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Marinette County, Wisconsin
Biographies


Leo J. Evans
A resident of Marinette since 1882, Mr. Evans has a place in business, civic and social affairs in the prosperous city of northern Wisconsin. His principal attention is given to real estate, mortgages, loans, abstracts, and other departments of general real estate and land business, but his interests also comprehend many other affairs. Mr. Evans is treasurer of the Marinette Development Club, and is a director in the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Marinette. Born in Wolverhampton, England, December 8, 1858, Mr. Evans was reared and began his business career in his native land, coming to Marinette when he was twenty-four years of age. In 1880 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Read. He early acquired a thorough training in mercantile affairs, and finally established a store at Birmingham, England, but sold out in the fall of 1882, and came to America. His first settlement was at Marinette, where he opened a general store and ran it prosperously until 1893. Closing out his mercantile interests, he then entered his present line of endeavor, in which his success was immediate and has been steadily growing. Mr. and Mrs. Evans are the parents of two children : Emily R. is the wife of John A. Faller of Marinette. Mr. and Mrs. Faller have two children, John Evans Faller, and Elizabeth Pauline Faller. George B. Evans, the son and second child, is now a student in the University of Wisconsin law department. Outside of business Mr. Evans has long been prominent in politics, and in religious circles. As a Democrat he is one of the local leaders, though his residence in a district overwhelmingly Republican has precluded any participation in the essential honors and rewards of political life. Twice, in the party interest, but without any expectation of success, he has allowed his name to go on the Democratic ticket as candidate for state senate. A member of the Catholic church, Mr. Evans has been prominent in that organization in Marinette, and has filled all the chairs in the local lodge of the Knights of Columbus. As a popular speaker and after-dinner orator he is regarded as one of the ablest in this . section of the state, and is frequently designated a speaker at popular gatherings or as toastmaster in special meetings. [Source: "Wisconsin Its Story And Biography, 1848-1913" By Ellis Baker Usher, pub. 1914 - Submitted by FoFG]

Lewis M. Evert
One of the progressive and able young attorneys of Marinette is Lewis M. Evert, who established himself in practice here in 1905, about a year after his graduation from the law department of the University of Wisconsin, in June, 1904. His first practice was conducted at Wausaukee, but after about a year he removed to Marinette, and his continued success here has amply rewarded his choice of a location. Born in Pewaukee, in Waukesha county, Wisconsin, on February 12, 1876, Lewis M. Evert is the son of August and Elizabeth (Wiederman) Evert. The father was a farmer, now deceased, who came to Wisconsin in 1869 from his native land, Germany being his birthplace as well as that of the mother. They came to America at about the same time, but were married in their new homeland, and settled on a farm in Wausaukee county. There Lewis M. Evert was born and reared, attending the district schools, and when he had advanced sufficiently he applied himself to teaching in the winter terms in the rural district. Six winters he passed thus occupied, at the same time being engaged in carrying on his studies in preparation for the prosecution of a law course in the State University, his plans to that effect having been early matured. He took a scientific course at Carroll College, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in preparation for entrance to the University, and in 1901 he entered the law department, from which he was graduated in June 1904. Mr. Evert has been more than ordinarily successful in his legal practice since coming to Marinette, and served as police judge of Marinette from May, 1909, to May, 1913, rendering a service in that capacity that was worthy of a higher court and showing him to be an able and coming man in his profession. On October 18. 1909, Mr. Evert was married to Miss Clara Kuenzli, of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, and they have one child, Thomas R. Evert. Mr. Evert is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Eagles. He is already well established in his profession in the city and county, and gives promise of a useful career in the law, as well as of proving himself a citizen of high order in the community where his best efforts are exercised.[Source: "Wisconsin Its Story And Biography, 1848-1913" By Ellis Baker Usher, pub. 1914 - Submitted by FoFG]

Hiram Orlando Fairchild
HIRAM ORLANDO FAIRCHILD, Marinette, the subject of this sketch is associated in the practice of the law with an older brother, John B. Fairchild, under the firm of Fairchild & Fairchild.  Mr. Fairchild is a native of the State of Indiana, having been born in that state at Newtown, Fountain county, August 14, 1845.  He spent his youth in his native state, and continued to reside there until 1866, when he went to Fort Kearney, Nebraska, to represent the business interests of the late Judge Levi Hubbell, of Milwaukee, in the firm of Beale, La Fevre & Company.  The late ex-lieutenant-governor Beale, of this state was also a member of this firm.  Mr. Fairchild remained in Nebraska until the spring of 1867, when he removed to Wisconsin.  He prepared himself for college in the high school at Wabash, Indiana, and entered Wabash College, which is situated at Crawfordsville, Indiana, in the fall of 1861.  Here he continued with an intermission of one year, which he spent in the mercantile business at Danville, Illinois, until the summer of 1866, when he graduated in the classical course, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Arts.  Three years later his Alma Mater conferred upon him the degree of Master of Arts.  Having studied law during the years 1868 and 1869 in the law office of his brother, who then resided at Oconto, he was admitted to the bar in May, 1870, and located at Marinette, where he has ever since been actively engaged in the practice of the law.  Upon the organization of Marinette county, in 1879, he was appointed, by Governor Smith, district attorney of that county, to which office he has since been twice elected by the people.  During his term of office as district attorney he has prosecuted several important criminal cases; notably among them is that of the state against Charles E. Crocket, who was charged with the murder of John Kelley in October 1879.  This case became quite a noted one.  It was removed, by a change of venue, to Fond du Lac county, where Crocket was tried in the spring of 1880, and, although defended by such eminent criminal lawyers as E. S. Bragg and C. W. and W. B. Felker, was convicted of manslaughter, and sentenced to the state prison for five years.  The case was afterward removed by writ of error to the supreme court of the state, when, to the already great array of counsel for the prisoner, T. R. Hudd, of Green Bay was added.  Mr. Fairchild followed the case to the supreme court, and at the request of the attorney-general made the argument in behalf of the state.  The judgment of the lower court was affirmed.  In the conduct of this case, from the beginning to the ending, Mr. Fairchild was alone, and the energy and ability with which he presented it made him a wide reputation in the state as a criminal lawyer.  As everything connected with the life and ancestry of the late President Garfield is of peculiar interest to the public, it may not be amiss to say that the genealogy of Mr. Fairchild's family and that of General Garfield may be traced back to a common ancestry, that of Joshua Bigelow, who died at Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1745.  Joshua Bigelow had two children:  a son, Eliezer, and a daughter, Mercy.  The daughter married Thomas Garfield, Jr.  A son, Solomon Garfield, was born of this marriage.  Solomon Garfield grew up, was married and had a son, Abraham Garfield, who was the father of James A. Garfield.  Eliezer Bigelow, the son of Joshua Bigelow, was married and had a son, Jabez Bigelow, who in turn had a son Reuben.  The son, Reuben, was married and had a daughter, Laura, who married John Fairchild in 1835.  Of this union the subject of this sketch was born. [Source: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin History and Biography, by Parker McCobb Reed, Milwaukee (1882) transcribed by Mary Saggio]

HIRAM ORLANDO FAIRCHILD (Rep.), of Marinette, was born in Newtown, Indiana, August 14, 1845; received at collegiate education, graduating June, 1866, at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana; is by profession an attorney-at-law; came to Wisconsin in 1867 and settled at Marinette; was district attorney of Marinette county from 1879 to 1883, having been appointed by the governor to that office on the organization of the county; was elected member of assembly for 1883, receiving 1,469 votes against 1,045 votes for A. C. Merryman, prohibitionist. [Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1883) page 490; transcribed by Tammy Clark]

John William Peterson Lombard
For nearly forty years a Wisconsin banker and fifty years in the banking business and now president of the National Exchange Bank of Milwaukee, Mr. Lombard began his career as a messenger in a Chicago bank and has been through all the grades and responsibilities of organized finance. And besides being president of one of the best known institutions of the Milwaukee financial district, he is president of the Milwaukee Clearing House Association; is treasurer of the Colby Bessemer Iron Company; trustee and director of the American McKenna Process Company; director of the Stephenson National Bank of Marinette ; and director in the Canada Land & Fruit Company in the Isle of Pines. John William Peterson Lombard was born at Truro, Barnstable county, Massachusetts, August 3, 1849, and is descended from several prominent colonial lines in New England. His father, Lewis Lombard, was born in 1801 and died in 1879, and his mother, Sarah (Gross) Lombard, was born in 1805 and died in 1856. Mr. Lombard is in the eighth generation of descent from Rev. John Mayo, Nicholas Snow and William Lumpkin, all men of prominence in early Massachusetts; is in the seventh generation from Governor Robert Treat of Connecticut and Governor Thomas Roberts of New Hampshire, and in the sixth generation from Lieutenant James Lewis, of Massachusetts—all of these ancestors having been active in colonial wars. Another ancestor was David Snow, who fought under Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga. (A more complete statement of the ancestry will be found in the Year Book for 1896 of the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.) Mr. Lombard was reared and educated in his native state, attending the schools of Truro and a private academy there, and the high school at Somerville. He determined to work out his business destiny in the west, and on arriving in Chicago became a messenger in the old Fifth National Bank. He was with that institution and other Chicago banks for ten years, at the end of which time he was paying teller in the National Bank of America. Between 1873 and 1891 his residence was in Marinette, Wisconsin, where he first held the post of cashier in the Stephenson Banking Company, and later vice-president of that bank and its successor, the Stephenson National Bank. Since 1891 Mr. Lombard's activities have been centered in Milwaukee, and since that year he has been identified with the National Exchange Bank, becoming its second vice-president, then vice-president and now president of the institution. In 1906 he was elected president of the Milwaukee Clearing House Association. Mr. Lombard was married June 24, 1875, to Miss Sarah Josephine Brown, daughter of Jonas and Ann (Case) Brown, of Milwaukee. Their two children were Edmund Burke, who died in infancy, and Marinette, now ]Mrs. Richard S. Powell, of Iron Mountain, ^Michigan. Mrs. Powell was born in Marinette and was educated in the Milwaukee Downer College and at Wellesley College. The Lombard residence is at 205 Prospect avenue. Politically Mr. Lombard is a Republican, but has never aspired to any office. He is a life member of the Wisconsin State Historical Society and a trustee of the Milwaukee Downer College. He is also a member of the Mayflower Society of Wisconsin, the Society of Colonial Wars, and the Sons of the American Revolution. His recreations are golf and motoring, and his club membership includes the following: The Milwaukee, Milwaukee Country, Milwaukee Town, Milwaukee Athletic, Milwaukee Bankers, Milwaukee Yacht Club, Blue Mound Country Club, the Phantom, and the Pilgrim Club of Provincetown, Massachusetts. [Source: "Wisconsin Its Story And Biography, 1848-1913" By Ellis Baker Usher, pub. 1914 - Submitted by FoFG]

Edward W. Miller
The bar and citizenship of Marinette county gave deserved recognition to Edward W. Miller in November, 1912, when he was elected district attorney for that county. Mr. Miller is a capable young lawyer, has been in practice in Marinette since 1907, and since taking up his official duties on January 6, 1913, has shown much efficiency in handling the grave responsibilities entrusted to him. Mr. Miller previous to the beginning of his present official term served two years, beginning in 1911, as assistant district attorney. He practices law in Marinette as a member of the firm of Miller & Miller, his partner being his older brother, John O. Miller, now city attorney of Marinette, and who for five years, from 1905 to 1909, was district attorney of Marinette county. E. W. Miller has been a member of the firm of Miller & Miller since May, 1911. He was born at Florent, Wisconsin, August 8, 1884, a son of S. C. and Hedvig (Karen) Miller. Mr. S. C. Miller is one of Marinette's prominent manufacturers, being proprietor of the Miller Sash & Door Company, and a director in the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Marinette. The son was reared at Marinette where he attended the public school, graduating from the high school in 1903. His first inclination was for business, and with that purpose in view he took a course in the Marinette Business College during the winter of 1903-04. In 1904 he entered the law department of the University of Wisconsin where he was graduated in 1907, and admitted to the bar in the same year. He then located at Marinette and has been in active practice now for six years. Mr. Miller is unmarried and is popular in social circles. He is affiliated with the Masonic Order, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, is a member of the Norwegian Literary Society, and belongs to the Phi Alpha Delta, the law school fraternity. [Source: "Wisconsin Its Story And Biography, 1848-1913" By Ellis Baker Usher, pub. 1914 - Submitted by FoFG]

Lewis D. Plumer
Now representing the Phillips Lumber Company as one of its aggressive salesmen, Mr. Plumer has had a long and successful experience in the lumber business. When a boy he started out in Buffalo, New York, in the capacity of "tally boy," and about thirty years ago came to Wisconsin, and has been employed in nearly every relation and work connected with the business. Lewis Daniel Plumer was born in Buffalo, New York, June 1, 1866. His boyhood was spent in that city, and his attendance at the public schools was continued only until he was about twelve and a half years of age. The firm of Holland-Graves then took him in as tally boy in their lumber yard, and with that firm he had an experience continuing for eight years. The firm advanced him from one responsibility to another, and finally sent him out to Marinette, Wisconsin, and during 1885-86, he worked in scaling lumber. The year 1887-88 was spent in Canada, overseeing the estimating and shipping of lumber. During the winter of 1888-89, Mr. Plumer worked in the woods for Isaac Stephenson. In 1890 Pearly Law employed his services in shipping lumber at Marinette and Peshtigo. The summer of the same year was spent in shipping and estimating for the firm of Hamilton and Merriman of Marinette. Following that he was employed by Judge Cochran of Ashland in grading lumber, and then returned to Buffalo for the Montgomery Door & Box Company. In 1892 Mr. Plumer entered the employ of the Edward Hines Lumber Company of Chicago. He went into the yards, and by his practical ability' in all departments of lumbering was quickly advanced and sent on the road as a salesman. For four years he traveled over territory in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio. Virginia, and West Virginia. Following this experience on the road, he was placed in charge as superintendent of the mill at Iron river, and remained there until 1903. His next work was as manager of the mill at Park Falls. In April, 1913, Mr. Plumer came to Phillips and became identified with the Phillips Lumber Company as traveling salesman. For three years Mr. Plumer was president of the County Fair Association at Bayfield, Wisconsin. He was married May 8, 1897, to Margaret Golley. His politics is Republican and his church is the Catholic. [Source: "Wisconsin Its Story And Biography, 1848-1913" By Ellis Baker Usher, pub. 1914 - Submitted by FoFG]

Loren O. Robeck
The present county treasurer of Marinette county, Loren O. Robeck, was first elected to the office in the fall of 1910, beginning his official duties in the following January, and in November, 1912, was re-elected, now being in his second term. Mr. Robeck went in on the Republican ticket, and is one of the loyal members of that party in Marinette county. Mr. Robeck is a live and enterprising real estate man of the firm of Merryman and Robeck, both real estate and insurance, at Marinette. The senior member is A. C. Merryman, Jr. The firm was organized in 1907. Mr. Robeck has lived in Marinette nearly all his life, and was born in that city February 14, 1881, a son of Andrew and Sophia Robeck, the father being now deceased. Reared in his native city, Mr. Robeck attended the public schools, and the only lengthy absence from his home town was three years spent in northern Michigan. Practically all his active career has been devoted to the real estate business. He was first associated with his brother, Arthur Robeck, whose death occurred in 1904. Loren O. Robeck married Miss Ida B. Peterson, of Menominee, Michigan. Fraternally his affiliations are with the Masonic Order. [Source: "Wisconsin: its story and biography", 1848-1913, Volume 6 By Ellis Baker Usher - Sub. by BZ]

Isaac Stephenson
ISAAC STEPHENSON, of Marinette, Marinette county, was born in the town of Frederickton, York county, New Brunswick, June 18, 1829; received a common school education; is a lumberman; came to Wisconsin in 1845 and settled at Milwaukee; was engaged in lumbering at Escanaba, Mich., for twelve or thirteen years with headquarters at Milwaukee; removed to Marinette in the spring of 1858 and has ever since resided there; has held various local offices and was a member of assembly in 1866 and 1868; was a delegate to the national republican convention which nominated Garfield in 1880 at Chicago; was elected a member of the forty-eighth congress as a republican, receiving 12,774 votes against 12,518 for G. L. Park, democrat; 1,460 for H. H. Woodmansee, prohibitionist and 199 for J. Mehan, greenbacker. [Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1883) Transcribed by Rhonda Hill]
 


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