CYRUS E. HANCHETT, farmer. Sec. 32, P.O.Sparta, was born in Cortland Co., N.Y., in 1826, where he lived till fourteen years of age, when he left home. He engaged at work on a farm for several years. In 1847, he went to Connecticut where he was engaged as overseer on iron works till 1855. His first wife was Miss Sarah A. Hanchett, born in Connecticut. They came to Wisconsin in December, 1855. Mr. Hanchett bought a farm in the town of Angelo, Monroe Co., which he owned about two years; he then settled on his present farm, which he purchased at the same time. His wife died January, 1874; his present wife was Miss Sarah E. Brigner. Mr. Hanchett began life a poor boy; his mother having died when he was but two years of age, he did not have the benefit of her valuable influence in his early manhood. After he left his father's home, he lived for some time with Mr. George Truesdell, for whom he possesses a grateful remembrance. By him he was sent to school, and thus enabled to obtain the rudiments of an English education. Mr. Hanchett has a pleasant home and a well-improved farm of 120 acres. [Source: History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881]
WILLIAM HENRY HANCHETT is a native son of Monroe county and has always lived on the farm where he now resides. He was born in 1867 and is one of a family of seven children born to George K. and Elizabeth (Oakley) Hanchett. Of the others, Azaline is deceased, Helen married Christian Dahl and lives at Bismark, N. D.; John O.; Ruth M., now Mrs. Edward Schmidt, of Crandon. Wis.; George E., of Pierce county, North Dakota, and Herman E., of Madeline Island, in Lake Superior.
George E. Hanchett has been a resident of Monroe county since 1856. He was born in Litchfield county, Connecticut, January 22, 1828, a son of Isaac and Chloe (Brown) Hanchett, who were also natives of Connecticut. The first Hanchett came to this country on the coaling ship "Marion John'' from Plymouth, England, to Massachusetts in 1630 and was of English ancestry. Thomas Hanchett, was a Puritan of Norman French descent, and was probably the ancestor of all the Hanchetts in this country. The father of George E. died in 1840, leaving a widow, four sons and four daughters; the mother lived to be seventy years of age; her death occurred in Dodge county, Wisconsin. One of the sons was a soldier in the late Civil War, member of a Wisconsin regiment. At the age of sixteen years, George learned the blacksmith trade, and in 1854 he joined the train of western emigrants coming to Wisconsin, and two years later settled on a farm in Monroe county which has since been his home. He erected comfortable dwellings and other necessary buildings and his specialty has been fruits and berry culture, and of this industry he and his son, William Henry, have made a marked success. The father began the fruit culture in 1886 and has had as high as sixty acres devoted to this line at one time, and holds the reputation of being one of the most successful fruit growers of the state. They have made a study of the soil and climate and the varieties best adapted to these, and hence their success. Mr. George Hanchett was married on November 6, 1862 to Miss Elizabeth Oakley, daughter of John and Eliza Oakley, prominent settlers of the county. Mrs. Hanchett was born in Columbia county, New York, and died in Monroe county April 6, 1902. She was the mother of seven children. Mr. George Hanchett has represented the people of his township as clerk, assessor, treasurer and chairman of the board, and supports the principles of the Republican party, taking active interest in all their movements. He is loyal to home enterprises, honorable and upright in all his dealings, and worthy of the confidence bestowed upon him by his fellow citizens.
William H. acquired his early education in the district schools of his neighborhood and grew to manhood on his father's farm, which originally contained forty acres and to which has subsequently been added 220 acres, making a total of 260 acres known as one of the most productive fruit farms in Wisconsin. The father began the raising of small fruits in 1886, and since reaching his majority, our subject has worked the farm in connection with his father, making fruit raising a specialty. The farm is highly cultivated and improved with a fine array of buildings, and besides general farming, they carry on a fine dairy business, the farm being at all times stocked with the best horses and Guernsey cattle. Mr. Hanchett, Jr., is a man of high standing in the community, and his upright demeanor and character command the confidence and respect of all who know him. He was one of the organizers of the Sparta Fruit Growers' Association, and for several years has been its president, succeeding Mr. L. S. Fisher. He has been township clerk, chairman of the town board and is a member of the state hoard of public affairs, and in 1912 declined the nomination to the general assembly. He is a member of the class of 1898, state agricultural college, also of the Modern Woodmen Association, the Beavers, and the Angelo Union church. On September 16, 1909, Mr. Hanchett was married to Miss Bessie L. Anderson, daughter of Nels and Christina (Williams) Anderson, who came from Norway in 1856 and located at Deerfield, in Dane county. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
MICHAEL M. HANEY, county superintendent of schools of Monroe county, Wisconsin, is an earnest and enthusiastic educational worker who has established for himself a reputation that has popularized him with the patrons of the schools over which he has jurisdiction. Mr. Haney was born August 15, 1867, at Winona. Minn., son of John and Julia (McDonald) Haney, natives of County Galway, Ireland. Late in the 50's they came to the United States and settled at Winona. Minn., where the father was employed in railroading. In 1870 they moved to the town of Sheldon, Monroe county, Wisconsin, and settled on a farm. Here they lived and died, he in the fall of 1903 at the advanced age of eighty years, and she in 1905 at the age of seventy-two years. They raised a family of seven children, five boys and two girls, six of whom are now living. Mr. Haney's parents were poor and were unable to give him the educational advantages that he desired. He, however, made the most of those offered him. After finishing the common school he walked four miles to attend the village school and began to teach on a third grade certificate. He continued to teach and go to school during vacation until he secured a state certificate. He assumed charge of his first school in the township of Sheldon, in the district where he first attended school. This was followed by teaching in the district schools at Oil City, Lyon's Valley and Leon, and later in the villages of Glendale, Kendall and Norwalk in Monroe county, Ontario in Vernon county, where he once attended school, and Boaz in Richland county. His long and varied experience in teaching fitted him for the office of superintendent, to which he was elected in the spring of 1905. By the choice of the people he has since been returned to the same office three successive terms. Some of the stronger features of the work during his terms of office have been closer supervision, the introduction of the graded system, and freearm movement in penmanship and emphasis on the "Three R's." Mr. Haney was united in marriage August 15, 1895, to Miss Lenora Moore, daughter of A. D, and Janette (Jones) Moore, of Glendale, Wis. They have three children, Gladys J., Merwyn A., and Winona J. Haney. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
SEVER HANSEN, a prosperous and loyal citizen of section twelve, Sparta township, Monroe county, was born in Koljing, Denmark, February 12, 1849, the only son born to Hans and Jacobine Hansen, who lived and died in Denmark. The father was a soldier in the Danish army and was killed in battle during the war with Germany at the age of twenty-six years. After the death of his mother, which occurred three years later when she was only twenty-five years old, Sever went to live with his uncle, John Hansen, where he remained until he reached the age of fourteen years. He then began to make his own way in the world by working on a farm for two years, after which he went to sea and was a sailor for about two years; farming, however, was the occupation which appealed most favorably to him, and he returned to Denmark and followed that line for some nine years. In 1876 he emigrated to America and arrived in Sparta, Wis., on April 1, of that year: he hired out to Benjamin Morse, with whom he remained two years, and in 1879 was employed by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Company at construction work on the Viroqua branch of that road. After the completion of this he was employed at the same work in Iowa, Missouri and Canada, and later returned to Sparta and again took a position with the Milwaukee road and while thus employed, in 1882, he purchased his present farm, containing at that time sixty acres, to which he later added another forty acres and took up his residence there for two years. He again returned to the employ of the road for a short time, before taking up his permanent residence on the farm in 1886, and since then he has made many improvements in erecting buildings and clearing the timber land. He now has a good residence, barn, granery, machine shed, etc., and has brought the land to a high state of cultivation, making it one of the model farm homes in that section of the county, and Mr. Hansen is considered one of the most successful general farmers and stock raisers. On January 8, 1883, Mr. Hansen was married to Miss Helen Hansen, a native of Norway. They have six children, viz: Henry T. lives in Sparta township, Carl F. is a graduate of the Agricultural Department of the State University of Wisconsin, and now in the employ of the experimental department of that institution; Emma A., Norman J., Fred A., and Viola M., all reside at home. Mr. Hansen is known as an energetic and enterprising citizen, and in religious association he and his family are members of the Sparta Norwegian Lutheran church. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
CALVIN L. HANSHAW, one of the progressive farmers of Portland township, was born near Monmouth, Warren county. Ill., and is the youngest and only living son of a family of four children born to James and Susannah (Osborne) Hanshaw. The others are Elizabeth, now Mrs. William Whistler, of Iowa: Maggie and William, both of whom are deceased. The parents of Mr. Hanshaw, who were natives of Indiana, moved to Ohio after their marriage, and thence to Illinois, where our subject was born, and there the father died in 1867. His widow, mother of our subject, survived until 1904, when she passed away at the age of eighty-two years. Calvin was reared on the home farm in Illinois, where he continued to reside until 1872, when he came to Wisconsin and located on his present farm of 155 acres in section seventeen, Portland township. Here Mr. Hanshaw lived for many years in a log house of the early day pattern which was replaced in 1900 with a beautiful and commodious frame residence, and with his modern barn and other outbuildings and the high state of cultivation to which he has brought his land, he has one of the best farm homes in the county. He carries on general fanning and stock raising and with his thorough methods of operating, he has made a grand success. He is recognized as one of Portland's best citizens, ever ready to aid in any enterprise for the benefit of his town and county. On February 6, 1901, Mr. Hanshaw was married to Miss Matie Jones, daughter of John N. and Laura Ann ( Wheldon) Jones, of La Crosse county. There were nine children in the family; besides Mrs. Hanshaw: Herbert, of Newton Center, Wis.: William, of Bangor; Delia, deceased; Newton lives at Sioux Falls. S. D.; Jesse, of Bangor, Wis.: Nellie, of Winnipeg, Canada: Jennie, of Sparta, and one who died in infancy. To Mr. and Mrs. Hanshaw have been born two children, viz: Elvira May, born June 9, 1902, and Orville Calvin, born March 3, 1905. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
ORLANDO H. HASTINGS, veteran of the Civil War, was born at Charlestown, Orleans county, Vermont, March 7, 1840, and is the only surviving member of a family of nine children born to Osmyn and Dolly (Buck) Hastings, natives of Caledonia county, Vermont. The other children were Dolly Ann, Osmyn, Delight, Climena, married Bernard Whitney: Ozro B., Orsino, twin brother of our subject: Josephine A., and Angelette J. When our subject was ten years of age, his parents moved to Wisconsin and located in Dodge county. In 1852 they moved to Juneau county and in 1859 to Monroe county where they settled on a farm of 150 acres of wild land in La Grange township, which the father sold in 1867 to Levi Woodard. and thence moved to Minnesota, where they spent one year. Exchanging farms with their son-in-law, Bernard K. Whitney, they returned to LaGrange township and lived on the farm of seventy acres, where our subject now resides. They later returned to Minnesota, where the father died in 1878 at the age of seventy-five years and the same year his wife, mother of our subject, passed away at the age of sixty-nine years. He was prominent in his township, and was always an active man of affairs and was called to the various local offices of trust. Orlando H. received his education in the district schools and remained on the home farm until he reached his majority, when he secured employment at farm work in Dane county, Wisconsin. At the age of twenty-two, on August 14, 1862. he enlisted in company F, twenty-fifth Wisconsin infantry, and was mustered into the service at La Crosse. After a few months spent in Minnesota and at Madison, his regiment went to Columbus, Ky., and the following May to Vicksburg. On account of illness Mr. Hastings went to the hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and was given a furlough of three months, at the end of which time he returned to his regiment at Helena, Ark.: thence the regiment proceeded to Cairo, Ill., and was with Sherman in the Atlantic campaign. Again becoming ill, he was sent to several field hospitals and afterwards to the hospital at Rome, Ga., where, on account of disability, he was discharged on October 2, 1864. He then returned to his home in LaGrange township, where he soon after married and for three years conducted a farm in Glendale township, then returned to the town of LaGrange and spent three years. He then went, again to Glendale and in 1875 came back to LaGrange township, where he has since made his home, actively engaged in general farming. He was married March 7, 1866, to Miss Clarissa J. West, daughter of the late Hiram West. She died in 1882 in her thirty-fifth year. Thev had six children born to them, viz: George W., deceased; Lettic J. is the wife of Albert Doolittle, of Vilas county, Wisconsin; Lydia I., wife of Fred H. Bundy. of Sand Point, Idaho; Mary Josephine, deceased; Ella C. married William Kampman, of Minneapolis, and Orlando Jay is deceased. Mr. Hastings married for his second wife, Miss Christina Semersen, daughter of Christian Semersen, a native of Denmark. She died December 9, 1910, aged sixty-four years. Mr. Hastings has been active in the affairs of his town and has been director and treasurer of the school district. He is a member of the Henry W. Cressy Post, G. A. R. of Tomah. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
ASHER HAYNES, farmer, Tomah. Born in Wilmington, Windham Co., Vt., in 1813, where he lived till 1858. He learned the trade of blacksmith when a young man. In the Spring of 1858, he came to Tomah, and engaged in the grocery trade, being the first who engaged in that business in the village. This he followed for about four years, when he engaged in farming, which he has followed since that time. He was married to Miss Mary Robinson, who was born in his native town, in 1815. They have had five children, three of whom are living: Maria L., now Mrs. E. A. Gove, Martha Elizabeth, now Mrs. J. B. Farnsworth, formerly Mrs. J. C. Miles; and Marissa, now Mrs. Nelson Doxtader. Lost second and fourth child : Mary J. Bennett and Sanford A. The latter was a member of the 4th Wis. V. I., afterward the 4th Wis. Cav., during the Rebellion. He died in Clay Co., lowa, August, 1879, from disease contracted in the army. Mr. Haynes is one of the very first settlers of the village of Tomah. He and wife are members of the Methodist Church, at Tomah. [Source: History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881]
LYLE H. HEATH belongs to the younger class of prosperous farmers of Monroe county. He was born in Arcadia, Trempealeau county, Wis., and is the son of Edwin S. and Anna (Busby) Heath, of La Crosse and Trempealeau counties. The father removed from Trempeleau to La Crosse county, and in 1911 came to Monroe county. The paternal grandparents of Mr. Heath were Oscar B. and Ann (Miller) Heath, long-time residents of Marengo, Wis., and who later removed to La Crosse county, where he died in 1902. His wife, grandmother of our subject, survived nine years and passed away April 2, 1911. Lyle H. attended the public schools and was reared on a farm in La Crosse county, where he lived until the fall of 1911, when he removed to Monroe county and purchased the Dedrick Langrehr farm of 160 acres in section five, Sparta township. He is engaged in general farming and takes pride in raising Holstein cattle. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and the Yeomens. While only a recent settler in Sparta township, Mr. Heath is interested in the affairs of his town and county, and is one of its most loyal citizens. He has one brother, William O., who resides in Los Angeles, Cal. Mr. Heath was married on September 1, 1910, to Miss Martha LaFleur, daughter of Henry LaFleur, of New Amsterdam, Wis. They have two children, Mabelle A. and Willard L. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
M. O. HEFFERNAN, cashier of the Farmers' State Bank, Norwalk, is the son of Morris and Elizabeth (Sims) Heffernan, natives of Canada and England respectively. His father in early life left his native country and came to the States, and for some time after his arrival, followed the occupation of a sailor on Lake Erie. His next move was westward, this time coming to Wisconsin, where he arrived in the early fifties, locating in Hazel Green township, Grant county, where he engaged in farming and continued to reside, and at the time of his death in 1904, owned one of the best farms in the county. His widow, mother of our subject, still survives. Mr. Heffernan, grandfather of M. O., was also a native of Canada, where he spent his life in the occupation of farming. The ancestors on the Heffernan side were of Irish descent, while the Sims family were of English extraction (Cornish). William Sims, the maternal grandfather, was for many years a resident of Hazel Green township, Grant county, where he died in 1890 at the age of ninety years. M. O. Heffernan was the ninth child of a family of thirteen children, twelve of whom are living; the others besides our subject are John, of Wilton; William, deceased; Albert lives at Ireton, Iowa; Thomas, of Dubuque, Iowa; Abbie, wife of E. J. Osborn, Carroll, Iowa; James E. lives at Birmingham, Ala.; Mary is the wife of Grant Wills and resides at Cuba City, Wis., as does Oscar; Walter lives in Beloit; Jesse E. at Black Earth, Wis.; Clyde and Elmer reside at Platteville, Wis. Mr. Heffernan, our subject, received his education in the public schools of Grant county and at the Platteville Normal school, graduating from the latter institution with the class of 1901; he began teaching the same year at Hollandale, Wis., and in 1902 became principal of the Norwalk high school, continuing as such until 1909. In 1905 he was a candidate for county superintendent of schools in opposition to M. M. Haney, but was defeated after a hotly contested campaign. Closing his term as principal of the high school in 1909 he went to Hayti, S. D., where for two years he was engaged in the furniture business. Returning to Norwalk in May, 1911, he became cashier of the Farmer's State Bank, which position he still retains. This financial institution was organized September 17, 1907, with a capital of $10,000. The total footings of this bank often reached the snug sum of $100,000, and is considered one of the soundest institutions in the county.
On August 16, 1907, Mr. Heffernan was married to Miss Mabel McGary, daughter of Eugene and Lydia McGary, one of the prominent and highly esteemed families of Norwalk, and whose biography appears elsewhere in this work. Mr. and Mrs. Heffernan are the parents of two children, viz: Olive Lydia, and Eugene, who is deceased. Mrs. Heffernan was graduated from the Sparta high school with the class of 1898 and for several terms was a teacher in the schools of Norwalk. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
ADAM J. HEINTZ.
Among the many successful and public spirited farmers of Portland township, Monroe county, is Adam J. Heintz. He is the son of Peter and Barbara Heintz, natives of Germany, where Adam was born February 20, 1847, the eldest of a family of seven children. Of the others, Katherine is the wife of William Jenson and lives at Cashton: Caroline, widow of August Miller, Portland township: Adeline, wife of John Schmitz, of Portland township: Mary, deceased, was the wife of Peter Weber. When our subject reached the age of one year, his parents emigrated to America, arriving here in 1848. They came to Wisconsin and first settled in Jefferson county, and in 1863 moved to Monroe county, where the father purchased eighty acres of land in Portland township, to which he later added three 40's, and here established the family home where they passed the remainder of their lives. The mother died in 1882 at the age of seventy-six years; the father survived until August 2, 1892, when he passed away at the age of seventy-two years. Our subject was reared on the farm and attended the district schools, assisting in the farm work until twenty-three years of age, when he purchased 120 acres of wild land in section twenty-three, Portland township, and was one of the first settlers in that section. Starting in life with no capital but his native ability, he endured the many hardships of the pioneer, and by the good graces of W. H. Blyton and Martin Erickson, of Sparta, who extended him a line of credit for supplies, he was enabled to clear his land and place the same under cultivation. The first successful crop raised was wheat. His farm is under a high state of cultivation and well improved with a good residence, barns and tobacco sheds and other buildings. He has spent his whole life in farming and has been generally successful. In August, 1872, Mr. Heintz was married to Miss Victoria Mashak, daughter of Bartlemas Mashak. Mrs. Heintz died two years later in 1874, leaving one daughter, Anna, who is now the wife of Matt Marx, of Brush Creek. His second marriage was with Mary Schmitz. daughter of John Schmitz, of Portland township. Of this union six children have been born, viz: John lives at home: Peter lives at Cashton: Lena is the wife of August Meisner, of Portland township; Maggie is the wife of Frank Masenberg, of Jefferson township; Christ and Agnes Heintz are at home. In the early days of the township Mr. Heintz was a member of the side board and for thirty years has been treasurer of the school district. He and his family affiliate with the Pine Hollow Catholic church. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
HERMAN HEINTZ, a prominent farmer of Oakdale township, was born in Monroe county, Wisconsin, March 3, 1866, the son of John C. and Caroline (Hubert) Heintz, both natives of Germany. The parents came to America in 1852, and located in Waukesha county, this state, where they lived for five years. In 1857 they moved to Monroe county, where the father purchased 120 acres of land in section thirty in the town of Oakdale, to which he later added sixty acres, all of which was wild land covered with timber. He erected a log house of one room, in which the family lived for twenty years, and with his own hand cleared eighty acres, and placed the same under a good state of cultivation. The trip from Waukesha to Monroe county was made in a second class wagon which contained all their earthly possessions, and which was drawn by an ox team. Some relics from this old wagon are now in possession of our subject. They were honest, hard working people, devoted to their home and family and were members of the Lutheran church. Their family consisted of eight children, five of whom are now living. As a man he took great interest in all public matters, and for twenty years was school clerk of his town, and secretary of his church. The mother was also born in Germany, and died in 1906. Herman was educated in the district schools and at the age of twenty years purchased 180 acres of land in sections ten, twenty and thirty, Oakdale township, being the old homestead. Many of the improvements made by his father were on the place, the residence, which has been rebuilt by Mr. Heintz, was erected thirty-six years ago, and the barn was built thirty-eight years ago. A modern, up-to-date barn, 30 by 104, has recently been built, and a large compressed air tank furnishes water through a system of pipes for both house and barn. Mr. Heintz has an ambition to run his farm in the latest up-to-date manner, and in his operations uses all the modern devices. He was the first man in Monroe county to use a manure spreading machine, which was ordered direct from the factory, and he is the first man in the town of Oakdale to engage in alfalfa raising. He makes a success of this adventure, and during this year of 1912 has cut three crops from five acres. He is an extensive dealer in and breeder of Holstein cattle, and now has a fine herd of 250 head. In addition to his general farming operations, he carries on an extensive dairy business, and is also an extensive raiser of full-blooded white leghorn chickens. In every sense Mr. Heintz is a model and influential citizen, and one of the prosperous and progressive farmers of the county. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
JOHN HEINTZ, who is one ot the successful citizens of Jefferson township, Monroe county, Wisconsin, was born in Jefferson county, Wisconsin, July 17, 1854, the son of Michael and Catherine (Boltz) Heintz. The parents were natives of Rhein Pfaltz, a province of Bavaria. The father came to America in 1849 and first located at Grand Haven, Mich., where he was employed in the pineries for four years. In the fall of 1852 he returned to his native country, got his wife and came back to America in the spring of 1853 and settled on forty acres of land in the town of Sullivan, Jefferson county, and there passed his life. He was born in March, 1824, and died November 6, 1870. His wife, mother of our subject, was born in 1836, and died March 3, 1898. The father had a liberal education, secured in his native country, and after settling in this country, experienced all the ups and downs of pioneer life. He was honorable and upright, and a man of genial disposition, and with his wife was a member of the Catholic church. At the time of Michael Heintz's death, Mrs. Heintz, mother of our subject, acquired 140 acres of land in Jefferson county, and in 1863 Michael Heintz purchased 160 acres of land, part of which was in Monroe and a part in Vernon county. John attended the common schools until he was seventeen years old, and lived with his mother until 1884, when the family became separated, and he began to look out for himself. Has improved a farm and at present has one of the, best, if not the best, orchards in the town. In 1911 had a fruit yield of 300 bushels of apples. On May 6, 1884, he was married at Ottawa, Waukesha county, to Miss Barbara Bischel, daughter of Henry and Barbara (Ruf) Bischel. To this union has been born nine children, viz.: Gertrude B., born September 22, 1885, graduated from the Cashton high school in 1905, and for five years she taught school in Monroe and Chippewa counties, Wisconsin, which she gave up to accept a position with Marshall Field & Co.. of Chicago. At present (1912) Gertrude is employed in one of the departments of the Boston store, Chicago: Clara J., born October 31, 1887, is in business at La Crosse Steam Laundry; Bruno Henry, born January 21, 1890, is at home on the farm; Michael P., born December 29, 1891: Agnes G., born December 22, 1893: Frances Emma, born May 12, 1896; Lucia M., born September 17, 1899: Philamena, born May 29, 1902; Francis, born August 7, 1904. Several of the children attended high school at Cashton. Mrs. Heintz is the fourth child in a family of eleven children, eight of whom are now living. Her father came to America in 1851 and located in Waukesha county, Wisconsin; he was born at Gallinsheim Hessen Dormstadt, Germany, on the Rhine, July 18, 1828. The mother was born August 20, 1831, in Bavaria, Germany, and came to America with her parents in 1849. They were married at Ottawa, Waukesha county, Wis., in 1857, and celebrated their golden wedding April 20, 1907. They have five sons, three daughters and forty-three grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Heintz are members of the Catholic church, while in politics he is a Democrat. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
WILLIAM HEISER, one of the influential and public spirited citizens of Jefferson township, is the son of Adolph Heiser and Elizabeth (Fuhrmeister), both natives of Germany. The father came to America from Germany in 1851 with his brother William, and located at Beloit, Rock county. Wis. He was a watchmaker by trade and followed this occupation for some time in Beloit, when in 1856 he moved to the town of Jefferson, in Monroe county, and purchased 120 acres of land in section twenty-three, and there made his home and engaged in farming for thirty-six years, when he retired from active labor and spent the remainder of his life enjoying the well-earned fruits of his many years of toil. He died at Milwaukee in 1908. He had received a good education in his native county and was a man well posted on all current topics. He was well known in Monroe county as one of the most successful farmers: was prominent in public matters, and all worthy projects received his hearty support. He was a Democrat in politics and took a great interest in the affairs of his party. For several years he was chairman of the town board and clerk of the town, and no man stood higher in the estimation of the community than did he. The mother of our subject, who was a woman of many virtues, died in 1882. William Heiser was born at Beloit, Wis., October 5, 1854, and is one of a family of five children, four of whom are now (1912) living. He received his education in the district schools which he attended up to his eighteenth year, assisted his father in the farm work and lived on the homestead until his father retired. In 1844 the grandfather, Christopher Fuhrmeister, emigrated from Germany to America and first located at Rockford, Ill., and afterwards, in 1856, removed to Monroe county and purchased a farm of 320 acres in sections twenty-two, twenty-three and twenty-seven, in the town of Jefferson. He was a successful farmer and one of the pioneers of the county. After his death, the farm was acquired by our subject, who has since made many valuable improvements. In 1904 a large barn was built, the residence was enlarged and the land improved by cultivation so that now it is one of the most fertile and productive farms in Jefferson township, and is located five miles northeast of Cashton, and the farm is well stocked with good cattle, horses and hogs, while the up-to-date methods used in his operations makes him one of the most successful farmers and dairymen in his town. Public spirited and generous, Mr. Heiser has always been active in affairs of his county and has held several offices of the town: he was constable for one year, assessor three years, clerk of the school district for twelve years and is now serving his twelfth term as chairman of the town board. He has also been connected with several business enterprises: he was president of the Farmer's Creamery of Cashton for two years, and treasurer for eight years: vice president of the Monroe County Tornado Insurance Company of Monroe county, and is president of the American Society of Equity; he is a Democrat in politics and active in the councils of his party. Mr. Heiser has been twice married, first on July 26, 1890, to Miss Matilda M. Smith. Two children were born to this union, viz.: Frederick G., born October 29, 1891, and William born April 29, 1893. Mrs. Heiser died in 1893, and he married for the second wife Miss Adelia Smith, daughter of Jacob and Kate Smith, October 2, 1899. Her parents were both natives of Germany. The father died in 1904 and the mother survives at the age of eighty years. They had a family of ten children. One daughter has been born to this second marriage- Elsie, born March 7, 1900. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
C. C. HELMKE, a resident of Wilton, Monroe county, is an extensive stock raiser and general farmer, and was born in the town of Wilton, September 17, 1864. His parents. Christian and Elizabeth (Marten) Helmke, came from Germany to America in 1850, with one child, and located in Columbus, Wis., for a short time, then moved to Monroe county the following year, where for five years Mr. Helmke worked as a farm laborer. In 1855 he bought a farm of his own, containing eighty acres, in section nine, of the township of Wilton, where he lived for years in a log cabin of two rooms, and later added to his original purchase another eighty-acre tract, all of which was wild land and had to be cleared and broken before any profits could be realized. He died in 1872 and the remaining ones of his family continued to live there, and in 1877 erected a new frame house in which they lived until our subject bought out the interests of the other heirs and erected a fine new residence in 1890, which has since been his home. The mother died in 1906. They were well educated, thrifty and highly respected people and members of the Lutheran church. He was a Democrat in politics. C. C. attended school until he was fourteen years of age and was the mainstay of his parents on the farm and instigated most of the later improvements. He was married on June 3, 1897, in the town of Wilton to Mrs. Hannah Pach. Her people also came from Germany and located in Monroe county in 1870: they had eight children, seven of whom are living. They are now living in Wilton, the father at the age of seventy-three and the mother is seventy-one, and both are devoted members of the Lutheran church. Mr. Pach owns 160 acres of fine land in Sheldon township. Mr. Helmke has been a successful stock raiser for thirty years: he is a Democrat in politics and has served as assessor of the town of Wilton and was also treasurer for three years and for twenty years was a member of the school board. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
ALMON A. HELMS, attorney, of the firm of Graham & Helms. Born in St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., in 1846; afterward removed to Malone, Franklin Co. His father M. W. Helms, was a member of the 98th N. Y. V. I. Served three years during the Rebellion. Family removed to Durand, Wis., from St. Lawrence Co., in 1866. Mr. Helms read law at Durand with H. E. Houghton, Esq. Came to Tomah in 1874. He was engaged in teaching considerably, both in the State of New York, and after he came to this State. Was engaged in studying law while teaching. He entered the office of Judge Graham at Tomah, January. 1876; admitted in September, of that year. In October following, formed a co-partnership with Judge Graham; married to Mary E. Baker, whose parents were early settlers from New York. They have two daughters, Belle M. and Lulu M. [Source: History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881]
DAVID HEMSTOCK, a prominent drayman of Sparta, is the second eldest of a family of ten children. He was born in Milwaukee county, Wisconsin, October 13, 1858, to William and Elizabeth (Steadman) Hemstock, natives of England and Canada, respectively. The parents came to Wisconsin more than fifty years ago and located in Milwaukee county, where they remained for a short time and moved to La Crosse county and purchased a farm in Burns township, which by hard work and perseverance they brought to a high state of cultivation and made it their homestead until 1899, when the father died at the age of seventy-three years.
William Hemstock, the paternal grandfather, was a native of Canada, where he spent his life and raised his family of four sons, the third being the father of David, our subject. Mr. Steadman, maternal grandfather, was a native of London, England, and was a captain on the high seas for some time. He came to Canada and made that his home for a number of years, and moved to La Crosse for a short time and later to Chicago, Ill., where he spent the remainder of his life. Besides David, the other members of his family are Elizabeth, now the wife of N. V. Jewett, of Monroe county, Wisconsin: Fannie, the wife of F. A. Hubbard, of Barron; Sarah (deceased), wife of David Jones: William A., of Sparta: Mary Ellen, wife of Lemuel Jones, of Arkansas: Lillie, wife of John Bowen, of Barron; Ethel and George E., who reside in Sparta, and Gertrude, wife of Chris Thompson, who resides at Ladysmith, Wis. David was reared on his father's farm, where he remained helping with the farm work until he was twenty-five years of age, and then took up fanning on his own account in Burns township, La Crosse county. Nine years later he moved to Sparta, and in 1894 purchased, with his brother, William, the dray business of Hoffman & Fich, which they successfully conducted under the firm name of Hemstock Brothers for some five years, when David purchased the interest of his brother and has since conducted the business on his own account. He is a wide awake, prosperous and energetic business man, thoroughly up to date. He takes an active part in the fraternal orders to which he belongs, being a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Knights of Pythias and the Rebecahs. Mr. Hemstock was married in December, 1893, to Miss Clara E. Hulbert, daughter of Ira Hulbert, of Sparta. They have one child, Vena Ray Hemstock. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
WILLIAM A. HEMSTOCK, liveryman and popular business man of Sparta, is a native of Wisconsin. He was born in Burns valley, La Crosse county, and is the youngest of a family of ten children, three boys and seven girls born to William and Elizabeth (Steadman) Hemstock, both natives of Canada, who came to the United States in an early day and settled first at Milwaukee. From there they moved to West Salem, and nearly fifty years ago they came to Burns valley, La Crosse county, and located on a farm. They were among the early pioneers of this section and were considered substantial and successful farmers. Here they reared their family and lived until 1890, when the father passed away at the age of seventy-three. Mrs. Hemstock still survives and makes her home at Sparta. William attended the district schools while living on the farm, and at the age of twenty-three he married Miss Maude Skelton, of Lewis valley, Wisconsin, on November 24, 1892. He then rented a farm, which he worked on his own account for two years. In 1894 he gave up farming and moved to Sparta, where he engaged with his brother, David, in the drayage business, under the firm name of Hemstock Brothers, continuing for about five years: he then sold his interests to his brother and purchased the livery business of J. C. Hewitt, on Oak street, which he carried on for five years before moving to his present quarters on North Water street, and now conducts the largest livery business in Monroe county. Beginning with nine horses, he now has a stock of thirty and other equipment in proportion, and is recognized as one of the leading men of Sparta. He is active in fraternal organizations, being identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Equitable Fraternal Union, and is prominent in social circles. Mr. and Mrs. Hemstock have one daughter-Lila Belle. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
GEORGE A. HENRY, ex-sheriff of Monroe county, was born at Kingston, Ulster county, NY., March 18, 1859, to John and Hannah (Steanson) Henry, both of whom were born in Ireland. In 1850, while still a young man, he came to America and located at Kingston, where he served an apprenticeship for three years at the trade of currier, and after working with Nas & Teller for nearly twelve years, he came to Wisconsin in the spring of 1861 and purchased a farm of 120 acres four and one-half miles southwest of Tomah. Possessed with that thrift and energy common to his race, he brought his farm to a high state of cultivation, and there made his home until 1875, when he disposed of his land and returned to Kingston, N. Y. He remained there but a short time, and in 1877 came back to Monroe county, and on May 1 of that year purchased another farm of 120 acres near Jacksonville, and engaged in general farming and stock raising for about eighteen years, whence, in 1895, they moved to the city of Tomah, where Mrs. Henry died May 30, 1910, and where he still lives at the age of seventy-eight years. They had a family of two sons, George A. and William C. and both stood high in their community. He is a member of the Presbyterian church and the mother was a member of the Episcopal church. George A. Henry was raised on his father's farm and his experience was the same as that of most farmer boys. He attended the district schools and helped with the farm work until he was twenty-three years old, and for five years after his marriage, continued to reside on the home farm, then moved to the city of Tomah and engaged in the milling business for some four years, and from 1892 to 1908 was engaged in the dray business, and for fourteen years was a local agent for the Standard Oil Company. Mr. Henry is a Republican in political views, and is active in the councils of his party, and has been called upon to fill many public offices. He was school treasurer in the town of Adrian for two years and supervisor for one year: he was elected alderman of the city of Tomah from the second ward and served two years, and for four years was treasurer of the fire department. In 1908 he was elected sheriff of his county and served with distinction until 1911. Fraternally Mr. Henry is a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Woodmen of the World. On November 18, 1882, Mr. Henry was united in marriage with Miss Mary Schultz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Schultz, pioneer's of Monroe county, having come here in 1850. To Mr. and Mrs. Henry have been born five children, four of whom are now living, viz.: Robert W., born July 8, 1883: Arthur J., born February 7, 1887: Fay H., born December 26, 1889: Carl R.. born November 12, 1891; and Earl H., born September 24, 1894, is now deceased. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
F. HERBST, wagonmaker and blacksmith, Sparta. Born in Germany, in 1838. Came to the United States in 1855 ; located at Galena, Ill., where he learned his trade, and where he resided until 1866, when he came to Sparta. He was married in Illinois, to Elizabeth Strouse. born in Germany. They have six children, five sons and one daughter. [Source: History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881]
GEORGE L. HERBST, a prominent merchant of Sparta, was born here on May 7, 1868, the son of Fidel and Elizabeth (Stauss) Herbst. He attended the public schools in Sparta, and early started in life as a clerk in the store of J. J. Mason & Co.: he remained with this firm for some five years, then went to Watertown. S. D., where he remained for a short time, returning to Wisconsin he found employment with the Foster Lumber Company, of Fairchild. Wis. So well did he fulfill his duties here that he remained in their employ for twelve years. He next engaged with the firm of Kepler & Co., of Eau Claire, Wis., where he remained for about two years, and moved to Sparta again and took a position as clerk with the firm of Dodge & Davis in the dry goods business. During all these years, the one desire uppermost in the mind of Mr. Herbst was the ownership of a store: he had been attentive to business, and with his natural energy and economical tact, at the end of two years with Dodge & Davis, he had accumulated sufficient funds, so that in 1902, associated with his brother, Edward, he embarked in the dry goods business on his own account, which they successfully carried on for a short time, when Mr. Herbst purchased the interest of his brother and became sole proprietor. On February 8, 1005, the business was incorporated under the name of the Herbst Dry Goods Company, which it still retains, and with their new and up-to-date stock of goods, is one of Sparta's busiest and well known business establishments. In June, 1898, Mr. Herbst married Miss Winnie Kyle, daughter of H. H. Kyle, of Augusta. Wis. Three children have been born to them, viz.: H. Robert, George F. and Elizabeth Herbst. Fraternally Mr. Herbst is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Maccabees. Fidel Herbst, father of our subject, was a native of Preussen, Germany, born April 24, 1838. In 1854, when but sixteen years of age, he emigrated to the United States, stopping first at Syracuse, N. Y., where he was employed at the blacksmith trade: he remained there until 1866, when he came to Sparta, and was actively engaged at his trade until a little more than a year prior to his death, which occurred October 3, 1901. A Republican in his political opinions, he was interested in the affairs of his party and held numerous positions of trust. He was for a time chief engineer of the Sparta fire department: held the office of city treasurer and alderman from his ward, was in the city council and was a member of the Congregation church. He was the son of John Herbst, a native of Sigmaringen, Germany, who was a forester and spent his life in Germany. His wife's maiden name was Katherine Knittel. Fidel Herbst was married November 30, 1861, to Miss Elizabeth Stauss, daughter of Hartman and Katherine Elizabeth Stauss, natives of Germany. He was a merchant tailor in his home country, where he died in 1866, aged sixty-nine years. Mrs. Herbst, mother of our subject, was born September 28, 1841, and was the youngest of a family of seven girls and three boys. Shortly after the death of her father, when but ten years of age, accompanied by her older sister, Sophia, and two others, she came to this country and located at Hazel Green, Wis. She soon after went to Galena, Ill., where she was married to Mr. Herbst. They had a family of six children, viz.: Fred W., of Fairchild. Wis.: Carl C., of Minneapolis: Anna Marie Elizabeth, wife of Congressman John J. Esch, of La Crosse, Wis.: George L., John L. and Edward, all of whom reside at Sparta, where also the mother resides. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
FRED B. HERRMAN, who has been a resident of Monroe county since 1888, is a prosperous and influential farmer of Sparta township. He was born in the town of farmington, La Crosse county, February 9, 1862, and is one of a family of thirteen children, born to William and Katherine (Williams) Herrman. Those besides our subject are: Amelia, now the wife of Frank Huber, resides in La Crosse county; Lucas B. is deceased; Frank A.; Anna, widow of Phillip Corelett; Bessie is the wife of John Rhyme, of Sparta township; Mary is the wife of William Kuhen, of Dodge county, Wisconsin; Matilda is the wife of Kirt C. Squires and lives at Gladstone, N. D.: William resides in Sparta, where he is engaged in the grocery business: Henry resides in Indiana, Robert in La Crosse, and Amos lives in La Crosse county, and Lillian Herrman in La Crosse. The parents were natives of Germany, and after coming to the United States in the early forties, located first in Dodge county. Wisconsin, and later by ox team made their way to La Crosse county, where the father acquired a farm of 200 acres, and successfully engaged in farming, and there made his home until his death in 1900, at the age of seventy-three years. Mrs. Herrman, mother of our subject, passed away in 1901, at the age of sixty-three years. They were high minded and progressive, and enjoyed the friendship and esteem of all who knew them. The grandfather of Mr. Fred Herrman was Bartle Herrman, also a native of Germany. He came to America, and settled in Dodge county, Wisconsin, where he lived for many years, and died on a farm near Waupun.
Fred B. Herrman attended the district school at Farmington, La Crosse county, and remained on the home farm until he arrived at the age of seventeen. He was then employed at farm work by William Stornandt, of La Crosse county, and later entered the employ of Sawyer & Austin, in the lumber business, where he remained for three years. He next located on a farm in Burns township, La Crosse county, and there remained two years. He then, in 1888, purchased his present farm of 160 acres, of which forty acres lie in La Crosse county, and 120 acres in Sparta township, in section nineteen, from Martin Flood. Mr. Herrman is one of the thrifty and well-to-do farmers of the county, and his farm is equipped with the latest and modern labor saving machinery, and in 1897 he erected a large barn, to which during the year 1912 will be added an addition of 42 by 60 feet. In 1902, a new and up-to-date residence was erected, and this with his ninety-ton silo and other improvements, makes his one of the ideal country homes in Monroe county. He is engaged in general farming and dairying, and makes a specialty of raising Jersey cattle. On April 14, 1885, Mr. Herrman was united in marriage with Miss Ida J. Flood, daughter of Martin and Mary (Hammond) Flood, natives of Vermont and Canada respectively. Early in the fifties they came to Ridgeville township, in Monroe county, and located on what is known as the Shulte farm. In 1865, when Mrs. Herrman was four years of age, they removed to the farm in Sparta township where Mr. and Mrs. Herrman now reside. At that time the farm was in a wild state covered with a growth of timber, which Mr. Flood by hard work, thrift and perseverance, succeeded in clearing, and the land was brought to a good state of cultivation, and there made his home until 1902, when he died at the age of eighty-seven years. Mrs. Flood, mother of Mrs. Herrman, died October 24, 1890, aged seventy-one years. Bernard Flood, who resides in the city of Sparta, is the only brother of Mrs. Herrman. To Mr. and Mrs. Herrman has been born three children; Harry, born May 11, 1888: Harriet, born December 7, 1892, is now a student at the State University, and Robert A., born August 11, 1902. Mr. Herrman adheres to the principles of the Republican party, and while he has never sought or cared for office, he has been a member of the township board for several years, and was at one time a directory and manager of the Rockland creamery. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
JOHN HERRING, who is justly ranked among the substantial and progressive farmers of Sparta township, is a native son of Monroe county, Wisconsin, and was born on section thirty-six, Sparta township, May 2, 1867, son of Peter and Mary (Smith) Herring, both natives of Germany. The father when yet a young man, left his native land for the United States, and upon arriving in this country, came to Wisconsin and settled first in Leon township, Monroe county, where he found employment as a farm hand. Imbued with the determination to succeed, he went to work with a will, and by strict economy accumulated means with which he purchased a farm of 160 acres in section thirty-six, Sparta township, and commenced farming on his own account. He fought manly the hardships incident to pioneer life, and by hard work, thrift, and judicious management, he mastered all obstacles, improved the farm with a large and commodious dwelling, and outbuildings, and brought the land to a state of cultivation where it produced enormous crops, and at the time of his death, which occurred January 7, 1887, he was considered one of the most influential and substantial farmers of his township, highly respected by all who knew him. His wife, mother of our subject, was a lady of many womanly virtues, and enjoyed the confidence and esteem of her large circle of friends. Her death occurred November 2, 1902. They were the parents of seven children, six of whom are now living. Emma is the wife of Archie Doane and resides in Little Falls township; John, the subject of this sketch; Lillie, the wife of George Merrow, of Sparta; Hattie, the wife of Fayette Baldwin, lives at Sparta; William is deceased, having met his death in a dynamite explosion in December, 1903, at the age of twenty-five years; Mary is the wife of Roy Francis, and Frank, both of whom live in Sparta township. Mr. John Herring attended the district schools of his town, assisting in the farm work on the homestead, where he remained until 1900. In the meantime he had purchased a farm of 160 acres in section thirty-five, opposite the old home farm, which he continued to operate until his marriage, when he moved to his present home. Since residing on his present place he has changed and remodeled the buildings erected a new silo, and made other improvements, while bringing the land to a high state of cultivation. He is engaged in general fanning, stock raising and dairying, with the cultivation and raising of berries a specialty. In social matters he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. On April 12, 1900, Mr. Herring was united in marriage with Miss Anna L. Guy, daughter of William N. and Isabella (Nicol) Guy, and granddaughter of Alexander and Anna (Denwoody) Nicol, whose sketches appear elsewhere in this work. To Mr. and Mrs. Herring have been born four sons: Leo Nelson, John Peter, Spencer and William. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
FRED HESER, a prosperous farmer of section one, Greenfield township, is the son of Fred and Barbara (Silverhorn) Heser, both natives of Germany, who came to America early in life, settling first at Cleveland, Ohio, where they married; they afterward came to Wisconsin and located at Hartford, remaining there but one year, when in 1856 they moved to Neilsville, in Clark county: they remained there seven years, then in 1863 moved to Monroe county and settled on eighty acres in the town of Eaton, a farm of and a part of the 160 acres now owned by our subject, eighty acres of which is in Greenfield township and eighty acres in the original town of Eaton but which is now Grant township: they first resided on the eighty lying in Eaton, but in 1868 moved to the eighty in Greenfield, where our subject now resides. He was energetic and thrifty, and by hard work subdued his wild land and brought it under cultivation. He was prominent in the affairs of his town and at one time was chairman of the town board. When the Civil War broke out. he enlisted and served in the Wisconsin regiment until discharged. He died in 1875 at the age of fifty years, honored and respected by all who knew him. His widow, mother of our subject, still survives and resides at La Crosse. The maternal grandmother, Barbara Silverhorn, came to Wisconsin from Germany, died in Greenfield township and was buried in Tunnel City.
Fred Heser was born in Clark county, Wisconsin, November 8, 1856, and came with his parents to Monroe county when seven years of age, and is the second child in a family of eight children, five of whom are now living, viz: Fred, the subject of this sketch: William, a resident of Greenfield township: Laura, married John Snowberry, and lives in La Grange township; George, also of LaGrange, and Barbara, who is the wife of C. H. Wickland, resides at Tomah. Those deceased are Helen, Henry and Wallace. Mr. Heser's education was obtained in the district schools, and with the exception of three years spent in the lumber woods of Clark county, he has resided on the home farm since boyhood. After the death of his father, he, in 1881, came into possession of the place and has since made many improvements. While the original house built by his father still stands in a fair state of repairs, it was replaced in 1911 by a modern residence, equipped with up-to-date appliances. A large and substantial barn was built in 1907. The place is now under a high state of cultivation and well supplied with everything that goes to make a model farm. Mr. Heser is a thorough and practical farmer and occupies a prominent place in his town and county. He has been a member of the side board for two terms and is still a member; he has been treasurer of the school district for six years and in fraternal matters is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America. He was married July 2, 1882, to Miss Emma Purdy, daughter of Daniel and Susan (Savage) Purdy, of Greenfield township. To this union has been born Celia, wife of Albert Woodard, of Tunnel City: Earl E., of Greenfield township: Edna, wife of Paul Rosenaw, of LaGrange township: Myrtle E., Verna F., and Fred D, are at home: Robert is deceased. Earl E. Heser married Edith Schuler, daughter of August Schuler, of Tomah, in September, 1909, and has one child, Kenneth R. Celia was the wife of the late Carr Johnson, and has three children, viz: Georgie, Ortis and Thelma, the latter is now the wife of Albert Woodard, by whom she has had two children, Alice and Margaurite: Edna J. married Paul Rosenaw and has one daughter, Luceil. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
E. GLENN HESSELGRAVE, editor and publisher of the Norwalk Star, was born at Westport, Columbia county, Wisconsin, August 10, 1876. Son of David and Hannah (Armour) Hesselgrave, natives of St. Lawrence county, New York, and Baltimore Md., respectively. They came to Wisconsin in 1854, and located at Lodi, where the father followed blacksmithing, and where they remained for twenty years. He died September 10, 1911, in his ninetieth year. He was an ordained clergyman of the Universalist church, and was also well posted in law. His wife, the mother of our subject, survives at the age of seventy-four years. E. Glenn was the eighth child in a family of ten children; the others are: Mary, wife of Niles Fellows of Madison: Clarence, of Lodi: Isabella, wife of Scott Nutting, Eldorado, Iowa: Miles, Long Prairie, Minn.; Florence, wife of W. J. Harriman, Baraboo; Blanche, wife of Hon. C. L. Pearson, of Baraboo; Alfred, St. Cloud, Minn.; Claude, Prairie Du Sac, Wis.: and Leroy, of Lodi. Our subject was educated in the public schools of Lodi, and early began the printers trade at Eldorado, Iowa; was then employed at Lodi, Baraboo, and various papers, and in November, 1907, purchased the Norwalk Star of W. J. Robinson, which he has since continued to publish as a non-partisan paper, changing the size from a quarto to a folio. He was married October 17, 1910, to Miss Anna McGary, daughter of Eugene MeGary of Norwalk. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
CHRISTIAN G. HETTMAN, grain dealer and farmer, Norwalk, son of Frederick Hettman (deceased), who settled in Erie Co., N. Y., about 1845, and came to Wisconsin with his family in June, 1856, and pre-empted a farm near where the village of Norwalk now is. This farm is just southeast of the village. He died November, 1869, leaving widow and eight children. Christian G. was born in Germany, in 1846; after the death of his father, he purchased the homestead where he now lives; has been engaged in grain buying since 1880. His wife is Mary Ann Sour, daughter of Jacob Sour. She was born in Wisconsin, September, 1852. They have three children—Allie, Sarah, and an infant daughter. Mr. Hettman's farm contains 175 acres. [Source: History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881]
IRA A. HILL was born in Belknap county, New Hampshire, on November 26, 1841, and died at Pasadena, Calif., where he was spending the winter, on March 20, 1904. He received his education at Gilmanton Academy, in his native state, and later taught school. In 1862 he recruited for the Fifteenth New Hampshire Volunteers, enlisted therein and was appointed third sergeant. His regiment being sent to New York, he was detached and detailed as commissary sergeant on board transport of General Banks' expedition to New Orleans, and after reaching there, continued in the commissary department until, stricken with fever, he was sent to the hospital. Upon convalescence he rejoined his regiment at Carrollton, La., and was employed in the regimental adjutant's office. In the fall of 1863 he was mustered out from the military service, returned to his native state and spent an invalid year. In 1864 Mr. Hill managed the business department of the Galena (Ill.) Gazette, the editorial charge of the paper falling under a former New Hampshire acquaintance. After two years, meantime making the acquaintance of U. S. Grant and his brother, Orville, he was employed for one year with Grant & Burke in the leather and saddlery hardware business at Chicago. Entering the firm of Davis, Medary & Hill, who acquired the La Crosse, Wis., branch of the Grant & Burke business, Mr. Hill spent two years, during which time he was married to Mary E. Tyler, only daughter of Thomas B. Tyler, of Sparta, Wis., their marriage occurring December 8, 1868. Disposing of his interests at La Crosse in 1871, he removed to Sparta and engaged in the wholesale grocery business, later entering the drug business. In 1874 he united with Thomas B. Tyler, under the firm name of Tyler & Hill, in the real estate and loan business, which, together with banking, occupied Mr. Hill during the rest of his life. In 1879 he became a director in the Bank of Sparta, was vice president in 1883 and president from 1886 until his death in 1904. Mr. Hill was a representative citizen and successful business man, taking an interest in whatever tended to promote the moral and intellectual growth of the community. He served for ten consecutive years on the school board of Sparta, was in the city council and the board of supervisors. In 1891 he was appointed regent of the normal schools of Wisconsin by Governor Peck, of which board he was president, 1894-5. As a Democrat in politics, he was a delegate and again was alternate delegate to national conventions. He was a member and past commander of John W. Lynn Post of the Grand Army of the Republic. As a Mason he took an active part in the lower bodies, being past high priest of the chapter and past eminent commander of the commandery. He was grand king of Wisconsin grand chapter and grand representative of North Carolina, near the grand chapter of Wisconsin. He was a member of Wisconsin Consistory and of the shrine at Milwaukee. He was also a member of the Knights of Pythias and other orders. Mr. and Mrs. Hill had two children: Louis T., who is a resident of Sparta and vice president of the Bank of Sparta, and Kittie, who is the wife of A. W. Barney, also vice president of the Bank of Sparta. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
MERLE W. HILL, manager of the F. P. Mooney farm in La Grange township, was born in Tomah, Wis., December 22, 1888, the son of Oliver Mason and Sophia (Sprague) Hill, natives of Cortland county, New York, and who were married in Illinois. He was a pioneer settler in Wisconsin, and came to Monroe county and Tomah township more than forty years ago, where he settled on 200 acres of wild land, which he improved and where he continued to live until his death in 1910, at the age of seventy-three years. He was one of Monroe county's thrifty and progressive farmers, a man of prominence and influence in his township. The mother of our subject, a woman of rare attainments and domestic virtues, died in October, 1909, at the age of seventy years, loved and esteemed by all who knew her. They had a family of nine children, as follows: Ira, Ernest, both of Tomah; Emma, wife of Edwin Eaton, of Waukesha, Wis.; Caddie C, of Tomah township; Ella, wife of P. J. Mooney, superintendent of the Monroe County Asylum, and Merle W. Those deceased are William. Oscar and Jessie.
Merle W. Hill attended the district school of his neighborhood and remained at home assisting in the farm work until 1911, when he became manager of the Mooney farm, where he carries on general farming and dairying, conducting a milk route in the city of Tomah. He is a member of the Mystic Workers, and on June 28, 1911, was married to Miss Blanche Dana, daughter of Edward and Ella Dana, of Tomah. They have one child --- Bulah S. Hill. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
OLIVER MASON HILL, deceased, who was a pioneer settler of Wisconsin and was among that class of sturdy, thrifty and progressive farmers to whom Monroe county is so largely indebted for the high place it holds among the banner counties of the state. He was born April 14, 1837, in Cortland county, New York, a son of Samuel H. Hill, who was born March 12, 1794. When Oliver was but three years of age his parents came west to Illinois and located in Kane county, where they made their home until they came to Monroe county in 1865. Here the father purchased 200 acres of land and established the family home, and here they lived the balance of their lives—his death occurring in Colorado March 12, 1870, whither he had gone in search of health. His wife, grandmother of our subject, survived him thirteen years, and died in Monroe county in August, 1883. He was a Whig until the formation of the Republican party, and ever after was a staunch supporter of this party, and in religious belief a Universalist. Oliver Mason Hill was educated in the public schools of Kane county, Illinois, which he attended up to his eighteenth year, remaining at home. At the death of his parents he inherited the family homestead and continued to carry on general farming and stock raising, making a specialty of high bred Jersey and Durham cattle, which he often entered in competition with others for first prize at stock exhibitions. He was a successful farmer, a man of sterling character, faithful in all his undertakings and no one in the community was more highly respected than he. In politics a Republican, he was a strong advocate in the cause of temperance and was formerly a member of the Grange organization and secretary and treasurer of the Eastern Monroe County Agricultural Society. Mr. Hill was united in marriage with Miss Sophia Sprague, October 13, 1861. Nine children were born to them, six of whom are now living, viz.: Ina, born December 10, 1862; Ella, born November 10, 1864; Ernest, born August 26, 1876: Emma, born December 10, 1878; Caddie C., born February 12, 1881, and Merle, born December 22, 1888, and survive the father whose death occurred in 1910 at the age of seventy-three years. Those deceased are William H., Oscar S. and Jesse P. Hill. William was drowned in the Lemonweir river in 1881.
Caddie C. Hill was raised on his father's farm and attended the district school until he was seventeen years old, and helped with the farm work. At the death of his father, he came into possession of the home farm of 200 acres, which he has successfully carried on, and since added 170 acres more. He is among the younger class of Monroe county's prominent and a progressive citizens. A Republican in political sentiment, he has never sought nor held public office. He has been secretary of the Farmers' Elevator Company at Tomah, and for one year served as president of the Monroe County Fair Association, and is a stockholder in the Farmers and Merchants' Bank, of Tomah. Fraternally he is a member of the Knights of Pythias. Mr. Hill being unmarried, the household duties are looked after by his aunt, Mrs. Mary Amidon. She was married June 1, 1862, to Llwellen Amidon, a prominent citizen, civil engineer and county surveyor of Monroe county and locator of Government and school lands, and in politics a Republican. At the time of his death in 1898 he was the owner of an eighty-acre farm. To Mr. and Mrs. Amidon were born four children, two of whom are now (1912) living. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
PROF. JAY R. HINCKLEY, principal High School. Born in Oneida Co., N. Y., in 1840. He was educated at Prospect Academy and Whitestown Seminary. Oneida Co. and finished college studies at Poughkeepsie, N. Y. He commenced teaching in the public schools of his native county, in 1861; afterward taught in the military schools at Poughkeepsie. Studied law for a time in New York City; afterward went to the Lake Superior region, Wisconsin; established the St. Croix Collegiate Institute at River Falls, in 1869 ; this being the first academy established north of the Chippewa Valley, in Wisconsin. He was also instrumental in establishing the State Normal School at that place. He erected a school building at Hudson, for the St. Croix Military Academy. This was a success otherwise than financially. He finally returned to the State of New York, and taught for a time, but for some time previous to coming to Tomah, was engaged in school work in Illinois and Michigan. In 1879, he was induced to give up the principalship of the Young Ladies' Seminary at Monroe, Mich., to accept the presidency of the Rock River University, of Dixon, Ill. But he soon found that this institution was encumbered with a load of debt, which rendered his position a very embarrassing one, and he accordingly resigned the presidency of the University and accepted the principalship of the High School at Tomah. During his residence at Northern Wisconsin, he was for some time Superintendent of the Public Schools of St. Croix County. He was married in Michigan, in 1868, to Miss Sarah A. Chamberlain. His wife is associated with him in teaching. They have three children—Albert, Annie and Eugene. History of Northern Wisconsin (1881)
JAY R. HINCKLEY (Dem.), of Tomah, was born in the town of Russia, Herkimer county, N. Y., April 23, 1840; received an academic education and completed his college course under tutors; has been by profession a teacher for twenty years, but is now engaged as an editor; came to Wisconsin in 1868 and settled at River Falls; thence to Hudson in 1871, and thence later to Tomah; was superintendent of school of St. Croix county in 1872 and ’73; is the editor and publisher of the Tomah Monitor; was elected member of assembly for 1883, receiving 964 votes against 746 for S. Griswold, republican, and 122 for W. W. Jackson, prohibitionist. [Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1883), page 499; transcribed by Susan Geist]
R. P. HITCHCOCK, merchant, Tomah. Born in Oneida Co., N.Y.; in 1840. Enlisted in 14th N. Y. V. I. in 1861, and served over two years. Was color-sargeant of his regiment. Participated in all the battles and campaigns in which his regiment took part. At the expiration of his term of service, was engaged in the lumber business for a time. He went to Southern Iowa about 1864, and was engaged in the construction of the Burlington & Missouri Railroad for one and one-half years. He retumed to New York, and was married to Mary E. Butterfield. Came to Tomah in the Fall of 1867, and engaged in present business. Has also been engaged in various other occupations. During the construction of the West Wisconsin Railroad, he was largely engaged in furnishing supplies. Was also engaged in furnishing the Chicago & Northwestern and Wisconsin Valley roads. Mr. Hitchcock has also a fine farm near the village, which demands part of his attention. He has four children— Frank, Edith, Mark and an infant. [History of Northern Wisconsin (1881)]
WILLIAM HOARD, one of the progressive and enterprising citizens of Wilton, was born in Cuyahoga county, Ohio, April 13, 1859, the son of Philander and Nancy (Reed) Hoard, both natives of the Buckeye state. They reared a family of three children, William, the subject of this sketch, being the only surviving member of the family. They were farmers by occupation and were among the prominent and most highly respected citizens of their locality. The father died in 1862 and the mother passed away in 1874. William received his education in the common schools, and was thrown on his own resources at the early age of thirteen years. He worked eight months on a farm at small wages, and was later employed by one man for eight years, the highest wages received during this time being $12 per month. He came to Wisconsin with his mother and brother from Michigan, and located in Wilton township, Monroe county, where, on March 15. 1882, he purchased 120 acres of land in section twenty-eight, where he lived, engaging in general farming until 1911, when he removed to the village of Wilton. In addition to his successful general farming, he has carried on an extensive dairy business, having a herd of twenty-eight Jersey milch cows. He is an extensive breeder and owner of Jersey cattle and Poland-China hogs, and is kept busy managing his farm. He is one of the influential and public spirited men of his town, and has always taken an active interest in all matters for the betterment of his town and county. He is now president of the Farmers' Livestock Association, and in politics he is a Democrat and takes an active interest in the councils of his party.
He was married March 15, 1882, to Miss LaRue, daughter of S. B. La Rue, a prominent citizen of Wilton township. Mrs. Hoard is one of a family of seven children. Her parents were also natives of Ohio and emigrated to Wisconsin and settled in the town of Wilton in 1858, and were among the early settlers of that town. The father purchased 280 acres of wild land in section twenty-eight, where the family lived for ten years in a log house of one room. They then built a small frame house, where they lived for thirty-eight years, and then erected a fine residence. The large and well constructed barns and silo have recently been added to the improvements, all of which go to make it an ideal up-to-date country home. The father died in 1911 and the mother passed away in 1897. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hoard, viz.: Mildred, born March 24, 1883: Glenn, born June 18, 1883, and Kay, born April 28, 1889. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
GEORGE A. HOFFMAN is a native of Monroe county, and represents one of the pioneer German families who came to the county in the early fifties and located in Jefferson township, where George A. was born August 25, 1857. His parents were John E., who met an untimely death by being thrown from a horse in 1867—he was at that time forty-five years of age—and Elizabeth (Seymour) Hoffman, who died in 1882 at the age of fifty-nine years. They followed the occupation of farming and until George A. was nineteen years old he lived with his parents on the homestead, attending school and assisting in the farm work. Upon leaving home our subject's first employment was with O. D. Stevens, and later with the firm of Myer & Youngman in the butcher business at Sparta, where he remained about three years altogether, and then engaged with his brother, William C. in the same business. This partnership continued until he purchased a half interest with William Potter in a meat market on Oak street, and this lasted for several years. He next sold his interests to his brother William, and in 1905 opened his present market on Water street by purchasing Lyon Conger's half interest, and the firm name became Doxrud & Hoffman, continuing until 1911, when he purchased his partner's interest and thus assumed entire control, where he now reigns both successfully and independently. He was also, in the meantime, for a short while connected with his two brothers, William C. and J. J. Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman is a man of extraordinary business ability and since his first venture on his own resources he has seldom undertaken a proposition that has not yielded to his benefit. "Fair Dealing" is his motto, and to this he attributes his success. He is a good conversationalist and interests his hearers with many incidents of early pioneer days, when the ox team was a fixture on the homestead farm, and the wearing apparel was made by hand for the family of eight, of which he was the sixth child. He also recalls vividly the responsibility of the mother in rearing the family after the death of the father and of his own part in helping to cultivate the 280-acre farm. On November 9, 1883, Mr. Hoffman married Miss Julia T. Nolan, daughter of Andrew and Anna Nolan, of Ridgeville, Wis. Their children are Arch W., Myrtle Ann, Alica Elizabeth and Harvey W. Hoffman. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
JULIUS H. HOFFMAN, brother of William C. and George A. Hoffman, all of Sparta, who has been a lifelong resident of Monroe county, was born in Jefferson township November 12, 1861, to John and Elizabeth (Seymour) Hoffman, pioneer Germans of this township, having located here in the fifties. Born and raised on a farm, Mr. Hoffman attended the district schools of his native township and the public school of Sparta. His early life was spent on the homestead farm and upon leaving that he was engaged in the butcher business at Sparta with his brothers for about eight years, and then engaged in the retail grocery business, but this was of short duration and he went into the harness and saddlery business in Sparta, and after making a success of this for about ten years he concluded to try the real estate business, and in the year 1908 he formed a partnership with William Pearson, of Winnipeg, of the firm of William Pearson Company (Limited), with offices in Sparta, dealing largely in western lands and the Last Mountain valley. They also handle farm and city property in Monroe county and Sparta. Mr. Hoffman is a high-minded, public-spirited man, and is interested in whatever relates to the well being or betterment of his community. He is actively identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. He was for fourteen years chief of the fire department and served two terms as member of the city council from the Third ward. On June 10, 1890, Mr. Hoffman was united in marriage with Miss Capitola Chamberlain, daughter of C. B. and Lois Chamberlain, of Sparta. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
WILLIAM C. HOFFMAN is one of the well-known and substantial citizens of Sparta. He is of German lineage and a native of Chicago, Ill., born May 14, 1854, the son of John and Elizabeth (Seymour) Hoffman, both natives of Germany, and were among the sturdy pioneers that came and settled in Monroe county in the early fifties. They located in Jefferson township on a farm and commenced to break up and subdue the wild land, and had but scarcely begun to improve his farm and make his way when the Civil War broke out and he was drafted for service in a Wisconsin regiment. Feeling it a necessity and duty to remain at home and care for his large family he hired a substitute for $1,000 to take his place in the service, and had got nicely started on the reduction of his war debt when he met an untimely death by an accident with a horse at the age of forty-five years. His death was a great loss to the family and left the future management and development of the home farm with the mother, which by energy and untiring efforts on her part, and the aid of her sons, was successfully carried on, and 100 of the 250-acre farm was placed in a high state of cultivation. William C. began early in life to make his own way and lay the foundation for the future successful business career he has since enjoyed, and at the age of fifteen he came to Sparta and found employment in the butcher business under James Bulser, receiving for his first services $5, which was raised to $15 a month, and at the expiration of the third year he returned to the farm for a short time, but the desire for a more active life prevailed and he again returned to Sparta and took up the butcher business, working for some time with various firms, and finally he with two others purchased the business of his first employer and the style of the firm was Potter, Andis & Hoffman. At the end of three years Mr. Hoffman purchased the interest of Andis and the business was carried on for the next five years under the name of Potter & Hoffman. At this time Mr. Potter sold his interest to Mr. Hoffman and he then associated with his two brothers and the name became Hoffman Brothers, with a prosperous business until 1904, when Mr. William Hoffman sold a half interest to his brother, J. E. Hoffman, and a half interest to Jefferson Hollenbeck, and retired. A resident of Monroe county for half a century, and starting in life without capital, Mr. Hoffman has by hard work, economy and good business judgment, worked his way to success and has gained a competency with which to enjoy the remaining years of his life. He is in the true sense a self-made man, one of good moral character, enterprising and public spirited. Mr. Hoffman is also a public benefactor in that he has made it possible for several young persons to receive a practical education, thus starting them on the road to success in life. He is an extensive property owner, and in 1890 built a shop costing some $6,000, and has since then erected several other substantial buildings. He is a director in the Monroe County Bank, is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is identified with every movement for the improvement and betterment of his city. On January 28, 1878, Mr. Hoffman was married to Miss Mary Fitzgerald, daughter of Patrick Fitzgerald, of Sparta. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
WILLIAM HOGUE, farmer. Sec. 29, P. O. Sparta. Born in York Co., Penn., April 14, 1828, but was brought up in Lycoming County. He resided in Pennsylvania until September, 1853, when he came to Wisconsin. He resided near Milwaukee about three months, thence to Monroe County with his family. They came with an ox team. A brother, John Hogue, and wife, came at the same time; they reached Monroe County, December, 1853. He and family lived the following Winter with John Bean. In the Spring of 1854, he removed to Sec. 30, in the town of Sparta. In the Fall of that year, built a log-house on his present farm. This house is still a part of his present residence. Mr. Hogue's farm contains 140 acres. He was married to Jane Long, born in Lycoming County. The parents of Mr. Hogue came here in the Fall of 1854, where they resided until their death. Mr. and Mrs. Hogue have had eight children, six of whom are living—Lycurgus F., Clara (now Mrs. William Shaffer), Anna Ross, Ellen, Amber and Clifton. Arvilla, afterward Mrs. Henry Cook, died Jan. 2, 1881. Adolphus, fourth child, was about three years of age at the time of his death. Mr. Hogue having settled here in 1853, is one of the earliest settlers of the county. Indians were numerous at that time, and game, especially deer, was found in abundance. [History of Northern Wisconsin (1881)]
REUBEN HOHN is another one of the native sons of Monroe county and was born in the town of Wells, April 17, 1864, the son of Cyrus Hohn and Sarah (Sherwood) Hohn, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Wisconsin. The father came to Wisconsin when a young man and worked on a farm and in a sawmill and later at the carpenter's trade, which he had previously mastered. He lived in Wisconsin until his children became grown, where he died in 1906. He was twice married, first to Miss Sarah Sherwood, by whom he had nine children. After her death he married for his second wife Miss Sarah Miller. Samuel Hohn, grandfather of our subject, also came to Wisconsin. Reuben attended the common schools during his boyhood and after the death of his mother lived nine years with Mr. Al. Fulton. He then found employment on a farm at $10 per month. At the age of twenty-four years, in 1888, he was married to Miss Cornelia May Hudson, daughter of William, from England, and Lizzie Hudson, whose family came originally from Vermont. Mr. and Mrs. Hohn have two children, Ellis, born December 8, 1890, and Delia, born March 18, 1892. In 1912 Mr. Hohn purchased 160 acres of choice land in Leon township, adjoining Wells, where he is well and favorably known as one of the progressive men of the county. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
HANS C. HOITOMT, who is the son of Adolph and Maren (Skulerud) Hoitomt, was born in Norway, November 14, 1873, and when seven years of age came to America with his uncle and aunt. Mr. and Mrs. Guilder Olson, who located in the town of Portland, Monroe county, Wis., where our subject was reared. The uncle died in 1902, his aunt is still living at the age of eighty-three years. Mr. Hoitomt started out in life for himself and was engaged in running a thrashing machine, and also operated a sawmill for a time in Vernon county, and afterwards came to Monroe county and located at Melvina, and with others engaged in the lumber business, dealing extensively in pine and hemlock lumber. Outside of the lumber business, he owns considerable property, among which may be mentioned several ice houses in Vernon and Monroe counties. He also deals extensively in cord wood, shipping many carloads to eastern markets each year. He also controls and operates the transfer line at Melvina. Besides his many business ventures, Mr. Hoitomt takes an active interest in the affairs of his town and county, and is treasurer of the Melvina Creamery Association. He is the owner of the largest private fish pond in the state, which covers an area of five acres, and which was converted from a mill pond by Captain Hunt in his lifetime, and is plentifully stocked with thousands of black bass and bull heads, weighing up to five pounds each. Mr. Hoitomt is figuring on marketing this product in the near future and will ship to eastern markets. In 1898 Mr. Hoitomt was married to Miss Dora Olson, by whom he has five children, viz.: James, Morris, Viola, Harold and Gardon Hoitomt. In political sentiment Mr. Hoitomt was formerly a Republican, but now is independent in thought and action, while in fraternal matters he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
FRED A. HOLDEN, deputy register of deeds of Monroe county, is a native of New York State, having been born at Ellicottville, June 19, 1849, the son of Amos B. and Mary L. (Lynes) Holden, who were also natives of that state. In 1855, when Fred A. was six years of age, his parents came to Sparta; soon after arriving at what was to be the future home, his father engaged in business with D. R. Wheeler and W. S. Newton as contractors and builders. Mr. Holden, Sr., had the honor of building the first hardware store erected in Sparta, but which was later destroyed by fire. He continued this business for some years and then engaged in farming. Among the many buildings erected by him besides the hardware store was the Congregational church, of which he was a devoted member. In 1905 he passed from this life to his well earned reward at the age of eighty years. Not only did he stand high in the community as a citizen, but also in his home and domestic relations, and among his friends he was greatly beloved and esteemed for his loyalty and devotion to those near and dear to him. His wife, mother of our subject, preceded her husband to the grave, having passed away in 1897, at the age of seventy years. She was a woman of charming disposition and many womanly virtues. Amos B. Holden was the son of Arnold Holden, a native of Massachusetts, who settled in Western New York in an early day, and there lived to the age of ninety-six years. His wife was Patience Tanner, who lived to the age of ninety-eight years. The paternal great grandfather of our subject was a native of Ireland, who came to this country and settled on Nantucket Island, where he made cloth after the plan of those early times. Fred A. Holden was raised on a farm and received his education in the public schools of Sparta. He remained on the home farm until he was twenty-four years of age, and then for eleven years was engaged as traveling salesman for a wholesale implement house. He afterwards purchased a farm of his own and besides fanning, he worked at various times with his father at the carpenters' trade, and later took up civil engineering, which he followed for twenty-five years, twelve years of which time he was county surveyor, and during this period he became familiar with all parts of Monroe county. Since the fall of 1910 he has been deputy register of deeds under his son, William A., and has prepared a valuable map of the county. Mr. Holden is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. On January 14, 1886, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Miller, daughter of Samuel Miller, of Milwaukee. Their children are William A. and Mabel. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
WILLIAM A. HOLDEN, register of deeds of Monroe county, was born in Sparta township, Monroe county, February 6, 1887. His parents, Fred A. and Mary M. (Miller) Holden, are natives of New York state and Switzerland respectively, the former being born at Ellicottville, and the latter at Argon. His paternal grandparents also were natives of New York state, came to Sparta in 1855, where they lived until their decease: his death occurred in 1905, at the age of eighty years, and hers in 1897, at the age of seventy years. William A. was reared on the home farm, receiving his education at the Angelo district school. He followed farming pursuits until 1905, when he became rural mail carrier on Route Number Three, from Sparta, which occupation he followed until the fall of 1910, when he was elected on the Republican ticket by a majority of 1200 to the office of register of deeds, which position he is filling to the satisfaction of his many friends, and the citizens of the community generally. His term of office will expire in 1913. Mr. Holden has been a member of company L, third regiment Wisconsin national guards since April, 1903, and is now, 1912, first lieutenant of his company. Also a member of Sparta lodge No. 94, I. 0. 0. F. On November 22, 1910, he was married to Miss Anna K. Axelson, daughter of Asmus Axelson, a popular and prosperous citizen of Sparta township. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
ALBERT E. HOLLISTER, a well-known and popular citizen of Tomah, where he has lived for more than forty years, was born in Lima, Livingston county, New York, May 26, 1845. His father, John Hollister, was a native of Osnabruck, Ontario, where he was born in 1819. He served as a soldier in the English army in the Patriot War. When eighteen years of age, he went to the town of Lima, N. Y., and while a resident of that place, married Miss Mercy S. Irish, a native of Livingston county, and daughter of David Irish, a soldier in the American army in the War of 1812, and died of wounds received while in that war. When our subject was three years of age, he removed with his parents to Cass county, Michigan, where they settled on a farm and where the father died in 1887. His wife, mother of our subject, made her home on the homestead until her demise. They were of sterling character, influential in their community and universally esteemed and beloved. Albert E. Hollister is the eldest of a family of eight children —five sons and three daughters. The second in order of birth is Mary E., who married G. M. Wilson; Charles R., second son and third child in order of birth, was killed by an accident when seven years of age; Bennett L.; Wilber W.; Ellen M., married Perry Osborne and died in Barton county Missouri, in 1875: Gordon L., and Elvene M., married to J. H. Long and resides in Michigan. The subject of this sketch was reared on the farm and trained in that occupation. He received a common school education in the district schools of his neighborhood, and at the age of seventeen in August, 1862, he enlisted in company A., nineteenth regiment Michigan volunteer infantry, but being of under age, he was released on demand of his father, and hired out as a farm laborer, which he followed but a few days and again enlisted, but with the same results. After remaining at home one year, he again enlisted and this time "stuck." (A detailed account of Mr. Hollister's military career will be found in another chapter of this volume.) At the close of the war Mr. Hollister returned to his former home in Michigan, and on September 10, 1860, married Miss Charlotte A. Powell, daughter of Jason and Mary A. Powell. In 1866 he came to Wisconsin but remained only a short time and returned to Michigan. In 1868 he came again to Wisconsin and was for two years engaged in lumbering in the woods. He then came to Monroe county and settled on a farm in the township of Tomah, but his health failing on account of wounds received in the army, he was compelled to retire from active farm work and moved to the city of Tomah and engaged in the sale of musical instruments, and has since here made his home. Mr. and Mrs. Hollister have two children—Mary Bell, born May 9, 1870, married Walter S. Mason, head bookkeeper for G. F. Swift & Sons, of Omaha, Nebr., and John R., born September 2, 1873. Mr. Hollister is a Republican in political sentiments, and a strong supporter of Robert M. LaFollette. He is a man of fine personal qualities and social standing, courteous in manner, of generous impulses and a lover of good cheer. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
SYLVANUS HOLMES, Police Justice, Sparta. Was born in Erie Co.. N. Y., in 1815, where he was brought up and removed to Bradford. Penn., in 1847, though he was at Racine, Wis., as early as 1835. Remained in the Territory of Wisconsin about two years, when he returned to the State of New York. Came to Wisconsin permanently in 1865, and located at Sparta. He first engaged in the hat and cap trade, afterward engaged in the hop business. He went to Kandiyohi Co., Minn., in 1869; was County Judge of that county for four years; returned to Sparta in 1878. Elected Police Justice in the Spring of 1881. [History of Northern Wisconsin (1881)]
SYLVANUS HOLMES. The late Judge Holmes, of Sparta, was a native of the Empire state, and was born in 1816. Sylvanus Holmes had a marked and interesting personality, and had passed through many striking and romantic adventures in the course of his long life. His youth, up to the age of nineteen, was passed upon his father's farm at the suburban village of Aurora near Buffalo, N. Y. He was kept hard at work for most of the year, picking up such education as he could in the winter months at the district school. In 1834, he took boat for Detroit, where he made a brief stay. He worked at Niles, Michigan, that winter, and then went by foot to Racine, where he found a very small village, among a good many stumps. He spent the summer with a party of government surveyors, returned to Racine for the winter, and in the spring of 1836, went with a large party of Indians, by way of Chicago, to Council Bluffs, having a position in the commissary department. The country was almost wholly without roads or inhabitants. The journey occupied six months. About the first of January, 1837, he and a friend bought a canoe, and with a small stock of provisions, started on the Missouri river, now knowing how far it was to the first settlement. After five days provisions gave out, but Holmes, who was a good shot, brought down a fine deer, and with the supply of venison the young men renewed their journey. Once they were followed and shot at by Indians, but got away under cover of night. After eleven days they came to a cabin occupied by two white men, and thence they started on foot for St. Joseph, then a mere trading post, being forced to stop for one night on the cold prairie with the wolves howling around them. The winter they spent at Plattsburgh, Missouri, and thence Holmes went by boat and stage to Peoria, Ill., where he was persuaded by a contractor to accompany another band of Indians to Council Bluffs, serving out provisions and keeping accounts. In the spring of 1837, he commenced trade for himself a few miles below Council Bluffs, and the fall of that year he built the first hewed log house on the site where Omaha now stands. Being prostrated by a severe, persistent fever and ague he was compelled to leave the country and returned to his early home. In 1840 he went to Hume, N. Y., where he lived for several years, filling various public offices. In 1842 he was married to Miss Mary Ann Stone, at Varysburg, N. Y. Mrs. Holmes died at the age of sixty-five years. In 1846 he removed to Bradford. Pa., where he lived for twenty years. While there he served as justice of the peace, as county commissioner for three years, and associate judge of the county for five years. In 1861 he enlisted for the War, raised a company of volunteers and received a commission as first sergeant. He was subsequently promoted to be adjutant in the fifty-eighth regiment of Pennsylvania volunteers, but was compelled to resign on account of ill health. From 1863 to the close of the war he was provost marshal of his congressional district. In 1865 he came to Sparta and became a merchant here, as he had been at Bradford. In 1869 he removed to Wilmar, Minn., and was judge of probate of the county for five years. He then returned to Sparta, where he continued to reside until his death, which occurred January 23, 1895. Judge Holmes was emphatically a good man, who commanded the respect of all. He was an honored member of the Congregational church, having been one of the deacons from 1883 until his death. In politics he was a radical prohibitionist, expressing his opinion with positiveness and frequency but with courtesy. His height was over six feet and his size in proportion, and with his erect bearing and firm step he was, perhaps, the most military figure in Sparta, at least since Major Davidson passed away. He was a member of the Masonic order and the Grand Army post. His three children are: Mrs. E. M. Calhoun (deceased), Mrs. Robie Lee, of Sparta, and Eugene S. Holmes, of Billings, Montana. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
MATHIAS HOVELAND, a native of Norway, was born in 1853 and died in Angelo township in 1909. It was in 1869 that he came to the United States, and in Vernon county, Wisconsin, the subject of this sketch began the active duties of his farm life and first located on a farm near Westby, where he remained for two years. At the end of that time he removed to Viroqua, and twenty-one years later to eastern Monroe county, and there resided until 1901, when he located on the farm in section five, Angelo township, where his widow and family now reside. This farm of 220 acres is among the best in the township and Mr. Hoveland did much to improve and bring the land to its present high state of cultivation. The residence, barns and outbuildings are large, commodious and well constructed, and the place is well supplied with up-to-date appliances used in modern farming methods. Mr. Hoveland had one brother, Andrew, and three sisters, viz.: Matie, Christina and Bertha. He was a good citizen, a prominent and useful man in his community, and a member of the Modem Woodmen of America, and the Beavers. On September 23, 1877, he was united in marriage with Miss Emma Van Dyke, daughter of Abraham Van Dyke, of Ohio. To this union was born five children, as follows: Ethel, wife of Eli Sutherland, of Tunnel City; Christina, wife of Ray Webster, of Sparta; Asa, who conducts the home farm; hazel, wife of Chester Green, of Sparta, and Harold, who resides at home. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
SAMUEL HOYT, Justice of the Peace, Sparta. Born at Bakersfield, Franklin Co., Vt., June 2, 1817. Lived in Vermont until 1853, then came to Wisconsin, and settled at Sparta. He enlisted in 1st Wis. Battery, Aug. 2. 1861; served three years; enlisted as a private, promoted to a sergeancy; was acting lieutenant for about a year and a half; he was captured at Cumberland Gap, Sept. 17, 1862; was confined at Libby prison for a few days, and released on parole. Mr. Hoyt was engaged in many of the prominent battles and campaigns of the war, including Port Gibson, Champion Hills, Black River Bridge, siege of Vicksburg, Banks' Red River expedition, etc. Since the close of the war has been Police Justice and Justice of the Peace for many years. Was elected to the former position in 1871. and served until 1879. His wife was Miss Delia Thayer, born in the State of New York. They have two children, Ella J. and Samuel M. The latter is an attorney at Jenny, Wis. [History of Northern Wisconsin (1881)]
EDWIN S. HUBBARD, a successful farmer of Sheldon township, Monroe county, Wisconsin, where he was born February 6, 1862, is a son of William and Mary (Saxby) Hubbard, both natives of England. The father came to America in the early fifties before his marriage and located in Walworth county, where for a time he worked as a laborer, and later moved to Monroe county and settled in the town of Forest, and in 1857 went to Sheldon township, where he purchased 120 acres of land in sections fourteen and fifteen and resided there for thirty years, engaged in general farming. In 1887 he went to Tennessee and remained five years, returning to the homestead at the end of that time, sold the farm to Edwin S. and retired from active labor. Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard had a family of three children, all of whom are now living. During his farming operations Mr. Hubbard dealt extensively in stock raising, making a specialty of Oxford sheep, of which he was a successful breeder. He had the first wheat ground at the first grist mill established at Sparta, using an ox team to take it there. Mr. Hubbard was one of the early settlers of Sheldon township and experienced his share of the trials and hardships of the pioneer. He was one of the foremost citizens of the county, high minded and public spirited. Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard were both members of the Baptist church and contributed liberally to its support. After a long and well spent life Mr. Hubbard passed away in 1903, honored and respected by all who knew him. The death of Mrs. Hubbard occurred in 1883. Edwin S. was raised on the home farm and attended the district schools until he was twelve years of age, assisting in the farm work, and was the mainstay of his father. He has always lived on the home farm, which he purchased in 1888, and has since carried it on on his own account. He is a successful general farmer and his place is well improved by cultivation and substantial buildings. He employs the most up-to-date methods in his farming operations and keeps his place well supplied with modern equipments, and a good grade of horses, cattle, hogs and sheep, and makes a specialty of dairying. He is independent in politics and takes an active interest in the affairs of his town and county. He has served as clerk of the town one year, for two years was treasurer of his town, and for several years school clerk. He is one of the organizers of the Norwalk creamery and is now its president, and has been the past five years. On February 22, 1888, Mr. Hubbard was married in the town of Sheldon to Miss Josephine Falk, daughter of Fred and Fredrica Falk, natives of Germany. Mrs. Hubbard is one of a family of eleven children, reared and brought up at Medsker's Valley. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard, viz.: Lillian, Verna and William Hubbard. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
WALTER W. HUGHART, who has been a resident of Monroe county for some fifteen years, is one of the prosperous farmers and business men who are worthy of special mention in this work. He was born July 26, 1871, in Richland county, Wisconsin, and is the son of Daniel R. and Elsie M. (Brown) Hughart. His father came from Ohio and his mother from New York. They were married in 1860 in Wisconsin, and moved to Richland county in 1848, where they lived until about 1902, and, after spending some time in Oregon, they located in Spokane, Wash. The father died in Spokane in 1911 at the age of sixty years. The mother still survives and resides in Spokane, Wash.
Walter W. obtained a good education in the district schools and at the age of seventeen began to earn his own living. He was faithful, steady and economical in his habits, and after a few years he had accumulated sufficient money from his savings with which to purchase a farm of 120 acres in sections eleven and twelve in the township of Oakdale. On November 28, 1895, he was married, in Mt. Pleasant township, Green county, Wisconsin, to Miss Phila A. Richards, daughter of James and Jane Richards, old settlers and early pioneers of that county. Her people came originally from England on the paternal side, and the mother descended from one of the Lords of the House of Parliament. After his marriage, he disposed of the 120 acre farm and purchased another 120 acre track in section fourteen of Oakdale township, where they located and now reside, he being considered one of the most successful men in the business. His methods of conducting the farm are up to date and his land is in a high state of productiveness. In connection with his general farming, he makes a specialty of dairying and poultry raising, from which he derives a regular income. He was one of the organizers of the Oakdale Co-operative Butter Association, and is a man of good business ability. He is a Democrat in politics ami for three years has been clerk of the town of Oakdale. He is also a member of the Modern Brotherhood of America. Mr. and Mrs. Hughart have a family of ten children, all of whom are living, viz: Ruth I., born September 7. 1896; S. Edith, born December 31, 1897; Eunice, born January 20, 1899; J. Stanly, born December 29, 1900; Wilber H., born July 3, 1902; Lillie, born April 3, 1904: Elsie, born May 8, 1905; Gertrude, born April 23, 1907; Phila, born December 3, 1908, and James Daniel, born December 31, 1910. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
EVAN HUMPHREY, who ranks among the progressive farmers of Monroe county, was born at Bangor, La Crosse county, Wisconsin, April 15, 1879, to G. G. and Catherine (Meredith) Humphrey, both natives of Wales. Sometime during the fifties they decided to come to the United States, and soon after arriving in this country came West to Wisconsin, and settled on a farm near Bangor, in La Crosse county. He was a mason by trade and followed this honest calling as demand warranted in connection with his farming. He was a man of high ideals, kind-hearted and generous, a devoted member of the Calvinistic Methodist Episcopal church, and contributed liberally to its support. He took a lively interest in public affairs, and was a member of the school board for twenty-five years, and was a member of the town board at the time of his death, which occurred in 1894, at the age of sixty-seven years. His widow, mother of our subject, is a woman of fine mental attainments and still survives. Evan was reared on the home farm, receiving his education in the district schools. He started life on his own account in 1898, when nineteen years of age; he took charge of and carried on his father's farm with marked success for some five years, and in 1903 came to Monroe county and purchased his present farm of 160 acres from J. T. Hutson, and has since continued as one of the leading farmers of Sparta township, pursuing up-to-date methods which have brought him successful results. He follows general farming and dairying, and makes a specialty of raising Guernsey cattle. Mr. Humphrey was united in marriage with Miss Rose Hutson, daughter of J. T. Hutson, in 1903, and to this union has been born three children--Tracy J., Gladys Irene and Hugh Meredith—all of whom reside at home with their parents. Mr. Humphrey takes an active interest in the affairs of his township, is a member of the town board, and all matters he considers for the welfare of his community he gives his active support. He is a member of the Big Creek Methodist Episcopal church and contributes of his means to its support.
CAPT. CHARLES A. HUNT, Melvina. is engaged in farming and milling; he was born in Chautauqua Co., N.Y., in 1829. where he lived till 1845, when he came to Rock Co., Wis. In the following February he went Grant County, where he was engaged in mining, two years; he then learned the trade of a miller, at Hazel Green, with Lightcap & Edwards. In 1850, he went to California, where he was engaged in mining; returned to Hazel Green, and engaged again in milling. In the Spring of 1856, he removed to what was then Bad Axe County, now Vernon, and built a mill at Bloomingdale. He enlisted July, 1862, in the 25th Wis. At the organization of the regiment, he was elected first lieutenant of Co. K. he served as aid-decamp and quarter master about one year; was promoted to a captaincy, November, 1864. and served in that capacity till the close of the war; he participated in many important campaigns and engagements; was in the Atlanta campaign, siege of Vicksburg. etc. At the close of the war. he returned to Vernon County and sold his property there; came to Melvina in 1866; has served two terms in the Legislature of Wisconsin, having been elected in 1868, and again in 1870. In 1874. he was commissioned by the Governor to remove the Winnebago Indians to their territory in Nebraska. Capt. Hunt's first wife was Amanda Melvina Ray, after whom the village was named. The present Mrs. Hunt is a sister of his former wife; has three children by first wife—Henry W., Francis Marion and Mettella A. Capt. Hunt has a farm of about 200 acres, and is also the owner of Hunt's mill of this place. [History of Northern Wisconsin (1881)]
LOREN M. HUNTLEY, farmer. Sec. 7, resides in the village of Athens. P. O. Sparta. Born in the town of Duxbury, Washington Co., Vt., in 1812. He was brought up in his native State. Came to the Village of Sparta, November, 1854, where he lived one year. Settled where he now lives in 1855. Married Hannah Hoyt, a sister of Samuel Hoyt, Esq., of Sparta. They have three children—Mary, wife of O. F. Dorwin, Samuel M. and S. C. Mr. Huntley was first Assessor of the town of Angelo. [History of Northern Wisconsin (1881)]
ANDREW HUTSON, a prosperous farmer and well known citizen of Monroe county, is a lifelong resident of the county, having been born in Farmers Valley, Angelo township, February 21, 1859, son of Solomon and Maria (Winterburn) Hutson. They were natives of England and came to the United States, settling first in the State of New York. Soon thereafter they came to Wisconsin, and in 1856 traveled overland by team from Milwaukee to Angelo township, where they were among the pioneer settlers of that section. They engaged in farming and there made their home until Andrew reached the age of two years, when they moved to the Leon Valley in Leon township, and in 1868 came to Sparta township and located on a farm of 145 acres in section seven, where our subject now resides. At the time of locating on this farm in the Big Creek Valley, it had an orchard of ten acres which was valued at $1,000, but the balance of the farm was mostly covered with stumps. By energy, hard work and perseverance these were soon removed, and the land transformed into one of the most fertile spots in the valley. New buildings have been erected, consisting of an up-to-date residence equipped with modern conveniences, large and commodious barns and other outbuildings. Other improvements have been made from time to time, until it has become one of the most ideal farm homes to be found in Monroe county, and, being located in one of the picturesque localities of Big Creek Valley, has a peculiar charm all its own. Mr. Hutson, father of Andrew, died January 1, 1878, aged fifty-two years, and his wife, mother of our subject, passed away in 1870 at the age of thirty-seven. Mr. Andrew Hutson is the second child of a family of three children, the others being Emma, who is the wife of Robert E. Hutson, of Sparta township, and Ida, now the wife of J. A. Parker, of Minneapolis. Minn. On June 17, 1886, Mr. Hutson was united in marriage with Miss Lillian J. Doane, daughter of Timothy and Sarah M. (Rhodes) Doane, of Welsh Valley, Little Falls township. They were natives of New England, descended from old and prominent families. They came to Wisconsin and were among the early settlers of Bush Prairie, Lafayette township, this county. He was a man of high ideals, prominent in his community and respected and esteemed by all who knew him. His death occurred in 1865, at the age of forty-three years. His widow, mother of Mrs. Hutson, who survives at the age of eighty-eight years, is a charming lady and still retains most excellent health and mental vigor. Mr. and Mrs. Hutson have an interesting family of four children. They are: Clayton H., born October 23, 1888; Percival W., a student at Beloit College, born November 13, 1891; Margorie E., born December 19, 1898, and Lorene A., born July 6, 1907. Mr. Hutson received his education in the district school and has devoted his entire life since boyhood to farming, and is known as one of the progressive and substantial farmers of Monroe county, being a man of intelligence and worth in the community in which he resides. He has been treasurer of his town, assessor for twelve years, and also a member of the school board. In religious matters he and his most estimable wife and family are identified with the Methodist Episcopal church of Big Creek Valley. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
BENJAMIN F. HUTSON, who resides in section six, town of Sparta, was born at Council Bluffs, Ia., January 21, 1877, the son of William and Elizabeth (Fox) Hutson, natives of England and Vermont respectively. They were married in the Big Creek Valley, Sparta township, Monroe county, Wisconsin, where he engaged in farming for a short time and then removed to Kansas. After a short sojourn in that state, he went to Arkansas, thence removed to Nebraska, and later to Iowa, locating at Council Bluffs, where he was engaged for two years in railroad construction work. At the end of that time he went to South Dakota and homesteaded a quarter section of land, and remained there four years. He then returned to Monroe county and purchased a small farm of eighty acres near the Big Creek Methodist church in Sparta township, and there died eighteen months later, on March 24, 1886, aged fifty-six years. Mrs. Hutson, mother of our subject, survives and is a resident of Leon Valley in this county.
Benjamin F. is the third child of a family of six children. Those besides our subject living are Chauncey A., of Sparta; May, the wife of Reuben Hohn, of Leon township. Those deceased are Carrie and two who died in infancy.
On April 12, 1899, Mr. Hutson was married to Miss Nona McCumber, daughter of William and Martha (Hohn) McCumber, of Sparta township. They have three children—Dora Mildred, Ivy Merrill and William Henry. Mr. Hutson was reared on a farm in Big Creek Valley, and attended the district schools, after which he was employed at farming in different localities until 1898, when he purchased his present farm of 160 acres, and which, by hard work, thrift and economy, he has brought to a high state of cultivation, erected a new modern residence, re-built the barns, adding a granary, tool shed and hog house, and installed a system of running water, all of which makes him a model country home. Mr. Hutson is a member of the Good Templars Lodge, and in politics he is a Republican. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
FRED G. HUTSON, successful tanner of section thirty-four, Angelo township, is the son of Thomas and Mary Ann (Wooley) Hutson, natives of England, whence they came to America and first settled in Western New York, and in the early fifties came to Wisconsin and located in Monroe county, where Fred G. was born December 7, 1869. After a few years spent in Leon township, the father purchased a farm in Big Creek Valley, La Crosse county, and there remained until late in life, when he removed to the city of Sparta, where he died at the age of seventy-eight years. His wife, mother of our subject, passed away at the age of seventy years. They raised a family of seven children. Fred G. being the youngest. Of the others, Thomas and Harriet are deceased: Charles H. lives in Sparta; Robert W, resides in Wells township: Thirza is the wife of D. F. Jones, of Sparta township: and John F., of Sparta. Fred G. was reared on his father's farm, attending the common schools and assisting with the farm work until he reached the age of twenty-four years, when he started out for himself. He first located in Angelo township, near Sparta, where he remained one year, then went to Minnesota. After a short time he returned to Monroe county and located in Leon township, remaining there two years, and then moved to the town of Wells and spent two more years, and again returned to Leon and spent two years: thence to the town of Angelo, locating on his present farm, eighty acres of which lies in section thirty-four, Angelo, and 157 acres in section three, Wells township, in 1901. In 1905 he erected a new barn and other outbuildings, and in 1907 built a new residence. Since purchasing this farm, Mr. Hutson has, besides carrying on general farming, been actively engaged in making many improvements. A Republican in polities, he is interested in all public matters, and is now (1912) serving his fourth term as township treasurer. In social matters he is a member of the Beavers. On January 3, 1895, Mr. Hutson was married to Miss Elizabeth Jones, daughter of J. E. and Carrie (Calkins) Jones, of Leon township. Mrs. Hutson passed away in 1910, at the age of forty years, leaving, besides her husband, a family of eight children, viz: Phillip, Evelyn, George, Carl, Grace, Ruth, Gertrude and Dorothy. [History of Monroe County Wisconsin (1912)]
ROBERT W. HUTSON is a native of Monroe county and was born in the town of Angelo on August 9, 1860, the son of Thomas and Mary Ann (Wooley) Hutson. He received his education in the district schools of the neighborhood, and early in life started out for himself, dependent upon his own resources. In 1881 he bought his father's farm and has actively managed it ever since: in 1901 took a position with the Piano Manufacturing Company as traveling salesman for some three years; he then resumed work on the farm, which is located in section three of Wells township, at which he has been successful from the start, and is now considered one of the most progressive and hustling farmers of his township. Besides general farming, Mr. Hutson does quite an extensive dairy business and takes pride in keeping his place well stocked with horses, cattle and hogs, and well supplied with modern equipments for carrying on the work. Mr. Hutson takes an active interest in the affairs of his town and county and works in the Republican ranks in any movement pertaining to the betterment of the community. Fraternally he is a member of the Knights of Pythias. On February 13, 1882, Mr. Hutson was married at Leon, to Miss Georgia E. Rich, and they have had seven children, six of whom are not (1912) living, viz: Lola, born July 31, 1884; Floyd, born March 12, 1886; Bessie, born January 31, 1889; Jessie, born March 4, 1891; Robie, born December 7, 1893, and Georgia, born January 9, 1898. Lizzie is deceased. [Source: Men of progress. Wisconsin. A selected list of biographical sketches and portraits of the leaders in business, professional and official life (1897) submitted by Diana Heser Morse]
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