, 1835, he was appointed district attorney for the counties of Crawford, Iowa, Dubuque and Des Moines, but resigned the office in the following September. In October, 1835, he was elected a member of the territorial council of Michigan Territory, which was to meet at Green Bay. In 1836 he was appointed reporter to the supreme court of the territory of Wisconsin. In 1837 he settled in Grant county, from which he was elected member of the legislative assembly for that county in 1844, was a member of the first constitutional convention, and died during the session of that body on November 7, 1846.

James Henry Cabanis

JAMES HENRY CABANIS (Rep.), of Georgetown, was born in Springfield, Illinois, December 25, 1838; received an academic education; is merchant by occupation; removed from Illinois to Wisconsin in 1845, and settled at Georgetown, where he has since resided; was town clerk in 1862, 1871, 1872 and 1878; was elected to the assembly for 1881 and re-elected for 1882, receiving 940 votes against 493 for H. Robbins, independent, and 14 for E. Wetherbee, greenbacker.

(Grant County First District The towns of Clifton, Ellenboro, Harrison, Hazel Green, Jamestown, Lima, Paris, Platteville and Smelser. Population, 13,107.)

Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1882), pgs. 546-547; transcribed by Mary Saggio

John B. Callis
Source: The US Biological Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Wisconsin Volume (1877) transcribed by Vicki Bryan

John Benton Callis, son of Henry Callis, was a farmer, and Christina Benton, was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, January 3, 1828. The Callises were Huguenots, originally from France; the Bentons were from Scotland. Henry Callis moved to Tennessee in 1834, and to Lancaster, Grant County, Wisconsin, in 1840. After receiving a very slight common-school education, young Callis commenced reading medicine with Dr. J. H. Higgins, of Lancaster, giving three years to the study, but for want of means to attend lectures, and not feeling satisfied with the profession, he abandoned it. He went to St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1849, and, with John R. Irvin, built Fort Gaines, now called Fort Ripley, at the mouth of Crow Wing River. In 1851 he went to California, across the plains; became largely interested in diggings at different places, selling goods at the same time. In 1853 he went to Central America, there spending a short time; sailed from Graytown to New York, and thence returned to Lancaster in the autumn of that year. Here he followed merchandising until the old flag was insulted in South Carolina. He raised a company for the 7th Wisconsin Infantry, and became captain of Company F. This regiment, with the 2nd and 6th Wisconsin and the 19th Indiana, composed the famous "Iron Brigade." At the battle of Gainesville, Virginia, August 28, 1862, all the field officers of the 7th were killed or wounded, and Captain Callis was placed in temporary command of the regiment. In the following March he was promoted to major, and a few months later to lieutenant-colonel, having command of the regiment after that date. At the battle of Gettysburg, July 1, 1863, while at the head of his regiment, he was slightly wounded twice about nine o'clock in the morning; continued to fight on, and was in the charge which resulted in the capture of the entire brigade of General Archer. In the afternoon of the same day he received a ball in his liver and lungs, which still remains in his lungs. He lay on the field forty-three hours, the rebel army in its advance and retreat passing over him. He being unfit to be taken away. General Early placed a guard over him, and he was finally taken to the house of a Mr. Buehler, at Gettysburg, where his wife joined him three weeks later, and within three months, by careful nursing, he was able to return to Wisconsin.

Colonel Callis bought a flouring-mill at Anaton, ten miles from Lancaster, and ran it awhile by the aid of an agent, but his heart was all the time with the boys in blue at the South, and in 1864 he joined the veteran army corps. President Lincoln appointed him military superintendent of the war department at Washington, with the rank of major in the regular army. Before he was able to ride on horseback he went out to Fort Sumner in an ambulance and fought against Generals Early and Breckenridge in their raid on Washington, the day being won by the fortunate aid sent out by the army of the Potomac.

Subsequently he was promoted to colonel, and a little later to brigadier-general, for meritorious services during the war, and particularly for gallantry at the battles of Antietam, Gainesville and Gettysburg.

General Callis assisted in carrying out the reconstruction acts in his military district, his headquarters, and at length his home, being at Huntsville, Alabama. For his assistance in that line he received great credit from the departments at Washington.

While a resident of Alabama, General Callis was elected to the fortieth congress from the fifth district. He was on the committee on enrolled bills and on one or two others, and was the father of the original Kuklux bill, which passed the house, but was killed in the senate.

At the close of the fortieth congress General Callis returned to Lancaster, where he has since resided, and carried on the real-estate and insurance business, still suffering from the ball in his lungs.

In politics, he was in early life an old-line whig; then a republican until 1872, and a reformer since that date.

He has a wife and five children, having married Miss Mattie Barnett, of Lancaster, in 1855.

General Callis has the "Annals of Congress" complete from 1799, and is quite familiar with the legislative history of the country.

Source: "A Biographical congressional directory From the 1st ( 1774) to the 62nd (1911) Congress"; By United States Congress; Publ. 1918; Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Andrea Stawski Pack

Callis, John Benton, a Representative from Alabama; born in Fayette, N. C, January 3, 1828; in 1841 moved to Tennessee and later to Wisconsin; entered the Union Army as lieutenant and was promoted to captain of the seventh Wisconsin infantry August 30, 1861; major January 5, 1863; lieutenant colonel February 11, 1865; brevet colonel and brigadier general of volunteers March 13, I860, for efficient and meritorious service; captain of forty-fifth infantry and brevet major March 7, 1867, for gallant and meritorious service in the battle of Gettysburg, Pa.; resigned February 4, 1868; after the war took up his residence in Huntsville, Ala.; elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1869); moved to Lancaster, Wis.; member of the state assembly 1874; returned to Huntsville; died in Huntsville, Ala., September 24, 1898.

William E. Carter
The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin History and Biography, by Parker McCobb Reed (1882); Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Tammy Clark

William E. Carter, Platteville, is a native of England, having been born near Brighton, Sussex county, November 17, 1833, and was self educated. Coming to this country he became a resident of Lancaster in 1850, and studied law with J. Allen Barber during the years of 1855 and 1856, when he was admitted to the bar at that place. Commencing practice at Lancaster, he subsequently continued it at Platteville, to which he removed in 1861, and where he still resides. His partners in the profession have been Stephen O. Paine, George B. Carter and T. L. Cleary. Mr. Carter is not only prominent as a lawyer, but has held offices of importance. As a regent of the State University he is serving in his second term; has been United States court commissioner since 1870, and was member of the assembly for the sessions of 1877, 1878 and 1879, in which he served on the judiciary and other important committees, and was a leading republican member of the house. When the republican national convention convened in Chicago in June, 1880, Mr. Carter served as a delegate and took an early part in bringing forward the name of James A. Garfield for President. At the state republican convention of 1877 he was nominated for attorney-general, which he declined.

Orsamus Cole
Source: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin, by Parker McCobb Reed, Milwaukee; P. M. Reed Publisher (1882) transcribed by Peggy Thompson

ORSAMUS COLE, Madison, comes of Revolutionary stock, both of his grandfathers having served in the patriot army when the colonies revolted against British rule.  He was born at Cazenovia, Madison county, New York on the 23d of August 1819. His father was Hymeneus Cole and his mother’s maiden name was Sarah Salisbury.  Orsamus completed his literary education at Union College, Schenectady, graduating with the class of 1843. Having prepared himself for the practice of the law he moved to Chicago, but after a few months in that then unpromising field he proceeded to Potosi, in Grant county, the thriving center of an extensive lead-mining district. There, in the year 1845, he established himself in the practice of law in partnership with William R. Biddlecome. Two years later he was elected a member of the second constitutional convention of Wisconsin, which body he entered as a young and comparatively unknown man, but speedily assumed a leading position in its debates and deliberations. When the convention had closed its labors the esteem and respect in which he was held was not bounded by party lines and it required no special gift to foresee the brilliant career he would achieve in the history of Wisconsin.

In 1848 Mr. Cole was made the candidate of the whig party for representative in congress from the second district, comprising the whole of the western portion of the state, and perhaps the largest district in area in the Union. The democratic candidate was A. Hyatt Smith, and the free-soilers supported George W. Crabbe. The result was the election of Mr. Cole, who became a member of the thirty-first congress coincidently with the inauguration of Zachary Taylor as President of the United States. His service in the national legislature was such as he can look back upon with eminent satisfaction. He was a whig of the whigs and had never allied himself with the distinctively anti-slavery party, which, as we have seen, had opposed his election. Many whigs under the magnetic influence of Henry Clay, the revered leader of the party, supported measures of compromise on this issue; but Mr. Cole was not a man to yield to any influence that would move him to compromise with wrong. It involves no partisanship to say at this day that his recorded vote against the fugitive slave law stands to his enduring honor.

At the close of a single term in congress Mr. Cole resumed the practice of the law at Potosi. In 1853 the whig party, already moribund, held a state convention and nominated the late Henry S. Baird for governor and Mr. Cole for attorney-general. Subsequently all the candidates excepting Mr. Baird withdrew their names to enable the disaffected elements and others to combine and nominate a new ticket which would better unite the opposition to the democratic Barstow ticket. With E. D. Holton for governor, Mr. Cole was put on the new ticket for attorney-general, although he did not attend either convention, nor did he desire the nomination. This new movement eventuated in the formation of the republican party the succeeding year. The entire ticket suffered defeat.

When the supreme court was first organized to consist of a chief justice and two associate justices, those positions were filled by the election of E. V. Whiton, A. D. Smith and Samuel Crawford. Judge Crawford drew the short term, which expired in 1855. In the spring of that year he was nominated by the democrats for re-election and Mr. Cole was made the candidate of the young republican party. The result was the election of the latter. He has been a member of that tribunal ever since, having been four times re-elected associate justice, the last time, in 1879 by 33,000 majority.

In November 1880 the position of chief justice was vacated by the death of E. G. Ryan. Judge Cole had served under E. V. Whiton, Luther S. Dixon and the deceased, and had been senior associate justice for over twenty years. There was a very general sentiment that he should be placed at the head of the court, and Governor Smith gave effect to this feeling by appointing him chief justice. At the election in April, 1881, this choice was enthusiastically ratified by the people. It should be added that so far from seeking the promotion Judge Cole was with difficulty induced to accept it.

Judge Cole’s leading characteristics are a temper of singular equability, a strong and well-balanced mind, and a conscientiousness extending to every detail of duty. Add to these exhaustive learning and an almost instinctive apprehension of the principles of law and equity and it is not clear what is wanting for the equipment of a perfect judge. A man of unaffected diffidence and the reverse of combative, he has yet, in a remarkable degree the courage of his convictions. Early in his career upon the bench there came before the supreme court a question in which his views separated him for a large wing of his own party and antagonized a heated popular sentiment, but he asserted them without hesitation or equivocation. At the election that soon followed he was opposed in consequence by an independent republican candidate in the person of James H. Knowlton, and it is probably that his election was due to democratic support, but it need not be pointed out how complete is his vindication in the present attitude of the party that he then offended.

Alfred Coppin
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Janice Louie

ALFRED COPPIN. An honorable position among the farmers of Dwight township, Richland county, is willingly accorded to this gentleman by his associates. He occupies one of the well-developed farms of the county and is greatly respected in the community where he has spent nearly twenty years.
Our subject was born in Cornwall, England, November 1, 1849, and was a son of Thomas and Mary (Spurr) Coppin, both of whom were natives of England. They came to America and made their home in Perth county, Ontario, where the father died. They were the parents of three children, two sons and one daughter, of whom our subject was the eldest.
Alfred Coppin, at the age of twelve years, came with his parents to Canada and grew to manhood in Perth county. He resided there until 1879, when he went to Richland county, North Dakota, and has been a continuous resident of that county since. He entered a homestead claim to land near Hankinson and placed good improvements on the place, disposing of the property later. He settled on the farm which he now occupies in Dwight township, in March, 1882. His home is on section 24, and he is the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of tillable land. He has placed such improvements on the place as are usually put on a model farm and his good management and careful work are evidenced by the general appearance of the entire estate.
Our subject was married, in Richland county, North Dakota, March 17, 1882, to Miss Ella J. Gudger, daughter of David Gudger, who served nearly three years in the Civil War and was killed at the battle of Gettysburg. Mrs. Coppin was born in Grant county, Wisconsin, and is a lady of retinement and good education. She was one of the first teachers in Richland county and was engaged in that profession in Wahpeton. Two children have been born to bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. Coppin, named as follows: Archie T. and Mary E. Mr. Coppin is a man of prominence in his community and has been called upon to serve in various official capacities. He has held important township offices, including school offices, and was a member of the board of supervisors. He is always found standing on the side of right and justice and his work for his community is willingly and faithfully performed.

Halsey S. Curry
Source: History Biography of North Dakota. Transcribed by Mary Saggio

FIRST SERGEANT HALSEY S. CURRY. This gentleman is a leading farmer of Cass county, wherein he was one of the pioneer settlers. He has developed a fine farm and has a comfortable home and pleasant surroundings. His residence is on section 4 of Rochester township.
Our subject was born in Tompkins county, New York, July 23, 1841, and was a son of Edwin H. and Rachel (Upkyke) Curry, who were natives of New York and Pennsylvania, respectively. His parents were farmers and removed to Kane county, Illinois, in 1842, and from there to Grant county, Wisconsin, where the mother died in 1882 and the father in 1896. The grandfather of our subject, James Curry, was a Methodist Episcopal divine and engaged in the ministry forty years, and passed away in the state of New York. Our subject had three brothers and two sisters, and his eldest brother was killed in Gainesville, Virginia, in 1862. He was a member of Company I, Seventh Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He has one brother now in Cass county, North Dakota.
Mr. Curry was reared and educated in Illinois and Wisconsin, and July 8, 1861, enlisted in Company I, Seventh Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and served four years and one month. He was with the Army of the Potomac and participated in the following battles: Second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Fitz Hugh Lee, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania Court House, Laurel Hill, North Ann River, South Ann River and Cold Harbor. He was wounded by a shot in the left hand June 30, 1864, at Petersburg, and was discharged at Detroit, Michigan, in July, 1865, with the rank of first sergeant. At the close of the war Mr. Curry located at Muskegon, Michigan, and remained there until the fall of 1880, when he went to North Dakota and located in Barnes county. He resided there until 1889 and then removed to his present home in Cass county. He raised the first crop in the portion of Barnes county in which he located, and was a prominent early settler. He now conducts the threshing business each season and has prospered in this line of work and has made some valuable improvements in implements and methods. He has a good farm with all necessary buildings which are of a substantial nature.
Our subject was married in Wisconsin, in 1864, to Miss Synthia A. Tyler, a native of Iowa. Eight children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Curry, as follows: Ulysses E., Edna E., Myrta A., Halsey S., Edwin C., William W., Lincoln C. and Lydia G., all of whom are living. Mr. Curry has served as chairman of the township board, and has held various school offices and is actively interested in public affairs. Politically he is a Republican, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He is prominent in Grand Army Republic affairs, and is senior vice-commander for North Dakota.

Theo K. Curry
Source: North Dakota Blue Book, 1913 Legislative Manual, Published under the direction of Thomas Hall, Secretary of State, 1913. Submitted by Linda R.

THEO. K. CURRY, Buffalo Springs, of the thirty-ninth legislative district, was born at Boscobul, Wis., January 4, 1876. Came to North Dakota in May, 1884 and is at present engaged in farming. Has held several minor offices. He was educated in the common schools of this state and at the Valley City State Normal. He is married and has three children. He was elected representative as a progressive republican.

Nelson Dewey

Nelson Dewey
Nelson Dewey

MR. DEWEY has been a conspicuous character in Wisconsin for more than half a century, and unless Moses M. Strong be accepted, is personally familiar with more men, events, facts, and political secrets than any man now living. About these matters, however, he was never very talkative, having been a believer in an early admonition by James Buchanan: "Say little and write nothing for the public eye."

Mr. Dewey is the son of Ebenezer and Lucy (Webster) Dewey and was born in the town of Lebanon, State of Connecticut, on December 19, 1813. The following year his parents removed to Otsego County, in the State of New York, where his youthful days were spent in the town of Butternuts, now Morris. The early education of Mr. Dewey was commenced in the district school of that place. At the age of sixteen he was sent to Hamilton Academy, then under charge of Prof. Zen's Moore, in the town of Hamilton, Chenango Co., N. Y., where he remained three years. Among his classmates was William Pitt Lynda, for many years Member of Congress from Milwaukee, and Prof. J. W. Sterling, of the University of Wisconsin, both now deceased.

After leaving the academy Mr. Dewey taught school in the town of Morris one year, after which he read law, first with his father then with the law firm of Hansen & Davis, and later with Samuel S. Bowne, of Cooperstown. Leaving Bowne's office in May, 1836, for -Wisconsin, he arrived at the lead mines on the 19th of June, and in Cassville, his present home, in Grant County, on the Mississippi River, about a week later. He was admitted to the bar on an examination held by Charles Dunn, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Wisconsin, in 1838, and practiced law with J. Allen Barber (deceased) until May, 1848.

At the first election of county officers in Grant County, in 1837, Mr. Dewey was elected Register of Deeds. He moved to Lancaster the same year, where he lived seventeen years. While residing there he held various county offices, and was elected to the Territorial Legislature three times, once being chosen Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Vice-President of the Council.

In May, 1848, Wisconsin having been admitted to the Union, Mr. Dewey was elected by the Democrats to be its first Governor, over John H. Tweedy, by a majority of over 5,000. The various departments being new, the functions strange and numerous, and many of the subordinates unused to public service of any kind, his position was one of many difficulties and required great patience and care. For the first time all State matters were divorced from Federal control; appointments must be made in spite, or at the dictation of local influence; responsibility for errors was transferred from Washington to Madison, and there was the general pressure and chaos attendant upon a new order of things on a large scale. So well, however, did he discharge the duties of his office, that he was re-nominated and re-elected, in 1849 by a larger majority than before for the full term of two years. In January, 1853, at the end of his second gubernatorial term, he retired to private life, but at the first opportunity, during the fall of that year, was called out again, being nominated for the State Senate in the 16th District, and elected over Orsamus Cole, now Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, by a majority of three votes.

In 1855 he removed to Cassville, which has been his home since, except five years, from 1858 to 1863, during which time he lived in Platteville. While living in Lancaster he was chosen chairman of the Town Board one term, and also Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors one term. He was Director of the School Board which built the first school-house in Lancaster. While at Platteville he was twice elected President of the Village Board, and was Director of the School Board that built the brick school-house at that place. He was Chairman of the Town Board of Cassville seven years, and was director of the School Board that erected the new Cassville school building. In 1873 he was appointed State's Prison Commissioner by Gov. Taylor, and for half a century has been a member or nominee of every Territorial and State Convention held in Wisconsin by the Democratic party, besides being many times a delegate to their national conventions for nominating candidates for President, and frequently on the State electoral ticket, either as district elector or elector-at-large.

Everywhere, though quiet and reserved, he was a familiar figure, with his long, double-breasted frock coat of black broadcloth, Byronic collar and intensely black beard and hair. Gov. Dewey was always a man of strong will and modest actions. It is said that the numberless honors with which his party has adorned his life, came always, without solicitation, and in all his positions of trust no one has ever thought of questioning his integrity. In his notions and habits he has been as changeless as in his political principles, and it is said that, until this sketch was prepared, the public had no knowledge of the day or place of his birth.

Note:-Gov. Dewey died at his late home in Cassville, July 21, 1889.

[Source: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Green Lake, Marquette and Waushara"; By Acme Publishing Co., Chicago; Publ. 1889; Pgs. 124-126; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]

Ensign P. Dickinson
Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1883) page 491; transcribed by Tammy Clark

ENSIGN P. DICKINSON (Rep.), of Platteville, was born in Johnston; Trumbull county, Ohio, May 26, 1819; received a common school education; is a carpenter and joiner, and is also engaged in farming; came to Wisconsin in 1844, locating near Platteville, where he continues to reside; was town treasurer for eighteen years; assessor two years; chairman of town board in 1874, ’75, ’76, ’78 and ’82; was elected member of assembly for 1883, receiving 1,116 votes, against 962 votes for George S. Whitcher, democrat.

Franklin A. Dodge
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

DODGE Franklin A, Le Sueur. Physician (R). Born Oct 11, 1862 in Beetown Wis, son of John and Catherine E (Perrin) Dodge. Married Dec 31, 1890 to Alma M Poehler. Educated in public schools Bloomington Wis; Univ N Y City Medical College 1886. Has been engaged in the practice of his profession in Le Sueur to date. Pres Farmers State Bank; member American Medical Assn; Minnesota State, Minn Valley and Nicollet and Le Sueur County Medical societies.

Nelson Dewey
Source: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin, by Parker McCobb Reed, Milwaukee; P. M. Reed Publisher (1882) transcribed by Glenda Stevens.

NELSON DEWEY, Cassville, the first Governor of Wisconsin after it became a state, is a native of Connecticut. He became an early settler of Cassville, Grant county, Wisconsin, and practiced law. On the organization of that county, in 1837, he was chosen register of deeds. He was a representative from Grant county in the second legislative assembly of Wisconsin territory, chosen in 1838; was speaker of the House during the fourth, or extra session of twelve days in August, 1840, and the latter year he was reelected. In 1842 he was elected a member of the council, and during its fourth session of thirty days’ duration was its president. On May 8, 1848, he was elected governor of Wisconsin by the democratic party, and was sworn into office June 7, following. He was installed on the first day of January, 1850, retiring on the fifth day of January 1852. He has been one of the board of directors for the state prison. Governor Dewey early gave up the practice of law to enter upon official duties, from which he has now retired.

Charles E. Estabrook

CHARLES E. ESTABROOK (Rep.), of Manitowoc was born in Platteville, Grant county, Wisconsin, October 31, 1847; received an academic and normal school education, graduating at Platteville Normal School in 1870; is a lawyer by profession; moved from Platteville to Manitowoc in 1871, and has resided there since. He enlisted in August, 1864, in Co. B., 43d Wis. Inf.; served with regiment until close of war; was city attorney of Manitowoc from April 15, 1874, to December 15, 1880; was elected member of assembly for 1881, by a vote of 1,410 against 930 votes for Adolph Piening, democrat; was re-elected for 1882, receiving 851 votes against 732 for George Paukratz, democrat.

(Manitowoc County Third District The towns of Centerville, Newton, Manitowoc Rapids, Manitowoc and the city of Manitowoc. Population 13,153.)

Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1882), page 551; transcribed by Mary Saggio

Frank J. Formanack
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Maggie Saggio

FRANK J. FORMANACK, a prosperous and enterprising agriculturist of Dwight township, Richland county, has been a resident of Dakota since his boyhood, and is well known as a gentleman of true worth in his community. He makes his home on section 32, and is surrounded by all the adjuncts of a model country home.

Mr. Formanack was born in Bohemia, December 15, 1852, and is a son of Albert and Anna Formanack, who were early settlers of Richland county, North Dakota. Our subject came to America with his parents when but six years of age, and the family settled in Iowa county, Wisconsin, where he passed his boyhood days, and at the age of thirteen years went to Dakota, and has since been a resident of Richland county, and has followed the pursuit of agriculture, with the exception of two years spent in the employ of the government in surveying. He entered claim to one hundred and sixty acres of land, and also pre-empted eighty acres on section 32, in Dwight township, of which property he is still the fortunate possessor. He has improved his land and erected substantial and commodious farm buildings, and made it a fit habitation.

Our subject was married in Grant county, Wisconsin, to Anna Lawrence, a sister of M. Lawrence, of Dwight township, whose history will be found elsewhere in this volume. Mrs. Formanack was born in Bohemia. They have one adopted daughter upon whom they have bestowed the name of Anna. Mr. Formanack has held numerous school offices, and served as township supervisor, and is a zealous worker for the upbuilding of his community. He is one of the rising young men of Richland county, and is held in the highest esteem by his associates.

Alma Getzlaff & Marie Tevelin Attend Funeral
Source: The Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wis.) Monday, 18 May 1936; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Mrs. Marie Tevelin and Mrs. Alma Getzlaff returned to their homes in Platteville following a week-end stay with relatives in this city. They came here on Friday to attend the funeral of their uncle, Karl Kolberg, for whom services were held Friday afternoon. Mrs. Tevelin and Mrs. Getzlaff are the former Misses Marie and Alma Wangerin of this city.

George Goodrich
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander

Goodrich George H, Anoka. Druggist. Born July 8, 1860 in Platteville Wis, son of Nehemiah and Delia (Culver) Goodrich. Married Aug 22, 1888 to Mary A Funk. Educated in public schools and Wis State Normal School. Began drug business in Winterset Ia 1881; in Minneapolis 1884-86; moved to Anoka 1886 and had been engaged in drug business to date; in firm of Goodrich & Jennings. Dir Minn Pharmaceutical Mnfg Co. Mayor of Anoka 1892-94; member State Board of Pharmacy 9 years; pres for 4 years. Member Masonic fraternity.

Charles H. Gudger
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Maggie Saggio

CHARLES H. GUDGER occupies a prominent place as a well-to-do and prominent member of the farming community of Dwight township, in Richland county. He makes his home on section 20, and has a fine farm, upon which he has placed such improvements as entitle it to rank among the finest pieces of property devoted to agricultural pursuits to be found throughout the community, and has been instrumental in developing and promoting the growth of this section of the county.

Our subject was born in Wisconsin, September 15, 1853, the third in a family of seven children born to David and Mary (Deits) Gudger. His father was a soldier in the Second Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers, and after serving about three years, was killed at the battle of Gettysburg, and the mother of our subject survives.

Charles H. Gudger was reared in Grant county, Wisconsin, and received a common school education. He worked out at farm labor in Grant county, until 1872, when he went to Dakota, and in the fall of that year filed claim to one hundred and sixty acres in Center township, Richland county. He partially improved his farm, and then sold his right and for five seasons was employed on a flat boat, running from Breckenridge, Minnesota, to Winnipeg, Manitoba. He then engaged in railroad work, first as brakeman, later, baggageman for three years, and finally spent two years as conductor on what is now the Great Northern Railroad. In 1882 he again settled in Richland county, and has since been engaged in farming in Dwight township. He owns one hundred and sixty acres of land, which is well improved, and he has gained a competence to tide him over a rainy day if need be.

Mr. Gudger was married in Center township, Richland county, June 12, 1890, to Miss Anna Burton, who was born in England, and was a daughter of Charles Burton. One child was born to Mr. and Mrs. Gudger, Charles F., who died when about one year of age.

John L. Grindell

JOHN L. GRINDELL (Rep.) was born at Marion, Iowa, in 1882. He received his education in the public schools and the University of Wisconsin, graduating with the class of 1905. He taught school for 10 years, being principal of the schools in De Soto, Shell Lake and Cumberland. Since 1908 he has been engaged in the retail marble and granite business in Platteville, first as a partner in the firm of John H. Grindell & Son but now as sole proprietor. He was elected to the assembly in 1918 by 1,810 votes, receiving 1,919 votes to 109 for J. N. McLeod (Ind.).

Source: The Wisconsin Blue Book (1919) page 483; transcribed by FoFG mz

George Cochrane Hazelton
Source: Blue Book of Wisconsin (1880) transcribed by Grace Greenwald

GEORGE C. HAZELTON, of Boscobel, was born in Chester, Rockingham county, New Hampshire, January 8, 1833; graduated at Union College, Schenectady, New York, in 1858; studied law; was admitted to the bar in the State of New York, and settled in Boscobel, Wisconsin in 1863, where he has since practiced his profession; was elected district attorney of Grant county in 1864, and re-elected in 1866; in 1867 was elected state senator, and chosen pro tem. of the senate, and was re-elected to the senate in 1869. He was elected to the forty-fifth congress, as a Republican, receiving 15,582 votes against 13,034 votes for P. A. Orton, Democrat. Re-elected to the forty-sixth congress, receiving 11,695 votes against 11,603 for Owen King, Greenbacker.

Source: Blue Book of the State of Wisconsin for (1882) page 522; transcribed by Tammy Clark

GEORGE C. HAZELTON, of Boscobel, was born in Chester, Rockingham county, New Hampshire, January 3, 1833; graduated at Union College, Schenectady, New York, in 1858; studied law; was admitted to the bar in the state of New York, and settled in Boscobel, Wisconsin, in 1863, where he has since practiced his profession; was elected district attorney of Grant county in 1864, and re-elected in 1866; in 1867 was elected state senator, and chosen president protem, of the senate, and was re-elected to the senate in 1869. He was elected to the forty-fifth congress as a republican. Re-elected to the forty-sixth congress, receiving 11,695 votes against 11,603 for Owen King, greenbacker. He was re-elected to the forty-seventh congress, receiving 16,286 votes against 12,941 votes for M.M. Cothren, democrat.

Source: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin, by Parker McCobb Reed, Milwaukee; P. M. Reed publisher (1882) transcribed by Vicki Bryan

GEORGE COCHRANE HAZELTON, Boscobel, the subject of this brief biography, prominent among the leading self-made men of Wisconsin, is a native of Chester, Rockingham county, New Hampshire, where he was born January 3, 1833, the son of William and Mercy J. Cochrane Hazelton. His father traced his ancestry back through many generations of sturdy Englishmen, and in his own life exemplified many of those traits of sterling manhood which have characterized the active career of his son. After many years of mercantile life he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, settling on the homestead which had been in the family name for three generations, and there reared a family of six children, of whom George was the fifth. He was a man of firm convictions, and took a decided stand against every form of oppression, and sternly maintained what he regarded as the right. In politics, he was formerly a Henry Clay whig; but upon the formation of the republican party warmly espoused the principles of that cause and cherished them until his death. The mother of our subject is descended from an old and noted scotch family, and is a woman of rare intelligence and womanly virtues, and to her influence and training is to be attributed much of that nobleness of character which pervaded her new England home, and which showed itself in the lives of her children. Always taking an active interest in current topics, she entered heartily into the discussion of political and other questions, around her own fireside; and even now, at the advanced age of more than four-score years, she is in the full possession of all her faculties, and keeps herself well-informed on the public issues of the day.

Under the influence of such a home and such training, George passed the first sixteen years of his life, spending his summers in hard work on his father’s farm, and during the winters attending the district school. Here his character was formed; and here was instilled into him that independence of thought, that strong belief in the equal rights of all men, and that fearlessness of expression which have characterized all his doings. He learned by experience the lessons of hard necessity, and being thrown upon his own resources for means to gain that education after which his ambition reached, he cultivated, early in life, a sprit of self-reliance which revealed to him the strength of his own powers and enabled him to stand on his own independence.

At the age of sixteen years, with the purpose of preparing for college, he entered an academy at Derry, New Hampshire, and afterward continued his academical studies at Dummer academy, in Oldtown, near Newburyport, Massachusetts, under the instruction of Professor Henshaw, who was afterward a noted teacher in Rutgers College, New Jersey. During the years of his preparatory study he devoted a portion of his time to teaching in the country districts, being thus enabled to defray his expenses and secure means sufficient to enable him to enter upon his collegiate course. He was a thorough and close student, and such had been his diligence and application, that he was prepared to enter the sophomore class of Union College, at Schenectady, New York. During his college training he was under the instruction of the venerable and celebrated president Nott. In college he maintained a high standing of scholarship, paying his expenses by his own work, and in 1858 graduated with honor, and during the same year was admitted to the bar at Malone, New York.

During the following five years, until the fall of 1863, with the exception of a few months spent in the treasury department at Washington, D.C., he was actively engaged in the practice of his profession at Amsterdam and Schenectady, New York, and there laid the foundations of his succeeding professional career. Prior to this time, his elder brothers, William and Gerry W. Hazelton, the latter of whom is at present United States district attorney at Milwaukee, had settled in Wisconsin. This fact, together with his desire for a wider field for the employment of his talents, decided him to remove to the west. He was now thirty years of age; and having decided where his future home was to be, although possessed of but small means, with a firm faith in his own merit and ability, he wedded Miss Ellen Van Antwert, of Schenectady, a lady of fine accomplishments and attainments, and with her settled at Boscobel in Grant county, Wisconsin, where he still resides. Life with all its opportunities was now before him, and with a mind richly stored by his years of study, he was prepared to enter with vigor into his work, and make for himself a position and name. In early life he had taken an active part in debating societies and the college lyceum, and having a native talent for oratorical display, he became known for his power in that direction. These gifts were now brought into full play, and gained for him a marked success as an advocate, and soon secured to him an extensive and lucrative law practice.

In November, 1864, one year after settling in his new home, he as elected district attorney for Grant county, and two years later reelected for a second term. In 1867 he received an election to the state senate, and was chosen president pro tempore of that body, and in 1869 was reelected to the same office. His ambition, however, was to gain a reputation as an able lawyer, and with a view to establishing himself more firmly in his profession, he devoted the next five years to close and diligent practice in the state and United States courts. His success was most marked.

During all his life he had been a close observer of men and events, and kept himself well informed on all questions of both local and national interest. And being by nature a leader, with his varied attainments and rich experience, it was but natural, when his fellow-citizens were seeking a man to represent them in the national legislature, that they should look to him. He was first elected to that body in November, 1867. At this time the majority of congress was democratic, and Mr. Hazelton, being a staunch republican, found few opportunities, to test either his ability to work, his knowledge of politics, or his skill in debate. Notwithstanding these adverse circumstances at the opening of his public life, he stood firm with the minority, and whenever opportunity offered, by his readiness and ability, and force in stating a point, soon began to command the attention of the house. In 1878, when he received a re-nomination, the leading question in his district, the third Wisconsin, was finance.

Was the nation to have an honest dollar and keep faith with its creditors, or was it to enter upon another era of paper inflation? Upon this question Mr. Hazelton had clear convictions and took a decided stand for a speedy return to specie payment as the only sure road to future national prosperity. With a majority of his district against him, he took his stand upon the republican financial platform; and although democrats and greenbackers combined to defeat him, he overcame the majority by his persuasive arguments, and was elected to the forty-sixth congress. During this congress, in February, 1878, he delivered a masterly speech on the Powers of Government, and in it showed a thorough knowledge of the political phases of the question, and exhibited a boldness of thought that showed that he had been a careful student of political history. His greatest effort, however, and that which ranked him among the best orators of the house, was on the subject of national banks. It was speech in favor of honest money and national good faith, and was widely published at the time and commented upon by the daily press. During the fall of 1879, at the time of the congressional canvas in California he went thither in response to an earnest invitation and assisted in the campaign, and to the efforts of no man outside the state, more than his, was due the republican victory that followed. In 1880 he delivered a famous address at Arlington cemetery on Decoration day, and there took a bold stand that endeared him to the assembled veterans, and proved to them that they would find in him a warm friend, who would leave undone nothing that could be done to secure justice to those who had risked their lives for the union. During this same year he was re-nominated for a third term to congress and elected by a majority ranking among the highest ever given any man in that district since the close of the rebellion. In social life Mr. Hazelton is a most genial companion, and by his many estimable qualities has attracted to himself a host of warm friends. Of four children who have been born to him, two are now living.

Frank and outspoken, and firm in his own convictions of the right, he is ready always to maintain what he believes; and at the same time no man is readier to acknowledge a fault or make amends for a wrong. Mr. Hazelton is a fair example of perseverance, industry and self-reliance, and now, in the very prime of his powers, well illustrates what may be accomplished by hard work and a faithful adherence to an honest purpose.

Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1883) Transcribed by Rhonda Hill

GEORGE C. HAZELTON, of Boscobel, was born in Chester, Rockingham county, New Hampshire, January 3, 183x; graduated at Union College, Schenectady, New York, in 1858; studied law; was admitted to the bar in the state of New York, and settled in Boscobel, Wisconsin, in 1863, where he has since practiced his profession; was elected district attorney of Grant county in 1864, and re-elected in 1866; in 1867 was elected state senator, and chosen president pro tem. of the senate, and was re-elected to the senate in 1869. He was elected to the forty-fifth congress as a republican. Re-elected to the forty-sixth congress, receiving 11,695 votes against 11,603 for Owen King, greenbacker. He was re-elected to the forty-seventh congress, receiving 16,286 votes against 12,941 votes for M. M. Cothren, democrat.

Isaac Hodges
Source: The US Biological Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Wisconsin Volume (1877) transcribed by Vicki Bryan

The Hodges were early settlers in Vermont, the grandfather of Isaac Hodges moving thence to Missouri while it was owned by a foreign power. Isaac is the son of Samuel and Keziah Patterson Hodges, and was born in St. Louis County, Missouri, May 14, 1810. He lost his mother when he was quite young. He aided his father on a farm in early youth, receiving such mental discipline as could be had in a country school from teachers illy qualified for their task. He acquired much more knowledge by the fireside, acting as his own teacher, than in the schoolroom. In the spring of 1826 his father moved to Green County, Illinois, and died that year. Left alone in the world, Isaac started northward on the Mississippi river, paying his way by work on a keelboat, and reaching Galena on the 1st of April, 1827, a lad of seventeen, without friends or a dollar in his pocket. He was, however, self-reliant, with a strong will and a strong body, and ready for any kind of decent work. The first month he lived with others in an Indian hut on Smallpox creek, hauling logs used for house building. The following summer he cut cordwood for Dr. Meeker, of Galena, at the mouth of Fever, now called Galena, River. The next year he worked for the same person at smelting.

After he had been living in Galena about two years young Hodges commenced driving cattle from southern Illinois to Wisconsin, with headquarters at Elk Grove, Lafayette County. Two years later he removed to Platteville, and for a while was engaged in the smelting business, without any risk of becoming giddy from prosperity. In 1841 he embarked in the mercantile trade, and followed it until 1861, with fair success. During the rebellion he gave his time almost entirely to securing from the State the pay due war widows.

In 1866 he started a bank with Mr. Lambert McCarn, the firm being Hodges and McCarn. In 1873 Mr. McCarn died, since which time the firm name has been I. Hodges and Co. It is a prosperous institution.

At times Mr. Hodges has dealt more or less in real estate, and now has four or five hundred acres in Grant and Iowa Counties. He is public-spirited, lends a hand in such enterprises as will develop the country, and has been for several years a director of the Dubuque, Platteville and Milwaukee railroad.

He is a strong, out-spoken and unwavering republican, but has no predilections for office holding. He was chairman of the town board of Platteville four or five years, which is all of civil office that he has ever accepted.

He is a Freemason and an Odd Fellow, and is an attendant on Congregational worship, and a man of excellent character.

Mr. Hodges was first married in 1835, to Miss Mary Ann Cory, a native of Vermont. She had one child that lived but a short time, she herself dying in 1836. He was united to his present wife. Miss Lucetta Crist, of Ohio, in 1839. She has had four children, only one of them, the wife of O. F. Griswold, of Platteville, now living.

Mr. Hodges knew in early life what it was to stem the tide of poverty and live on the poorest of fare. In Missouri, a motherless boy, he went bare-footed and bareheaded half the year, and wore buckskin clothes the whole year round. When he reached Galena, a green lad just laying the foundation of a physical and moral constitution, he ate sour bread and rusty pork, and slept in a wigwam with older persons, most of them of a rough class, for his nightly as well as daily associates. The writer once heard Mr. Hodges remark that it was a miracle that he did not become early and thoroughly contaminated, and reduce his life to a cypher. He sees the strong hand of God in leading and preserving the orphan boy amid the temptations of his early years in a frontier settlement. Mr. Hodges has a competency, a pleasant home in one of the loveliest villages in the State, and is surrounded by thoughtful neighbors, who can appreciate the worth of such men in building up a town. He has a pleasant disposition, a jovial turn of mind, and is a rich entertainer in the social circle. A disciple of Democritus, he believes in lessening the shadows in the pathway of life as much as possible.

Hon. John C. Holloway
Source: The US Biological Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Wisconsin Volume (1877) transcribed by Vicki Bryan

John Chandler Holloway, a son of John and Lucy Burt Holloway, is a native of Livingston County, New York, he being born in the town of York, July 7, 1826. The Holloways were early settlers in Deerfield, Massachusetts, and the grandfather of John C. was a blacksmith, connected with a cavalry company during the seven years fight for freedom from British rule and taxation. The family immigrated to western New York at the close of the second war with the mother country, there engaging in farming, this being the constant employment of young Holloway until of age, with the exception of a few terms of academical instruction at Geneseo and Lima. At twenty-one he came as far west as Flint, Michigan, where he was engaged in building fanning-mills for two seasons, and removed thence, after a short sojourn at his home in western New York, to Marion, Ohio, where he farmed and dealt in stock for four years.

In the autumn of 1855 Mr. Holloway settled in Lancaster, Wisconsin, purchasing a farm adjoining the village and working it until 1870, engaging meantime in other pursuits. Before the rebellion he was a heavy and prosperous stock-dealer; from 1860 to 1872 was in the mercantile trade, having excellent success, and running a bank during part of this period with George W. Ryland. He has, also, operated a woolen mill from 1872 until the present year (1877). He owns a farm of sixteen hundred acres in Buchanan County, Iowa, of which he has the oversight. He is full of enterprise, and although he has had many different irons in the fire at the same time, he has managed them with care and success.

Mr. Holloway was a member of the lower house of the State legislature in 1871, and of the senate four consecutive years, commencing in 1872. While in the latter body he was chairman of the committee on printing the first year, of the committee on finance the second, president pro tern, the third, and chairman of the committee on claims the fourth, holding a high position among his co-workers in that honorable body.

Mr. Holloway was a whig until the demise of that party, since which time he has acted heartily with the republicans, and is one of their leading men in Grant County.

March 3, 1853, Miss Mary E. Baldwin, daughter of Rev. Johnson Baldwin, of York, New York, became his wife, the fruit of their union being six children, only two of whom are now living. Theodore, a promising son, was drowned, June 7, 1876, at Beloit, while a student in the college; John, the elder of the two living children, has been about half through Beloit College, and should his health, which is delicate, permit, he intends to graduate. Addie is at home; she has spent two or three years at the State University, Madison.

Mr. Holloway has a delightful home in the northern part of the village of Platteville, his elegant house standing in a three-acre lot, embellished by nature and art, and he is living a partially retired and very comfortable life, the health and education of his two children seemingly being his chief concern. His wife, an accomplished woman, is in full sympathy with him in all his tastes and family interests.

George Paul Homnes
Source: North Dakota History and People: Outlines of American History, Volume 2 (Google eBook); By: Clement Augustus Lounsberry; The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1917; Transcribed and Contributed to Genealogy Trails by Jenn Zimmermann

George Paul Homnes, states attorney of Divide county, residing at Crosby, was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin, October 9, 1873, a son of Gunerius and Grethe (Vibe) Homnes, who were natives of Norway. When a young man the father went to sea and for twenty years was a sailor. He was therefore in middle age when he came to America, after which he established his home in Milwaukee and sailed on Lake Michigan. In 1881 he removed to Monfort township, Grant county, Wisconsin, settling near what was the town of Castle Rock, there purchasing one hundred and sixty acres of land, which he developed and improved from 1881 until 1912, when he retired from active life and soon after passed away. In young womanhood Grethe Vibe had come to the United States and they were married in Milwaukee in 1870. She is still living on the old homestead farm in Grant county, Wisconsin.

George P. Homnes began his education in the city schools of Milwaukee but when seven years of age went with his parents to the farm, after which he attended district school and also pursued a business course in Valder's Business College at Decorah, Iowa. Later he returned to the old homestead in Wisconsin and afterward spent six months as a pupil in a private academy at Mount Horeb, that state. Still later he became a student in St, Olaf College at Northfield, Minnesota, spending two years in the preparatory department and four years in the college, winning the degree of Bachelor of Arts upon his graduation with the class of 1903. In that year he removed to Williams county, North Dakota, and filed on a homestead in what is now Divide county. Later in the same year he matriculated in the law department of the University of Minnesota and was graduated therefrom with the class of 1906. During vacation periods he lived upon his homestead and following his graduation, at which time he won the Bachelor of Laws degree, he returned to the homestead, securing the title thereto in the fall of 1907. At the latter date he took an examination at Fargo, North Dakota, and was admitted to the bar on the 7th of December of that year, at which time he located for practice in Crosby, where he has since remained. He is an able lawyer having displayed marked ability in coping with intricate legal problems. He is always very careful and thorough in the preparation of his cases and is devoted to the interests of his clients.

On the 17th of June, 1909, at Northfield, Minnesota, Mr. Homnes wedded Miss Frida Magdalene Bue, who was born at Ostrander, Fillmore county, Minnesota, a daughter of the Rev. Ole A. and Caroline (Hjort) Bue, who were natives of Norway and were there married. Rev. Bue was educated for the ministry in his native country and on coming to America first settled in Fillmore county, Minnesota. He afterward was in charge of the church at Ostrander, Minnesota, for more than thirty years, but at length retired from the ministry and is now living upon a farm near Northfield, and upon that farm his wife passed away October 5, 1912. Mrs. Homnes attended the public schools of Ostrander, was graduated from the high school at Spring Valley, Minnesota, and from St. Olaf College at Northfield, where she won the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1902. She was afterward a teacher of the German, Latin and Norwegian languages in that school for five years. In 1907 she returned home and there remained until her marriage.

The young couple began their domestic life at Crosby, where Mr. Homnes had erected a substantial and pleasant residence. He has sold his old homestead but owns considerable farm land in Divide county, from which he derives a good rental. He is serving as a member of the park board of Crosby and he is interested in everything that pertains to the welfare and upbuilding of the town, taking an active and helpful part in promoting its civic improvement. He was largely instrumental in setting off Divide from Williams county and he became one of the organizers of the Divide County Publishing Company, which publishes the Divide County Journal. He is president of the corporation and he conducts the editorial department, for which the paper is noted. In 1916 he became one of the organizers of the Divide County Fair Association, of which he is the secretary, and he was instrumental in starting the movement to organize the Commercial Club of Crosby, of which he was the president for the first year. Before the division of the counties he was elected to represent the forty-first district, comprising Williams and McKenzie counties, in the state legislature in 1908 and was reelected in 1910, capably serving for two terms, during which he gave earnest consideration to the settlement of many important questions and used his legislative powers for the benefit and upbuilding of the commonwealth. He did much important committee work, being a member of the judiciary committee for both terms and its chairman during the second term, while on other committees he was also active and prominent. He was an earnest supporter of the corrupt practice act and was identified with much other progressive legislation which has had to do with bringing about cleaner and better conditions in the body politic, In 1912 he was elected states attorney for Divide county and was reelected in 1914. He is the present incumbent in the office. His religious faith is that of the Norwegian Lutheran church and its teachings have guided him in all of the relations of life, making him a man whom to know is to respect and honor. There are many opportunities for the citizens of a new district to build along progressive lines, and recognizing this fact, Mr. Homnes has ever labored for the welfare of the city and county in which he makes his home.

Richard Keating
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Kim Mohler

RICHARD KEATING. Among the more prominent farmers of Centre township, Richland county, North Dakota, is the subject of this biography, whose farm is on section 12. He is a self-made man, who by perseverance and industry has succeeded in acquiring a comfortable home and competence. He has also won the respect and esteem of all with whom he has come in contact either in business or social life.

Mr. Keating was born in Queens county, Ireland, November 11, 1830, and emigrated to America in 1849. After a few years residence in Vermont, he removed to Grant county, Wisconsin, where he made his home until coming to Dakota territory in 1873. Locating in Richland county, he took up one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 12, Centre township, where he has since lived and has enlarged and improved his farm until he now has two hundred and forty acres under excellent cultivation and supplied with good buildings.

During his residence in Vermont Mr. Keating married Miss Margaret Cauglain, a native of Kings county, Ireland, who died in Grant county, Wisconsin, April 25, 1872. The children born of this union, were: Mary, now the wife of James F. Shea; Thomas; Celia, wife of William Masterson; Bridget, wife of Donald Wright; Anna, who married John O. Shea and died in Centre township, July 2, 1892; Margaret, wife of James Hickey; Eleanor, who died in childhood; John and Catherine, who married Robert Wright and died in Wahpeton, in November, 1896. The family hold membership in St. John s Catholic church of Wahpeton and are highly respected by all who know them.

William M. Keating
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Kim Mohler

WILLIAM M. KEATING. The subject of this notice is certainly entitled to be considered not only one of the enterprising farmers of Richland county, but one of its most respected and honored citizens, and a man of more than ordinary ability. His residence is situated on section 29, Centre township, where he has made his home since 1880. To his original purchase of one hundred and sixty acres he has added until he now has six hundred and forty acres of rich and arable land, which he has placed under a high state of cultivation. Upon the place he erected a good set of farm buildings in 1897, and has made many other improvements which fall to the value and attractive appearance of the farm.

Mr. Keating was born in Queens county, Ireland, December 22, 1846, a son of William and Mary (Brennan) Keating, both of whom died in Centre township, Richland county, North Dakota, the former October 16, 1886, at the age of eighty-seven years, the latter May 7, 1886, at the age of seventy-three. When only a year old our subject was brought by his parents to America and for some years the family made their home in Vermont. From there they removed to Grant county, Wisconsin, where William M. Keating grew to manhood and was married May 17, 1876, to Miss Nora Flynn, who was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, October 27, 1855, and was reared in Grant county, and there taught school for a number of years, and in Richland county, North Dakota, for two years. Her parents William D. and Catherine (Sullivan) Flynn, spent their last days in Grant county, the former dying September 30, 1880, aged seventy-six years, the latter August 1, 1898, aged seventy-six years. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Keating, but William, the eldest, died in Centre township, Richland county, North Dakota, June 24, 1895, at the age of eighteen years and three months. Those living are Peter Leo, Dennis J., John F. and Nora C.

In the spring of 1880 Mr. Keating, with his family, left his old home in Grant county, Wisconsin, and came to Richland county, North Dakota, locating on the farm where he still makes his home. His time and attention have since been devoted to its improvement and cultivation with most gratifying results. He was one of the defenders of the Union during the Civil war, having enlisted in October, 1864, in Company I, Twentieth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He was in the service one year and at the battle of Spanish Fort was slightly wounded in the left side. He is now an honored member of Sumner Post, No. 7, G.A.R., and he and his family belong to St. John s Catholic church of Wahpeton.

Edward I. Kidd

EDWARD I. KIDD (Rep.), of Millville, was born in Millville May 10, 1845, and has resided there ever since; received a common school and partial academic education; is engaged in milling; he enlisted August 9, 1862, at the age of seventeen, in Company C, Twenty-fifth regiment, Wisconsin infantry, and was in all the battles and marches of the regiment, including the march to the Northwestern frontier against the Indians, the Vicksburg campaign, the Meridean expedition, the Atlanta campaign, "the march to the sea," and through the Carolinas to Washington. Mr. Kidd has held various local offices, including chairmanship of the town board, and has been a member of the county board since 1871, with the exception of one year; was elected assemblyman for 1881, and re-elected for 1882, receiving 892 votes against 17 for C. K. Dean, democrat, 60 for Ira Brunson, greenbacker, and 268 for I. G. Dewitt, prohibitionist.

(Grant County Third District The towns of Blue River, Boscobel, Fennimore, Hickory Grove, Marion, Millville, Mount Hope, Muscoda, Patch Grove, Watterstown, Wingville, Woodman and Wyalusing. Population, 11,836.)

Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1882), page 547; transcribed by Mary Saggio

Edward I Kidd
Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1883) page 492; transcribed by Tammy Clark

EDWARD I. KIDD (Rep.), of Millville, was born in Millville, May 10, 1845, and has resided there ever since; received a common school and partial academic education; is engaged in milling; he enlisted August 9, 1862, at the age of seventeen, in Company C, Twenty-fifth regiment, Wisconsin infantry, and was in all the battles and marches of the regiment, including the march to the Northwestern frontier against the Indians, the Vicksburg campaign, the Meridean expedition, the Atlanta campaign, “the march to the sea,” and through the Carolinas to Washington; he has held various local offices, including chairmanship of the town board, and has been a member of the county board since 1871, with the exception of one year; was elected assemblyman for 1881 ant 1882, and was re-elected for 1883, receiving 1,212 votes against 782 for Henry Gore, democrat.

Edward C. Kiley
Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal (1897) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

From his early youth Mr. Kiley has been connected with the newspaper business. He has had to rely upon his own efforts from his thirteenth year, and is now the editor and proprietor of the Herald-Review at Grand Rapids, one of the best newspaper plants in Northern Minnesota. He is also judge of probate of Itasca County. He is of Irish parentage, and was born February 28, 1865, at Poughkeepsie, New York, the son of James and Agnes (McNulty) Kiley. When he was but two years of age his parents came West and settled on a farm in Grant County, Wisconsin. The father's death occurred in February, 1878; the mother's a year and a half earlier. The farm property was left encumbered, and after settlement had been made there was nothing left for the support of seven orphans--six daughters and the subject of this sketch. Edward worked for a few months after the death of his father, on the farm of an uncle, and the first money he ever earned was in the employ of Redman Gordan, a farmer, at six dollars a month and board. He then went to Lancaster, Wisconsin, and attended the winter term of school. After having earned a living as best he could until May, 1880 young Kiley went into the office of the Odebolt Observer, at Odebolt, Iowa, and commenced to learn the printing trade. That he was especially adapted to newspaper work is attested by the fact that two years later, when but seventeen years old, he was offered and accepted the position of editor and manager of the McCook County News, at Salem, South Dakota, a Democratic paper having considerable influence. From Salem, Mr. Kiley removed to Northwood, North Dakota, where he purchased the Headlight. He was appointed postmaster of Northwood by President Cleveland, but there being little opportunity to build up a business in that town, he went to Grafton, North Dakota, where he purchased the Grafton Herald. He conducted this paper for a time, when he sold out, and for the next two years traveled extensively throughout the United States, doing reportorial work on various metropolitan papers, and at intervals worked at the printing trade. In 1890 he purchased the Progressive Age, at Duluth, a Democratic paper devoted to the interests of the laboring classes. He spent the following year in the upper peninsula of Michigan, where he was married at Marquette, July 30, 1892, to Mrs. Wilhelmina Desjardins Yates, daughter of Dr. J. A. Desjardins, a prominent physician of that place. In January, 1893 Mr. Kiley located at Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and assumed the management of a local paper. On September 15, 1894, he established the Grand Rapids Herald. The outlook for the success of his new venture did not appear inviting, as two papers already occupied the field. But with careful and painstaking work he endeavored to outrank his competitors by publishing a bright, attractive and aggressive country weekly. In May, 1896, he purchased the Review, and consolidated the two papers. In politics Mr. Kiley has always been a Democrat, and is an ardent advocate of free silver. In 1896 he was unanimously tendered, by the legislative conventions of the Democrats and Populists, a nomination to the house or senate, but declined. Instead, however, he accepted the Democratic and Populist nominations for judge of probate of Itasca County, and was elected, being the only free silver Democrat elected in the county. He is a member of the Democratic state central committee, and chairman of the Itasca county committee. Mr. Kiley has achieved considerable popularity in his home district, though a comparatively young man as yet, but the enterprise and business ability which he has exhibited in the management of his paper promises still greater success for him in the future.

John J. Langstaff
Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado (Publ 1905) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

John J. Langstaff, of Rifle, Garfield county, an extensive and prosperous stock man, was born on February 14, 1855, in Grant county, Wisconsin, and was reared and educated there, attending the district schools during the winter months for a few years. At the age of twelve he took up the burden of life for himself and from that time until the present he has made his own way in the world successfully. Being obliged to work hard for a livelihood and depend wholly on himself in the effort, he learned self-reliance and acquired a good knowledge of his own capacities and the characteristics and temperaments of men in general. He began by working nine years in the lead and coal mines of his native state, then in 1876 went to Illinois and later to Cleveland, Ohio. For two years he followed coal mining in those states, and in 1878 turned his attention to farming, moving soon afterward to Minnesota, where he farmed for wages. He determined to return to the mining industry, and until 1880 was engaged in that pursuit in Utah and Montana. In the year last named the gold excitement at Leadville in this state led him thither, and during the next two years he mined both for wages and on an independent basis in different parts of Colorado, meeting with good success most of the time. In 1882 he pre-empted a claim of one hundred and sixty acres in Grand river valley, to which he added other tracts until he owned six hundred acres, and on this land he ranched and raised stock until 1903. He then sold the land but retained the cattle which he has since kept and tended on the open range. When he located in Grand valley the country was wild and wholly unsettled and the Indians were numerous and hostile. They killed stock owned by other persons in the neighborhood in 1885, but did not molest his. Mr. Langstaff was one of the earliest settlers in that portion of the valley, and, with the help of William L. Smith and H.G. Brown, buried the first white man who died there. His name was William Gay and he died in 1883. A coffin was made of wagon-bed timber by James Moss and in this the body was buried. Mr. Langstaff was the first county commissioner elected in Garfield county, and he also had charge of the bridge and road building in the county at its organization. There were then one hundred and twenty miles of roads and four bridges, and the sum of twenty-seven thousand dollars was appropriated for their maintenance and extension. In political faith and allegiance he has always been an active working Republican, and in fraternal life has for many years belonged to the order of Odd Fellows. His parents were William and Laura Langstaff, the former a native of Yorkshire, England, and the latter of Michigan. They located in Wisconsin at an early period and the father built the first smelter in that state. He was a successful business man and died in 1871, his wife also passing away. Both belonged to the Methodist church. Six of their nine children are living: William, at Cripple Creek; Mary A. (Mrs. James Wilson), at Beloit, Wisconsin; John J., at Rifle; Jennie, at Boulder; Margaret (Mrs. Edward Crane), at Beloit, Wisconsin; and Bartholomew, at Parachute, this state.

Mathias Lawrence
Source: History Biography of North Dakota. Transcribed by Sally Masteller 

MATHIAS LAWRENCE is a prosperous farmer of Dwight township, Richland county, North Dakota, wherein he settled on section 33 during the first days of the history of that region. He is a foreign-born citizen, but his labors since coming to America have been for the welfare of his adopted land. He is the owner of a fine estate, and is respected wherever he is known.

Our subject was born in Bohemia, February 10, 1844, and came to America in 1866, locating in Grant county, Wisconsin, where he engaged in farming until 1871, when he took up his residence in Dakota. He was one of the very first settlers of Richland county. His farm comprises a half-section of land in Dwight township, and he is also owner of a half-section of land in Wilkin county, Minnesota. Upon his home farm in North Dakota he has erected a complete set of fine farm buildings, and added such improvements to the place as entitle it to rank among the fine farms of that region.

Our subject was married in North Dakota, in April, 1873, to Anna Dworak, a native of Bohemia. Mrs. Lawrence died in 1886, leaving the following children: Lizzie, Frank, Charles, Anna and Christiana. Mr. Lawrence was a second time married, in 1887, to Anna Benech. Of this union there are two children, named as follows: Mathias J. and Agnes. One child, Joseph, died when about ten years of age. Mr. Lawrence takes an active interest in public affairs, and has served in various positions of local importance. He is public-spirited and progressive, and his labors for the welfare of his community are given freely and with a oneness of purpose which commends him to the esteem of his entire acquaintance.

W. S. Manning
Source: Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Lake Region (1905) Transcribed by: Glenda Stevens

HON. W. S. MANNING, County Judge, vice-president of the State Bank, at Ladysmith, and a prominent dealer in real estate, is one of the leading citizens of this section of Wisconsin.

Judge Manning was born Aug. 26, 1855, in Sheboygan County, Wis., a son of E. D. and Elizabeth (Shaugen) Manning, the former of whom was born at Saratoga, N. Y., the latter at Morristown, New Jersey.

His father dying is his youth, E. D. Manning accompanies his mother, then Mrs. Jacob Ling, to this State, and settled in Sheboygan County, in 1848. In this county he married and lived until 1856, when he and his wife removed to Baraboo, a year later going to Richland county, where they settled permanently. The father died in 1898, aged seventy years, and the mother is still surviving and residing on the old homestead there. Mr. Manning was a man of affairs and held numerous offices.

Judge Manning is the oldest of his parents’ five children. He was reared on his father’s farm and remained at home until maturity, obtaining his education in attendance at the common and high schools of Richland county. At the age of seventeen he began teaching in the public schools, and followed this profession for some sixty months. During this time he employed spare moments in the study of the law, and finally entered the office of Clark & Jackson, as a student. They were prominent attorneys at Plymouth, Wis., and were his office preceptors one year. He was admitted to the Bar in October. 1880, and immediately opened a law office at Muscoda, Wis., for the succeeding nine years closely applying himself to the demands of his profession.

In 1889 Judge Manning became associated with E. I. Kidd, formerly State Bank examiner, Atley Peterson, State Railroad commissioner, J. O. Davidson, now lieutenant-governor of Wisconsin, W. H. Bennett, B. F. Washburn, Ole O. Dahl and A. C. V. Elston, in the organization of the Kickapoo Valley and Northern Railway, now the Wisconsin Western and a part of the Milwaukee system. Mr. Manning was the active manager of this company, and they completed thirty-four of the fifty-one miles between Soldiers’ Grove and Wauzeka, finishing their contract in 1891. In 1895 he went to Kentucky, where he had a contract for the construction of twenty-five miles of road, which is now operated by the Louisville & Nashville Company. After the completion of this second contract, Mr. Manning returned to Wisconsin, and became cashier of a bank at Soldiers’ Grove; he served in that capacity until 1900, when he came to Ladysmith as the representative of the J. L. Gates Land Co., of Milwaukee. This place was then a hamlet, with seventy-four residents by actual count, and was known as the village of Warner. Here Judge Manning was confronted with a business opportunity, which he was not slow to take advantage of. Prior to this there had been much agitation concerning a division from Chippewa County, and the question had been before the Legislature. It needed but the enterprise of an energetic and forceful man, like Judge Manning, to take the matter in hand. He saw its expediency and became the champion of the bill, and went before the Legislature of 1900 as the representative of those interested. He labored during the whole session and it was largely through his efforts that the bill was finally passed authorizing the division which wa accomplished in May, 1901.

About this time Gov. LaFollette named Mr. Manning for the position of County Judge, his present term to extend until 1906. He has dealt extensively in the Gates Company’s lands and continues to be one of the company’s representatives, having also large personal holdings. He has been very active in encouraging emigration and has been the direct means of locating many desirable settlers in this county.

In politics Judge Manning is a Democrat, and for many years has been one of the acknowledged party workers. He has served as delegate for his party to State and other conventions, and was twice a candidate for district attorney. Fraternally he is a Mason, one of the organizers and charter members of the Mystic Tie Lodge, No. 280, of which he was the first master; is a Knight Templar, De Molai Commandery, of Boscobel, Wis., and belongs to the order of Odd Fellows, being connected with the Ladysmith Lodge of that organization.

In 1880 Judge Manning was united in marriage with Miss Ida M. Elston, and their two children died in infancy. An adopted daughter, Frances C., is given parental care and a good home. In 1900 Judge Manning built a handsome modern house, on a beautiful point overlooking the Flambeau river.

William J. McCoy
Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1883) page 491; transcribed by Tammy Clark

WILLIAM J. McCOY (Dem.), of Lancaster was born in Argyle, New York, September 30, 1834; received an academic education; is by occupation a famer and live stock dealer; came to Wisconsin in 1852, and settled at Beetown, where he resided until 1880, when he removed to Lancaster; was a member of assembly in 1876 and in 1878; was elected assemblyman in 1883, receiving 1,335 votes, against 795 votes for D. B. Stevens, republican, and 50 votes for D. Lamson, greenbacker.

Henry Freeland McNelly
Source: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin History and Biography, by Parker McCobb Reed, Milwaukee; P. M. Reed publisher (1882) transcribed by Susan Geist

HENRY FREELAND MCNELLY, Muscoda, was born at Orin, Richland county, Wisconsin, in 1854, and is the son of Dr. H. Mc Nelly, who is one of the earliest settlers of the state. He commenced the study of law with Judge M. M. Cothren, at Mineral Point, in 1875; was admitted to the bar June 26, 1877, at a term of the Circuit Court at Darlington, and commenced practice at Muscoda, September 9, 1877, and has been in practice at that village till the present time.

Samuel Merrick
Source: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin History and Biography, by Parker McCobb Reed, Milwaukee; P. M. Reed publisher (1882) transcribed by Susan Geist

SAMUEL MERRICK, Jamestown, was born in Jefferson county, New York, July 15, 1815. His father was a native of Massachusetts, and his mother of Rhode Island. He was educated in the public schools and at an academy situated in Lowville, New York. His main occupation, after the completion of his studies, was that of teacher in the common schools. At the breaking out of the Mexican war he enlisted as a soldier in the American army, and had a good deal of experience of military service. He commenced his study of law with John Palmer, of Watertown, New York, an eminent lawyer of that time. He removed to Wisconsin in the spring of 1850, and seven years afterward was admitted to practice at the bar of Grant county, which vocation he is now following.

Joseph T. Mills
Source: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin, by Parker McCobb Reed, Milwaukee; P. M. Reed Publisher (1882) transcribed by Vicki Bryan

JOSEPH T. MILLS, Lancaster, was born in Crane Ridge, Bourbon county, Kentucky, December 18, 1812. He acquired an academic education, studied law, was admitted to the bar, came to the west, and located in Bond county, Illinois, in 1831, moved to Wisconsin and permanently settled at Lancaster in 1843, when he entered into the practice of the law; was elected circuit judge for the fifth circuit, and served from 1865 to 1877, and was a member of the assembly in 1856, 1857, 1862 and 1879. 

Judge Mills has ever been prominent in the public and judicial affairs of the state; no man stands higher in Wisconsin for profoundness in legal lore, and for general information; his wit and humor is not surpassed, if equaled, by any of his contemporaries, and the course of his long life has been one of the unalloyed purity. Although now nearly three score years and ten his mental vigor remains unimpaired.

James W. Murphy
Source: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin History and Biography, by Parker McCobb Reed, Milwaukee; P. M. Reed publisher (1882) transcribed by Susan Geist

JAMES W. MURPHY, Platteville, is a native of the town in which he is now practicing his profession, and was born in the year 1858. He was educated at the State Normal School at Platteville, and studied law in the same town, in the office of A. W. Bell, afterward attending the law department of the University of Michigan. He was admitted to the Wisconsin bar in 1879, and has as yet been associated with no law partner.

Fred S. Osborne
Source: "The Book of Detroiters". Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis, 1908 - Submitted by Christine Walters

OSBORNE, Fred S., banker, and broker; born, Bloomington, Wis., (Grant Co) May 13, 1867; son of Aaron S. and Virtue E. (Sealy) Osborne; educated in public schools of Bloomington. Began active career,1884, in Detroit office of George K. Sistares & Sons, bankers and brothers, New York, and lager became manager of the office junior partner Cameron, Currie & Co., bankers, 1892-02; has been in business on his own account as Fred S. Osborne & Col, since 1904. Secretary treasurer Esperanza Cobalt Mines Co. Member Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mining Stock Exchange, Detroit Board of Commerce. Republican. Member Masonic order (32), Shrine. Clubs: Detroit, Fellowcraft. Office: Penobscot Bldg. Residence: 709 Brush St.

Charles G. Rodolf
Source: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin History and Biography, by Parker McCobb Reed, Milwaukee; P. M. Reed publisher (1882) transcribed by Susan Geist

CHARLES G. RODOLF, Muscoda, is not a native of America, but was born in Switzerland, November 15, 1818. He immigrated to the United States while he was yet fifteen years of age, having received during that time of his life a good academic education, and passed through the regular course of the Swiss High School at Zurzach, Canton of Argovie; coming to the western hemisphere in November, 1833, and landing at New Orleans, he went from there to St. Louis, spending in that city his first year in America. He became an inhabitant of Wisconsin in the year following, locating in August, 1834, in Iowa county. He first engaged in farming on a preemption claim, teaming and breaking prairie, subsequently engaged in the mercantile business and lead mining at Centreville and Highland, Iowa county, previous to entering the legal profession. Mr. Rodolf acquired a moderate knowledge of the English language during his stay at St. Louis, and as soon as circumstances allowed began his study of law, and was admitted to the bar of Wisconsin in the year 1851. He began his practice in 1846 at Highland, but moved, in 1852, to Richland county, and then obtained a few years experience as a lawyer. It was during his stay in this last mentioned county that he erected the saw and grist mills of which he is now the proprietor. He located at his present home, Muscoda, in 1871, and again commenced practice, to which he has ever since devoted his attention.

Mr. Rodolf has been chosen to fill numerous state offices in his adopted country. In 1851 he represented Iowa county in the general assembly; was also a representative in the same body during the year 1858, from Richland county. The counties of Iowa and Richland elected his state senator for the years 1859 and 1860; was chairman of the county board of Richland county in 1853, and was the democratic candidate for congress, in 1863, for the third congressional district; was a member of the board of supervisors of Grant county during five successive years; from 1864 to 1869 he was treasurer of the town of Eagle; and a delegate to the democratic national convention, at Chicago, in 1864, and again, in 1868, in New York.

Hon. John H. Rountree
Source: The US Biological Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Wisconsin Volume (1877) transcribed by Vicki Bryan

One of the earliest settlers and most prominent men of southwestern Wisconsin is John Hawkins Rountree, a native of Kentucky. He was born March 24, 1805, his parents being John and Rebecca (Hawkins) Rountree. His great-grandfather, Randall Rountree, came from Ireland before the American revolution, and settled in Virginia. His grand-father, Thomas Rountree, moved from Virginia to Kentucky in 1795, and died there in 1815. His father, born in 1770, died in Missouri in 1853. He was a large farmer, yet held the office of lower-court judge at one time; was a person of considerable distinction in the part of the State where he lived, and was an active man until his death in his eighty-fourth year.

In February 1824, the subject of this brief memoir made a trip on horseback from his home in Kentucky to Montgomery County, Illinois, a distance of three hundred miles; and two years afterward, when only twenty-one years old, he was elected sheriff of that county. Early in 1827, hearing a great deal about the lead mines at and near Galena, he started northward with an ox team, in company with other persons, and arriving at the mines on the 24th of May commenced digging for lead near Galena, into which place he was soon after driven by the Indians, but before the end of the year (1827) made a permanent settlement where Platteville now stands. Here he built a cabin of logs and sods, two hundred yards southeast of his present residence, and had fair success at mining from the start. In 1828 he built a smelting furnace, the first in that part of Michigan Territory now in Grant County, continuing this business several years.

In October 1829, he was appointed by Lewis Cass, then governor of Michigan Territory, justice of the peace for Iowa County, which then embraced Grant, Lafayette, Green, and part of Rock and Dane Counties; but his official burdens were not heavy. On the 10th of March of the same year, the postmaster-general, Hon. VV. T. Barry, appointed him postmaster of Platteville, the town being named for Platte River, a stream three-fourths of a mile northwest of town. At that time there was only an occasional mail from Galena, brought over in a teamster's pocket. Two years later (1831) a weekly mail route was established from Galena to Prairie du Chien, via Platteville. When the Black Hawk War broke out, in 1832, mining operations were entirely suspended for a few months; a mounted cavalry company was organized, with Mr. Rountree as captain, and it composed part of Colonel Dodge's squadron.

In 1834, when the first land sale took place at the United States land office, then located at Mineral Point, Mr. Rountree purchased the site of Platteville, and during the same year he was appointed chief justice of the court of Iowa County. Grant County, so named for Grant River, was not organized until 1837, the year after Wisconsin Territory was set off from Michigan. From 1837 to 1867 Mr. Rountree served much of the time in the Territorial council and the State legislature. He was eight years in the council, four years in the State senate, one year a member of the constitutional convention, and one year in the assembly. No man in the State has spent as many years at Madison among the lawmakers as Mr. Rountree, and no man connected with the legislative history of Wisconsin has a purer record. In all his labors at the State capital he seems to have striven solely for the good of the commonwealth.

He has a farm adjoining the village of Platteville, and of late years has given his attention to it and to his other property.

Mr. Rountree is a Freemason; has passed all the chairs, and has been high priest of the chapter and grand high priest of the grand chapter of the State.

In politics he was originally a whig, and is one of the "constituent members" of the republican party.

He has been connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church since 1836, and is active in religious, benevolent and literary enterprises. He aided in securing the location of one of the State normal schools at Platteville, and during the fifty years that he has been a resident of Wisconsin he has been among the foremost men in pushing forward enterprises which would further the interests of the State.

Mr. Rountree has been twice married. The first time to Miss Mary G. Mitchell, daughter of Rev. Samuel Mitchell, of St. Clair County, Illinois. They were married in August 1828, and had five children; only three now living. She died in October 1837. His present wife was Miss Lydia H. Southworth, of Platteville, their union taking place September 3, 1839. The fruit of this union is ten children, seven of them living. Hiram S., the eldest son, and Philip S, are farmers; John M. is attorney for Cook County, Illinois; George H. is a clerk in the Northwestern
Mutual Life Insurance Company's office at Milwaukee; Harry is a lawyer at Platteville; and Charles S., the youngest son, is not settled in business. One of the daughters is the wife of John N. Jewett, an attorney of Chicago; another is the wife of George P. Smith, a merchant of Chicago; the other two daughters, Lilly T. and Cora S., are single and live at home.

Though in his seventy-third year, Mr. Rountree stands perfectly erect, fully six feet tall, and is an exceedingly well preserved man, having always had good habits, and never forgetting the dignity of manhood. In striking contrast with his humble cabin of fifty years ago, he now owns and occupies an elegant two-story house, standing in a lot of four acres, surrounded by primeval oaks, wild cherries, and other trees of natural growth, transplanted evergreens and numerous other adornments, indices of wealth and taste.

John J. Ruka

JOHN J. RUKA (Rep.) after spending 25 years in the manufacturing business took up farming in which he has been equally successful. Always taking a keen interest in the development and progress of his community, he has devoted a great deal of time in encouraging the farmers of Grant county to improve their methods of farming and in the construction of better roads. During the war he devoted his entire time to the production of more food. Born in Boscobel, May 30, 1862, he has lived in that city all his life. He is vice president of the State Bank of Boscobel and before being elected to the assembly in 1916, had served for years as a member of the school board and of the city council. He was re-elected to the assembly in 1918, receiving 1,723 votes to 701 for John Kelley (Dem.).

Source: The Wisconsin Blue Book (1919) pages 483-484; transcribed by FoFG mz

George W. Ryland
Source: Blue Book of Wisconsin (1880) transcribed by Rhonda Hill

GEORGE W. RYLAND (Rep.) of Lancaster, Grant county, was born in Selbysport, Allegheny county, Maryland, December 19th, 1827; received a common school education; is a banker; came to Wisconsin in 1853, and settled at Lancaster; was chairman of town board from 1870 to 1877, and of the county-board five years; was postmaster at Lancaster under Lincoln and Johnson; was a delegate to the Republican National Convention held at Philadelphia in 1872; was elected state senator in 1879, receiving 3,129 votes against 1,676 for J. W. Seaton (Democrat), and 623 for S. M. Jones (Greenbacker).

Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1883), page 478; transcribed by Vicki Bryan

George W. Ryland

GEORGE W. RYLAND (Rep.), of Lancaster, Grant county, was born in Shelbysport, Allegheny county, Maryland, December 19, 1827; received a common school education; is a banker; came to Wisconsin in 1858, and settled at Lancaster; was chairman of the town board for ten years; chairman of county board for eight years; was postmaster under Lincoln and Johnson; delegate to the republican national convention, held at Philadelphia in 1872; elected state senator for 1880 and '81; re-elected for 1882 and '83, receiving 2,668 votes, against 1,370 for George S. Whitchers, democrat, and 133 for S. N. Jones, greenbacker.

(Sixteenth District Grant county. Population, 37,852.)

Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1882), page 533; transcribed by Mary Saggio

Albert Hart Sanford, A. M.

Born at Platteville, Grant County, Wisconsin, June 21, 1866. Fitted at the Platteville State normal school, and entered U. W. English course in 1889, graduating in 1891 with the degree of B. L. (English). He was a member of Hesperia, and one of the four winners of the Lewis prize at commencement. Mr. Sanford pursued graduate study at U. W. until the close of 1893, and for the following year at Harvard University, there receiving the degree of A. M. in 1894. Since then he has been an instructor in history and civics at the Stevens Point State normal school, He was married in 1895 to Miss Luella M. Roberts, a student of U. W. in the class of '94, and has one child, a daughter.

Source: The University of Wisconsin: its history and its alumni (1836 1900) Edited by Reuben Gold Thwaites -pages 732-736 (1900) transcribed by FoFG mz

Theodore W. Scott
Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado (Publ. 1905) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

Theodore W. Scott, a younger brother of Thomas B. Scott, was born in Grant county, Wisconsin, on June 2, 1861, and is the son of Frederick and Ann (Wheeler) Scott, more extensive mention of whom will be found in the sketch of their son Thomas B., elsewhere in this work. He grew to the age of fifteen on the Wisconsin homestead and then, in 1876, moved with the family to Harrison county, Iowa. He was educated in the public schools, and remained at home until 1890. At that time he came to Colorado and entered one hundred and sixty acres of land six miles south of Steamboat Springs, Routt county. In addition to this he bought one hundred and sixty acres, and on these two tracts started an industry in the stock business which he conducted successfully and profitably for four years. He then sold his possessions in that section and moved to Grand Valley, locating on the farm which is now his home, six miles northwest of Grand Junction, arriving there in the autumn of 1894. He bought forty acres of wild land without improvements, to which he has added thirty of the same kind by a subsequent purchase. On this he has established himself and built up a prosperous and expanding fruit business, improving his place with a good, modern residence and other necessary buildings, and giving his attention to the cultivation and enlargement of his orchards. He has twenty acres in fruit, which yield large crops of excellent quality, the returns of his labor in 1903 being more than four thousand five hundred boxes of apples and two hundred boxes of pears. By his industry and skill he has redeemed his land from the wilderness and made it productive and smiling with fruits of peaceful husbandry and made a desirable home of what was before a barren waste. On July 11, 1899, he married with Miss Luella Rogers, a native of Harrison county, Iowa, and daughter of John W. and Sarah A. (Riley) Rogers, natives of Ohio, where they grew to maturity, were educated and married. In 1886 they moved to Iowa and settled on a farm in Harrison county, making the trip overland from their Ohio home. John W. Rogers served three years in the Union army during the Civil war. He is now a highly respected citizen of Mesa county. Mr. and Mrs. Scott have three children, Rex R., Glenn G. and Fred R. In politics Mr. Scott is independent, and is always keenly alive to the best interests of the community in which he lives.

Daniel Bartlett Stevens

DANIEL BARTLETT STEVENS, (Rep.), of Cassville, was born in Paris, Oxford county, Maine, January 25, 1837; received an academic education; is by occupation a manufacturer and dealer in lumber; came to Wisconsin in May, 1856, settling in Grant county where he has since resided; has been town clerk of Beetown; was elected member of assembly for 1882, receiving 807 votes against 575 votes for Patrick Bartley, democrat, and 30 for Anton Vogt, greenbacker.

(Grant County Second District The towns of Beetown, Bloomington, Cassville, Glen Haven, Lancaster, Liberty, Little Grant, Potosi and Waterloo. Population, 12,909.)

Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1882), page 547; transcribed by Mary Saggio

Willard T. Stevens

WILLARD T. STEVENS (Rep.) president pro tempore of the senate in the 1919 session, was born Sept. 6, 1865, in Beetown, Grant county, going with his parents to Cassville when one year old. He attended the common school in Cassville and business college in Dubuque, Ia., moving to Rhinelander in 1889. He is president of the Stevens Lumber company; was sheriff of Oneida county two terms; member of the Republican state central committee 1904-06. He was elected state senator in April 1912 for the unexpired term of James A. Wright, (deceased) and was re-elected in the fall of 1912 and in 1916.

Source: The Wisconsin Blue Book (1919) page 471; transcribed by FoFG mz


Mary Janette Miller was born in Delaware county, New York, June 10, 1838, and died at Manchester, Iowa, December 3, 1918. At the age of eight years she came with her parents to Grant county, Wisconsin, living there for ten years, and then coming to Hopkinton, Iowa. She was united in marriage to William H. Stevenson. June 9, 1860, and moved to a farm near Sand Spring, Iowa, which continued to be their home until the death of her husband, January 23rd, 1895. Since then she lived with her children. Her family consisted of seven children, one son dying in infancy, and a daughter, Laura May Bowen, died February 20, 1912, at Orchard, Nebraska, The surviving children are William J. Stevenson of Clay, Louisiana; Fred J. Stevenson of Manchester, Iowa; Arthur M. and Anna C. Stevenson of Clinton, Missouri; and Donald W. Stevenson of Lamont, Iowa. She is also survived by three sisters, Anna G. Miller and Mrs. Lillian Ballentine, of Valley Center, Kansas; and Mrs. Christine Kirkwood of Whitewater, Kansas; and thirteen grandchildren. Her two brothers, John and David Miller, have preceded her to the great beyond. The funeral services were held in the home of her son, Fred J. Stevenson, of this city, on Friday afternoon, and were in charge of Rev. S. R. Beatty, pastor of the Methodist church. The remains were taken to Hopkinton for interment.

Source: Manchester Democrat (Manchester, Iowa), December 11, 1918; transcribed by Anonymous

Hon. Noah H. Virgin
Source: The US Biological Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Wisconsin Volume (1877) transcribed by Vicki Bryan

The great-grandfather of Noah Hyatt Virgin came from Wales, and settled in Maryland, and one of his sons, the grandfather of Noah, moved to Virginia, and was prominent in driving the Indians out of western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The parents of Noah, Eli and Nacka Hyatt Virgin were living in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, when he was born December 6, 1812. He lost his father when the son was only six years old. A few years later his mother married Colonel Henry Heaton, of Fayette County, and Noah worked in his stepfather's flouring mill and woolen mill, receiving meanwhile such education as a winter school afforded. Subsequently he lived with his brother-in-law, Isaac Hill, of Green County, learning the millwright trade. He worked at that business in the East until 1835, when he found his way to Platteville, there continuing that occupation four or five years. He built the Platteville flouring mill, completing it in 1840 (the first mill of the kind in the place), having in partnership with him John H. Rountree and Neely Gray. These gentlemen he afterward bought out, and he has run the mill alone to this time. In company with another man, in 1856, he built the Genesee mill, two miles from Platteville, on the Lancaster Road, disposing of it four or five years later.

In 1874 Mr. Virgin added grain dealing to his business, with his eldest son, Colonel Horatio Hyatt Virgin, as a partner.

He was commissioner of Grant County at an early day; has repeatedly held the highest official positions in the village of Platteville; was a member of the last Territorial legislature, held in 1847; was a member of the State assembly in the following year, and again in 1855, and served two consecutive terms in the senate, ending in 1861. During the last term he was chairman of the committee on claims, and held an influential position in the upper house.

Mr. Virgin began political life as a whig; was a republican from 1854 until the second election of Mr. Lincoln in 1864, and has since acted with the democrats. In 1866 he was nominated by the democrats and reformers for congress, in a strong republican district, and ran ahead of his ticket.

On the 15th of January 1839, Mrs. Pamelia E. Adams, daughter of Rev. Bartholomew Weed, of Platteville, became his wife, and she has borne him eight children, only four of whom are living. Besides the son already mentioned there are two daughters, both married, and a son, Eugene W., unmarried. Emma is the wife of George H. Laughton, and Mary, of William R. Laughton, a brother of George, both living in Platteville.

Colonel Horatio H. Virgin, his eldest child and partner in business, was born in Platteville, August 18, 1840; was educated in the Platteville Academy and a commercial college at Madison, Wisconsin, where he graduated in December 1859.

He was married January 1, 1874, to Miss Annie E. Kane, of Dodgeville, Wisconsin, she being a relative of Governor Henry Dodge. They have two children.

Colonel Virgin has a brilliant military record. In October 1861, Governor Randall appointed him on his staff as aid-de-camp and colonel; in December 1861, he became battalion adjutant of the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry, Colonel C. C. Washburn, commander; August 31, 1862, he was appointed major of the 33rd Infantry; was promoted to lieutenant colonel in January 1865, and returned to Wisconsin at the close of the war in command of the regiment, being brevetted colonel just before the regiment was mustered out. He was in forty-two engagements, including skirmishes; had three horses wounded twice each; had his own hair singed, his
hat-rim hit, and two or three balls strike his saddle, but received not even a flesh-wound. While major he took command of the regiment in the Meridian expedition, and held the command until mustered out. On the Red River expedition, at the battle of Yellow Bayou, he had command of a brigade. At that time his regiment was in a detachment from the army of the Tennessee, under General A. J. Smith, and they had become so rugged as to be called "Smith's Guerillas." At the battle of Coldwater, Mississippi, April 19, 1863, Colonel Virgin was reported among the killed, and his obituary appeared in more than one Wisconsin newspaper, but he is as "live" a man as Platteville can exhibit, the pet of his father, and, because of his dash and bravery, the pride of the State.

Charles H. Williams
Source: History Biography of North Dakota. Transcribed by Susan Ripley

CHARLES H. WILLIAMS, who with his son. Hector C, conducts a farm of three hundred and twenty acres of land in Colgate township, is one of the pioneer settlers of that region, and is well known as an intelligent and well-to-do agriculturist. He was born in Ontario, Canada, June 24, 1833. Our subject's parents, Daniel and Catherine (Howell) Williams, were of Welch and English- Irish extraction respectively, and were the parents of seven children, of whom our subject was the youngest son and fifth child in order of birth. When seventeen years of age Mr. Williams came with an older brother to the Michigan woods, and was engaged in lumbering during fourteen years during which time he purchased and improved a farm in Saginaw county, Michigan, upon which he finally settled and followed farming solely, but on a small scale. He lost heavily in the great Michigan fire, October 8, 1871, and in 1872 went to Grant county, Wisconsin, where he followed farming. He came to Tower City, North Dakota, October 6, 1880, and spent that fall finding a satisfactory location. After selecting the farm on which he now resides he returned to Wisconsin and in the spring of 1881 moved his personal effects to his farm and erected a 12x16 shanty, which was soon enlarged to the pretentious dimensions of 16x24 feet, which was known for many years as the largest house in the township. Our subject was the first settler of Colgate township and his buildings were the first erected. Wild game was plentiful at the time and he has dined from bison, has hunted grouse, and has seen geese in such large flocks and so tame as to pay little heed to a team driven among them. The crops were uniformly good until 1888, when in August of that year they were frozen and had to be burned on the ground. The succeeding crop was lost by drought, and it was not until 1891, the great crop year, that prosperity again seemed at hand, since which time the crops have yielded a good income.
Our subject was married, in 1856, to Miss Sarah Harris, a native of Canada. Mr. and Mrs. Williams have been the parents of eight children, as follows: Leonora, now Mrs. W.C. Gray, of Cass county, North Dakota; Benjamin T., engaged in the implement business in Wisconsin; Edward G., deceased; Daniel, a telegrapher in Wyoming; Charles L., a resident of Steele county; Yager, deceased; and Hector C., who is at present conducting the home farm. Mr. Williams assisted in the organization of Steele county and Colgate township, and served as chairman of the first board of trustees of Colgate township, which office he held six years. He is a stanch Republican, and during the campaigns he is a representative leader of his party, and lends his influence by voice and pen for the principles of Republicanism, and is a well-known attendant of county conventions.

John Darlin Wilson
Source: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin History and Biography, by Parker McCobb Reed, Milwaukee; P. M. Reed publisher (1882) transcribed by Susan Geist

JOHN DARLIN WILSON, Boscobel, was born June 19, 1851, at Johnston, Lamarkshire, Scotland. He was, on his father’s side, related to the Camerons, his grandmother being a Cameron. His grandfather was James Wilson, the brother of Professor John Wilson, known, in the magazines, as Christopher North. While still young John Darling Wilson came to the United States, and in 1864 to Concord, New Hampshire. In the academy at this place he finished his education, which had been begun in a grammar school at Glasgow. He came to Shullsburg, Wisconsin, in 1865, and for the first two years of his stay in the state taught school at Darlington. Mr. Wilson commenced the study of law with H. S. Magoon, at Darlington, and was admitted to the bar June 22, 1873, in La Fayette county. In order to give finish to his legal training, he went into the office of M. M. Cothren, Mineral Point, and in July, 1875, they formed a partnership, and established a branch office at Boscobel. When Judge Cothren was elected circuit judge in 1876 the partnership was dissolved, and Mr. Wilson has since been alone in his practice. Mr. Wilson was admitted to the supreme court of Wisconsin in February, 1876, and to the United States district and circuit courts in January 1876.

Lucius Jason Woolley
Source: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin History and Biography, by Parker McCobb Reed, Milwaukee; P. M. Reed publisher (1882) transcribed by Susan Geist

LUCIUS JASON WOOLLEY, Boscobel, was born in Westminster, Vermont, December 1, 1820. His father was from the original stock of that name, and lived in New Bedford, and his mother was a Colvinn, of New Hampshire. His early education was in the public schools, afterward in a normal school, and completed in the Black River Literary and Religious Institute, at Watertown, New York. At the latter place he studied law four years with W. H. Shumway, when he was admitted to the bar in advance of the usual seven years’ course of law study. In the fall of 1855 he came to Wisconsin, prosecuted further the study of law with J. T. Mills, at Lancaster, and was admitted to the Grant county bar, at Lancaster, at the spring term of the circuit court of 1856. He then established himself in practice at Lancaster, and continued there until 1861, when he came to Boscobel, and entered into a law partnership with G. Hartshorn, but since the spring of 1863 has been alone in business. Mr. Woolley has been much in public office; has been chairman of the county board of supervisors three years, and, consequently, a member of the board three terms; is notary public; circuit court and United States court commissioner; is now justice of the peace, having held the office several different years, and has been engaged in prosecuting pension claims against the United States government since 1863.


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