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Source: History of Grant County, Wisconsin (Publ. 1881) transcribed by Sandra Wright
 
Town of Lima

J.H. ALLEN, of the firm of Allen & Son, merchants, Washburn; was born in Etna, La Fayette Co., Wis., Sept. 22, 1858. Engaged as clerk for Mr. Buchan, at Benton; afterward for Godfry & Bros., druggists at Benton. Attended Commercial College at Debuque; graduated in 1876; came to Washburn in August, 1879, and engaged in business. In politics, Republican.


S. T. BASYE, retired; P.O. Washburn; was born in Illinois, near Jacksonville, Oct. 24, 1826; came to Wisconsin in 1836, with his parents, who died in Grant Co.; bought 40 acres of land in 1847, and farmed three years, then sold and engaged in teaming for seven years in Platteville; then bought 160 acres of land; there he remained for twelve years, when he sold and engaged in business in Washburn, and continued until 1878. His wife, Mary E. Hull, a native of New York, born Feb. 15, 1829, came to Wisconsin in 1846, with her parents; her father died in Wisconsin; her mother resides with a son in Illinois at the age of 88. They were married in 1847; they have four children—Fannie A., now Mrs. J.A. Brown, of Richland Co., Wis.; Ella S., deceased; Ida May, now Mrs. F. W. Cushman; Hattie F., deceased. Owns 200 acres of land, also town property. Member of I.O.O.F., and Past D.D.G.M.; also a Good Templar. Has been Clerk eight years, and is now holding the office. Taught school two winters. Member of the Methodist Church (Recording Steward). In politics, Republican. Delegate to the Lay Conference, held at La Crosse in October, 1879. A man generally interested in the moral affairs of the community, also Notary Public for six years.


WILLIAM CLIFTON, farmer, Sec. 2; P.O. Washburn; was born in St. Charles Co., Mo., May 23, 1817. His father removed to Callaway Co., Mo., soon after, and resided there until William was about 13 years old, when he moved back to St. Charles. He came to Grant Co., Wis., in 1834, being attracted by the lead mines, and followed mining about ten years; then combined farming with mining. He first settled on a farm a little north of his present home; this he soon exchanged for his present farm, now containing 144 acres; this farm, originally mostly heavily-timbered, had been somewhat improved before he bought it, a few acres being cleared and a stone house built, but his own toil and skill have brought farm and buildings to their present state. Large quantities of excellent lime have been burned. He was married July 21, 1839, to Miss Frances Ann Basye, second daughter of Dr. J. J. Basye, the pioneer physician and minister of Platteville. They have had twelve children, five of whom are still living—E.W., J. Newton, Rev. J. Theodore (now Pastor of the Third Congregation Church, St. Louis, Mo.), Rev. Joseph J., of the Rock River M.E. Conference, Ill., and Carrie (now Mrs. Arnett). Their youngest daughter, Anna Belle (Mrs. Hoppin), died recently at La Crosse, leaving a little girl, which the fond grandparents accepted as a loving legacy and solace in their declining years, bringing to them unwonted sunshine and gladness. Mr. and Mrs. C. are among the oldest members of the M.E. Church in this section of the country. Mr. C. has served on the Town Board of Clifton and Lima, principally as Chairman, many years, as is very much esteemed by all who know him.


DAVID CONDRY, farmer, Sec. 20; P.O. Platteville; was born in Pennsylvania Jan. 16, 1834; removed to Wayne Co., Ohio, with his parents; to Wisconsin Dec. 8, 1870. Owns 60 acres of land, made part of the improvements. His wife Sarah, Homer, was born in Mercer Co., Ohio, Oct. 4, 1842. Married May 4, 1865; they have seven children—Mary J., born Feb. 26, 1867; William E., born Oct. 19, 1868; Charles F., born Feb. 22, 1870; Emma R., born May 11, 1872; David H., born March 11, 1874; Henry F., born Sept. 2, 1876; Robert Roy, born June 15, 1879. In politics, Republican. Owns one-third interest in steam saw-mill in company with T. Calloway and Robert Hale, located in Ellenboro, Grant Co.


SHERMAN COOLEY, farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Platteville; was born in Connecticut March 14, 1876; emigrated to Trumbull Co., Ohio, in 1832; to Belmont, La Fayette Co., Wis., in 1857; then to Grant County, August, 1870; bought 55 acres, now owns 100 acres of land with fine improvements; house 18x24, wing, 16x24, two stories; barn 34x40, 16-foot posts, basement stable. His wife, Diana Day, a native of Vermont, born Aug. 9, 1811. Married at Granby, Conn., Oct. 14, 1830; they have had eight children—Mary J., now Mrs. Everett, resides in Trumbull Co., Ohio; Franklin B. left home 1861 for Colorado, remaining in Nevada about then years, since which time they have not heard from him; Rhoda L., now Mrs. G.S. Whitcher; Roswell D., carrying on the farm; was born Feb. 21, 1838; his wife, Mary J. Kile, born in Canada, Feb. 15, 1843; married April 15, 1874 in Nebraska; they have two children—Carrie and Edward L. Richard S. residing in Waverly, Neb.; Alfred S., residing in Lincoln, Neb., Timothy M., residing in Lincoln, Neb., engaged with an engineering party; Lewis E., general merchant, Cobb, Iowa Co., Wis. In politics, Democrat; in religion, Free-thinker; has held the office of Justice of Peace in Ohio and La Fayette Co., Wis.; has held the school offices in this district. Oct 4, 1880, there were seventeen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. The Grant County Witness says of their golden wedding:
“On Monday, the 14th inst.., one of those anniversaries occurred, which but few ever see, the celebration of the fiftieth year of their married life. Yet this event was duly celebrated in Lima, Monday. At 1 o’clock P.M. , the hour fixed, there assembled the following persons of the family and invited guests: Uncle Morgan Colley, of Granby, Conn., a brother some eight years younger than Sherman and the jolliest old Yankee that ever hailed from the ancient lands of the Pequods and Mohegans. He knows all the genealogy of the Colley and Holcomb family back, away back in the history of Connecticut, well not exactly to Adam, but to the Big Injun, who was scalped in the Fairfield Swamp, in 1764; and if they had any numerous or amusing characteristics, or if any event occurred in their career on which to found a good story, ‘Uncle Morgan’ remembers it; G.S. Whitcher and family, whose wife was the eldest of their children present; R.D. Cooley, wife and two children, of Waverly, Neb.; Alfred S, Cooley, wife and three children, of Eagle, Neb.; L.E. Cooley, wife and child, of Cross Plains, Wis.; Mr. William Beebe and wife; Mr. Lane and wife; J.H. Holcomb and wife, the last three named are cousins to the Cooleys, their mother having been a Holcomb; Mr. E. P. Dickinson, wife and Miss Ina Dickinson; Mr. John Burney and wife, Miss Lima Burney; Miss Ella Dougherty.
“The best of feeling prevailed. Pap Cooley’s face was all over smiles, and Mother Cooley seemed equally happy, while Uncle Morgan, humorous and joyous, told some of his queerest stories. ‘I tell you I was there,’ said he, ‘and, Diana. I thought you was the purtiest gal that ever went into the Granby Meetin’ House. I was at the wedding, I know how they were dressed. Sherman wore a swallow tailed coat, a bell crowned plug hat, and I suppose the accompanying costume of that ancient time. Mrs. Lane says ‘ the bride wore a drab colored silk dress, a while belt around the waist, a sash attached, a deep ruffle around the neck and a white silk head-dress.’
“The belt referred to she wore as ornaments on the present occasion, it having turned a golden color by the fifty years intervened.
“It was a joyous occasion, and why should it not be? There is a proverb that ‘It is our privilege to enjoy ourselves in this world, and that if we do not it is our own fault.’ No use of putting on a long face, and always be in the straight jacket of restraint considering this life a probationary state, making a hell of earth, as Byron says, to merit heaven; living with elongated faces as though the grave was photographed before us, with hell in the background, but let us rather make the best of that which we are sure of, and enjoy ourselves in this world; why, a person can experience plenty of enjoyment after they are fifty years old. I have a strong belief and an abiding faith that there is lots of fun in this vale of tears yet, and expect to see plenty of it or, to say the least, my hopes are very buoyant on that point.
“The cat that sits in the corner and washes its face with its paw and purrs is a better type of happiness than the old cat under the stove, that lays and burns its back, and yeaws and spits at every one that passes. Let us, then, be contented and happy, enjoying ourselves, and those around us will be more likely to, as our course of action on this point is reciprocal and mutual. Fifty years of married life, and half a century, of mutual cares and joys, reciprocal in its experiences for better or worse, happy in the love and society and friendship of their family, and more happy if that life has been agreeable in the society of each other. And as time moves us along as it surely will to least scenes, as life’s milestones fly past more rapidly, as the loom of land on the other shore rises to view, our affections, our friendships will be nearer, purer and truer. No jealousies which the aggressiveness of earlier life begets and fosters, when our old friends—we are brethren. How much more firm and enduring than the friendship, the attachment between husband and wife, considering the relation, its fruits, its consequences. If they have endeavored to make each other happy, to please each other, then will they be pleased in each other’s society. For the philosophy is based on reciprocal mutuality. And they can look back on the past, so well expressed by Burns.
“There were four of their children present with their families. The eldest daughter, Mrs. Mary Everett, of Cortland, Trumbull Co., Ohio; Richard and Timothy Cooley, of Nebraska, were absent.”


GEORGE DAILY, wagon-maker, Washburn; was born in Dauphin Co., Penn., Aug. 3, 1826; came to Wisconsin in 1857; resided in Lancaster about seventeen years, then came to Washburn; owns 80 acres of land. His wife, Adelia Carrie, was born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, May 30, 1833; married Oct. 28, 1848; they had eight children—Eleanor, Albert, Isabel, Lewis, Martha (deceased), George, Lyman, Cyrus. In politics, Republican; in religion, a liberal believer.


JOHN S. DEITZMAN, Sec. 13; P.O. Washburn; was born May 12, 1844, in Pennsylvania; came with his parents to Wisconsin in 1848; settled in the town of Mifflin; at the age of 21 years he left home and worked out, driving team for $18 per month, then rented a farm and commenced for himself, and continued to rent land for four years, then bought the farm where he now lives, which originally contained 186 acres, but has added to it until he now owns 400 acres; 300 is under cultivation and 100 in timber. Was married to Sarah Ann Miller April 9, 1865, who was born in Sullivan Co., Ind., March 25, 1839; they have eight children, viz, Anderson B., Charles W., Rosa A., Alice M., Elmer F., John A., Perley E., Lula S. Mr. Deizman has been a member of the School Board eight years; has been a dealer in live stock, and is at present raising and feeding stock on his farm.


E. P. DICKINSON, Sec. 31; P.O. Platteville; was born May 26, 1819, in the town of Johnson, Trumbull Co., Ohio; in early life, he followed the trade of carpenter and joiner; in 1845, he came to Wisconsin, locating on a farm in Harrison. Three years later, he settled in Lima, where he has owned several different farms; has resided on his present farm of 80 acres since 1853; also owns about 100 acres in Ellenboro; was Treasurer of the town of Lima eighteen years, and served twice as Assessor and four or five years as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors; until 1868, he worked more or less at his trade. He married, in Trumbull Co., Ohio, Fanny S. Whitcher, who was born in Lisbon, Grafton Co., N.H.; when she was 10 years of age, her people settled in Michigan, and later moved to Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson have nine children—Elizabeth, John, Loraine, Samuel, Phebe J., William, Everett, Ina and Charles; four of these, Loraine, Elizabeth, Samuel and Everett, are in the San Juan Valley, Cal.; William is in Arizona, John in Nebraska and the others in Lima.


MILLER FISH, farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Platteville; was born in Connecticut Aug. 20, 1818. Came to Wisconsin in 1855; a carpenter by trade; bought 40 acres of land; now owns 95 acres and works at his trade. His first wife, Celista Pritchard, was born in Connecticut in 1816. Married in 1843, died in 1862. They had three children—Colinus, who enlisted in Co. I, 10th W.V.I., in October, 1861; taken prisoner at the battle of Chickamauga; taken to Libby; then to Andersonville, and escaped twice, but was recaptured by hounds when nearly in the Union lines; released from Salisbury Prison at the close of the war. Anson H., in Crawford Co., Wis.; Mary, now Mrs. Meekin Marshall, in Iowa Co. Second wife was Elizabeth Evans, who was born in Ohio in 1828. Married in 1863; they had two children—Samuel E., and Elizabeth J., deceased. In politics, Republican. In religion, liberal believer. Has been Clerk and Director of Schools. The second wife had two children by a former marriage—Eva, deceased, and Joseph, at home.


EDWARD FOULKS (deceased); was born Feb. 14, 1812, in Wales; at 16, he came to America and began work on the Pennsylvania railroads and canals; in 1835, he came to Wisconsin and engaged in the mines about Dodgeville and Mifflin, being one of the first Welsh settlers in what is now Iowa Co.; about 1845, he came to Lima and settled on the farm where he died Dec. 15, 1876. His wife was formerly Ann Burney; they were married in Lima, she having come here in 1845, from Pickaway Co., Ohio, her birthplace; they had seven children—Mary, George, Thomas, Sarah, Ellen, Emma and Ida, all born in Lima. Mr. Foulks was a hard-working and upright man, who earned and left a good farm and home.


SAMUEL FRAZIER, Sec. 19; P.O. Platteville; was born Jan. 27, 1822, in York Co., Penn,; nine years later, his parents removed with him to Wayne Co., Ohio; from there with a brother—William Frazier—he came to Apple River in 1843; spent eighteen months in the mines and returned to Ohio. In her native county (Wayne), he married Elizabeth Burns, and with her and two children he again came to Wisconsin, in 1851, locating upon his present farm of 141 acres, which he had purchased while in Ohio. The small log cabin stood upon the only cleared acre, and into this Mr. Frazier moved his family. The thirty years spent here have not been wasted, as may be seen by the homelike farmhouse and capacious barn, surrounded by the well-tilled fields, once a forest. Mrs. Frazier died Oct. 17, 1865, in Ohio; she left six children—Hector V., Mary E., John J., William C., Thomas J. and Frank E. The present Mrs. Frazier was Mary J. McClurg, born in Ellenboro, and a daughter of William McClurg, who lives on an adjoining farm in Lima. Mr. and Mrs. Frazier have four children—Millie M., Louise E., Daisy and Samuel F. The two oldest of the ten children were born in Wayne Co., Ohio, and the others on the Lima homestead. Mr. F. is a Republican, and has been Justice of the Peace, Supervisor, etc.


PERRY FRUIT; P.O. Washburn; was born in Madison Co., Ill., Oct. 26, 1819; continued to live there until 1846, when he came to Grant Co. and bought the farm he now resides upon of the Government, built a home, and has lived here ever since. He was married to Miss Matilda Lampkin, of Madison Co., Ill., in 1841; they have six children living—I. I. (who graduated at the Platteville Normal School and is now practicing law at La Crosse), Nancy Ellen (now Mrs. A. E. Rundell), Martha G. (now Mrs. Brazelle), Henry D. (also a lawyer), Julia N. (now Mrs. E. A. Biddick), and James P., living at home. Mr. Fruit owns about 600 acres of good farming land as the reward of many years of honest toil. He is one of the pioneer members of the M.E. Church here. Assisted in building the first church in the town of Clifton. Is a staunch temperance man and member of the Good Templars, and has been a member the Town Board many years.


WILLIAM N. GLENN; P.O. Washburn; was born in Cleveland Co., N.C., Oct. 9, 1816; lived there until he was about 11 years old, when his family moved to Bond Co., Ill., where he lived many years. Here he married Miss Cynthia J. McCracken, whose people moved from Tennessee to Bond Co. Mr. G. has followed farming all his life, and when he came to this county, in 1856, rented the place he now owns for three years; then resided on a place near by, but, for the last seventeen years, has owned the farm he now resides on, consisting of 80 acres, west one-half southeast one-quarter Sec. 13. The farm was originally heavily timbered, but there was about 30 acres cleared when he first rented the place. He has cleared the remainder himself. Mr. and Mrs. G. have had eleven children, seven of whom are now living—Sarah, Washington R., Martha, Eli B., Charlotte V., Phillip Lincoln and Cynthia E. Mr. G. has been a member of the M.E. Church for forty-eight years, a local minister for twenty-five years; assisted in forming the M.E. Church in Washburn, and has been a Trustee most of the time since. He has been an active temperance man, uniting with the Washingtonians, Sons of Temperance, Good Templars and Blue-Ribbon men, giving his influence and active sympathy to every effort made to stay the tide of intemperance and promote the cause of sobriety and total abstinence in the community where he lives.


JOHN HALE, Sec. 28; P.O. Platteville; was born March 4, 1815, in Somersetshire, England; came to America in 1840, landed at New York City; spent some time in the Pennsylvania and Ohio coal mines, and six months in St. Louis. He married at Cannellton, Ind., Isabella McColloch, and, in the spring of 1842, came to Hazel Green, and engaged in mining there until he came to Lima in 1850. Here he bought his present 80-acre homestead farm, then in a state of nature. The first year was spent in a log cabin surrounded by the dense growth of oak, hickory, etc., which originally covered his and all the adjoining land. He has cleared 65 acres of this, and, besides, owns 70 acres on Sec. 29. Mrs. Hale died July 14, 1864, leaving nine children—John P., Margaret C., Robert C., Sarah A., Elizabeth J., Lafayette, Alvin, George T. and Jacob A. The present Mrs. Hale was Sarah M., daughter of Jacob and Sarah Quick; she was born Jan.9, 1815, in Neversiok, Sullivan Co., N.Y. Jan. 7, 1834, she married in Caroline, Tompkins Co., N.Y., G.A. Graham, who was born June 25, 1815. they removed to Illinois, and, in 1835, came to Platteville, camping-out the night of July 4, 1835, near the site of the city. Mr. Graham went to California in 1849, and died there. He was one of the earliest settlers in Lima, and left six children—Robert, Alexander, William, Maria L., Emma M. and Sarah A.; Mary J. died before her father went to California. Mr. and Mrs. Hale have a most pleasant home, and look back to pioneer days as times when hardships and privations were cheerfully borne that such a home might be finally secured.


ROBERT C. HALE, Sec. 29; P.O. Platteville; is a son of John and Isabella (McColloch) Hale (see sketch of John Hale); was born March 28, 1848, in Hazel Green, Grant Co., Wis.; came to Lima in 1850, and has since resided here; was for a number of years on a small farm on Sec. 20, and located where he now is in 1873. He married Mrs. Hannah M. (Condry) Reed; she was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, and came to Grant Co. in 1871, with her former husband, William Reed, who died a year later, leaving an only son, James Reed. Mr. and Mrs. Hale have three children—William T., John J. and Jessie May, all born in Lima. Mr. Hale is one of the three owners of a recently purchased portable steam saw-mill, and is at present engaged in operating it in the heavily-timbered districts of Grant Co.


PAUL JEARDON, farmer, Sec. 28; P.O. Platteville; was born at Vincennes, Ind., Feb. 7, 1819; emigrated to Platteville, Wis., in 1841; a blacksmith by trade, which he continued to follow; he then removed to Dodgeville in 1847, and remained until 1862, when he entered Co. C, as 31st W.V.I., as private, and elected to First Lieutenant; mustered out in 1865; returned to Platteville, and bought and now owns 140 acres of land; was burned out Nov. 30, 1871, he then built a fine stone house, and has a beautiful home. His wife, Jane Nettle, was born in Liverpool, England, Feb. 9, 1827; came to America with her parents, who settled near Pottsville, Penn., in 1834; started for Mineral Point; her father died at St. Louis, Mo., where the family remained until the next spring, when they came on to the Point, then to Belmont, then to Platteville. They married in 1845; the have had thirteen children—Maggie, born Jan.12, 1846, and now Mrs. Colman; Richard, born Jan. 10, 1848; freight conductor on the Chicago & Alton R.R., in Missouri; Frank Preston, born July 1, 1850; Charles A., born May 21, 1852; Eva J., born June 26, 1854; Louis, born July 10, 1856, in Colorado on the railroad as fireman; Stephen N., born July 24, 1858, in Nebraska; Kate I., born Sept.9, 1860; Jessie J., Feb. 20, 1863; Allen W., born April 1, 1866; Lucy A., born Jan. 4, 1869; Paul H., born Nov. 16, 1871; Helen N., born Dec. 11, 1875. In politics, Republican. In religion, Congregational, is Deacon. Has been Treasurer and Clerk and Director of School; also Good Templar.


FARNAM JOHNSON (deceased); was born in New Jersey Dec. 12, 1802. In 1827, he came to the lead diggings about “Hardscrabble” (Hazel Green), and spent the summer there and at Sinsinawa Mounds, In 1828, he came to Platteville, and began hauling lead for Maj. Roundtree; he was know to have hauled some of the heaviest loads that ever left the place, and was a most expert driver of oxen. During the Black Hawk war, he served with credit, and later went to the Fevre River lead mines. In 1835, he married, at Old Pelmont, Miss Amanda Eastman; she was born May 12, 1812, near Delaware, N.Y.; her early life was spent in Ohio and Indiana. In 1830, her parents, Moses and Elizabeth Eastman, settled at Belmont; they were among those who “forted” at Elk Grove during the summer of 1832. After his marriage, Mr. Johnson spent three years on a farm near Horseshoe Bend, Fevre River. In the summer of 1838, he bought of Elijah Mayfield 240 acres, which is still in the family; during the fall, his wife and himself erected a log house; apertures for windows and doors were sawed out with a crosscut saw. Mr. Johnson standing on the inside and she outside; this house stood on the site of that now occupied by Henry W. Johnson, and was torn down to make room for it when the latter married Maria Quimby, of Etna, Wis. Farnam Johnson and wife resided on this farm from Christmas, 1838, until his death, July 6, 1879. He left five children—Mary (Mrs. John Wallace); Elizabeth (Mrs. George Clemmer); Nancy (now the widow of J. W. Humiston, drowned June 27, 1878, in the Gulf of Mexico); Henry W. and Warren; Henry W. enlisted Aug. 11, 1862, in Co. E. 25th W.V.I.; served in the Sioux war in Minnesota, through the siege of Vicksburg, and fought under Sherman to Atlanta; thence marched with him through Georgia and the Carolinas. He was discharged with the regiment June 21, 1865. Is now on the homestead, containing in all 390 acres; Warren Johnson is also here, as is the widowed mother. The former married Phebe J. Dickinson, of Lima. Mrs. Johnson is the picture of a brave old pioneer lady, and enjoys the comforts of a well-earned home.


F. W. KIRKPATRICK (deceased); was born in Madison Co., Ill., Dec. 8, 1808. Went with his brother Jesse to Galena, Ill., 1826, and in 1827, came to Platteville, Wis. Engaged in mining and smelting lead for ten years; then went to Lake Superior and worked in copper mines; from there went to Missouri; then came back to Wisconsin; stayed here two years and then went to Pike’s Peak for one year, after which he returned to Wisconsin, and lived here until his death. Was married to Ann R. Hamilton, March 12, 1851, who was born April 14, 1824, at Springfield, Ill; have had four children, whom of only one is living—Mary Alice, who married Maxwell Fawcett, and now lived at Emporia, Kan.; those deceased are Sarah J., twin sister to Mary A., Francis and Lillian; the two latter are buried at Rock Church Cemetery, and Sarah was buried near St. Louis. F.W. Kirkpatrick died April2, 1863, and was buried in Rock Creek Cemetery. His wife lived for fifteen months after her marriage at Wingville, then moved on to the place where she now lived, and has resided there ever since with the exception of four years when she lived in Kansas. She is a member of the M.E. Church. The homestead contained 140 acres of land.


A. V. KNAPP, farmer, Sec. 31; P.O. Platteville; was born in Senaca Co., N.Y., June 27, 1832’ came to Wisconsin in 1854; engaged in farming east of Lancaster in 1865; removed to his present place; now owns 260 acres of land; enlisted October, 1861, in the 10th W.V.I., Co. F, as private; mustered out December, 1863, as 2d Lieutenant; member of Good Templars’ Lodge. His wife, Laura C. Woldorf, was born in Harrison, Grant Co., Jan. 27, 1844’ married Oct. 4, 1864; they have eight children—Fred W., born July 2, 1865; Frank S., Feb. 16, 1867; Sidney D. B., July 23, 1869; Clara L., Oct. 16, 1870; Charles D., Feb. 16, 1873; Jessie E., July 2, 1875; Horace H., Feb. 26, 1877; Arthur V., June 2, 1880, died Dec. 19, 1880.


VALENTINE KRAMER, Sec. 4; P.O. Platteville; was born Feb. 8, 1820. in Prussia; came to America in 1841, landed at New Orleans; spent a winter in the mines at French Village, Ill., and in March, 1842, reached Platteville; engaged in mining at Big Patch, Dodgeville and Beetown; in 1847, he bought 80 acres of his present farm; it was timbered openings, with only log buildings upon it; has cleared some, and added 160 acres, part of which was improved before his purchase. He married Catharine Wonn, of Prussia, in August, 1847; they have eight children—Maggie, Mary, Henry, Valentine, Fannie, Minnie, John and William; all were born in Lima as was Louisa, who died when 24 years of age. The family belong to the Lutheran Church.


GEORGE MARTIN, farmer, Sec. 7; P.O. Platteville; was born in Grant Co., Wis.; has always been on the farm; now owns 80 acres of land. His wife, Sarah Chilson, was born in Adams Co., Ill.; her parents were old settlers in Wisconsin; her father died in 1869; her mother is now living in Liberty, Grant Co., Wis. Married, Christmas, 1876. In politics, Republican; in religion, believer.


JOHN McCLURG. Sec. 19; P.O. Platteville; born in Salem, Mercer Co., Penn., Nov. 16, 1803. Married Miss Jane Manson, of Verango Co., Penn., and came in 1844, to Wisconsin; in May of that year, they began in a log cabin in a log cabin in the timber that then covered his farm of 60 acres. Mrs. McClurg died Oct. 27, 1856, leaving seven children—Henry, James, Louisa, Martin, Margaret, Albert and John; the two youngest were born in Lima, and the others in Pennsylvania; Louisa is now in Missouri; Henry in Washington Territory, while John is in Highland, Iowa Co.; Albert McClurg died in the Union service, and James, pressed into the rebel army, was killed by his own men. The second wife, formerly Hannah Klingensmith, died Aug. 11, 1879. Mr. McClurg now leases his farm, and will probably spend the remainder of his days here. He is a member of the Baptist Church.


WILLIAM McCLURG, Sec. 19; P.O. Platteville; born Aug. 6, 1812, in Mercer Co., Penn. Married Miss Ann Manson, who was born march 7, 1817, in Venango Co., Penn. Engaged in farming until he came to Wisconsin, which was in 1843; they came via the Ohio and Mississippi to Galena, thence to “Whig,” where they wintered; the next spring he took up land on Buckwheat Ridge, and was there five years; afterward rented farms for a time, and, in 1843, settled on his present farm of 43 acres; the log house and surrounding forest have given place to cultivated fields and a pleasant frame house. Mr. and Mrs. McClurg have three children—Mary Jane, now Mrs. Samuel Frazier; James A. and Henry; the two eldest were born in Ellenboro, and the youngest in Lima. Mr. and Mrs. McClurg belong to the Christian Church of Platteville.


THOMAS McKOWN, blacksmith, Washburn; was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., Feb. 1, 1847; learned the trade of blacksmith at Wheeling, Va., then removed to Keokuk, Iowa, was engaged by the United States on the Government works; came to Wisconsin March 22, 1876, and worked for Mr. Harris; enlisted in the 129th Ohio V.I. His wife Sarah Harsha, was born in Mifflin, Iowa Co., in 1856; married in 1872; they have three children—Elmer, Delia F., Herbert. In politics, Republican; a liberal believer.


JOSEPH O. McREYNOLDS, Sec. 13; P.O. Washburn; was born March 14, 1826, in Bond Co., Ill.; left there with his parents in 1836, and came to Wisconsin and settled on the farm known as the Conklin farm; took poultry and produce to Old Belmont, where the first Legislature was then in session; bought the farm he now lives from the Government; owns 140 acres of land; held office on Town Board in 1879, and has been on School Board thirteen years. Was married to Sarah Glenn, July 18, 1858; have seven children living and two deceased—the former named Walter E., William S., Jessie G., May C., Arthur V., Bertie L., Ethel M.; the latter named Clara E., Joseph L., both buried in the family cemetery on the place. The stone house which they occupy was built on the site where the old log cabin stood which his parents lived in, and has always been a landmark for travelers. He is a member of the Masonic order at Mifflin Lodge, and also belongs to Lodge No. 28, I.O.O.F. When Mr. McR. First came to Platteville, there was only one store kept by Maj. Roundtree, and a blacksmith shop.


ELIAS MEDLEY, Sec. 17; P.O. Platteville; was born in 1810, in Trumbull Co., Ohio. Married Margaret A. Espy, who was born in 1810, in Cumberland Co., Penn.; in 1846, the came via the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to Grant Co.; they began in a log house on 80 acres of the present 200 acre farm. They have seven children—Philo H., a twenty years resident of California; Cornelia, now Mrs. J. Carson, of Kansas; Robert E. and Alfred, now of Lima; Thos. Jefferson, now in Texas, Jane E., wife of Peter Klingensmith, of Lima, and Mary A., now Mrs. H.C. Haskell, of Lima. Mr. Medley has been a life-long farmer, and is now in broken health, partially caused by the labors and hardships incurred by all early settlers in timbered regions.


J. W. MORRISON, Sec. 17; P.O. Platteville; was born in New Windsor, Orange Co., N.Y., in 1839; he resided as a farmer in his native county until 1855, then came to Wisconsin, and located on a farm in Iowa Co., in 1858, he came from there to Lima; in August, 1864, he enlisted in Co. B. 43d W.V.I., and served ten months, or until the rebellion succumbed; in the spring of 1866, he settled on his present farm of 73 acres. He married Miss Caroline, daughter of Luke Moses; she was born in Trumbull Co., Ohio, from whence her people came to Lima in 1855. Mr. and Mrs. Morrison have three children—Wm. E., Carrie W. and J. Percy, all born in Lima, where the parents were married. Mr. Morrison has for the past six years been Town Treasurer of Lima.


LUKE MOSES, deceased; was born in the year 1805, in Canaan, Conn.; when a young man, he removed to Ohio, and married in Hartland, Trumbull Co., Olive Dickenson; she was born Dec. 1, 1810, in Cornwall, Conn., and was 6 months of age when her parents removed to Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Moses came to Lima in 1855, and settled on the farm where he died May 2, 1861; he left two children—Martin and Caroline. Mr. Moses was an upright Christian citizen, who lived enjoying the confidence of his fellows, and who died enjoying faith in the final reward of his Maker. His aged widow, still in full possession of her faculties, now resides with her only son, who inherited the homestead.


NELSON NEWMAN, Sec. 1; P.O. Washburn; miller; was born in Madison Co., Ill., March 15, 1830; left there with his parents in 1837, and came in Lima, Wis., where they built the first grist-mill in the town in 1840, and built the second mill in the village of Washburn in 1846; run this til spring on 1868, when he removed to the site he is now on and built the mill which is now run by the firm of Newman & Wagner. Nelson was married to Louisa Melvin, Dec. 23, 1858; she was born in town of Smelser, Wis., November, 1841. They have six children living—Alice, Jessie, Jefferson, Inez, Frank r., Louisa G. and one deceased, Wilber, who died in 1864 and was buried in Washburn Cemetery Mr. Newman has been on School Board fifteen years, and on Town Board one year; is also a Mason, of Melody Lodge, Platteville, and is a member of I.O.O.F., Washburn Lodge, No. 128. He is now extensively engaged in raising stock.


A. M. STEEL, farmer, Sec. 22; P.O. Platteville; was born March 8, 1830; came to Wisconsin in 1850, now owns 120 acres of land on which he has made the improvements; his wife was Miss Burney, afterward Mrs. Evans, a native of Wayne Co., Ohio; they married in 1862. In politics a Republican; in religion, Methodist. Has been Clerk and Director of Schools, also Assessor and Pathmaster.


ELISHA WAGNER, of the Washburn Mills. The subject of this sketch was born in Ohio, Oct. 9, 1819; emigrated to Wisconsin in 1852; bought 160 acres of land in Clifton; sold and bought a half interest in the mill; also owns 100 acres of land. The mill is one of the best in the county. His wife, Sarah Taylor, was born in Lancashire, England, Aug. 15, 1814; emigrated to America in 1817, with her parents, who located in Ohio, and died there; they were married Feb. 19, 1844; she died April 10, 1878, and left five children—Charles Wesley, born in Ohio Dec. 11, 1846; miller by trade, and employed in the Washburn Mills; William Thomas, born in Ohio Aug. 22, 1848, and now is Kansas; Margaret Elizabeth, Sarah Ann, Mary E. In politics, Republican; religion, Methodist for forty-one years, and held the the offices of Steward, Class Leader and Trustee. Has been Pathmaster, District Treasurer; was Assessor in Ohio. They have a granddaughter, Tillie Draper, who resides with them.


LYBORN WELLS; P.O. Washburn; was born March 12, 1825, in Burlington Co., N.J. His father and mother died when he was 15 years old, and he was left alone to look out for himself; went to Harper’s Ferry, on the Potomac River, and worked on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad for two years, then came to Chicago, and from there to Joliet and worked at the carpenter’s trade for the winter, and after that came to Mifflin, Wis., and engaged in mining till the spring of 1859, then went to California and returned in 1852, but went back and stayed one year more; then came back to Mifflin and bought 310 acres of land from the Morehead estate, and farmed it one year, sold it and bought the Morehead Saw-mill, on Little Platte River, in town of Lima, and run it four years, after which, bought 160 acres of land from Gov. Dewey; remained there two years, then removed to Washburn, and had lived there since, except two years that he kept a Grange store in Platteville. Was married in 1854 to Emma Pullen, who was born in New Jersey Oct. 3, 1836; have five children—Lorenda, Allen V., Leslie K., May C., Charles. Mr. Wells was Justice of the Peace for three years, also Assessor three years; he kept a store in Washburn at the same time he was farming, and his son Allan was postmaster.


GEORGE S. WHITCHER, farmer and dairyman, of Lima; P.O. Platteville; was born in Bath, Grafton Co., N.H., May 4, 1830; four years later, his parents removed to Michigan, then went to Ohio, then to Wisconsin in 1845. They located on a timbered farm in Ellenboro. Grown to manhood here, G.S. Whitcher, in 1850, went to California, and was there about six years. During this time, his parents had settled where he now lives in Lima. In 1859, he married Rhoda Cooley, a native of Johnson, Trumbull Co., Ohio. His father died in 1871 on the farm, and the widowed mother in 1875, in Platteville. Mr. and Mrs. Whitcher have five children—John F., Fannie L., Lee, Nora A. and George S., all born in what is now the cheese-factory, then the home of their parents. Mr. Whitcher has a fine farm of 393 acres, originally timbered land, that is fast proving itself equal to the best grass, producing lands of Central New York. He has a herd of twenty or more milch cows, with much other stock and very large and well arranged barns. In the spring of 1880, he fitted up a cheese-factory, the only on in his town. It has proven a successful venture, and it is his intention to use the milk of 300 cows during the season on 1881; 125 cows furnished the milk for the 23,000 pounds of cheese made here in 1880. Mr. Whitcher has added a new boiler, pump, etc., and evidently means to do a good business.


F. G. WOODRUFF, farmer and broom-maker, Sec. 32; P.O. Platteville; was born in Chenango Co., N.Y., in 1831; came to Wisconsin in 1844; owns 80 acres of land. His wife, Elizabeth Calloway, was born in Cornwall, England, in 1838; married May, 1860. They have five children—Albert, born Feb. 16, 1861; Eva, June 13, 1862; Elsie, Oct. 9, 1863; Lovilla, Aug. 7, 1864; Jesse, July 20, 1876. In politics, Republican; in religion, liberal believer. Has been School Director, Clerk and Pathmaster. His father died January, 1866; is mother January, 1871.


EDWARD M. WOODWARD, Section 20 and 21; P.O. Platteville; born March 27, 1817, in Steuben Co., N.Y., where he was, in early life, a day laborer. He became cooper’s apprentice in Trumbull Co., Ohio, where he settled in 1844; ten years later, he came to Lima and settled on 10 acres of timbered land. He began with scarcely a dollar, and has literally hewed out of the original timber of Lima, a farm of 310 acres. He married Sarah Hake, who was born near Little York, Penn. The two eldest children—John W. and William W., were born in Trumbull Co., Ohio; the others—Elizabeth, Mary, Minerva, Albert, Wilson, Rhoda and Phebe were all born in Lima, where all now live, except Mary, who resides in Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Woodard have lost four children.



Town of Bloomington

WILLIAM BATIE, wagon, carriage and sleigh manufacturer, Bloomington; native of Canada, born in 1839; came to Grant Co. with his parents in 1850, and located in Bloomington. His father was engaged in farming. The subject of this sketch learned his trade in Bloomington and established his present business in 1862; has been Justice of the Peace; held various school offices, and is at present President of the village of Bloomington; is a prominent member of the I.O.O.F.; passed all the chairs in the subordinate Lodge as well as the Encampment. Was married, in Bloomington, in 1865, to Miss A.A. Stearns, a native of Vermont, by whom he has one son. Mr. and Mrs. Batie are members of the Congregational Church. Mr. Batie has a large shop and employs three men; his business has gradually increased from the start.

HOMER BEARDSLEY, Sec. 15; P.O. Bloomington; owns 87 ½ acres land, valued at $35 per acre; was born in Litchfield Co., Conn., in 1821; came to Wisconsin in 1858; settled on his present farm in 1866. Married Jennette Chapin, a native of Connecticut; they have one child by adoption—Jennie. Mr. B. enlisted in Co. D, 33d W.V.I., in 1862, and was discharged in 1865.

DANIEL BIDWELL, of the firm of Bidwell & Briggs, general grocers and meat market, Bloomington; was born in the State of New York in 1838; came West in 1868, and located in Little Grant and engaged in farming; established in the grocery business in Bloomington in 1867, added the meat business in 1871; his business has gradually increased from the start; in the simmer-time, he runs a peddling-wagon through the country. During his residence in Little Grant, he held the office of Treasurer acceptably. Was married, in Wisconsin, in 1874, to Miss Caroline Ball, a native of Grant Co., by whom he has three children—two sons and one daughter. Mrs. Bidwell is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mr. Bidwell is a member of the Baptist Church and also of the I.O.O.F. His father died in 1861; his mother is still living, at the age of 76 years. By his square-dealing in business he has gained the confidence of the people.

T.S. BROOKENS, Sec. 21; P.O. Bloomington; owns 120 acres land, valued at $45 per acre; born in Ohio in 1833; came to Wisconsin in 1854; in 1864, he settles on his present farm. Married Catharine Ketner, a native of Pennsylvania; they have five children—Rosella, Isabelle, Clyde, Eugene E. and Ora. Mr. B. enlisted in Co. O, 2d W.V.I., in 1861, and was discharged in 1864. They are members of the Congregational Church.



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