Wisconsin Genealogy Trails
Waupaca County, Wisconsin
 


Nels Anderson
[Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1880) transcribed by RuthAnne Wilke]

NELS ANDERSON (Rep.), of Scandinavia, Waupaca county, was born March 17, 1828, in Kragero, Norway; had a common school education; is a miller; came to Wisconsin in 184 ; had held various local offices; was First Lieutenant of Co. D., 47th Reg. Wis. Vol. Inf.; was elected assemblyman for 1880 by 962 votes against 419 for M. Gorman, Democrat, and 345 for John Scanlon, Greenbacker.


Goodman Amundson
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Goodman Amundson, one of the honored and respected pioneers of Waupaca county, now makes his home in Iola. His birth occurred in Norway, December 27, 1843, and he is a son of Amand Olson, a farmer of but ordinary means. In 1849 the father with his family of five children left Norway for the United States, and were six weeks and five days on the ocean, landing on American soil in the latter part of August. From New York City they proceeded up the Hudson, and by the Erie canal to Buffalo, N. Y., thence around the lakes to Milwaukee. They located on a farm in the town of Muskego, Waukesha county.

In the summer of 1852 the father brought his family to Waupaca county, where land was cheaper and more of his countrymen then lived. There were no railroads at this time, and two yokes of cattle hauled them and their household goods, while their stock was driven. They came by the way of Berlin, Wis., the road being through a new country, and where now are good farms at that time was an unbroken forest. They located on a farm in Scandinavia township, it being in Town 23, Range 11 east, and was in this primitive condition, they making the first improvements. A portion of it was covered with timber, but the almost annual forest fires at that time had destroyed most of the trees, and nothing but bushes remained. After the settlers came in the fires were not so numerous, and soon clumps of oak trees grew up and are standing as timber today, where, easily within the memory of our subject, there was nothing but brush at one time. His father followed farming during the remainder of his active life, and his death occurred March 9, 1895, at the age of ninety years. His wife was called to her final rest in July, 1891, when she had reached the extreme age of ninety-seven years. Both were buried in the Lutheran Cemetery in Scandinavia, Wis., of which Church they were among the first members. The father possessed great vitality even at his advanced age, and shortly before his death performed labor becoming even a man sixty years his junior. He was a good farmer, very energetic, and was respected by all who knew him. In his political affiliations he was a Republican.

Mr. Amundson was reared as a pioneer farmer boy, and to quote him: "His education or schooling was begun in early life, and consisted principally in handling a yoke of cattle and a breaking plow." Much of this was to be done, and his attendance at school was quite brief, as few if any schools were in existence in the township when he arrived. He lived at home until the age of eighteen when he began the trade of a blacksmith with Samuel Silverthorn, at Waupaca, where he was at work when President Lincoln called for troops to aid in the preservation of the Union. Being a young man, robust and strong, Mr. Amundson enlisted in the service of his adopted country, becoming a member of Company G, Twenty-first Wis. V. I., August 12, 1862, at Waupaca. From there he went with the regiment to Oshkosh, Wis., later to Cincinnati, Ohio, and Covington, Ky., and thence to Louisville where the campaign opened. He was ill during the battles of Perryville and Stone River, so that his first engagement was at Chickamauga, after which he remained with his regiment, never losing a day off duty until August 6, 1864, when before Atlanta. He was struck with a bursting shell which exploded above him, the force of it hurling him fifteen yards. His companions thought that he was dead, and though badly hurt, he insisted on going with the regiment, which the doctors finally permitted, but for ten days was unable to do active duty. His regiment went with Sherman to Savannah, and he participated in the campaigns of North and South Carolina, later taking part in the Grand Review at Washington, D. C. He was discharged in that city June 25, 1865, but the regiment remained intact until reaching Milwaukee, Wis., where it was mustered out. Mr. Amundson immediately returned to Waupaca county, and in Scandinavia township, in 1867, married Miss Christina Hermanson, a native of Winneconne, Wis., daughter of Herman Hermanson, "Little Holt," who came from Norway to America in 1852. To them were born seven children: Augusta, wife of Rev. L. K. Abarg, of the Lutheran Church in South Dakota: Hattie, who died at the age of fifteen; and Agnes E., Lillian R., Hilda, Ada and Edna, at home.

After his marriage Mr. Amundson located at Amherst, Wis., where he built a shop, and for ten years carried on blacksmithing, after which he engaged in the same business for three years in Winchester, Winnebago county. He then returned to Amherst where he still owned property, which later he traded for a farm in Alban township, Portage county. After farming there for a year and a half, he in the fall of 1886 came to Iola, and for three years was in the employ of Frogner Brothers, since which time he has conducted a shop of his own with good success. For the last fifteen years he has suffered from rheumatism, which greatly handicaps him, but he is still enterprising and industrious.

Mr. Amundson has never taken a very active part in political affairs, but always votes with the Republican party, and for one year served as township treasurer. He was one of the organizers of Iola Post, No. 99, G. A. R., in which he has held various offices, and is now serving as senior vice commander. Himself and wife are connected with the Lutheran Church, and while a resident of Amherst he was one of the officers in that religious body. By his own industrious efforts he has become a well-to-do man, and still owns a good farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Alban township, Portage Co., Wis. He has seen the many changes that have taken place in the country where he lives; can remember when wild game was very plentiful; and deer could be shot from the cabin door. He has hunted the cows on the present site of Iola, when for miles and miles there were no fences. Farming was then carried on with very crude implements, and he used to come to mill at Iola in the cold winters on an old sled, wearing no overcoat or overshoes, yet could stand the cold better than with the modern equipments of the present day. He is well known in this community where he has long resided, and by all is held in the highest esteem.


Lyman E. Barnes
[Source: "A Biographical congressional directory From the 1st ( 1774) to the 62nd (1911) Congress"; By United States Congress; Publ. 1918; Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Andrea Stawski Pack]
Barnes, Lyman Eddy, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Weyauwega, Waupaca County, Wis., June 30, 1855; attended the public schools; admitted to the bar in 1876, after four years' study in a law office and in Columbia college law school, New York, and began practice in Appleton, Wis., in 1876; formed a partnership with Judge Goodland that continued until 1882; moved to Rockledge, Fla., where he remained about five years, and practiced law; returned to Appleton, and was elected district attorney of Outagamie county; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); died in Appleton, Wis., January 16, 1904.



Merrills Barton
[Source: "History of Western Iowa, Its Settlement and Growth", 1882, submitted by Cathy Danielson]
Merrills Barton, farmer, was born in Genesee county, N. Y., in 1823, and at four years of age moved with parents to Chautauqua county. In 1852 he moved to Waupaca county, Wis., where he engaged in farming until 1870, when he moved to Mitchell county, Ia., and the following year came to Shelby county, locating two miles east of Harlan. He owns a farm of 131 acres, where he resides, and another of 600 acres in Douglas township. They are both well improved stock farms. He was elected a member of the Board of Supervisors.


Austin Alexander Bierce
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Austin Alexander Bierce, treasurer of the village of Iola, Waupaca county, was born March 11, 1829, at Hudson City, Columbia Co., N. Y., a son of Alexander Neely Bierce, who was a native of Massachusetts, and a direct lineal descendant of William Bradford, who landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620, and was first governor of the Plymouth Colony. The mother, Deborah A. (Morrison) Bierce, was a native of New York.
When our subject was but one year old the family moved to Greene county, N. Y., where they resided until 1835, when they removed to Schoharie county, N. Y., and here our subject's boyhood was spent in laboring on the farm and in a sawmill. As one of the older children of a family of eight, his work during his younger days was necessarily severe. When he had reached the age of nineteen his parents, stricken with the western fever, again moved, this time in May, 1848, to Illinois, at that time a wilderness, and settled near the then small town of Dixon, the county seat of Lee county. Austin here apprenticed himself to one Charles Edson, and learned the trade of carpenter.
On July 4, 1850, at China, Ill., he was married to Lydia Alice Hopkins, daughter of William W. and Salome (Adams) Hopkins, both natives of Connecticut. Mr. Hopkins was a lineal descendant of Stephen Hopkins, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Mrs. Hopkins was a lineal descendant of Governor Bradford through another of his sons, of which he had three. Thus two distant branches of this Colonial family were united. Lydia Alica Hopkins was born September 21, 1832, at New Milford, Penn., and was brought by her parents to Illinois in 1845.
Mr. and Mrs. Bierce's first child, Martha J., was born May 26, 1851, and August 3, 1855, a son, Neely, was born, but lived only one short year, dying August 4, 1856. In 1858 the cry of new country struck into the minds of the young couple, and in May of that year they came to Wisconsin, settling at Iola, Waupaca county, where they now reside. Another daughter, Lenora May, was born to them, May 3, 1860. Shortly thereafter the voice of war began to be heard, and December 3, 1863, Mr. Bierce left his wife and children to answer to the call of his country, enlisting in Company K, Tenth Wis. V. I., as private. After serving in this regiment for eleven months he was transferred as corporal to Company K, Twenty-first Wis. V. I., where he was soon promoted to sergeant, and in which he served until the close of the struggle. His war service took him with Gen. Sherman on that memorable march to the sea from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Savannah, Ga., and through the Carolinas and Virginia to Washington, where he took part in the Grand Review of the war veterans. His regiment was then transported by train and boat to Louisville, Ky., where they were mustered out June 18, 1865. For nearly two years after the war Mr. Bierce was unable to work at his trade as carpenter, on account of rheumatism contracted in the service. Six months of this time were spent with relations in Illinois.
On May 30, 1868, his last child, Burton L., was born, and two years later, May 31, 1870, his eldest child, Martha, died. In 1885 Mr. Bierce was granted a pension of six dollars per month, and in June, 1890, this was increased to sixteen dollars per month. At this time, the old trouble, sciatic rheumatism, had made almost a cripple of him, and he is still most severely troubled with it.
Mr. Bierce settled in Iola when it could hardly be called a hamlet; where the now beautiful streets lie it was but a wilderness. For thirty-five years his residence has been on the same lot on which it now stands, his two remaining children being located near by- — the son on one side and the daughter at the opposite side of the parental home. Mr. Bierce has been a Republican in politics from his first vote to the present time, his first vote for President being cast for "Rough-and-Ready" Zach. Taylor. Never an office-seeker, he has held at different times town offices, and in 1893 was elected treasurer of the village of Iola. He was re-elected in 1894, and is the present incumbent. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bierce have been active members of the M. E. Church for years, and are members of the M. E. Church at Iola at the present time. Mr. Bierce is also an active member of the G. A. R., and the present commander of Iola Post No. 99, Iola.


W.R. Binkelman
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
There is perhaps no more prominent business man in the northern part of Waupaca county than Mr. Binkelman. He has been farmer, school teacher and merchant, and, on his way upward to a comfortable competence, has also engaged in various other vocations. His present mercantile establishment is the largest in the village of Marion.
Mr. Binkelman was born in Joliet, Ill., in 1849, son of Leonard and Jane (McCormick) Binkelman, the father a native of Germany, the mother of Irish extraction. Leonard Binkelman was a ship builder by trade, and for many years was a resident of Joliet, removing thence in 1852 to Manitowoc, Wis., where he also followed his trade. Mrs. Binkelman died in 1894, and he now resides with his son, W. R., at Marion. Their children were: W. R.; Mary Jane, wife of William Clark, of Manitowoc; Fred, and Emma E., wife of John Bodwin, of East Gibson, Manitowoc county. W. R. Binkelman was reared in Manitowoc, and after leaving the schools there clerked in a grocery store for some time, after which for about ten years he was engaged in the confectionery business at Manitowoc. In 1872 Mr. Binkelman moved to Shawano county, and there engaged in farming, teaching school and speculating in land for several years, teaching in Grant and Belle Plaine townships, and also in Dupont township, Waupaca county. In 1876, he removed to the latter township, locating on a tract of land one and half miles distant from Marion. Three years later he opened a hardware store at Marion, where he has since been continuously in business. There was only one store in the village when he located there, that of McDonald & Ramsdell, a firm which has since gone out of business. The village contained but three houses, Mr. Binkelman erecting the fifth building, but there is now a population of 800, and it is still growing rapidly. He erected his present building, a good two-story frame, in 1881, and carries a full line of hardware and farm machinery, the most valuable stock of goods in Dupont township. He is a notary public, and for thirteen years, up to January 1, 1895, he was in the insurance business. In earlier life Mr. Binkelman filed cross-cut saws and adopted various other honest and honorable means of obtaining a start in life, and he began business at Marion with only $350, his present extensive trade testifying to his abundant, perhaps unequalled, success at this point.
Mr. Binkelman was married, in 1871, to Miss Mary M. Ramsdell, who was born in Manitowoc Rapids, daughter of Erastus Ramsdell, an early pioneer of Manitowoc country, who subsequently moved to Dupont township, where he died in 1890. To Mr. and Mrs. Binkelman came six children, five of whom are now living: Olla A., Irvine, Luella, Lindon J. and Murrell. Mark died at the age of eight years. In politics Mr. Binkelman is a Republican, and socially he is a charter member of Marion Lodge No. 256, I. O. O. F., in which he has passed all the Chairs, and is now serving as chaplain. He attends the M. E. Church, and his eldest daughter, Olla A., is superintendent of the Sunday-school of that flourishing Church. In January, 1895, Mr. Binkelman was elected chairman of Dupont township; he was clerk of the courts of Waupaca county from 1884 to 1888; was postmaster at Marion under President Harrison from 1888 to 1892, resigning in the latter year; has been town clerk of Dupont for five years; in January, 1895, was appointed chairman of the town board, and, in the spring of that year was elected chairman, receiving 241 votes out of a total of 307, a fact which testifies better than words to his popularity. He is well known throughout Waupaca county, and commands the esteem and good fellowship of all who know him.

Benjamin P. Birdsall
[Source: "A Biographical congressional directory From the 1st ( 1774) to the 62nd (1911) Congress"; By United States Congress; Publ. 1918; Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Andrea Stawski Pack
] Birdsall, Benjamin P., a Representative from Iowa; born in Weyauwega, Waupaca County, Wis., October 26, 1858; attended the common schools of Iowa and the Iowa state university, Iowa City; studied law and admitted to practice in March, 1878; served as district judge of eleventh judicial district of Iowa from January, 1893, until October, 1900; elected to the Fifty-eighth, Fifty-ninth, and Sixtieth Congresses (March.4, 1903-March 3, 1909); resumed the practice of law in Clarion, Iowa.


Ira J. Bishop
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Ira J. Bishop is one of the honored pioneers of Waupaca county, to whom the experiences of frontier life are very familiar, for he has lived in this State since the time when the greater part of the land was in the possession of the government, when settlements were widely scattered, and when Indians were still frequently seen. He was the third white child born in the town of Plymouth, Sheboygan Co., Wis. — a son of Hiram and Amanda (Baldwin) Bishop, natives of Oswego county, New York.
Hiram Bishop's early life was spent mostly on the farm, where he enjoyed but limited educational privileges. He, however, abandoned the farm while yet a boy in his "teens," and became a sailor. In this he was assisted by his brother-in-law, Capt. Chapman, who was a man of stern demeanor, but under the rough exterior there existed a very kind heart, and many a one did he help in various ways. He secured for Mr. Bishop a position on the lakes, which gave him a start in life, and Hiram was steadily promoted until he finally became a sailing master. He was very ambitious, not content with mediocrity, but always working his way to something better. He continued a sailor upon the lakes until twenty-two years of age, and in 1844 emigrated to Sheboygan county, Wis., where he purchased wild land from the government, transforming it into one of the finest farms of the neighborhood. He still retains possession of the original eighty acres, and, although now seventy-two years of age, operates it. His wife, but six weeks his junior, has shared with him in all the trials and hardships of life, and has rejoiced with him as prosperity has come to them. He was a man of great muscular power, often astonishing his companions by exhibitions of his strength. The winter after his arrival in this State he boarded with a neighboring family, and having business in Milwaukee he went on foot to that place, a distance of sixty miles, following the Indian trails, for there were no roads. As hotel accomodations there were very limited, he walked back ten miles in order to obtain shelter for the night, these seventy miles being accomplished in one day. Ten months previous he had left his trunk at the only hotel in Milwaukee, and had hid some money in it. The landlord was very much surprised when he saw him return and secure the money. In the fall of 1845 he went to New York, and in July, 1846, married Amanda Baldwin.
In August, 1846, Mr. Bishop brought his bride to the little log cabin he had erected on his Wisconsin farm. In payment for previous winter's board he had cut the timber from the first acre of land cleared on what now constitutes the site of the city of Plymouth, and on that ground now stand three churches. He ripened the first apple in Plymouth, and many people came to see it, while Ira J., then a little boy, was often held up that he might also view the fruit. In the little home there was at first no floor and no windows, as lumber and building material were hard to get, there being no sawmill nearer than Sheboygan, fourteen miles away. These were soon supplied, but for a year and a half Mr. Bishop had no team. He would work for two days for a neighbor in order to get the use of an ox-team for a day, but after a few years he became the owner of the best ox-team in the county, taking premium at the first county fair held in Sheboygan county. He continued to cultivate his farm with the aid of his noble wife and children, until to-day the property is valued at several thousand dollars. (1) Ira J. Bishop is the eldest in the family. (2) Mary Sophia, who was born July 5, 1851, and was a cultured young lady, died at the age of twenty-five. (3) Lester Tyler, born September 12, 1855, is engaged in merchandising and other lines of business in Sheboygan; he married Evaline Barnard, daughter of his partner, George W. Barnard; this estimable lady died June 15, 1895, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, at Plymouth, being inadequate to accommodate those who attended the funeral rites, evidence of the esteem in which she was held by those who knew her; she left two daughters, aged fourteen and ten respectively, and a son one year old; Lester possesses excellent business ability; has been clerk of the court, and alderman, also city clerk of Plymouth, and though he is a Democrat receives a large Republican support, which indicates his popularity and the high regard in which he is held; he is accounted one of the prominent citizens of Sheboygan. (4) H. Fayette, born May 10, 1859, went to California in 1887, to engage in mining, and no news was heard of him until January 11, 1895, when he was married. Feeling the necessity of an education for his children, Hiram Bishop turned his home into a school room, and gave his children as good advantages as were possible. All remained at home until after they had attained adult age, and strong family ties still draw them to the parental roof.
In 1861, at the early age of fourteen, Ira Bishop began teaching school, receiving $15 per month, out of which he paid $6 for board. In that work he was very successful, and won a high reputation by untiring application. The first school, held in a building 16 x 20 feet, numbered fifty pupils. He followed teaching fourteen years, and his wages were gradually increased to $75 per month; but on account of ill health he was obliged to abandon that work. Two years previous he purchased 160 acres of land in Waupaca county, still in its primitive condition, covered with a dense growth of hard-wood timber, and in 1876 took up his residence thereon. He was then almost a physical wreck. He purchased two horse-teams, and his father gave him some grain to feed them until he should get located and at work; but he could not load the twelve bags of oats into the sleigh, and it required three days and two nights for him to drive from Plymouth to Symco, Wis. For almost a year he boarded with Mrs. Z. Baldwin, his aunt, then returned and taught a select school of young teachers. His health had rapidly improved under out-door exercise, but this school warned him of the return of difficulty, and he returned to his farm, on which he built a log shanty, 14 x 20 feet, and only six feet high, having previously made a small clearing. In it he lived alone for three years, cooking his food, when a frame house was built a short distance off, which has since been remodeled, making a comfortable home. At one time a bear visited him while he was cutting some logs away from home. His lumbering was done on the land, and afforded him some means of living.
Mr. Bishop was married December 30, 1879, to Catherine, daughter of David and Catherine (Remus) Wolfred, who were of Holland lineage. Mrs. Bishop was born in Holland, and at the age of six months was brought to America. Her father, a farmer by occupation, died while en route, leaving three children: Elizabeth, wife of Isaac Eernesse, who died in 1890, leaving twelve children; George C., now a farmer of Indiana, and Mrs. Bishop, the youngest. The mother afterward married Peter Dillman, who was of the same country. She had brought the remains of her first husband to Chicago, where he was laid to rest, and thus she was left alone in a strange country with three children to support. She then went to Sheboygan county, Wis., where her father-in-law, Christopher Wolfred, lived, and worked hard to support her family, often walking three miles to do a day's washing. The children were early forced to earn their own living, George starting alone for Indiana at the age of fifteen. There he secured work, and through honorable dealing has secured a good home; he is married and now has a family of five children. By her second marriage Mrs. Dillman became the mother of five children: John, a fisherman of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; Peter, who operates the old homestead, and cares for his mother, who is now seventy-two years of age; Crena, wife of Jacob Verdoin, a resident of Sheboygan, Wis., and two who died in infancy.
Mrs. Bishop began earning her living at the age of fourteen, and later learned the dress-making trade, which she followed until the time of her marriage, accumulating considerable money, with which she furnished her home at the time of her marriage. Together Mr. and Mrs. Bishop have labored, transforming the rugged wilderness into an inviting home, and the success which has come to them is due no more to the industry and enterprise of the husband than to the economy and good management of the wife. The privations and discouragements of pioneer life have been theirs in common with all who have striven to extend the bounds of civilization. In connection with farming Mr. Bishop is engaged in raising hogs and in the dairy business, and during the winter of 1894 his wife made eleven hundred pounds of butter. This worthy couple have the highest regard of all who know them, for their many excellencies of character command admiration and respect. They are earnest advocates of the cause of popular education. Socially Mr. Bishop is connected with Plymouth Lodge No. 71, I. O. O. F. From the Territorial days of Wisconsin he has resided within her borders, has witnessed her entire growth as a State, and has ever borne his part in the work of upbuilding and advancement, being numbered among her valued citizens, as well as honored pioneers.

Linus B. Brainard, M.D.
[Source: The US Biological Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Wisconsin Volume (1877) transcribed by Vicki Bryan]
The subject of this biography is the son of Solomon and Charity (Jaqua) Brainard, and was born in Boardman, Mahoning County, Ohio, October 30, 1805. Although past seventy years of age he still conducts an extensive medical practice. His father enlisted in the war of 1812, and acted as a scout in Ohio, along the southern shore of Lake Erie, and served until disabled. Linus was raised on a farm, with very poor school privileges, until twenty years old. He then entered an academy at Worthington, Ohio, but was compelled after a short time, by reason of illness, to leave. His father died soon afterward, and he being the eldest of ten children, the whole oversight of the farm fell on him, with very restricted means with which to operate. He had a difficult task, but performed it faithfully, until other members of the family were old enough to take upon themselves the responsibility.
At the age of twenty-seven he began the study of medicine under private instruction, at Windham, Portage County, and continued the same three years. After practicing awhile at Bedford, he attended two courses of lectures at the medical college in Cleveland, and took his degree about 1838. Continuing in practice in Cleveland until 1845, he then removed to Wisconsin Territory. He tried the Fourierite system at Ceresco a short time, at the urgent request of President Parsons. After a few months he removed to Fox Lake, where he practiced six months and then went to Sheboygan and practiced three years. Having received the appointment of deputy collector of customs he removed to Green Bay, and acted in that capacity during President Fillmore's administration, but being rotated out of office by President Pierce in 1853, he removed to Waupaca, where he still resides.
In June 1862, Dr. Brainard was appointed assistant surgeon to fill a vacancy in the 7th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers; operated in the field until April 1864, when, being unable to follow the regiment in its marches, he was put on duty in the City Point Hospital, Virginia, where he remained until the close of the rebellion; and after sojourning awhile in the eastern part of Maryland, returned to Waupaca. Dr. Brainard makes no specialty of any branch of the healing art, but has an excellent reputation, both as a medical practitioner and surgeon.
In politics, he was a whig in early and middle life, with strong free-soil proclivities, and naturally gravitated into the republican ranks, where he has been for twenty years. He is master of the Waupaca Union Grange, No. 332, and an earnest worker in the interests of that order. He lives on a farm one mile from the center of the city, but within the corporation limits.
Mrs. Brainard was Miss Huldah R. Bradley, of Ravenna, Ohio. They were married November 13, 1839, and have had five children, of whom three, two sons and one daughter, are living. The eldest child, Charles Rollin, is married and is a lawyer, living in Boston, Massachusetts; the other son, Linus Henry, lives at home ; the daughter, Alice Elvina, is the wife of David Odam, of Springfield, Illinois.
Both physically and intellectually Dr. Brainard is a man of excellent parts. He is five feet ten and a half inches in height, and weighs two hundred and thirty pounds; his eyes are light blue; his hair is as white as the newly fallen snow; his complexion is very ruddy, and the expression of his face indicates a well-wisher to his fellowmen.


Edward Everts Browne
[Source: The Wisconsin Blue Book (1919) page 459; transcribed by FoFG]
EDWARD EVERTS BROWNE (Rep.) is serving his fourth consecutive term in congress. He was born Feb. 16, 1868 in Waupaca, attended the public schools, graduated from the Waupaca high school in 1886, University of Wisconsin in 1890 and University Law College in 1892 and took up the practice of law in Waupaca. He was district attorney of Waupaca county three terms, state senator six years, and regent of the University of Wisconsin. He was married to Rose Cleveland in 1892 and has four children. The eldest graduated from her father's Alma Mater in 1917, one is now a senior and another a freshman there, while the youngest is in the Western high school, Washington. Mr. Browne was elected to congress in 1912 and re-elected in 1914, 1916 and 1918.


Hon. Edward L. Browne
[Source: The US Biological Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Wisconsin Volume (1877) transcribed by Vicki Bryan]
WAUPACA - The subject of this sketch was born on the 27th of June 1830, at Cranville, Washington County, New York, the son of Jonathan Browne, a farmer, and Abby nee Everts. His father was a captain in the second war with England, and commanded a company at the battle of Plattsburg. Edward worked on his father's farm and attended a district school until fifteen years old, when his father moved to Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and there opened a farm. After the first year of his residence there, Edward spent much of his time for three years at a select school in Milwaukee, conducted by Professor Amasa Buck. At nineteen he commenced reading law, and was admitted to the bar at Fond du Lac in November 1851. He first began his practice in Dubuque, Iowa; afterward spent about one year in Milwaukee, and in November 1852, settled at Waupaca, the county seat of Waupaca County, and has risen step by step until he has attained a high position at the bar.
Mr. Browne has been State senator two terms the first term in 1861 and 1862, the second in 1867 and 1868. Although a new member in 1861, he took a very active part in all matters in which the State was interested pertaining to the war, no man in that body showing more patriotic enthusiasm in this regard. During the four sessions he was on the judiciary committee, and its chairman in 1868. He was also on the committees on claims, printing, and one or two others, and did valuable service for the State. He was nominated in 1876, during his absence, for a third term in the senate, but could not accept. Mr. Browne was a democrat until 1855, but has been a republican since the party was organized. He was nominated for congress in 1862, but was defeated, from the fact that some three thousand republicans from his district were in the army, otherwise he would have received a handsome majority. In 1868 he was a delegate to the republican national convention.
Mr. Browne is a Royal Arch Mason, and has been master of Waupaca Lodge, No. 123. He is a member of the Episcopal Church, and a warden of the same.  His wife is a daughter of Judge Parish, of Randolph, Vermont. They were married March 4, 1856, and have four children. Mrs. Browne was educated at the Mount Holyoke Seminary, and is a woman of refined manners and cultured mind.  A brother attorney in an adjoining county thus speaks of Mr. Browne as a professional man: He is a close, logical reasoncr; has a sound, discriminating judgment on legal points, and, as an advocate, is always strong with a jury. His style of address is very earnest, his appeals are often eloquent; while his clear, candid statements of facts, and his deductions from them, are always convincing, as his almost invariable success in jury trials will attest.


George H. Calkins, M.D.
[Source: The US Biological Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Wisconsin Volume (1877) transcribed by Vicki Bryan]
The subject of this biography is the son of Varanes and Elizabeth (Utter) Calkins, and was born at Castile, New York, April 21, 1830. His father was a farmer by occupation; his grandfather was a soldier in the war of the revolution. George attended a common school and assisted on his father's farm until eighteen years of age, when he went to Ellicottsville, Cattaraugus County, and began the study of medicine with Dr. J. B. Staunton. He attended lectures at the Buffalo Medical College, and practiced two years in the State of Maryland before he graduated. He afterward returned to Buffalo, and attended another course of lectures, and received his diploma in February 1856. Settling the next year at Waupaca, Wisconsin, he at once established himself in his profession, and has been in the steady practice of the same for twenty years, growing all the while in knowledge as well as experience. He is a general practitioner, and stands high among the medical fraternity as well as in the community. For about ten years past he has been president of the Waupaca County Medical Society.
In the latter part of 1863 Dr. Calkins was commissioned assistant surgeon of the 37th Regiment of Wisconsin Volunteers, and was immediately detailed to take charge of the branch Harvey Hospital at Camp Randall, Madison, and served in that capacity until the close of the rebellion, being discharged in June 1865. On his leaving the hospital the patients presented him with an elegant gold watch as a token of their appreciation of his services.
Dr. Calkins has always been a decided republican, but has not allowed his politics to interfere in the least degree with his medical studies and practice, except in a single instance. In 1874 he yielded to the wishes of his fellow-citizens and became a candidate for the general assembly, and was elected by a handsome majority, and served in the session of 1875, being on the committee on medical societies and one or two other committees. Dr. Calkins is a Royal Arch Mason, and also an Odd Fellow, and has taken all the degrees in the Temple of Honor. He has been a member of the Presbyterian Church for more than twenty years.
On the 18th of March 1852, he was married to Miss Caroline L. Jenkins, of Ellicottsville, New York. Of their ten children, seven are now living.



William W. Carr
[Source: "Wisconsin: Its Story and Biography, 1848-1913, Volume 8", By Ellis Baker Usher - Transcribed and Submitted to Genealogy Trails by Friends For Free Genealogy]
William W. Carr has held the office of clerk of Oneida county since his first election to that position in January, 1900, having been several times re-elected on the Republican ticket. A resident of Rhinelander since the spring of 1886, he is one of the best known men in the county, and has acquitted himself most creditably in the matter of his public service, as well as along other lines. Before coming to Rhinelander, he was connected for some time with the office of Register of Deeds at Waupaca, and when he came here it was to enter the employ of F. L. Shepherd, dealer in real estate. He was thus employed until the county was organized in 1887. At that time U. L. Beers was chosen to fill the first berth as county clerk, and Mr. Carr became his deputy during that term. In the spring of 1889 he was elected to the office of town clerk for the town of Pelican, the entire county being then covered by the town of Pelican, and he continued in his service as clerk until 1892, when the city of Rhinelander was organized, and he was elected city clerk. He continued to administer the affairs of the city in his capacity as clerk until his election to his present post as clerk of the county, when he resigned the city position.
Born in Waupaca county, Wisconsin, William W. Carr is the son of William D. and Mary (Pace) Carr. His natal day is December 19, 1859, and the place of his birth was New London. His father was a merchant who came to Wisconsin in 1854, and spent practically the remainder of his life in New London. He came from Corning, New York, where he was reared and where he met and married his wife.
William Carr was reared in New London and there he attended the public schools, learning the jeweler's trade there, and working at the business until he' entered the office of the register of deeds as his , assistant, at Waupaca. His advent into Rhinelander duly followed, as has been noted above, and the facts of his subsequent career have also been outlined with more or less brevity. It will suffice to say here that Mr. Carr has brought a high order of service to bear in his administration of the affairs of the county in his official capacity, and he has demonstrated his possession of all those qualities that make for successful public service.
In 1889 Mr. Carr was married to Mable Ringley, of Rhinelander, and six children have been born to them, as follows: Hazel, wife of Professor Ellis N. Calef, engaged in educational work in Alma Center, Wisconsin; William D.; Lynne; Lucille; Ivey and Virginia.
Mr. Carr is a member of the Sons of Veterans, his father having served in the Third Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry as a member of Company I during the Civil war, and being a member of the G. A. R. for many years.

John A. Conant
[Source: The Wisconsin Blue Book (1919) page 468; transcribed by FoFG]
JOHN A. CONANT (Rep.) was born in Weyauwega, Aug. 7, 1887. He was educated in the country schools, graduated from the Eagle River high school and the University of Minnesota, studied law, was admitted to the bar and took up the practice of his profession in Westfleld, Marquette county. He served as district attorney for Marquette county from 1916 to 1919, when he resigned to assume his seat in the senate. He was elected to the senate in 1918, without opposition, after having won the nomination in the primary election over Frank H. Hanson.


John H. Coffman
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
John H. Coffman, one of the most prominent citizens of the village of Marion, Waupaca county, where he owns a handsome home and a well-cultivated farm adjoining, is a retired railroad man. For many years he was connected with several of the best western railroads, and when, as an official of the Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western railroad, which was built through the rich virgin lands of northern Wisconsin, he saw the possible development of that region, he forthwith acquired a well-selected farm, and upon his retirement from active railroad life identified himself with the interests of the Upper Wisconsin Valley.
Mr. Coffman was born in Edgar county, Ill., September 1, 1838, son of William and Lydia (Akard) Coffman, natives of Virginia, who at a very early day migrated by team to Edgar county, Ill., and settled upon wild land in Grandview township. Mr. Coffman improved the land, devoted it to fruit culture, and made it his home for life. He died from injuries caused by his being accidentally run into by a railroad engine while walking on the track. His excellent wife preceded him to the grave, dying November 5, 1871. They reared a family of twelve children, as follows: James, a resident of Kansas, Ill.; Joseph, his twin brother, a resident of Dudley, Ill.; Susan, wife of Lindsay Welch, of Edgar county, Ill.; Jerome, a resident of Arkansas; John H.; Caroline, wife of John Welch, of Evanston, Ill.; Daniel, who occupies the old homestead in Edgar county, Ill.; George, a deputy sheriff at Chicago, Ill.; Mary, now Mrs. Ratz, of Kansas; Frank, of Arkansas; Belle, wife of Rev. Schuman, a M. E. minister, now of Kansas; and America, wife of William Low, of Paris, Illinois.
Our subject was reared on the farm and educated in the schools of Grandview township, and at the academy at Paris, Ill. He enlisted at Paris June 14, 1862, in Company G, Seventieth Ill. V. I., for three months, serving at Camp Butler and at Alton, Ill., in guarding prisoners until mustered out in October, 1862. Returning to Edgar county, he sold histories of the war until 1865, when he entered the service of the Chicago & Alton road as a conductor. Remaining in that capacity six years on the C. & A. , he in 1871 assisted in the construction of the Indiana, Bloomington & Western railroad, running the construction train between Peoria and Danville. The following year he accepted a run on the Chicago and North Western road, with headquarters at Clinton, Iowa. In 1877 he came to Wisconsin, running as conductor on the Oconto branch, and on the Marshfield and Southern divisions. He was with the Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western when the Northern division was built through to Ashland, and the station Marion — where he now lives — was by Manager Reed named after Mrs. Coffman's sister, Mary, who was Mrs. James Churchill. She was the first white woman to come to that section of the country. Mary Churchill died July 7, 1862. Mrs. Coffman was the first white woman to ride over the road from Clintonville to Sheboygan, a distance of 105 miles. After serving for seven years as conductor, Mr. Coffman was, in 1884, promoted to the official title of roadmaster between Oshkosh and Milwaukee, a position which he filled until 1893. Since then he has engaged in farming.
Mr. Coffman was married, in 1865, to Miss Sarah A. Warnick, a native of Canada, daughter of John C. and Ellen (Johnson) Warnick, the former a native of New York, the latter of Canada. John C. Warnick was a farmer, and in 1851 moved from Canada to Grant township, Shawano Co., Wis., and opened up a farm, the nearest market then being New London. Mr. Warnick died February 3, 1882, his wife January 20, 1885. They reared a family of twelve children, of whom we have record as follows: Charlotte, who died at Eau Claire, Wis., in July, 1891; Eliza, who died in Clinton, Iowa; Mary, who died in Shawano county. Wis.; Elizabeth, who also died on the home place; John, who enlisted in the Twenty-first Wis. V. I., served three years, and died February 22, 1877, at Clinton, Iowa; Thomas, who enlisted in the Eighth Wis. V. C, served three years, and died in Madison, Wis., in 1865; Isabelle, of Oshkosh; James, who enlisted in a Wisconsin infantry regiment, and now resides on a farm in Oconto county; Joseph, of Kaukauna, Wis., a fireman on the Chicago & North Western railroad; Sarah A., Mrs. Coffman; Susan Burslam, died February 22, 1883; and Archibald Warnick, now living in Tacoma, Washington.
Mr. Coffman in politics is a Democrat. Himself and wife are members of the M. E. Church, of which he is also a trustee. They cleared the land that now constitutes their pleasant and commodious home, and have noted the rapid development of the country that has followed the advent of the iron horse.


Jerome Crocker
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Jerome Crocker, general merchant at Weyauwega, Waupaca county, has enjoyed a continuous business career much longer than falls to the lot of most men. He carries a full line of hardware and general merchandise, and, having begun business in 1859, has now been thirty-six years on the site of his present store. Mr. Crocker traces his ancestry back to Revolutionary times.
He was born October 11, 1824, in Perrysburg, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., son of Stephen and Polly (Black) Crocker. Stephen Crocker was born in Schoharie county, N. Y., July 13, 1788, son of Stephen Crocker, who was a native of Rhode Island, of English Quaker extraction, and who lived to the age of 102 years. Stephen Crocker, Jr., was a farmer by occupation, and in 1844 moved to Miami county, Ind., to land pre-empted by his son Jerome. He was a Democrat of the Jackson school, and died in 1847. Polly (Black) Crocker, mother of Jerome, was born in Chautauqua county, N. Y., July 21, 1802, daughter of James and Polly (Putney) Black, the father a native of New York, the mother of Vermont. Stephen and Polly Crocker had five children: Mary Jane, who died June 6, 1845, in New York; Lorinda, wife of Seymour P. Ensign, of Erie, Penn.; Jerome; Eliza, wife of Robert Hughson, of Ripley, N. Y., and Benjamin Franklin, who died in New York September 2, 1848. The mother died October 7, 1832, and Stephen Crocker married Rachel, widow of David Black, by which union he had one child, Rosetta, wife of Daniel Risinger, of Kokomo, Indiana.
The boyhood of Jerome was spent on the farms of Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties, N. Y., and his education received in the schools of western New York and of Indiana. At the age of eighteen he entered the employ of John Morrison & Co., merchants, at Nashville, N. Y. Eighteen months later he entered the employ of Smith & Foote, merchants, at Peru, Ind., remaining ten years. In 1856 Mr. Crocket went to California, via the Isthmus, and for three years was engaged by J. A. Cole and John Stevens in constructing a flume from the Sierra Nevadas to the mines, an enterprise that required three years to complete. In 1859 he returned from California, and located in the budding little settlement at Weyauwega. He at once entered the mercantile trade, and from that time on he has been prominently identified with the development of that locality, being engaged in various enterprises. He was a prime mover in the establishment of the Badger Basket Factory; at one time he owned the brewery, and for a while he owned a tin shop. He was an original stockholder in establishing the county fair grounds.
Mr. Crocker was married, in 1852, to Miss Angeline Rice, daughter of Charles and Harriet (Ainsworth) Rice, natives of Connecticut who became early settlers of Chautauque county, N. Y., and who afterward, in 1859, removed to Weyauwega, Wis. Mrs. Crocker died February 2, 1854, in Chautauqua county, N. Y. His second wife was Mrs. Helen M. Rice, of Jamestown, N. Y., daughter of George W. and Mary Tew. She died October 24, 1879, and in August, 1881, Mr. Crocker married his present wife, the widow of Jacob Weed.
Politically, Mr. Crocker has always affiliated with the Democratic party. He has served as a member of the county board. He owns a farm adjoining Weyauwega, and has always taken an active interest in public improvements. Few men can, as he, look back over the entire business development of Weyauwega, noting its reverses, and more particularly its successes, almost from the inception of the settlement. His life has been devoted to its business interests, and his influence felt for good in every step of progress.



Philo Darling
[Source: "Portrait and biographical album of Green Lake, Marquette and Waushara counties, Wisconsin", 1890, submitted by Cathy Danielson]
Philo Darling, who is engaged in general farming and stock-raising, on section 35 in the town of Rose, Waushara County, is a native of Lower Canada. He was born on the 10th day of June, 1833, and is the eldest in a family of eleven children, ten of whom grew to mature years, while seven of that number are yet living. His parents were John and Marilda (Gaylor) Darling. The father was a native of Vermont, but when a young man went to Canada, where he became acquainted with and married Miss Gaylor. They afterward made their home in the Green Mountain State, and in 1854 became residents of Waupaca County. Wis., where Mr. Darling entered a claim and developed a farm upon which he resided until 1873, when he was called to his final home. His wife still survives him at this writing, in 1890. Their children yet living are- Philo, of this sketch; Hannah, wife of William Gibson, of Lawrence, Mass.; Lorinda, wife of Henry Darling, of Canada; Susie, wife of Henry Edwards, of Dakota; Melissa, wife of James M. Darling, of Waldo, Wis.; George, of Crystal Lake, Wis.; Lucretia, wife of Charles Herbert, of Waupaca; and Luman, of Wautoma.
The early life of our subject was passed in the usual manner of farmer lads, he assisting his father in the cultivation of the land and attending the common schools of Waterhury. Vt. On attaining t his majority he left the parental roof and started out in life for himself. He determined to try his fortune in the West, and bidding good-bye to his old home started for Wisconsin. On reaching Waupaca County he made a claim of ninety-five acres of land hitherto uncultivated, but after a year sold out and engaged in lumbering during the succeeding seven years. About the expiration of that time he was united in marriage with Miss Martha Jeffers, who was born in the town of Rose, Wayne Co., N. Y., in 1843, and with her father, .lames W. Jeffers, one of the honored pioneers of Wisconsin, came to the West. About two years after his marriage, Mr. Darling purchased fifty-seven acres of land in the town of Spring Water, Waushara County, and from the wild land developed a fine farm.
In February, 1861, our subject enlisted for the war as a member of Company B, 35th Wisconsin Infantry, and with his regiment participated in the siege at Spanish Fort, and other important engagements. During the entire service the regiment was engaged in active duty, and marched 8.050 miles. At length they were discharged at Madison, in February, 1866, after two years spent upon the Southern battlefields, when Mr. Darling returned to his home in the town of Spring Water and the young bride whom he had left to battle for his country. The same year he sold his farm in the town of Spring Water, and removed to the town of Wautoma, but in 1869 he purchased his present farm, where he has since made his home. He raises a good grade of stock, and 105 acres of highly cultivated land pay tribute to the care and labor which he bestows upon it. The farm comprises a quarter-section of land, but the remainder has not been improved. In his business transactions he has been quite successful, and has become one of the prosperous farmers of the community. When be first came to Wisconsin he used a breaking-plow, drawn by four or six yoke of oxen, but now has the latest improved machinery and everything necessary to a model farm of the nineteenth century, He entertains progressive as well as practical ideas, and has therefore made his business a prosperous one.
Into Mr. and Mrs. Darling have been born seven children: William, who married Miss Lizzie Davis, is engaged in farming in the town of Spring Water; Henry, Etta, Frank, Cora, Philo and Gordon are still with their parents. The family circle remains unbroken, although the eldest has left the parental roof.
Mr. Darling has filled various offices of honor and trust in his township, and in polities is an ardent supporter of the Republican party. Socially he is a member of Ed. Saxe Post, No. 135, G. A. R., and his wife belongs to the W. R. C., an auxiliary of the post. He has ever taken an active part in all that pertains to the up-building of town and county, and as the result of his industry has gained for himself and family one of the most comfortable homes in the town of Rose.

Charles Augustus Davis
(Waupaca County – Second District – The towns of Bear Creek, Dupont, Helvetia, Iola, Larrabee, Lebanon, Little Wolf, Matteson, Mukwa, Scandinavia, St. Lawrence and Union, and the first and second wards of New London. Population, 11,969.)
[Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1882), page 563; transcribed by Mary Saggio
CHARLES AUGUSTUS DAVIS (Rep.), of Bear Creek, was born in the town of Stowe, Maine, November 6, 1828; had a common school education; is a farmer and carriage-maker by occupation; came to Wisconsin in 1855, and settled at New London; has held various town offices and minor county positions; was elected to the assembly for 1881 and re-elected for 1882, receiving 869 votes against 719 for George Warren, democrat, and 94 for S. D. Woodworth, greenbacker.


Dixon Family
[Source: Clintonville Town Talk (Friday, 21 July 1905) page 1; transcribed by FoFG]

Interesting Family group of Waupaca County Pioneers
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Dixon came up the Embarrass River in a Scow in 1850, Settling at Palmer's Mill.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Jane came here from Vermont Thirty-seven years ago.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dixon are their descendants.

The Dixon Family.
In settling a new country the pioneer has much to contend with. As a general thing he is not possessed of riches, except those of health and courage, and his battle for existence is a hard one. Many have failed in their fight and dropped fainting by the wayside; others, strongers, or perhaps endowed with a courage as sublime as that of the soldier who volunteers for the "forlorn hope," press on and eventually win. In after years the pioneer is delighted to recall incidents which at the time of their occurrence were thought almost too hard to endure. These happenings are interesting to him and also to those who have followed in his wake, working just as hard, perhaps, but not environed by the romance of more primitive times. Town Talk presents today the portraits and a brief history of a half dozen people who have been closely identified with the early days of Waupaca county. If an Indian or perhaps a wandering cruiser had parted the thick undergrowth upon the banks of the Embarrass river along in 1859, he might have seen an old scow boat being slowly paddled up stream by a half dozen sturdy fellows. The scow contained, besides a variety of goods, Daniel Dixon, his wife and seven children. They had left their home in the eastern states, traveled by rail to Oshkosh, by steamboat to New London, and were making their weary way up the Embarras river to Palmer's mill, now known as the village of Embarrass. Mr. Dixon was a native of New York, and his wife was born in the north of Ireland.

When their long and tiresome journey ended they loaded their few household goods on the bank, and Mr. Dixon proceeded to take a mental inventory of his worldly possessions, which consisted of the wife with the seven little ones, a small amount of baggage and a $20 gold piece. Nothing daunted, he went to work and got possession of a tract of land near the mill, since known as the George Allen farm, rolled up a log house by hand, put on a bark roof, and hanging up a blanket for a door, moved in. There was a specimen of your true American.

That their family were resourceful and bound to succeed is easily understood from a little story told Town Talk by Mr. Dixon's son Ned, who relates that when their small sum of money disappeared his mother went over to the miller's wife and traded some pieces of china and a table spread to her for some bags of corn meal from the mill. Dixon worked at lumbering and clearing up his farm, walking over to Semple's, laboring all the week and bringing his week's pay home on his back Saturday night. Twenty-nine years ago he and his wife and several children left Embarrass and went to Oregon, where the two old people died not long ago, near Clatskanie, Columbia county. The Clatskanie newspapers had this to say of Mr. Dixon the time of his death: "Daniel Dixon, an aged and highly respected citizen of this vicinity, died January 25, of senile pneumonia. He was born in Niagara county, New York, February 15, 1825.  When a boy his parents moved to Canada, and there he grew to manhood, married and lived several years, moving from there to Wisconsin, and later to Oregon, which he reached in 1877, spending two years in Cackamas county, then coming to this beality, where he secured a homestead about two miles from town. On this homestead he spent the remainder of his days. "Mr. Dixon had an impressive personality, very decided in his convictions, and very ready to defend them in argument, if necessary, but beneath a rugged exterior he had a kind heart, which responded to calls for self-sacrific. His wife, some four years his senior, passed away last June. Six sons and two daughters survive him. Of these, George, Isaac and William, with a daughter, Mrs. Anna J. Branham, in California. Deceased was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and his home was a stopping place for ministers in an early day."

The Janes Family.
Edwin Janes and his wife, whose maiden name was Bushnell, were early arrivals in this vicinity from St. Albans, Vermont. Mr. Janes was born Nov. 22, 1828, and when young in years headed westward until he arrived at Clintonville, 37 years ago. He purchased a piece of timber land about a mile and a half north of town, on the Shawano road, and built a log house. Here he brought up a family of three children. He was a mason by trade and worked alternately at his trade and farming. He was a soldier in the war of the rebellion and was honorably discharged. His regiment was the 50th Wisconsin Infantry, and he was a member of Company A. John C. Spooner, now United States senator from Wisconsin, was his captain. Mr. Spooner told the writer that Janes was one of the best men in his company, and whenever the senator came here he always inquired for his old comrade.
He sold his farm to Ned Dixon, his son-in-law, in 1899. Mrs. Janes was the counterpart of her husband, mild mannered, kind hearted and ever ready to answer to the call of sickness or distress. She was a native of Georgia, Vermont and died in this city in 1890.

Edward Dixon and Wife.
Edward and Clara Dixon, who at the present time reside upon the old Janes farm and adjoining lands, are children of the subjects of the foregoing article. Edward Dixon is a son of Daniel Dixon, and was born in Canada, coming to Wisconsin at a tender age. His lot has been one of the many who tried to carve a home from the wilderness. He bought a piece of land near the Janes farm and, toiling in the woods and on the river, supported his family and gradually pulled himself out of the financial mire until at present he owns 110 acres of choice land, equipped with modern buildings and all kinds of machinery. His residence, just completed, is large and beautifully situated upon a rise of land near the Shawano road, and when his plans are completed Dixon will have the prettiest grounds for miles about. In working these wonders in the wilderness Mr. Dixon modestly gives the greatest credit to his wife, Clara, daughter of Edward Janes, and his five faithful sons and daughters who are progressive in their ideas and of an inventive turn. No difficulty is too great for them to surmount, and they take great pride in their home. They are people who think a farmer is as wise as anyone, and more than that they prove it by their conduct. They are now operating a cheese factory upon their farm, one of the slickest and neatest little affairs you ever saw. They sell their own product, keep a set of books, use business like methods, and give a visitor at their farm a "distinct shock," as the story writer says, when Ire realizes what business ways may accomplish when applied to farming.


Albert C. Ellison
[Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado (Publ. 1905) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander]
After years of arduous labor in various lines of activity, and suffering many hardships and disasters, having more than the usual run of ups and downs in life, yet meeting every condition with fortitude and rising from every reverse with renewed vitality, this popular and influential ranchman who has high standing among the people of Rio Blanco county, is well established as manager of the extensive productive stock ranch of B. M. Vaughan, of New York city, which comprises nine hundred and sixty acres and is beautifully located on Elk creek, twenty miles northeast of Meeker, and is well supplied with water from the creek which belongs to it. It is one of the choice places in that part of the state, highly improved with excellent ranch buildings, including a lodge of fine proportions commanding a beautiful and inspiring outlook over the surrounding country, and is equipped with every appliance for the most successful management of its affairs. It is one of the few places yet left in the section which has a fine herd of elk among its stock, in addition to the large hers of well bred Hereford cattle and fancy imported horses, which are the admiration of the whole region. It is also well stocked with choice breeds of poultry and the other animal life to be expected on a breeding farm, and all it elements of interest are not only of the best, but are looked after with the utmost care and skillful attention. Of the large tract of land which it includes three hundred acres are under cultivation for its uses, and the products are as various and their quality is as high as circumstances will permit. Mr. Ellison was born on May 17, 1857, in Waupaca county, Wisconsin, and is the son of Isaac and Elizabeth Ellison, natives of Norway, who emigrated to this country when young and were among the first settlers in the part of Wisconsin where they lived. The father was a farmer, butcher and hotel-keeper, and was successful in each walk of usefulness. He was a Republican in politics and a man of influence in the councils of his party. Both parents died in 1869. They had five children. One son named Jack is deceased, and Elias, John, Carrie and Albert C. are living. Albert received a common-school education and assisted his parents on the farm until he reached the age of eighteen. Then, in 1875, he came to Colorado and located at Boulder, then a small village. Having no money left, he went to work in the mines in Four-Mile gulch. Six months later he engaged in freighting in the employ of Ardale & Newman, with who he remained until 1884. The labor in this employment was hard and full of hardships, and as soon as he was able to do anything better for himself he quit the service and built a log cabin on the forks of White river, the first one erected in that neighborhood, and this was put up in the interest of the Stock Irrigation Company, which located one of the first ranches there. In the employ of this company Mr. Ellison brought from Larkspur to the ranch three hundred and ninety-eight Texas mares and ten imported Norman stallions for breeding purposes. One of the Normans was killed in transit by a silver tip bear after a hard battle. The industry started by this band of horses did not prove a success, but Mr. Ellison remained in the employ of the company until 1866, when he pre-empted one hundred and sixty acres for himself. This he improved and in 1889 he sold it. During the next three years he devoted his attention to raising horses on an extensive basis and prospered in the enterprise. He then became a tourists’ guide and continued in the business eight years. As he was one of the first guides in the hills, so he was one of the most successful and found the business very profitable. At the end of the period named he secured the position he is now so successfully filling. Always interested in horses, he still owns one of the best, the celebrated stallion Haroldwood, with a record of 2:31. When he located in this section the country was wild and almost uninhabited except by Indians and wild beasts, and all hands were frequently required to put down Indian hostilities. The Utes were very troublesome, and he was in all the fights with them. On one occasion he was deputized as sheriff to quell an uprising and spent thirty-two days in the field against the savage foe of civilization, many being killed in the campaign. The whites suffered some losses too, among them the noted Jack Ward and Frank Folsom and a Mr. Curly, all of who Mr. Ellison helped to bury. There were in those days no bridges, few roads and scant supplies of the ordinary conveniences of life. Supplied had to be freighted from Denver, a distance of three hundred miles, and the work was one of great difficulty and danger, conducted with pack horses. He also freighted from Rawlins, Wyoming, to Meeker for Hughes & Company, having the first contract in the county, which was written by Judge Hazen. Fraternally he is connected with the order of Odd Fellows, and politically belongs to the Republican party. On November 20, 1896, he married to Miss May Smith, a native of Fort Collins, Colorado. They have four children, Francis, Alice, Annie and Benjamin. His success in business here, and the position of influence and general esteem in which he is held among all classes of the people, make Mr. Ellison well pleased with Colorado and devoted to her best interest.


W.H. Elsbury
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
W. H. Elsbury, one of the brave defenders of the Union who served nearly all through the war of the Rebellion, is a farmer by vocation and one of the oldest settlers in his section of Larrabee township, Waupaca county. He was born in St. Lawrence county, N. Y., in 1840, the son of James and Mary (Kief) Elsbury, natives of England, who came to Essex county, N. Y., in an early day.
James Elsbury was a farmer, and after settling in Essex made that for the most part his home; his death occurred in 1854, and that of his widow in 1881, in Essex county, N. Y. They became the parents of the following children: James, residing in Essex county, N. Y.; Martha, widow of Amos Boardman, of Essex county, N. Y.; Thomas, residing in Essex county, N. Y.; John, who enlisted for three years in the Eighty-fourth N. Y. V. I., and was killed June 20, 1864, in front of Petersburg, Va.; W. H., subject of this sketch; and Mary Ann, wife of Peter Long, of Buckbee, Larrabee township, Waupaca Co., Wisconsin.
W. H. Elsbury was reared in Essex county, N. Y., to farm life, and educated in the schools of that county. In November, 1861, he enlisted in Company K, Ninety-sixth N. Y. V. I., for three years or during the war, and was mustered into service at Plattsburg, N. Y. He was first in the Seventh Army Corps, and was in the Peninsular Campaign. At Williamsburg, in 1863, he was transferred to the Eighteenth Army Corps, and was at Goldsboro, N. C, Newbern, and Suffolk, N. C. In 1864 he again enlisted, in the same company and regiment, for three years or doing the war, and went to City Point, Va., Drury's Bluff, Fredericksburg, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and thence in front of Richmond, Va., and was stationed there and at Fredericksburg. He was honorably discharged at City Point, Va., February 6, 1866, and mustered out as corporal. He then returned to Essex county, N. Y., remained till July, 1866, then came to Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., Wis., and worked at day's labor until, in 1869, he came to Clintonville, Larrabee township, Waupaca county, then a small place, and remained there two years. At that time there were in Clintonville and in all Larrabee township only forty-two voters.
At Clintonville, Waupaca Co., Wis., in 1869, W. H. Elsbury was united in marriage with Miss Catharine Quinn, and they have become the parents of seven children, namely: Michael, Mary Ann (wife of Louis Bohanan, of Keshena, Shawano Co., Wis.), William, Frederick, Maggie, John and Martha. Mrs. W. H. Elsbury is the daughter of Michael and Margaret (McGrath) Quinn, natives of Ireland now deceased. Mr. Elsbury bought a tract of eighty acres in the woods with no clearing, in Section 21 , Larrabee township, where he now resides, and here located in 1871. At that time there was only one other family in this section, and he cut a road through the forest to get to his farm. This property he has since improved, and he now has fifty acres cleared. In 1888 he erected here a story-and-a-half frame house, 18 x 26 feet in the main part, and with an L 16 x 24 feet. As a pioneer of this section of Waupaca county he has seen much of its development from its primitive condition. In political belief Mr. Elsbury is a Republican, and takes an active interest in the affairs of the party. He has been a member of the school board, and chairman of the township for one term.


Dr. W. H. Finney
[Source: Clintonville Town Talk (Friday, 21 July 1905) page 1; transcribed by FoFG]

The good book says that a "a prophet is without honor in his own country." There is truth in this and sometimes it is apt to operate to the disadvantage of an ambitious young man who takes up some profession or business in the town where he was born. It is not so in the case of Dr. W. H. Finney of this city, who was born and grew to manhood among the hills and dales of Waupaca county. His father, Dr. John Finney, was the first regularly established physician here and gave his son the benefit of a long and thorough course in school. After graduating from the Clintonville high school young Finney was sent to the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, and then to the Northwestern Medical College of Chicago. He was a bright student and took readily to surgery.
Upon his father's death he began to practice in Clintonville and was soon appointed railroad surgeon for the C. & N.W.R.R. Company. He attracted a large practice from near and far and has a brilliant future before him. He is a genial young man and Clintonville people take pleasure in viewing his successful career.


Ole G. Frogner
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Ole G. Frogner, one of the foremost citizens and successful business men of Iola, Waupaca county, is now serving as president of the village. He was born near Skien, Norway, May 29, 1852, and is a son of Gunder Frogner, who was head sawyer in a mill in his native land. In 1872 the father, accompanied by his family of five children, came to the United States, the passage being made in a sailing vessel, and occupying seven weeks and three days. They first located in New Hope, Portage Co., Wis., where a temporary home was made on rented land; but soon after the father purchased land in Section 2, Scandinavia township, Waupaca county, and began farming it. This was the first land he ever owned in the United States, and it was here that he followed agricultural pursuits during his active life. On landing in this country he had limited means; but at the time of his death he was possessed of a comfortable amount of worldly goods. He passed away July 2, 1886, and was buried in the Lutheran Cemetery, of Scandinavia, of which Church he was a faithful member. Though no politician, he regularly cast his ballot in support of the men and measures of the Republican party. His widow now makes her home with our subject. In the family were the following children: Louis, of the firm of Frogner Brothers, of lola; Ole G.; Mary, wife of Ole Gordon, of Nelsonville, Portage Co., Wis.; John, also a member of the firm of Frogner Brothers; and Gusta.
The educational advantages which Ole G. Frogner received were very limited, although he learned very readily. He attended school to some extent in his native land, but after coming to the New World most of his time had to be given to work instead of study. At the age of nineteen years, while in the old country, he began learning the trade of wagon making, and in the fall of 1872 commenced work at his trade with Martin Perkins, of Stevens Point, whose death caused him to lose what wages were due him, some seventy dollars, and he was thus left with no money, having to borrow to pay his board. He then worked at the carpenter's trade for three or four years. In the fall of 1877 he bought the wagon shop of Harrison Warren at Iola, with whom he had previously worked four months, and he conducted the business alone until January, 1878, when his brother Louis became a member of the firm, and later John also became interested in the business. In 1884 they added a blacksmith shop, which they carried on until 1893, when they sold to Hansen & Johnson Brothers, who had formerly been in their employ. The firm in 1885, in connection with their other business, also began wagon making in Scandinavia, of which our subject had charge, and has two workmen under him; but later the employes bought out the business. In 1879 they added farm implements to their stock, and for four years also had a wagon on the road for the sale of pumps. Their plant has been enlarged, and many new improvements added, including an engine, which was put in in 1887; in 1890 an Atlas engine and saw outfit was added, and also a planing department. In 1892 a steam dry-kiln was put in operation. Three years later they sold out the implement business with the exception of the sale of mowers, binders and steam-threshing outfits, which they continue to supply. Repairing of machinery and boilers forms a part of their business, and this branch is under the charge of John, who displays great natural mechanical ability. The firm of Frogner Brothers is widely known in Waupaca county, and they have built up an extensive and paying business.
On June 30, 1878, Mr. Frogner was joined in wedlock with Miss Christina Peterson, of Scandinavia, Waupaca county, a daughter of Simon Peterson, a leading farmer of that community. To this worthy couple seven children were born: Hans J., who died at the age of one year and six months; and Hannah J., Myrtle T., Guy S., Oliver C, Arthur W. and Herbert N., all at home. After his marriage Mr. Frogner located in Iola, but in the fall of 1886 Frogner Brothers purchased the father's farm, on which our subject resided about a year, when he returned to Iola, where he remained until the spring of 1895. At that time he bought his present farm of 120 acres, near the village, on which he now makes his home.
Mr. Frogner is a stalwart supporter of the principles of the Republican party, and is one of its leaders in the community. For ten years he was township treasurer; was the first treasurer of the village of lola; and in the spring of 1893 was elected president of the village, which office he is now acceptably filling. After serving two terms as school clerk he resigned in order to become eligible to bid on the erection of a new school house. Mr. Frogner is prominently connected with the I. O. O. F., belonging to Iola Lodge, No. 282, in which he has filled all the offices, being noble grand in 1882. He often attends the State meetings of the Order; has been State delegate to the Grand Lodge, and was district deputy grand master in 1890 and 1891. Himself and wife are charter members of Rebecca Lodge, No. 331, at Iola, and their religious connections are with the Lutheran Church.
Mr. Frogner has ever been an untiring worker, and has been an important factor in the building up of one of the most leading industries of Waupaca county. His success is only the more creditable when it is considered that he had little or no education in English, that in fact in his first business correspondence he had to consult friends in order to learn the contents of his letters. Too much praise can not be bestowed upon him for the success he has made, and his energetic disposition caused him to fill a sick bed for two years and a half, the result of overwork. Though many predicted disaster when they saw the firm of Frogner Brothers adding to their business, they have met with nothing but success, which is well-merited.


Charles Gibson
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Charles Gibson (deceased) was for many years one of the leading citizens of Lind, Waupaca county. He was not content in business matters to follow beaten paths, but branched out into original and successful enterprises. He was energetic in his methods, but his actions were controlled by conscience. Integrity and regard for others marked every deed, and his active sympathies and weighty influence were enlisted in whatever good causes for the public welfare became the questions or issues of the day.
Mr. Gibson was born in St. Armand, Canada, April 3, 1833, son of Royal and Harriet (Thorn) Gibson. He was reared a farmer boy, attending the common schools of his home district. In 1853 he came to Wisconsin, when a youth of twenty years, and settled in Lind, Waupaca county, following his brother, Hollis, who had migrated to the new country the year previous. He was married, at Weyauwega, March 27, 1875, to Miss Fannie L. Rice, who was born in Chautauqua county, N. Y., January 10, 1847, daughter of Alvaris and Sarah A. (Darron) Rice, who migrated to Wisconsin soon after, when it was yet a Territory, living for several years in Racine county, and in I851 removing to Waupaca county, settling in Lind, there becoming prominent pioneers. Here on the frontier of civilization Mrs. Gibson was reared. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Gibson are Ira R. , born January 18, 1876; Paul R., born April 24, 1878, and Brena C, born July 18, 1881.
Mr. Gibson died at his home December 4, 1889, and is buried in Lind Cemetery. During earlier life he was a Republican, but later became, by conviction and principle, a stanch Prohibitionist. He was a leading member of the Wesleyan Church. Perhaps none were more active and zealous in religious devotion than he. A liberal contributor and an officer of the Church, he was one of its stanchest supporters. During the civil conflict Mr. Gibson took up arms in defense of the Nation's perpetuity, and served creditably and honorably from the time he enlisted to the close of the war. In civic life he served his fellow men in various local offices. Mr. Gibson was distinctively a self-made man. For many years he owned and operated a threshing machine throughout the county, making solid friends of whomsoever he met in a business relationship. He built and operated the pioneer cheese factory of his section, and the superiority of the product was known far and wide. It took the sweepstakes premium at the Wisconsin State Fair, also in Iowa and other fairs. The factory which he built is still in operation. Though generous in donations for religious and other deserving causes, Mr. Gibson was a thorough business man, and he left his family in comfortable circumstances. Since his death his widow has had charge of the business which he left, and has displayed rare judgment and ability in her management. She is a member of the Wesleyan Church, and is most highly esteemed and respected by her hosts of friends.


Gilbert Gilson
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Gilbert Gilson belongs to that class of sturdy Norwegians who have been an important factor in the upbuilding and development of Waupaca county. He was born June 1, 1839, in Norway, as was his father, Gilbert Christenson, whose birth occurred in the year 1800. The latter followed lumbering in his native country, and was there united in marriage with Martha Larson, whose birth occurred in Norway in 1802. The grandfather, Christen Erickson, was a man of considerable prominence and influence in the community in which he made his home, and two of his sons were soldiers in the war which occurred between Norway and Sweden from 1807 to 1814, and helped to gain for the former her freedom and her new constitution.
In 1852 Mr. Christenson left his old home, and bidding good-by to friends and native land sailed with his family for the United States. He located in Norway township, Racine Co., Wis., where he worked as a common laborer for about a year. In 1853 he came to Scandinavia township, Waupaca county, and purchased 160 acres of land, to the development and improvement of which he devoted his energies until his death, which occurred in 1877. His wife survived him two years, passing away in 1879. They were adherents of the Lutheran faith, and in politics he was a Republican. Gilbert Gilson, our subject, was thirteen years of age when he came to America. He attended school but three months; but being naturally talented and fond of study he through his own efforts obtained a good education, and is recognized as one of the most intellectual men of his township. His early boyhood days were passed upon his father's farm, but when he was still quite young he engaged as a postal clerk in the Waupaca postoffice, in which position he efficiently served for three years. He was then employed in a drug store in Waupaca for a period of two years, after which he worked in the pineries until the breaking out of the Civil war. He was deeply interested in the events which attended the opening of that struggle, and in 1863 he offered his services to the government, becoming one of the "boys in blue" of Company K, Tenth Wis. V. I. Afterward he was transferred to Company D, Twenty-fourth Wis. V. I., and subsequently became a member of Company B, Third Wisconsin Veteran Regiment. He took part in the battles of Resaca, Altoona, Kenesaw Mountain and Peach Tree Creek, and when the South had laid down its arms, and the war was over, he was honorably discharged at Louisville, Ky., in July, 1865. He now receives a pension from the government, for the hardships of army life caused disability from which he has never yet fully recovered.
When his services were no longer needed, Mr. Gilson at once returned to his home, and purchased a farm of 100 acres in Scandinavia township. Since that time he has followed farming, and is numbered among the representative agriculturists of the community, for his practical and progressive ideas make him a leader among his fellow townsmen. His life has been a busy and useful one, yet he has found time to devote to public interests, having filled various offices of honor and trust in his township. He has served as township supervisor, for three years was chairman of the board, was assessor, is now serving as town clerk, and for twenty-two consecutive years has been justice of the peace. His long service well indicates his fidelity to duty and the confidence and trust reposed in him. In his social relations he is connected with the Grand Army Post, while in religious faith he is connected with the Lutheran Church, as are the members of his family.
Mr. Gilson was married in Waupaca, November 26, 1862, to Miss Emily Jagers, daughter of Jager and Betsy Thompson, who were natives of Norway, in which country Mrs. Gilson was born in 1837. They became the parents of six children, of whom Martha, and two sons, both named Gilbert J., are now deceased. Josephine B. is the wife of Nels Dalielson; Gustave Martin and Louis Christian are at home.


A. T. Glaze
[Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1882), page 539; transcribed by Mary Saggio]
A. T. GLAZE, sergeant-at-arms of the senate, of Waupaca, Wis., was born in Branchville, Sussex county, New Jersey, February 29, 1832. Spent his boyhood in Ohio, where he received an academic education and served a regular apprenticeship as a printer; came to Wisconsin in 1850, and settled at Fond du Lac, where he at once entered upon the newspaper work, with which he has ever since been identified; went to Waupaca in 1879, where he now resides; he is a republican.


G. M. Goodrick
[Source: Clintonville Town Talk (Friday, 21 July 1905) page 1; transcribed by FoFG]
Dr. G. M. Goodrick was born at Brazier Falls, St. Lawrence county, New York, October 17, 1860. He came with his parents to Michigan in 1866, and to Waupaca in 1868. In Waupaca he attended the high school, but went from there to the Eclectic Medical Institute of Cincinnati, from which he was graduated in 1883. In the same year he became associated with his brother, Dr. N.W. Goodrick, in the practice of medicine at Freeport, Ohio. That connection continued for four years. In the fall of 1887 he commenced his practice in this city-and the reader knows the rest.

It has been in every way creditable to Dr. Goodrick as an able and conscientious physician. He has seen the sun rise and set from every hill top within twenty miles of this city. He has been health officer of the city for a number of terms, holding that position at the present time. In June, 1897, during President McKinley's first year, Dr. Goodrick was appointed United States examining surgeon, being one of three constituting the New London board. He yet holds that position.


Frank M. Guernsey
[Source: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin, by Parker McCobb Reed, Milwaukee; P. M. Reed publisher (1882) transcribed by Nancy Overlander]

FRANK M. GUERNSEY, Clintonville, was born in Chenango county, New York, February 22, 1839; was educated at Oberlin, Ohio; studied law with Wheeler and Kimball at Berlin, Wisconsin; was admitted to the bar at Berlin in 1862, and is in practice at Clintonville. In August, 1862, Mr. Guernsey enlisted as a private, and was discharged in June, 1865, as captain of Company E, Thirty-second Wisconsin regiment, having participated in all the battles in which the regiment was engaged during the campaigns in which it took part.


Jens Hansen
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Jens Hansen, an extensive wagon and carriage manufacturer of Waupaca, was born in Boesholm, near Helsingor, Nort Sjeland, Denmark, in July, 1838, son of H. C. Rasmusson, a blacksmith, who made the best wagons and carriages in all that region. The father married Meta Marie Larson Monk, and to them were born the following children: Peter (deceased), Jens, Bertha L., Anna C. and Marie (deceased), Petronelle, Rasmina, Bentine and Peter, besides two children who died in infancy. The mother died in 1857, and the father subsequently married Marion Anderson, by whom he had two children: Andrew M., and one who died in Denmark.
Our subject learned the trade of blacksmith and carriage-maker from his father, and received a good common-school education, attending the schools from the age of seven to fourteen years. In 1864 he enlisted in the artillery service of his country, serving fourteen months in the war between Denmark and Germany, and retiring with the rank of corporal. Returning home, he assisted in his father's shop until 1869, when he emigrated to the United States. Waupaca was his destination, and there he found work with H. D. Prior, but before the close of the year he had purchased the business for himself. In 1870 Mr. Hansen returned to Denmark, and brought back with him his father, who until his death in 1879 worked in the son's shop. Each year Mr. Hansen's business has increased. His motto — "Live and let live" — is prominently displayed on the shop, and the principle is religiously observed in a business way. Mr. Hansen employs about twelve men, and manufactures wagons, carriages and sleighs, besides doing a general blacksmith business and handling farm machinery of all kinds. In 1890 he built the handsome and substantial shop which he now occupies; he has also made some extensive investments in city real estate.
Mr. Hansen was married on Christmas Day, 1869, to Miss Johanna M. Person, a native of Sweden. Her father died in that country and the widow with her children — two sons (both now deceased) and two daughters (both yet living) — came to America. Politically Mr. Hansen is a Republican. Though frequently urged to permit the use of his name for office he has invariably refused. His religious affiliations are with the Danish Lutheran Church, and he is a member of the Danish Home Society. Mr. Hansen is a thorough business man, and one of the substantial and influential citizens of Waupaca county.


Marten Hansen
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
The love of home and native land, and the love of liberty and wider opportunities, have waged a long warfare in the mind of this most estimable citizen and prosperous merchant of Waupaca. Thrice he has emigrated to America, and twice has he returned to the Danish hearthstone intending to remain there. The love of home is strongly implanted in the heart of the Dane, and it costs a great struggle to cast aside relatives and lifetime, or even inherited, associations, and to transplant one's self to an unknown soil where conditions are new and strange. This intense affection for home is one of the strongest and most valuable traits of humanity. It is the feeling which makes patriots of the highest type, and it is a happy circumstance indeed that the Upper Wisconsin Valley has been settled so largely by people of this class.
Marten Hansen was born in Denmark April 1, 1840, the son of Hans and Ellen (Hansen) Jacobson, whose six children were Jacob, Bodel, Kaun, Marten, and two who died in infancy. Hans Jacobson was a weaver of cloth, and died in 1849 when Marten, the youngest living child, was nine years old. Marten attended school until he was fourteen years of age, and in 1855 was apprenticed to a shoemaker, for whom he worked three years for his board. He was ambitious, and in 1860, at the age of twenty, he started a shop of his own in the village of Karleby. But his advance toward a competence was slow, and in 1866 he came to America. For two years he worked steadily at his trade in Oshkosh, Wis., and in 1868 he came to Waupaca, becoming a workman in the shop of Ole Larson. Here he remained four years, laying by a neat little sum of money. In the summer of 1872 he returned to Denmark, and while there married Karen Jergensen, by whom he has had three children: Christian H., Charles and Erwin Hansen. Remaining in his native land ten months Mr. Hansen, in the spring of 1873, returned with his wife to Waupaca. Here he worked for others until 1876, when he started in business for himself. Though he prospered he was not yet wholly reconciled to America, and in 1883 he returned to Denmark with his family, intending to remain there. But he saw the contrast between the new and the old, and the conditions of life under the old order of things grew distasteful. After a ten-months' visit Mr. Hansen crossed the Atlantic ocean for the fifth time, and once more become the industrious and faithful shoe merchant at Waupaca. In 1893 he erected the handsome and substantial block in which his store is now located; he has also built for himself a line residence. Both he and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church, and in politics he is a Republican. His eldest son is a photographer; the second is a clerk in the city postoffice. Mr. Hansen is pleasantly situated in life, and is one of the prosperous and successful business men of Waupaca.


Robert M. Hanson
[Source: The Wisconsin Blue Book (1919) page 506; transcribed by FoFG]
ROBERT M. HANSON (Rep.) was born on a farm in the town of St. Lawrence, Waupaca county, June 15, 1875. He was educated in the district school, Waupaca high school, Scandinavia Academy and Stevens Point normal. Taught school for eight winters, working on the farm in the summer and since 1899 has been engaged in the hardware business in Scandinavia. He is president of the Bank of Scandinavia, president of the trustees of Scandinavia Academy and director of the Telephone company. He served as justice of the peace 4 years, president of the village 2 years, supervisor B years. He was elected to the assembly in 1918, receiving 3,431 votes to 802 for A. B. Axtell (Dem.).


Herman A. Hermanson
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Herman A. Hermanson, one of the extensive landowners and lumbermen of Iola, Waupaca county, was born September 19, 1851, in Norway, son of Herman Hermanson, who was a mill employe in that country. Our subject also had one sister born in Norway, Christina, now Mrs. Goodman Amanson, of Iola, and one born in America, Annie, now Mrs. Carl Hagen, of Helvetia township, Waupaca county.
In the spring of 1852 the father, accompanied by the mother and two children, crossed the Atlantic, being eleven weeks in making the voyage, and landed at Quebec, Canada. Their destination was Winnebago county. Wis., whither they came by way of Buffalo and the lakes. The father kept a store at Winneconne for a year and a half, but his capital was quite small, being limited to what he could realize from the sale of such possessions as he had. In the fall of 1853 the family arrived in Waupaca county, locating in Scandinavia township, where a great many of their countrymen resided, which fact, and the cheapness of the land, proved a great attraction. The father there purchased the northwest quarter of Section 3, which was quite wild, with very little clearing done, and a few rude improvements. To make a farm of it required much labor, but although not experienced in farming, Mr. Hermanson was strong and robust, and the thoughts of owning a home inspired him. Work was plentiful, but at first progressed slowly, yet as he became more accustomed to his new calling he made better headway. The place was at last free from debt, and he added to his possessions until at one time he owned 260 acres of good land. He continued to reside upon the farm until 1885, when he removed to Iola, there living retired until his death, which occurred March 19, 1892; his good wife had preceded him to the final rest, dying March 19, 1889, and as his birth had occurred August 2, 1819, and her's on August 8, 1816, each was seventy-three years old at the time of decease. They now lie buried in the old cemetery at Scandinavia. The father was large, being six feet tall, was an industrious, hard-working man, and entirely self-made. Politically he was first a supporter of the Democratic party, until Abraham Lincoln's candidacy, when the Republican platform, with its patriotic planks, seemed to please him, and thereafter always found in him a warm friend, stanch supporter and regular voter, as well as a faithful servant in minor township offices. He also held the position of school trustee. He was a devout member of the Lutheran Church, to which his family also belonged, and helped to erect the first house of worship for that denomination in Scandinavia, to which he was always a liberal contributor.
The common schools afforded Herman A. Hermanson his literary education. His first teacher was Amelia Ingersol, in District No. 3, Scandinavia township, Waupaca county, the primitive school house furnished with old-fashioned benches for seats, and other furniture in keeping. The terms were short, and poorly conducted, and at the age of sixteen he left the school room in order to give his whole time to farm work, which he has always assisted in from mere childhood. At the age of seven years he helped take the wheat to Waupaca, and the flour to Weyauwega, all being done with oxen, which he could lead. Wheat was the main crop in those days, and the father raised as much as 700 bushels, thirty to the acre being nothing unusual. In hauling flour to Weyauwega they would start at 2 o'clock in the morning, and with cattle, make the round trip in a day, the price per bushel received for wheat being so small that they could not afford the hotel expenses overnight. Mr. Hermanson remained on the home farm until he had reached the age of twenty-two, when he entered the employ of Thompson &Howen, of Amherst, Wis., as a clerk, remaining with them some eight months, when the firm changed, and he returned home. Later he was again employed by Mr. Howen, with whom he worked six months. In 1875, while looking up pine lands in Township 26, Range 10, Waupaca county, he was accidentally shot through the hip, causing a wound which kept him from business for two years, and represented quite a loss, as in those days valuable pine timber was being located all over northern Wisconsin, and he was prevented from participating in the hunt.
On October 7, 1885, the marriage of Mr. Hermanson and Clara Hoyerd was celebrated in the Lutheran Church, of Scandinavia. She was born in Scandinavia township, Waupaca county, Februry 27, 1866, daughter of O. P. Hoyerd. After their marriage the young couple lived for some time with his parents, and when the latter removed to Iola he took entire charge of the farm, though he had for some time previous been the mainstay of the place. Mr. Hermanson continued to follow farming here, but in the fall of 1889 he bought an interest in a flouring-mill at Scandinavia, in connection with the Sither Brothers & John Wrolstad, who sold their interest to the firm, continuing as Wrolstad & Hermanson until the following spring, when our subject sold his interest and returned to his farm. Here he continued to carry on agricultural pursuits until October, 1890, when he became interested in a general store in Scandinavia with Carl Peterson, under the firm name of Peterson & Hermanson, they having purchased the stock of N. I. Nelson. This business Mr. Hermanson followed until June 24, 1891, when he disposed of his interest, and bought pine lands in Helvetia and Wyoming townships. At the same time he started a mill, and has since continued the lumber business with good success, purchasing the pine on almost nine hundred acres. He yet retains eighty acres of the home place, as well as 280 acres in Iola and Scandinavia townships, Waupaca county, and he also owns a house and lot in Iola besides his place of business.
While not an office-seeker, Mr. Hermanson takes considerable interest in political matters, always casting his ballot in support of the Republican party, and for six years served as justice of the peace. He and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church, of which he is one of the trustees, and socially he belongs to the I. O. O. F. Lodge at Iola, No. 282. He is exceedingly generous and benevolent in nature, and in the last ten years has lost some $5,000, going bail for friends, and in other ways. He is numbered among the foremost men of Iola, and seems destined to become a wealthy man. Public-spirited and enterprising, he has done much for the advancement of the community, and is numbered among her respected citizens.


Winslow Hale Holmes
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Winslow Hale Holmes first saw the light of day in Concord, Jackson Co., Mich., December 18, 1843, and is a son of David Holmes, a miller and stone mason. David Holmes built the mills for the Padocks in Concord sometime in the "thirties" when Michigan was a Territory, and many cobble-stone houses, with sandstone trimmings and old-fashioned gables, stand to-day as monuments to his skill. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1795. His father, John Holmes, was born in the North of Ireland, and married Miss Sarah Moore, who was born in Scotland. Mrs. Lucinda (Watson) Holmes, mother of our subject was a daughter of William Watson, a native of Massachusetts, his father coming of early New England stock who came from old England. The mother was a native of Ireland, her name being Anna Hamilton. The father of Winslow Hale Holmes lived in Ohio during the early formation of the negro "under-ground railway," and was an active worker toward helping slaves to gain their freedom. He was the father of eleven children — five sons and six daughters. He died in 1851, his widow in 1861. Of the family, Winslow (the youngest) and two sisters only are now living, two of the brothers having been killed in the war for the Union (three were in the service).
Our subject learned the printer's trade with his brother David in the office of the Jackson (Michigan) Citizen, under the tutorage of Col. C. V. DeLand in 1858-59-60. His early schooling was gained by walking three miles a day to a district school in Pulaski, Mich., in winters, and working on a farm in the summer time. In the winters of 1858 and 1860 he attended the Union School in Jackson, Mich. In 1863 he was foreman of the Three Rivers (Michigan) Reporter, and while there married a daughter of Dr. T. Oaks, of Marcellus, Mich. Mr. and Mrs. Holmes reared one daughter, the mother of whom died in 1873. Mr. Holmes married Miss Hetta K., daughter of M. J. Lathrop, in May, 1874, at Hastings, Mich. Four sons and two daughters have blessed this union; one of the daughters died in 1891. Mr. Holmes was forman of the Ann Arbor (Michigan) Courier in 1861-62; foreman of the Marshall (Michigan) Statesman in 1867-68; held a business interest in and was foreman of the Charlotte (Michigan) Republican in 1869-70; foreman of and held a business interest in the Hastings (Michigan) Banner in 1870-73; then was half-owner in the Hastings Journal until 1880. Removing to Wisconsin, he was foreman of the Ripon Free Press in 1880-82; bought the Waupaca Republican in 1883, and still continues as its editor and publisher. He was city clerk from 1889 to 1893, has taken an active part in helping to herald the beauties and resources of Waupaca, and encourage the establishment of enterprises of various kinds in the city, having taken an active part in establishing a rival telephone line and exchange, "The Badger," in the city, he being manager of the exchange in Waupaca. Mr. Holmes is also secretary of the Humane Society and recorder in the Uniform Rank K. of P.


Erick Jacobson Iseland
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Among the energetic and progressive farmers of Iola township, Waupaca county, is this gentleman, who is engaged in general farming in Section 28, where he has a good farm of eighty acres, which he has developed from its primitive condition.
Mr. Iseland was born in Norway in December, 1825, and is a son of Jacob Erickson, a farmer of moderate circumstances. He is the only one of the family who grew to adult age, and was but two and a half years old at the time of his mother's death, after which he was reared by others. His father also died when he had reached the age of thirteen, leaving very little property. His early life was that common to all farmer boys in Norway, and his opportunities for acquiring an education were quite limited. His only home was with the farmers for whom he worked, but he saved his wages until he had enough money to bring him to America, knowing that his chances of obtaining a home by his own efforts in Norway were few. In company with Knute Erickson, now of Iola township, Waupaca county, he in the spring of 1849 left Skein, Norway, on a sailing vessel, which after a voyage of six weeks landed him on American soil.
Mr. Iseland at once came to Waukesha county, Wis., and at the time had $70, but this all went to pay doctor bills. He was then employed as a farm hand, receiving from $10 to $15 per month, and remained in that county four years, at the end of which time he concluded to come to northern Wisconsin. As many of his countrymen were living in Waupaca county, he decided here to locate. With two others he made the trip in a single wagon. Knute Erickson, with whom he had crossed the ocean, was then living in Iola township, and he made a temporary home with him some three years. He then bought his present farm, which comprised 120 acres, but he has since sold forty acres of it. The land was then in its primitive condition, mostly covered with timber and scrub oak, though there was a small piece of natural prairie. He immediately began clearing and developing this land, and erected a small log house, the first building upon the place.
In Iola, on Christmas Day, 1858, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Iseland and Miss Mary Johnson, a native of Norway, born January 1, 1843, and a daughter of Nels Johnson, who was a miner and common laborer in his native land. In the spring of 1853 the father brought his family to America, there being at that time two children — Mary and Jens P. Nelson. He first located in Chicago, securing work on the railroads in Illinois, but the following spring came to Iola township, making his home on a farm in Section 33. He soon after went to Stevens Point, where he kept a boarding house for a time, after which he returned to Iola township and engaged in agricultural pursuits. His death occurred in South Dakota at the age of sixty-nine years; his wife passed away in Iola, at the age of seventy-seven. Mr. and Mrs. Iseland began their domestic life on his farm in their little shanty, which at that .time had not even a window, which he bought later at Stevens Point. Their home was brightened by the birth of ten children: Annie, now the wife of Carl Evenson, of Wausau, Wis.; Julia, who was the wife of Andrew Danielson, and died September 23, 1891, at Stevens Point; Nellie, wife of Hans Olson, of Hazelhurst, Wis.; Julius, at home; Henry, a farm hand; Nettie, who died at the age of eighteen; Edwin, of Hazelhurst, Wis.; Josephine, a dress maker of Wausau, Wis.; and Gena and Lewis, at home.
For ten months Mr. Iseland served his adopted country as a soldier during the Civil war, enlisting in the fall of 1864 in Company C, Forty-fourth Wis. V. I., under Capt. Vaughn, and was mostly engaged in doing guard and patrol duty in Nashville, Tenn., during the winter of 1864-65. In the spring he went to Paducah, Ky., where he received his discharge and returned home in August, 1865.
In the early days during some seasons the crops were poor, and Mr. Iseland would then work on the Wisconsin Central railroad, which was then being constructed, in order to support his family, leaving the farm, where it was a difficult matter to get enough to live on during a drought. All the improvements now found upon the place have been the work of himself and sons, who are industrious, enterprising young men, and his wife has also proved a faithful helpmeet. The family holds a high place in the esteem and confidence of their fellow citizens which they justly merit. Mr. Iseland is a Republican in politics, but he does not care to take an active part in public life, though he cordially supports any measure that will benefit the community or State at large. With the Lutheran Church of Scandinavia, himself and family hold membership.


Matt Jensen
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
The subject of this sketch, who for many years was a prominent and extensive business man of Waupaca, has inherited the indomitable pluck and perseverance of the hardy Norsemen, a race to which he belongs. He has demonstrated by his life how a boy of determination, without means or advantages of any kind, may rise superior to circumstances and win for himself an honorable and enviable position in society. He was born on the bleak shores of Jutland, Denmark, January 21, 1850, son of Thomas and Mary (Fransen) Jensen, and was one of a family of ten children, of whom only six now survive: Enger, Sine, Matt, James, Minnie and Nels. The father died in Denmark; the mother now lives with her son in Waupaca.
Young Matt attended the country schools until he was fourteen, and then hired out to a gentleman for a year. When sixteen he determined to learn the tailor's trade, but after working two years the conviction impressed itself upon him that he had made a mistake. Here his grit stood him in good stead, for he threw away his two-years' service and set about learning the butcher's trade, working for three years without any wages. In 1872 he landed in America with but fifty cents in his pocket, and with a debt of $50., incurred in paying his passage. At Stockbridge, Calumet Co., Wis., he found work in a brickyard for three months, then worked at his trade in Oshkosh with Henry Midelstadt for a short time. Hiring out in a sawmill for a while, he next spent six months in the woods. For a year he worked at his trade in Neenah, and in March, 1874, with a capital of $60, opened a market of his own at Waupaca. Gradually he gained experience. For six months he conducted the shop, and during the ensuing winter he butchered for others. Reopening his shop in 1875, he remained its proprietor until fire in 1879 consumed all his possessions and left him penniless, for he carried no insurance. Forming a partnership with Hans Peterson, he erected a brick building on borrowed capital, and therein conducted a meat market for five years. In 1884 he bought and built the place of business where he successfully followed his chosen occupation until March, 1895, when he sold out, though he is still engaged to some extent in buying and selling stock. Until 1892 he bought cattle and hogs, slaughtered them, and shipped the products to many points in the north. His success as a business man is sufficiently attested by his present investments. At Waupaca he owns four stores, four dwellings, and ten acres of land besides his own commodious and handsome home, one of the finest in the city.

Mr. Jensen was married, at the Danish Lutheran Church in Waupaca, to Lena Jensen, who when nine years old emigrated to America from Denmark with her parents. Her father was a farmer in Lind township, and she has one brother now living, Soren Jensen. In politics Mr. Jensen is a Republican, casting his first vote for Gen. Grant. He served his city one term as alderman, and both he and his wife are members of the Danish Lutheran Church. They visited his old home in Denmark, in 1882, remaining about six months.



Harry P. Keith
[Source: "Wisconsin: Its Story and Biography, 1848-1913, Volume 8", By Ellis Baker Usher - Transcribed and Submitted to Genealogy Trails by Friends For Free Genealogy ]

Harry P. Keith is one of the industrial upbuilders of Crandon, a man who, as vice president of one of the leading lumber concerns of the city, has proven himself eminently efficient both as an executive and an organizer. A college man, educated for a professional career, he has preferred to devote his activities to the keen competition of the lumber trade, and although he has been in business but ten years has during this time achieved results that would have satisfied most men after a quarter of a century of industrious and well-applied effort. Mr. Keith was born in the city of New London, Waupaca county, Wisconsin. November 20, 1882, and is a son of M. D. Keith, a sketch of whose career will be found on another page of this work.
Reared in his native city, Harry P. Keith attended the public schools and high school there, following which he became a student in the Hill school, at Pottstown, Pennsylvania, a preparatory institution. Upon leaving that academy he enrolled as a pupil in the law department of the University of Wisconsin, at Madison, and after his graduation was admitted to the bar in 1903. Mr. Keith's inclinations, however, did not ran to the law and instead he associated himself with the Page & Landeck Lumber Company, of Crandon, in which he became a stockholder, and for some years spent a good deal of his time with the company's cruisers in the woods, looking after the thousands of acres of timber lands which this concern owned. Subsequently, he, with his father, organized the Keith & Hiler Lumber Company, of Crandon, of which he has since been actively associated. He is also secretary and a director of the Page Mercantile Company of Crandon, has numerous other interests of a business and financial nature, and is considered one of the most progressive and energetic business men of the younger generation in Forest county.
On October 29, 1907, Mr. Keith was united in marriage in Chicago, Illinois, with Miss Edith C. Brubaker, of that city, and to this union there have been born two sons: Marshall W. and Harold P. Mr. Keith has been interested in fraternal matters for some years, being a member of the college fraternity of Sigma Chi, while in Masonry he is a Knight Templar, member of this consistory and a Shriner. He is at all times ready to lend his support to any movement tending to advance his community, and at this time is serving as a member of the Crandon School Board.



Duncan McGregor
[Source: "Wisconsin: Its Story and Biography, 1848-1913, Volume 8", By Ellis Baker Usher - Transcribed and Submitted to Genealogy Trails by Friends For Free Genealogy]
Few men of Wisconsin have given more capable and longer service in their respective fields than Duncan McGregor. His career has left a permanent record in the department of state education, but he has also been distinguished as a soldier and by influential participation in civic and social life.
Duncan McGregor was born in Perthshire, Scotland, August 12, 1836. The family have been identified with Wisconsin for more than half a century. He was the second of eight children, of whom five survive, born to Malcolm and Katherine (Kennedy) McGregor, both of whom were native of Perthshire. The father was born in 1812 and died in 1896; the mother passed away in 1850. Malcolm McGregor was a farmer and drover in Scotland, and after coming to America in 1856 located in Waupaca county, where he bought a farm. Later he moved to Portage county, where he continued farming until his retirement, and he spent the quiet years of his old age in Hancock. Politically he was a Republican.
Mr. McGregor was reared in Scotland, where he was well educated by attendance at the Perth Academy and the University of Aberdeen. He was twenty years old when he arrived in Wisconsin. The winter of 1856-57 was spent in the northern Wisconsin pineries, and during the next summer he was a rafts man on the Wisconsin river. From this experience in the roughest and hardest work of the old lumber days, he turned his attention to teaching, having the Leonard school at Parmington during the winters of 1858-59-60. In the meantime he also attended the Lawrence University at Appleton, receiving the degree of A. M., and later Litt. D. In 1861 he was appointed to the principal ship of the Waupaca high school, an office which he filled five years.
In 1864 he raised Company A for the Forty-second Regiment of Wisconsin Infantry, being elected captain of the company, and was in the service till the close of the war, when he was mustered out at Camp Randall, June 20, 1865. During part of the time he was on detached duty escorting troops and prisoners along the Mississippi and Ohio between Paducah and New Orleans.
The year following his military service Captain McGregor continued as principal of the Waupaca high school, and in 1867 entered upon his long and honorable connection with the Platteville Normal School. He held the chair of mathematics in that institution and was later advanced to the office of president, which he held until the 1st of July, 1904. During this long period he gained a state-wide reputation as an educator, and did much to make the Platteville Normal a power for educational progress in the state. Since resigning the executive management of the school Mr. McGregor has been a member of the board of normal school regents.
In November, 1904, he was elected a member of the state assembly and by re-election served two terms. Mr. McGregor is now serving as private secretary to Governor McGovern, having begun these duties in January, 1911. In fraternal affairs he has long been prominent. He is a past commander of the W. T. Sherman Post No. 66, G. A. R., at Platteville, and a member of the Wisconsin branch of the Loyal Legion. In Masonry he has been honored as high priest of the Wisconsin Grand Chapter two terms, and for six years was foreign correspondent of the Grand Lodge. He is a member of Melody Lodge No. 2, A. F. & A. M., at Platteville; past high priest of Washington Chapter, R. A. M.; and a member of Platteville Commandery, K. T.; has taken the thirty-second degree of Scottish Rite; and is affiliated with the Wisconsin Consistory, R. & S. M., and with Tripoli Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Milwaukee.
December 26, 1865, Mr. McGregor married Miss Annie Bowman, and their married life has been extended for more than forty-seven years. Mrs. McGregor was born in the city of London, a daughter of Richard H. Bowman. Her father was a native of England and her mother of Wales, and of their seven children Mrs. McGregor was the oldest. Her father, who was an expert in cabinet-making, came to America in 1857, locating first in Racine, and later engaged in farming in Waupaca county, where he spent his last years. He always voted the Republican ticket during his American citizenship.
Mr. and Mrs. McGregor became the parents of five children, all of whom were graduates of the Platteville Normal while their father was president. They are named as follows: Alice; Grace, the wife of John Caldwell, of Cass Lake, Minnesota; Elizabeth, who holds the degree of Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin; Jessica, now a teacher in the Platteville Normal; and Richard, who was drowned in 1907 at the age of twenty years.

Henry Clark Mead
[Source: The US Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Wisconsin Volume (1877) transcribed by Vicki Bryan]
Henry Clark Mead is the son of Shadrach Mead, a farmer, of Chester, Warren County, New York, and was born in that town on the 2nd of May 1827. His mother's maiden name was Phebe Lake, and her father was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. She is still living. Shadrach Mead died at the old homestead in Chester two years ago. Henry was raised on the farm, attending an ordinary district school each winter until about eighteen; he then spent two or three terms at a private school, and taught four winters in Warren County. In 1846 he removed to Michigan, and taught a school at Branch, in Branch County, during the winter of that year, boarding around, to his great enjoyment of frontier literary life. He visited Chicago and Milwaukee the next spring, and stopping at Sheboygan worked awhile at the joiner's trade, which he had picked up on rainy days and during leisure intervals while living in his native State. After prospecting somewhat for lands he concluded not to invest, and returned to New York State and aided his father on the farm and taught another winter. He returned to Michigan in 1849 and taught the school which he had taught three years before, and afterward went again to Wisconsin, settling in Sheboygan in the spring of 1850. He solicited for insurance, and appointed agents for the same business, and engaged in merchandising during 1851
and 1852, and then returned to Chester, New York, to visit a dying sister. In the spring of 1853 he went to Buffalo, and acted as clerk in the insurance and agency office of his uncle, Samuel Lake, doing also something for himself as a pension and bounty agent. In the autumn of 1854 he returned to Wisconsin and settled some old pension claims, and during the next two years conducted a successful notion and jobbing trade, driving a wagon through the country from Sheboygan as his radiating point.
In the autumn of 1856 he explored the States of Iowa and Minnesota, looking after lands and land claims, and in the next spring went to New York and worked one year in a jobbing house. He settled in Waupaca in the autumn of 1857, and has since made it his home. At first he acted as agent for Mr. Lake, who had large investments, principally in Waupaca County lands, and gradually worked into a business of his own. At the opening of the rebellion Mr. Mead had most of his means in the Waupaca County Bank, a state institution with southern securities, and it failed, leaving him to resort to a lawsuit to recover his funds. In 1863 he organized the exchange and savings bank of H. C. Mead and Co., a thriving and popular institution, of which he has the sole management.
Mr. Mead attends the Methodist Church, and is a liberal contributor to the support of the gospel. In politics he is a strong republican, but has uniformly declined to accept nomination for any office, preferring the quiet of his legitimate business to the turmoil of political strife. He has thus far remained single.   Mr. Mead has always been prudent, carefully husbanding his means, and owes his success and competency to industrious and economical habits early formed and steadily practiced. During the rebellion he was an active home-worker, aiding to fill up the quota of soldiers. He lent a willing hand in bringing the railroad to Waupaca, and in other enterprises tending to benefit the city has been heartily enlisted. He is a man of fine business qualifications, and with his intimate friends is very sociable and companionable.


George D. Meiklejohn
George D. Meiklejohn, a lawyer, was born at Weyauwega, Waupaca county, Wisconsin, August 22, 1857. He is a descendant from sturdy Scotch ancestry; his grandfather, Andrew Meiklejohn, was born at Sterlingshire, Scotland, in 1798, and emigrated to America in 1815, locating at Orwell, Vermont; his father, Peter Meiklejohn, was in Putnam, New York, 1818, and located in Wisconsin in 1854. He was reared on a farm and educated at the State Normal, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Michigan University, Ann Arbor, Michigan; was principal of the high school at Weyauwega, Wisconsin and Liscomb, Iowa, graduated from the law department, Michigan University, in 1880; located at Fullerton, Nance county, Nebraska, in 1880, where he has since been engaged in the practice of law; was county attorney for Nance county three years; elected to the senate of the Nebraska legislature in 1884 and re-elected in 1886; was president of the senate during his second term; was chairman of the Republican state convention in 1887-88; was lieutenant-governor of Nebraska in 1888-90, and by virtue of his office as lieutenant-governor, was presiding officer of the famous joint convention to canvass the election returns of 1890, in which an attempt was made by the Populist to count out the ticket that was duly elected; he declined a re-nomination for lieutenant-governor and was elected to the Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth congresses from the Third congressional district of Nebraska; he declined renomination for congress and was appointed assistant secretary of war, April 16, 1897. [The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.), 04 Jan. 1901]


Hasso A. Meilike
Dr. Hasso A. Meilike came here in 1877 and engaged in the drug business. He left in 1882 and entered a medical school in Minneapolis. In 1886 he was graduated from the Keokuk College of Physicians and Surgeons. In the same year he engaged in the practice of his profession in this city, where he has since resided. It is not necessary for Town Talk to speak of the success he has achieved. Everybody knows about it. Certainly, it has been deserved.  In 1903 Dr. Meilike was appointed by Governor LaFollette as a member of the state board of health, the term continuing until 1910. His ability again received official recognition when, in 1904, at St. Louis, he was elected vice-president of the American National Congress on Tuberculosis. Dr. Meilike has always been actively interested in the welfare of Clintonville. It was because of such interest that the people made him mayor of the city for eight years, his last term ending in 1899. [Source: Clintonville Town Talk (Friday, 21 July 1905) page 1; transcribed by FoFG]


Dr. E.A. Miller
[Source: Clintonville Town Talk (Friday, 21 July 1905) page 1; transcribed by FoFG]
Dr. E.A. Miller was born at Gervais, Oregon, April 12, 1870.  He came to Chicago in 1892, entering Rush Medical College, from which he was graduated in 1896 after a full course of four years under the famous Dr. Nicholas Senn. He commenced practice in Clintonville in the year of his graduation, and has been here ever since. At first he was associated with Dr. John Finney for two years. After the latter died in 1898, Dr. Miller was alone for a year, until Dr. W.H. Finney finished his schooling and came home to take up his father's practice. From that time the young men were associated until August of last year. Dr. Miller was company physician for the North-Western from '98 to '99, during the time between the death of Dr. John Finney and the coming to Clintonville of the latter's son, Dr. W.H. Finney, who was then appointed to the place. Dr. Miller has been health officer of the city for several years, proving efficient in that capacity as he has proved able in his general practice. Dr. Miller, by the way, is just now fitting up new offices over Kalmes' drug store.


Rev. Gustave Solomon Mundinger
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Rev. Gustave Solomon Mundinger, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Manawa, Waupaca county, is a representative of one of the honored and respected families of this section. He was born January 1, 1869, in Bloomfield township, Waushara county, a son of Solomon and Julia (Abraham) Mundinger, the former of whom was born January 1, 1830, in Wurtemburg, Germany, and the latter December 6, 1839, also in Germany. The father was a son of John Mundinger, who was descended from a noble family.
In his younger days the father followed weaving, and in 1856 came to America, first locating in New York City, whence after a few months he removed to Cook county. Ill., being there engaged in farming. On leaving Illinois he came to Bloomfield township, Waushara Co., Wis., and having sold his property purchased land lying in Sections 16, 21 and 22, all of which was in its primitive condition. He was very kind to the pioneers of his own nationality, often buying land, which he would sell to them on time. The year after his arrival in the county he married Miss Abraham, a daughter of Martin Abraham, who had come to America with her parents and grandmother, and located in Bloomfield township, where the latter died at the advanced age of ninety-four years.
At the time of his marriage Solomon Mundinger had a very small clearing made upon his land and a log house erected, in which they began their domestic life, but the farm is now numbered among the best in this section of the State. He was ever a prominent and leading citizen of the community, being instrumental in securing many public improvements which were for the good of the locality, and served in nearly all the township offices. He was one of the founders of the Lutheran Church in his neighborhood, and many of the early meetings were held at his home. His death occurred in Bloomfield township, January 16, 1886, and there his remains are now interred. No man in the community was more widely or favorably known, and his memory will long be cherished by the people of the township and county generally. Mrs. Mundinger still lives on a part of the old homestead, and has now reached the age of fifty-five years. In the family were nine children — Ferdinand and William, both deceased; Fred, a carpenter of Manawa, Waupaca county; William, who is living on the home farm in Bloomfield township; Gustaf Adolph, deceased; Adelina, wife of Gustave Bartel, a farmer of Bloomfield township; Gustave S., our subject; Henry R., a teacher of New London, Wis., and Julia, deceased.
Rev. Mr. Mundinger obtained his primary education in the common schools, but at the age of seven years he entered a German school three-and-a-half miles distant from his home, and when fourteen he entered Concordia College, Milwaukee, where betook a four-years' course. For the following two years he continued his studies in Fort Wayne, Ind., after which he became a student in Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where he took a three-years' course, this completing his literary education. His first pastorate was at Manawa, Waupaca county, where he still remains, having served the congregation there since August 2, 1891, on which day he was ordained and installed as a minister of the Lutheran Church. His congregation now numbers 150 families, including 100 voting members. He is well liked, not only by the people of his own Church, but of other denominations as well, and he has gained the love and confidence of all with whom he has come in contact. He belongs to the Wisconsin District of the Missouri Synod.
On May 12, 1892, Rev. Mr. Mundinger was united in marriage with Miss Clara Behrens, daughter of Carl and Margaret (Conrad) Behrens, natives of Germany, who on their arrival in the New World located at St. Louis, Mo. To this union has come one child — Carl S., born February 1, 1894. Rev. Mr. Mundinger takes no active part in political affairs, giving his support to no particular party, but leaves himself free to vote for the man he thinks best qualified to fill the office.


Nicolay Negaard
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Nicolay Negaard, one of the prosperous farmers of St. Lawrence township, like many of Waupaca county's best citizens, is a native of Norway, where he was born November 11 , 1855, a son of Nels Nelson, who supported his family by day's labor. Our subject received a good education in his native land, being able to attend school until seventeen years of age, after which he entered the Government Military Academy, from which he graduated in less than three years. For some time during the winter seasons he was employed in scaling logs, and then engaged in the lumber business for himself. He concluded to come to the United States, however, where better opportunities are afforded young men, and, in the spring of 1883, bidding farewell to his home and friends, he left Christiania for England, where at Liverpool he took passage on an Anchor Line steamer for America. After eighteen days he arrived in Waupaca, Wis., having stopped three days en route, and with him came Miss Mary Strand, who was to become his bride a few days later. They were married at Scandinavia, Wis., in July, 1883, and by their union were born two children who are yet living: John, born April 12, 1884, and Norman M., born August 26, 1888; the mother was called to her final rest September 7, 1888, after a continued illness, and lies buried in Ogdensburg Cemetery. In St. Lawrence township, Waupaca county, in July, 1890, Mr. Negaard wedded Miss Jennie M. Westcot, only child of Lyman and Dorcas (Howland) Westcot, and to them has come a daughter, Alma D., born July 30, 1891.
After his first marriage Mr. Negaard rented a house and worked at anything by which he could earn an honest dollar, chiefly employed, however, on farms and in the lumber woods. In 1887 he was able to purchase one hundred acres of land in Section 12, St. Lawrence township, Waupaca county, and began its improvement; it was wild undeveloped land, which he sold. He now has in his possession 170 acres of rich, arable land, in company with his father-in-law, and, although he has experienced the trials and difficulties of life in a new country, he is now reaping his reward. He started out a poor boy; but by perseverance and good management has become a well-to-do citizen, held in the highest esteem by the entire community, and is an intelligent, well-educated man, being far above the average farmer of his nationality in that respect. On election day he never fails to cast his vote in support of the Republican party, but gives no time to politics, although he has held office in his School District No. 2.
Lyman A. Westcot, father of Mrs. Negaard, was born in Sudbury, Vt., August 20, 1833, son of Oliver and Mary (Howland) Westcot, also natives of Vermont, where they carried on agricultural pursuits. In the family were eight children — five sons and three daughters — in which Mr. Westcot was the sixth in order of birth. He attended the district schools until the age of fifteen, when for three months he pursued his studies in the high school, after which he began teaching, receiving a salary of ten dollars per month, while the highest wages paid at that time was only fifteen dollars. On January 1, 1862, in Brandon, Rutland Co., Vt., Mr. Westcot was united in marriage with Dorcas J. Howland, who was born in Pittsford, that county, August 11, 1842, a daughter of Oliver and Permelia Howland, who had seven children — four sons and three daughters — of whom Mrs. Westcot was second. By her marriage were born three children, of whom Clyde O. and Addie A. both died young; Jennie M., born March 21, 1866 (now Mrs. Nicolay Negaard), being the only one living.
Mr. and Mrs. Westcot began their domestic life in Hubbardton, Vt., where he engaged in farming. He had previously come west in 1855, locating at Stoughton, Dane Co., Wis., where he clerked in a store, but becoming ill with fever and ague returned east at the end of one year. On September 10, 1866, with his wife he started from Hubbardton, Vt., for Stoughton, Wis., where he had relatives living, and there spent the following winter. He rented a farm and made preparations to put in a crop, but in April, 1867, went to the town of Cato, Manitowoc county, where his brother, Alfred H., resided. There our subject was employed in a sawmill during the summer, then in the fall purchased twenty acres of improved land, being able to pay but $50 on the same, having to go in debt for the remainder. He was very successful in this line, and added to his original tract until at one time he had over eighty acres. He lived in Manitowoc county until coming to St. Lawrence township, Waupaca county, in March, 1882, where he had bought two hundred acres in Section 11 in June of the previous year. He later sold some of this, still owning, however, 170 acres of rich farming land in company with his son-in-law.
On February 13, 1891, Mr. Westcot was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who is interred in Ogdensburg Park Cemetery. That he has made life a grand success is due to his untiring energy, affability, integrity and judicious business management. Politically he is independent, casting his ballot for the best man, regardless of party principles.


Andrew G. Nelson
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Andrew G. Nelson, at this writing serving his third term as mayor of Waupaca, Waupaca county, is, by his capable administration, leaving an impress upon that city that will long remain. He is a descendant of a prominent Swedish family. His grandfather, Nels G. Nelson, who was a farmer in Sweden, reared a family of five children, Nels, John, Andrew, Mary and Bertha, all of whom are still living, and all are landowners. Nels Nelson, the eldest, and father of Andrew G., was born April 10, 1822, and married Christine Deburg, a well-educated young lady, and daughter of John Deburg, a judge of Toysse county. They reared a family of seven children: John P., Andrew G., Nels T., John H., August, Anna and Elizabeth. August Nelson still lives in Sweden, a prosperous farmer and lumberman. The mother of our subject died in 1893, in Sweden.
Their son, Andrew G. Nelson, born June 15, 1849, was educated in the common schools of Sweden, and at the age of fifteen began a course of study in the Agricultural College at Seffle, Sweden, where he remained two terms. At the age of twenty-one years he resolved to emigrate to America, his older brother, John P., having come two years earlier. When Andrew reached Waupaca, in 1871, his capital consisted of $16, but he soon found work in a planing mill, and two years later, forming a partnership with his brother, they purchased a small planing mill, running in debt for almost the full amount. Four years later it was burned, a total loss, for there was no insurance upon the property; but the plucky boys rebuilt at once, and continued in business until 1888, when the brother sold his interest to Mr. Churchill, of Waupaca. They removed the plant to its present site, and in 1891 Mr. Nelson purchased Mr. Churchill's interest, and became sole proprietor. He also bought the water power and built a custom grist-mill. Still later he added a large lumber yard, and acquired various lumber interests, including a sawmill.
In 1875 Mr. Nelson was married to Hulda Brown, a native of Waupaca, daughter of C. O. Brown, an early settler of Swedish birth, who followed farming here, and was a public-spirited citizen and a county official in various capacities. By this marriage Mr. Nelson had one child, Edwin. The wife died in 1881, and in 1883 he married Anna S. Beadmore, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Barber) Beadmore, early English settlers in Waupaca county. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson have one child, Van Andrew Nelson.
Mr. Nelson's executive abilities are of a high order, and have often been called into service by his fellow townsmen. He is a Republican, and for many years served as a member of the city council. He was also a member of the county board, and in 1884 was elected to the State Assembly; but, though he has since been urged to accept a nomination for the same responsible legislative office, which would be equivalent to an election, he has declined the honor. That he has proved the right man in the right place for mayor, is evinced by his many re-elections. Under his administration many city improvements have been made. The city hall, a beautiful structure, has been built, of granite taken from Waupaca's own quarries; many streets have been macadamized, and stone bridges have been constructed. Like the magnificent public work of Mr. Shepard in Washington City, these improvements, in after years, will rise up and call Mr. Nelson blessed. The mayor's public policy, like that in his private business, has been marked by thoroughness, endurance and honesty. Socially he is a member of the F. & A. M., I. O. O. F. and the Knights of Pythias.


Hon. James J. Nelson
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
The Kingdom of Norway, that cradle of the redoubtable and hardy Norsemen of old, the Vikings of history and poetry, who were wont to make the nations of the earth tremble with awe at their deeds of valor, daring and prowess, has given to America many of her most useful, enterprising, loyal and brave citizens. In them still lingers a strong leaven of the old Norse ardor, resolution and indomitable perseverance, as well as of that unquenchable spirit of adventure that impelled Norwegian navigators, with their white-winged ships, to seek out every quarter of the earth, some of whom left their footprints on the shores of this vast continent hundreds of years before either Cabot, or Cartier, or Columbus opened his eyes to the world. To be descended from such a noble race is a proud distinction, indeed, one that the subject of these lines is justly entitled to by virtue of his blood, his heritage and his instincts.
Mr. Nelson is in the heyday of his manhood, having been born April 8, 1846, in Porsgrund, Bratsbergs Amt, Norway, a son of Nels Andersen Toldnes and Anna Helvik Jacobson Hogstad (Toldnes), both also of Norwegian birth, the father born April 14, 1802, in Slemdahl, the mother born, in 1804, at the same place. In his youth the father learned tailoring in Porsgrund, where by industry he accumulated a snug property, following his trade till his emigration to the United States. He and his wife were the parents of children as follows, all born in Porsgrund, Norway: Isaac, born January 27, 1827, married Anna Pernille Erikson, by whom he had three children — Edward, Carrie P. (deceased) and Adolph — and after her death he married Maren Gullickson, by whom he had one child — Anna. Ingeborg Karine, born November 27, 1829, married Jacob P. Toldnes, a blacksmith, and had four children — Inger Andrea, Maren (deceased), Mariane and. Nicolai. Andrew M. (who is a banker in Amherst), born April 14, 1843, married for his first wife Isaphena Smith, by whom he had one child — Henry I. (now deceased) — and after her decease wedded Agnes Louise Boss, by whom he had three children — Elizabeth Maud, Nellie Ernestine and Agnes Louis; the mother of these dying, he married, for his third wife, Julia Nelson, and they also had three children — Minnie Eburna, Beulah Genivieve and Winifred Rosamond. James J. is the subject proper of this biographical sketch. The mother of this family died in Norway in 1846, and in 1857 the father sold his property in Porsgrund for twelve hundred dollars, then with his family set sail from the port of Porsgrund on the 20th of April, same year, on the good ship "Sjofna," Capt. P. M. Petersen, bound for Quebec, Canada, reaching her destination after a voyage of five weeks and five days. From that quaint "Gibraltar of America" the family at once came to Wisconsin via Buffalo and Milwaukee, from which latter city they journeyed by wagon to Oshkosh, thence by steamer up the Wolf river to Northport. The then new settlement of Scandinavia being their objective point, they traveled from Northport thither on foot, the journey occupying some seventeen hours, and their first day there they passed with a friend, after which for a year they lived at the home of Isaac N. Toldnes (brother of our subject), who had preceded them to America in 1848. At the end of that time the father of the family purchased eighty acres of partially-improved land in Scandinavia township, Waupaca county, whereon he built a comfortable, if not luxuriant, log house, where he passed the rest of his days, dying August 27, 1863. He was a son of Andreas Oleson and Isane Isaacson, who lived and died in Norway, the parents of children as follows: Ole (who located in southern Wisconsin early in the "forties" and died there), Nels, Anders, Karen and Anna, all deceased. The name of our subject's maternal grandfather was Jacob Jenson, that of the grandmother being Ingeborg Oleson.
James J. Nelson, the subject proper of this review, accompanied his father and his brother Andrew M. to the New World in 1857, being then a bright boy of some eleven summers. In Scandinavia township, Waupaca Co., Wis., his early educational training was received at the common winter schools of the "neighborhood," for a few years, his attendance being somewhat handicapped, however, by the disadvantages of living two or three miles from the school house, which distance he had to tramp daily, the way lying through woods and swamps. During the summers he assisted his father on the farm, clearing the land of timber and brush, and converting it into smiling fields of golden grain or honey-laden clover. After the death of his father, the lad, now sixteen years old, left the old homestead in Scandinavia, and journeying to Waupaca found employment there with Dr. George H. Calkins, doing various chores for his board and farther schooling. At the end of five months, being an apt and willing student, he found himself competent to accept a position in the drug store of James A. Chesley, of Waupaca, and there remained till the following June, when we next find him in Oshkosh, working in the harvest field for F. F. Kees — all these his younger-day experiences illustrating with what facility he could apply himself to any conditions of life, no matter how irksome or laborious.
This now brings us to our subject's enlistment at Waupaca August 16, 1864, in Company A, Forty-second Wis. V. I., Capt. Duncan McGregor, which regiment soon thereafter was ordered to Madison, Wis., where the companies were drilled about two weeks, and then sent to Cairo, Ill. Here the colonel, E. T. Sprague, who took command of the regiment, promoted Private Nelson to the position of his orderly. After serving eight months, he was taken sick and was sent to hospital, where he remained two months and thirteen days, at the end of which time he returned to Waupaca on furlough; but he had barely arrived home when he received orders to proceed at once to Madison for the purpose of receiving his discharge, same being granted him June 2, 1865. On the occasion of this visit to Madison, Mr. Nelson partook of an exceedingly frugal meal, consisting of a ten-cent loaf of bread, which he carried to the suburbs of the city, and there ate with a relish. (What a contrast within the space of a few years!) On regaining his health, which had been much impaired, he left Waupaca for Scandinavia, and for a couple of months worked as a farm hand for his cousin Isaac Oleson Solverud; then journeying to Stevens Point he secured work as a porter in Mrs. Kollock's hotel; but at the end of two months he once more came to Waupaca, and accepted a position as clerk in the store of H. J. & A. Stetson, with whom he remained two and one-half years. On November 28, 1866, he and his brother, Andrew M., embarked in mercantile business at Amherst, our subject continuing, however, with the Stetson firm for a year after the opening out of the Amherst business. In 1867 he married, an event that will presently be recorded, and then moved from Waupaca to Amherst, at once assuming charge of his interests in the firm of A. M. & J. J. Nelson. This relationship continued until October, 1870, when the partnership was dissolved, and our subject commenced in the same line for his own account, and in his present place of business at Amherst.
On October 14, 1867, at Waupaca, Mr. Nelson was united in marriage with Miss Juniata Patton Andrews, Rev. M. F. Sorenson officiating, and children as follows have come to them: Herbert Sprague, born May 8, 1869, now a resident of Idaho Springs, Colo.; George Bliss, born May 21 , 1876, at present attending Wisconsin State University, Madison; and Laura Perry, born February 17, 1882. Mrs. Nelson is a member of the Episcopal Church. She is a most amiable, talented and educated lady, beloved by all who know her, and she presides over the home with dignified grace, and with the hospitality and kindly greeting proverbial of the entire home. She is a native of Wisconsin, born July 23, 1849, in Janesville, Rock county, a daughter of John V. and Aurelia (Saxton) Andrews, the former of whom was born May 17, 1818, the latter on November 9, 1823. Grandfather Andrews was born in Connecticut in 1787, and his wife April 8, 1797, in Broome county, N. Y., and they had children as follows: Solomon, Harmon, John V., Phelinda (now Mrs. Carl H. Marckstadt, of Princeton, Wis.), and Walter. Grandfather Saxton was born in Bennington county, Vt., April 8, 1785, was a soldier in the war of 1812, and died some time in the "fifties;" he married Rosetta Shellhouse, who was born at Ferrisburg, Vt., October 12, 1792, and lived to be 102 years old.
John V. Andrews (Mrs. Nelson's father) came from Cortland county, N. Y., to Wisconsin in 1837, and settled in Rochester, Racine county, where he married, afterward removing to Janesville, and thence, after some years (in 1855), coming to Waupaca. Here he carried on the trade of millwright, which was his vocation after marriage, prior to which he had followed agricultural pursuits. In 1869 he removed to Rea, Andrew Co., Mo., where he is now living on a farm. During the Civil war he was in the employ of the government, working at his trade in Nashville, Tenn. The record of the children born to John V. and Aurelia (Saxton) Andrews is as follows: Edwin R. was a soldier in the Twenty-first Wis. V. I., serving two and a half years in the Civil war; he married Virginia Harron, by whom he had four sons, and died in East Rockport, Ohio, May 30, 1887. Myra died in infancy. Mary is also deceased. Juniata P. is the wife of James J. Nelson. Emma resides in Waupaca. Frank M. is a resident of St. Joe, Mo. Anna Alma lives in King City, Mo. Erminie resides in Rea, Andrew Co., Missouri.
In his political preferences our subject is a strong Republican, and, though he has never sought office, has yet been honored with positions of honor, both State and local. He is well-known among the politicians of the State. In 1894 he was a delegate to the State Convention, and he helped to nominate W. H. Upham for governor, having on a previous occasion been of similar assistance to Gov. Rusk. On May 17, 1895, he was appointed, by Gov. Upham, commissioner of immigration for the State of Wisconsin. Socially, he has been affiliated with the F. & A. M.; since joining the Fraternity at Waupaca, in 1877, has attained the 32nd degree, and is a member of the Mystic Shrine; is also associated with Capt. Eckels Post, G. A. R., at Amherst. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. In 1876 he attended the Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia. In the early spring of 1882, in company with Rev. Perry Miller, he crossed the Atlantic in the "Devonia" and journeyed through Scotland, visiting Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands, also traveling through England, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, in the latter country visiting his old home, and the most northerly town in Europe — Hammerfest, in the "land of the midnight sun." The trip occupied five months, and the wanderers returned home by way of Glasgow, recrossing the Atlantic to New York in the "Furnesia." During the summer of 1892, accompanied by his wife and children, Mr. Nelson visited the chief places of interest in the West, including Denver, Salt Lake City, Yellowstone Park, etc., being absent over two months on this delightful trip.
Mr. Nelson is noted for his genial manners, social nature, cordiality and courtesy, attributes well becoming his fine physique, quick intuition and generous sympathies. These, all combined, have militated in making him deservedly most popular among all classes, and in winning for him the success in business, which has been built and reared on his well-established reputation for integrity. Success seldom fails to come when it is entirely deserved. Certainly it has not in the case of Mr. Nelson. Wealth and friends have been given him, and he and his faithful life partner enjoy them all with no trace of that offensive ostentation that has so often shaded the lives of others. It is a pleasure to bear willing testimony to real worth, and this last testimony voices the sentiments of the entire community in which they live. In addition to his extensive business, the largest of the kind in Amherst, Mr. Nelson is closely associated with property interests and enterprises outside of that city. Few men are to be found who, unaided, have made in their early manhood so enviable a success. He is recognized as one of the most liberal-minded of men, believing in the essense of the golden rule — "do unto others as you would they should do unto you" — seldom a day passing without some tangible evidence of his philanthropical nature being made manifest. His delight is in helping others when worthy of assistance, and there is nothing he would not do for a friend in need, as many a grateful heart knows. But his liberality is not confined to those in distress and affliction, for others have felt and appreciated the open-handedness and frankness of his generosity. When he and Rev. Perry Miller took their never-to-be-forgotten trip to Europe in 1882 (above referred to), all the latter's expenses were generously defrayed by Mr. Nelson.

For seven years the family lived in the apartments over the store, but in 1877 Mr. Nelson commenced building his present modern residence, from time to time adding to it. The dwelling is both elegant and commodious, situated in large, well-kept grounds ornamented with graceful trees, picturesque shrubbery and beautiful lawns, the mansion inside being furnished with all modern accessories to be found in a refined and cultivated home — treasures in art and bric-a-brac collected from all quarters of the world, and a large and carefully selected library, themselves presenting evidence of the literary taste and accomplishments of their owners — the tout ensemble presenting the reflex of chaste and cultivated minds.


Julius Nelson
[Source: The University of Wisconsin: its history and its alumni (1836 – 1900) Edited by Reuben Gold Thwaites -pages 732-736 (1900) transcribed by FoFG]
JULIUS NELSON, Ph. D.
Born at Copenhagen, Denmark, March 6, 1858. Emigrated to the United States in 1863, settling at Waupaca, Wisconsin. Fitted at the Waupaca high school. Entered U. W. in the general science course in 1877, graduating in 1851 with the degree of B. S., and special honors in zoology. Was a member of Hesperia, and prophet of his class. Took graduate work in U. W. for one year, followed by one year's teaching: continued graduate work in the biological department at Johns Hopkins, 1883-88 — major subject, zoology, with minors in physiology and psychology, and collaterals in pedagogy and philosophy. Received the degree of M. S. from U. W. in 1884, his thesis being "Development of the Top Minnow." Was laboratory instructor at Johns Hopkins, 1886-88, receiving degree of Ph. D. in 1888; was appointed professor of biology in Rutgers College, and biologist of the New Jersey State Agricultural Experiment Station, in 1888, and has since continued in this position. Dr. Nelson is the author of: A series of illustrated articles on the "Significance of Sex," in the American Naturalist, in 1887, these being accepted as his doctor's thesis at Johns Hopkins: "Study of Dreams," American Journal of Psychology, 1888; reviews in the same journal, 1889; "Heredity and Sex," in the same journal, 1890; "Vertebrates of New Jersey" (335 pp.), in final Report of State Geologist, 1890; twelve lectures in zoology, syllabus no. 6, university extension, Rutgers College, 1892; nearly two thousand articles in Chandler's Encyclopedia, on zoology, biology, etc., 1888-98; many other papers on kindred subjects, in Annual Reports and Bulletins of the biological department of the New Jersey Agricultural College Experiment Station; papers before the Phi Beta Kappa and other societies; also papers in the Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1896. Dr. Nelson was secretary in 1896, and president in 1897, of the New Jersey State Microscopical Society. On March 9, 1888, he married Miss Nellie C. Chase, a graduate of U. W. (B. L., '82, and M. L., '84), and has five children. Biographical sketches of him are to be found in Scarlet Letter, 1898 (the Rutgers College Annual), and in Chandler's Encyclopedia.


W.P. Nichols
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
W. P. Nichols, the well-known and popular treasurer of Dupont township, Waupaca county, claims Ireland as the land of his nativity. He was born January 24, 1847, and is a son of Patrick and Johanna (Griffin) Nichols, who were natives of County Limerick, Ireland. There the father spent his entire life, his death occurring in that county in 1851.
In 1853 the mother brought her family to America, locating first in Syracuse, N. Y., from there going to Carlisle township, Lorain Co., Ohio, in 1858. Five years later she came to Dupont township, Waupaca county, and the Nichols were the tenth family within its borders. Here the mother spent her remaining days, being called to the home beyond February 9, 1885, leaving two sons, W. P. and Daniel J., both farmers of Dupont township. These boys accompanied their mother on her various removals, and the first named was educated in the common schools of Lorain county, Ohio, where he first engaged in business for himself, as a farm hand. Subsequently he followed teaming in Cleveland, and at the age of eighteen years he became a resident of Dupont township, Waupaca county, where he aided in clearing the home farm. He also worked in the lumber woods on Pigeon river, and in those early days became familiar with all the experiences and hardships of frontier life.
In New London, Wis., April 9, 1871, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Nichols and Miss Fannie Ruddy, who was born in Grafton township, Ozaukee Co., Wis., daughter of John and Bridget (Conniff) Ruddy, pioneers of that county and natives of the Emerald Isle. Her father came to this state a single man, and here met, wooed and won his estimable wife. For some years he was engaged in work on the river, running boats between New London and Oshkosh, and to Berlin. He afterward turned his attention to farming, locating a tract of wild land on Bear creek, Waupaca county, where he cleared and opened up a farm and spent the remainder of his life. He passed away February 20, 1883, and his widow, who still survives him. is yet living on the old homestead. They reared a family of children as follows: Mrs. Nichols; William, a resident of Grant township, Shawano Co., Wis.; Charles, who is living in Idaho; James Fairbanks, also of Shawano county; Mrs. C. E. Beedle, of Clintonville, Wis.; Mrs. Landon, of Minneapolis, Minn.; and Louis, at home. In 1871, Mr. Nichols located on his present farm, on which not a furrow had been turned or an improvement made. He built a small log house, 16 X 20 feet, and it was his place of residence until 1892, when he erected a good frame dwelling, one story and a half in height, 16 x 24 feet with an L, 16 x 20 feet. He also erected a large barn, 40 x 54 feet, with 16 foot posts, and his farm comprises eighty acres of land. In addition to its cultivation, he is also engaged in the lumber business, and successfully manages both interests, being a man of good business and executive ability, energetic and progressive. In politics, Mr. Nichols is a Democrat, a leader of his party in this section of the county. In 1871, he was elected town treasurer, had previously been town clerk, and has since served as town clerk and town supervisor. In 1893 he was again elected treasurer of Dupont township, and is now filling that position in a creditable and acceptable manner with the same fidelity with which he discharges every trust reposed in him. The cause of education finds in him a warm friend, and he does all in his power for the promotion of the schools of this community. Both he and his wife hold membership with the Catholic Church.



C. E. Nystrum, M. D.
[Source: "Wisconsin: Its Story and Biography, 1848-1913, Volume 8", By Ellis Baker Usher - Transcribed and Submitted to Genealogy Trails by Friends For Free Genealogy
] Both in the character of his practice and the value of his service to the community, Dr. Nystrum is recognized as the leading physician and surgeon of Medford, where his home and professional work have been for over twenty years. Dr. Nystrum is a former president of the Taylor and Price counties medical societies, and his name and influence has been associated with many local affairs outside the immediate domain of his profession. Dr. Nystrum grew up in the lumber regions of Wisconsin, had limited opportunity for learning while a boy, and by hard work at teaching and in the lumber mills earned the money which paid his way through medical college. His has been a self made career in the best sense of that term, and his accomplishments and attainments are in the highest degree creditable.
Conrad E. Nystrum was born at Waupaca, Wisconsin, June 4, 1869. His parents John Peter and Marie (Nyquist) Nystrum natives of Sweden, where they were married, left the Old World and came to the new about 1866, their first permanent location being in the state of Wisconsin. The father had learned the tanning trade in the old country and endeavored to find openings in the same industry in Wisconsin, but the business was at that time only in its infancy in this state, and his initial attempt proved a failure. After a brief residence at Waupaca the family moved to Scandinavia in Waupaca county, where John P. Nystrum established a small tannery, which proved unprofitable. With that avenue closed to him, he became a foreman of a construction gang in the building of the old Wisconsin Central Railway between Milwaukee and Ashland. He was with the crew that drove the silver spike, the last spike which completed the road. It is said by many that the elder Nystrum personally wielded the hammer which drove this spike into the tie. Part of the time the Nystrum family had their home at Mellen, or as it was then called Penokee Gap. About 1979 John P. Nystrum moved his family to Medford. The lumber industry was then supreme in this vicinity and work in that line was plentiful. Some time later Mr. Nystrum again resumed his old trade, and established a tannery on the site now occupied by the Greesers Hardware Store in Medford. This was operated with more success than had been the case of the one at Scandanavia. but it was never developed as a large industry. Later the senior Nystrum bought a farm in Taylor county, where his last days were spent, and where his death occurred in 1906. His widow now eighty-seven years of age, still lives on the old homestead. Their children, seven in number are named as follows: Robert, Fred, John, deceased; Conrad E., Oscar, Emma and Ada.
The early boyhood of Dr. Nystrum was passed in the localities mentioned as the home of the family, and since ten years of age. he has lived in Taylor county. His advantages of learning were such as were offered by the district schools, and in his own words, "High schools in this part of the state were then conspicuous for their absence." His diligence at his studies, however, advanced him more rapidly than many other boys in the same circumstances, and at the age of fifteen he was qualified and given a certificate and taught school ten months. His next employment as an engineer in a lumber mill, enabled him to save a little money, and with his earnings he entered Hahnemann Medical College in Chicago. The following summer vacation and the others in succession were spent in work at the lumber mills, and in this way he paid his own way through college. Dr. Nystrum was graduated from Hahnemann Medical College with the class of 1892, and at once returned to Medford and established his office. At the present time he has a well equipped suite of offices, and has all his time taken up with looking after a large clientage. He has the honor of having been the first local surgeon to perform an operation for appendicitis in Taylor county. His assistant in this operation was Dr. T. M. Miller. Dr. Nystrum was one of the organizers of the Taylor and Price counties medical societies, and one of the first members honored with the office of president. He is also a member of the Wisconsin State Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the National Association of United States Pension Examining Surgeons, and Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railway Surgical Association, and belongs to several of the local chapters and lodges in various fraternal orders.

In April, 1894, Dr. Nystrum was united in marriage with Maria Connaughty, a native of Fond du Lac county. To their union have been born three children, named as follows: Martha, Raymond, and Lester. To the activity and influence of Dr. Nystrum have been due the undertaking and development of several local projects and movements directly benefiting the civic welfare of the community. It was he who promoted the Lake Esadore Summer Resort, eight miles west of Medford. Since the first movement in that direction a number of cottages have been erected about the lake, and many of Medford's best families spend their entire summer there, the men going back and forth in their automobiles. No history of Medford would be complete without mention of Lake Esadore, its attractive little suburb.
While never a seeker for political honors, Dr. Nystrum has always been a staunch Republican and was county physician for years, city health officer for six years and has served as chairman of the Republican county committee. He has been secretary of the U. S. Board of Pension Surgeons, Medford, Wis., for the last twenty years, and was appointed assistant sergeant-at-arms at the Republican National Convention in Chicago, in 1908, when William Howard Taft was nominated. The doctor has always been a lover of '' life in the open." He is ex-president of the Taylor County Rod and Gun Club, and has many stuffed and mounted specimens in his office as mementoes of pleasant vacation trips, and testifying to his marksmanship. The doctor well remembers the days of no roads, when it was customary and necessary for the physician to walk miles through the woods in order to reach his patients.

C. S. Ogden
[Source: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin, by Parker McCobb Reed, Milwaukee; P. M. Reed publisher (1882) transcribed by Nancy Overlander]

C. S. OGDEN, Waupaca, was born at Cannonsville, Delaware county, New York, August 2, 1819. After receiving an academic education he removed in 1834 to western Michigan, where he resided for fourteen years, serving as school inspector, and in some other minor offices. In 1848, he located at Plover, Portage county, Wisconsin. Six years later he removed to Waupaca county, where he founded the village of Ogdensburgh. In 1856 he was admitted to the bar, and is still practicing law, and serving as county judge. Being a very public-spirited citizen, and having an eminent capacity for public duties, Judge Ogden has been persistently conscripted by his fellow citizens, and has held some public office every year since his arrival in the state except the first. He was never defeated for an elective office. He has also engaged in numerous industrial enterprises, -- sawmills, foundries and machine ships, in which he seems to have been followed by an untiring fate, having lost no less than $25,000 by fire. He also established the Waupaca county Republican, the New London Times, and assisted in establishing the Taylor county News and Waupaca Post, all of which papers are still vigorous existence. Judge Ogden is a son of Abraham Ogden, who took up his residence at Madison, Wisconsin, in 1846, and was an honored citizen of that place until he died at an advanced age. His mother is still living at the age of eighty-two, and is quite as well preserved as most ladies of fifty.


Frank J. Olmsted
[Source: The Wisconsin Blue Book (1919) page 488; transcribed by FoFG]
FRANK J. OLMSTED (Rep.) is both a successful business man and farmer. He was born in Clintonville, March 19, 1871, and received his education in the public schools of Clintonville and Antigo, moving to the later place with his parents in 1882. Leaving school at 16 he worked in a mercantile establishment for four years and then purchased a farm in the town of Norwood, where he remained seven years and then returned to Antigo to engage in business. After sixteen years he again took up farming, moving to the town of Elcho and engaged in sheep raising. He served as assessor in the town of Norwood and Antigo, was supervisor for Antigo in 1913 and chairman of the town of Elcho in 1916-17-18. He was elected to the assembly in 1918, receiving 1,424 votes to 1,102 for Edward Nordman (Dem.) and 11 for W. J. Hammond (Ind.).


A. H. Pape
[Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1883), page 500; transcribed by Susan Geist]
A. H. PAPE (Dem.), of New London, was born November 25, 1843, in Hanover, Germany; received a collegiate education, graduating in 1854 in Germany; is by occupation an insurance agent; immigrated to this in 1867 and came at once to Wisconsin, settling at New London, where he still resides; he has been a member of the county board of supervisors from 1876, and has held the office of city treasurer in 1875, 1876, 1877, 1879 and 1881; was elected member of assembly for 1882; was re-elected for 1883, receiving 749 votes against 676 votes for John Dey, republican, and 340 for Z. D. Scott, greenbacker.



Adelbert Monroe Penny
[Source: "Wisconsin: Its Story and Biography, 1848-1913, Volume 8", By Ellis Baker Usher - Transcribed and Submitted to Genealogy Trails by Friends For Free Genealogy]
A large central section of Wisconsin has become famous the country over for its potato crop. Wisconsin potatoes now have no superior, and a large district, including Waupaca county, derives its chief agricultural prosperity from the growing of this staple vegetable food. Naturally many men have grown wealthy through their interest in potatoes, and among these producers the acknowledged "potato king" is Albert M. Penny, president of the wholesale potato house of A. M. Penny Company at Waupaca. For the past sixteen years Mr. Penny has also been prominent in the local affairs of Waupaca as postmaster, and is closely identified with the business and public life of his city and county. Mr. Penny has been a resident of Waupaca county since 1855, coming here when he was four years of age.
His parents were Asher and Harriet A. (Dewey) Penny, of old New York state families. His mother belonged to the same family which produced the great Spanish-American war hero, Admiral George Dewey. Asher Penny during his residence in New York state had a farm, but was chiefly engaged as a fisherman. He had miles of "gill nets," and derived a comfortable income from his fishing industry. In 1855, he set out for the west, coming by way of the great lakes, and with their household goods and tools brought a team and wagon as part of their freight on the boat. At Sheboygan, Wisconsin, they disembarked and thence started overland for Waupaca county. No roads at that time were cut through the forest and they had to follow along a blazed trail. However, the trip had many pleasant features, and it was by no means a disagreeable experience to camp out by the roadside under the June skies, while the woods and streams furnished abundance of game and fish for their table. On arriving in Waupaca county, the elder Penny rented a farm in the town of Parmington, and moved into a small cabin, covered with a roof of birch-bark and dirt. A trundle-bed was provided for the boy Adelbert, and his brother Ben. Among his boyhood memories he recalls how on rainy nights when the water leaked through the leaky roof his mother would frequently leave her own bed and come over and "tuck the boys in" securely. Within a year after settling in Waupaca county, Asher Penny bought a farm of eighty acres in the same town. From that time forward he continued to prosper and was long known as one of the successful men of his vicinity. Later he added another eighty acres, and at the time of his death possessed a farm of one hundred and sixty acres of very valuable land. He died on his farm at the age of about seventy-three years. His wife never recovered the shock of his demise, declined steadily and followed him to the grave a few years later. Asher and Harriet (Dewey) Penny were the parents of six children, two of whom died young. Those living are: Adelbert M., Benjamin F., Talfourd H. and Franklin L. All the sons became farmers and have been representative men of Waupaca county. Frank is now the possessor and occupant of the old home place.
Adelbert M. Penny, best known in his community by the title of "Dell," was born in Henderson township of Jefferson county, New' York, February 15, 1851, and was four years of age when the family emigration was accomplished to Wisconsin. His boyhood was spent on a farm much after the manner of other boys in those days, and he attended one of the old-time country schools of Waupaca county. He was liberally educated, completing his schooling at Ripon College, after which he returned home and found a vocation awaiting him on his father's farm. All his time and energies were devoted to farming up to 1880, when he started a development of his present extensive business as a potato shipper. From that time he has held a leading place among the potato dealers in this state and is now the oldest shipper in point of service in the great potato belt of Wisconsin.
In 1882 Mr. Penny moved to the county seat at Waupaca, and has since been actively identified with the welfare of the city in many ways. In 1904 was organized the A. M. Penny Company, wholesale dealers in potatoes, and it was incorporated with a capital stock of seventy-five thousand dollars. Mr. Penny is president of the company, while John F. Jardine is secretary. His interests extend to other branches of the potato industry, and he is connected with three potato starch factories, —the Union Starch Company of Waupaca, of which he is president; the Hancock Starch & Potato Company of Hancock, of which he is also president, and the Plainfield Starch and Potato Company at Plainfield, of which he is vice-president and John F. Jardine is president. Mr. Penny is the largest stockholder in the Waupaca and Green Bay Railroad Company, a line connecting Waupaca with Scandanavia. Mr. Penny was one of the original stockholders in this railroad, and has been its general manager since the organization.

During the McKinley administration, Mr. Penny was appointed postmaster at Waupaca, succeeding Henry Mumbrue, and has given a capable administration of the office ever since through several different reappointments. He has had charge of the office during the important extension of the rural free delivery service, and also had the distinction of being the postmaster at the time of the inauguration of the parcel post system. Mr. Penny has steadily given his support to Republican principles, but for several years has taken no active interest in politics.
Mr. Penny is a thorough lover of country life and especially of the great industry of farming. He still keeps up his part as a producer of crops, and enjoys the supervision of two adjoining farms, comprising three hundred acres, one mile and a half west of Waupaca in the town of Parmington.
He is what might be called a "home man," and although often urged to connect himself with fraternal clubs and organizations has always preferred the quiet happiness of his home circle.
On September 15, 1874, he was married to Mary Jane Fowlie, a daughter of James Fowlie, now deceased, who was one of the pioneers of Waupaca county. Mr. and Mrs. Penny are the parents of three daughters. The oldest is Miss Rose M. Eva Dell is the wife of Charles G. Sawyer, and the mother of one child, Margaret. Mr. Sawyer is associated with Mr. Penny in the potato business, as a member of the firm of A. M. Penny Company. Etta Belle, the youngest, is the wife of Barry E. Townsend, a prominent young coal operator in West Virginia. The Penny residence is a fine old home, a substantial brick dwelling standing in the midst of well kept grounds in Main street in Waupaca.

Ebenezer P. Perry
[Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Susan Ripley]
HON. EBENEZER P. PERRY, one of the best known attorneys of Dickey county, North Dakota, makes his home in Ellendale, where he has enjoyed an extensive practice. He is also connected with various enterprises in that thriving city, and is one of the potent factors in the prosperity enjoyed in that locality. Our subject was born in Rushford township, Allegany county, New York, February 20, 1825, and was a son of Ebenezer P. and Hannah (Speer) Perry, the former a native of ^Massachusetts and the latter of New Hampshire. His father was a farmer by occupation, and moved into western New York during its early settlement. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. Our subject was the youngest of ten children, and completed his schooling in the district schools of his native place and Rushford high school. He left New York when sixteen years of age and went to Whitmanville, Michigan, where he taught school two years, and began reading law under Redfield, a prominent attorney of Cassopolis, Michigan. He then returned to New York and made Rushford his home until about 1848, when he moved to a farm in Linden township, Cattaraugus county, New York, where he resided five years, and then went to New London, Wisconsin, and engaged in the mercantile business with his brother Robert, the brother conducting a hotel while our subject had charge of the other business, their interests being in common. They also, in company with Mr. Swift, operated a flouring and saw-mill and general store at Whitmanville, Michigan, which was destroyed by fire. Afterward our subject began the practice of law in New London, having been admitted to the bar in Waupaca county, Wisconsin, in 1857 at the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted in Company E, Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered into the service at Madison, June 11, 1861. They went at once to Washington, thence to Arlington Heights, where they joined the Thirteenth, Sixty-ninth and Seventyninth New York Volunteers, and became a part of the Army of the Potomac. Our subject was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg on the first day of that bloody fight, and also participated in the battle of Bull Run and many of the important engagements of the war. He was transferred to Company D, of his regiment, in March, 1862, and commissioned second lieutenant, and rapidly rose to the rank of captain. He commanded Company D from the battle of Antietam until the regiment was mustered out, and he was finally discharged at Madison, Wisconsin, July 29, 1864. He then returned to Wisconsin and began the practice of law at New London, where he continued until 1882, when he went to Ellendale, North Dakota. He has built for himself a lucrative practice, and is also proprietor and editor of the North Dakota Record (in partnership with his son, H. H.), which was established in August, 1894. Our subject was married, in 1848, to Miss Sophia White, a native of Rushford, New York. Mrs. Perry died in Waupaca county, Wisconsin, leaving two children : Florence, now deceased ; and Charles, residing in Clintonville, Wisconsin. Mr. Perry married Caroline Krause in New London, Wisconsin, in 1866. Mrs. Perry is a native of Germany. Four children were born to this union, a follows: Ella, Oscar, Laura and Hector H. The last named is now associated with his father in the newspaper work of the "North Dakota Record," and is clerk of court of Dickey county. The paper is a Populist sheet, and the official paper of the county and city. Mr. Perry takes an active interest in public affairs wherever he makes his home, and while a resident of Wisconsin was chosen a member of the legislature of that state in 1867, during which term of office he did very efficient work. He cast his vote for the Republican ticket from 1856 to 1872, since which time he has voted the Democratic ticket. He is a man of deep thought and advocates reform principles.


Hector H. Perry
[Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Susan Ripley]
HECTOR H. PERRY, associate editor and joint owner with his father, Ebenezer P. Perry, of the "North Dakota Record," is one of the prosperous and enterprising young men of Dickey county. He is also clerk of the court of Dickey county. Our subject was born in New London, Wisconsin, August 20, 1876. He completed his education in his native place, after which he went to Michigan, and there learned the art of type-setting and printing. He then returned to New London and followed his trade there until 1894, when he went to Ellendale, North Dakota, soon after which he and his father commenced the publication of the "North Dakota Record," which paper they have since edited and published. Mr. Perry was married, in 1897, in Ellendale, North Dakota, to Miss Jennie Montey, a native of New York. Mr. Perry is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, Knights of Pythias and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was elected clerk of the court of Dickey county in the fall of 1898 on the Populist ticket. He is popular with the people throughout the county, and deservedly so.


Sewall A. Phillips
[Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1880) transcribed by RuthAnne Wilke]
SEWALL A. PHILLIPS (Rep.), of Royalton, Waupaca county, was born April 29, 18 9, in Turner, Androscoggin county, Maine; had a common school and academic education; is a school teacher; came to Wisconsin in 1861; enlisted in Co. A., 2d Wis. Cal., in 1862, and served until the close of the war; was elected assemblyman for 1880 by 734 votes against 454 for William Wood, Democrat; 180 for W. P. Quint, Greenbacker, and 56 for W. F. Waterhouse, Independent Democrat.


Nathaniel Pope
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Nathaniel Pope, one of the leading farmers of Lind township, Waupaca county, and an expert and successful cattle buyer, was born in Chautauqua county, N. Y., June 3, 1829, son of Nathaniel and Ida (Mattox) Pope, the father a native of Connecticut, the mother of Vermont.
Nathaniel Pope, Sr., was by trade a shoemaker, and in addition to following that vocation made an effort to win a better livelihood by farming. The family of children consisted of George M., who died in Lind township; Sarah A., widow of A. Gardner, of the same township; Pliny, a lake captain, who was drowned in Lake Michigan on the brig "Tuscarora;" Alexander, of Erie county, Penn.; Alvin, of Nebraska; Alfred, who died in infancy; Nathaniel; Albert, of Lind township; and Mary Ida, now Mrs. David Parrish, of Waupaca.
Nathaniel, the subject of this sketch, received such an education as the schools of Erie county, Penn., afforded. He was a studious lad, with an active and inquiring mind, and he preferred the fireside with a book of instruction or adventure to the wilder sports of country boys. Yet his father's means were limited, and the boy could not indulge his studious habits to any great extent. At the early age of fourteen he commenced for himself the battle of life. While yet a mere boy he began to sail on the lakes, and as early as 1847 touched Green Bay, Wis., and visited other ports in that State. For six years he was on the lakes. A desire to see more of the world, and perhaps, too, the greater opportunities open to an ocean sailor induced him, in 1849, at the age of twenty years, to take a trip from Racine, Wis., to New Orleans. There he shipped for New York, Philadelphia and Boston, making one trip from New York to Philadelphia as mate. The California gold fever was then raging throughout the United States, and in 1849 he went round the "Horn" on the schooner "Kate." The vessel put in at Valparaiso to refit, and Mr. Pope, leaving her, reshipped on a Spanish bark which reached San Francisco on the Sunday morning of the great fire which destroyed that city. Remaining in San Francisco for about a month, he spent eighteen months in the gold-mining country, and then returned to New York via the Isthmus; reaching his father's home in Erie county, Penn., a few days later, he was seized with a fever which disabled him for two years. The young man had seen the world, and was ready to settle down. In the spring of 1853 he started with his brother Alvin for Wisconsin, the brothers reaching Sheboygan by boat, thence proceeding across the county to Oshkosh embarked on the steamboat for Gill's Landing, and made their way through the wilderness to Lind township, Waupaca county, were Nathaniel and his brother Alvin purchased 160 acres of land in Section 16. A few weeks later the parents joined him, and made their home thereafter with him until their death, which occurred many years later.
In 1855 Mr. Pope was married in Waupaca county to Miss Eliza J. Loomis, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1838, daughter of Lyman Loomis. Their children were as follows: Ella, now Mrs. Leroy Jones, of Lind township; Pliny, also of Lind township; Charles L., who died at the age of twenty-six years; Rush L., of Lind town; Alice, who died aged three years; Ola, now Mrs. Henry West, of Lind township; Gale, Guy, Albert, Bertha, Lyle, all of Lind township, and Ethel, who was drowned at the age of fourteen years. Mrs. Pope, who was a member of the M. E. Church, died July 21, 1886.
Mr. Pope has prospered greatly during his residence of more than forty years in Lind township. It was here that he did his first farming for himself, and here that he drove his first ox-team. In addition to general farming he began to deal in stock soon after his arrival, and for forty years he has bought and sold cattle. A better judge of cattle it would be difficult to find, and it has been his keen perception of the value of stock, together with his business ability, that has made him so successful as a dealer. He now owns about 360 acres of land. Politically Mr. Pope is a Democrat in principle, and he supports the party when its principles are maintained. He has filled many local offices, including those of supervisor, clerk, treasurer, pathmaster and school director. He is a self-made man, for his capital in early life was only his courage and ambition. He gave himself a thorough practical education, and has always been a hard worker. In his youth he was as poor as a young man could well be, yet he not only has amassed a competence, but to his parents he gave aid and comfort throughout their lives. When young he spent money freely, but he afterward acquired a practical knowledge of its value. His first suit of clothes, after the homespun with which in his boyhood he was attired, he earned as a sailor. He had taken advantage of his father's trade when a boy, and could at one time make an excellent pair of boots or shoes. Gifted with mechanical aptitude and powers of observation, Mr. Pope was equipped by nature to make a success in life. Casting his lot among the pioneers of northern Wisconsin, he has rightfully risen to the commanding esteem and respect in which he is held by his fellow men.


Myron Reed
[Source: The Bench and Bar of Wisconsin, by Parker McCobb Reed, Milwaukee; P. M. Reed publisher (1882) transcribed by Nancy Overlander.]
MYRON REED, Waupaca, was born at Massena, St. Lawrence county, New York, September 19, 1836, his parents Heman L. and Sophia Reed. He was educated at Union Academy, Belleville, Jefferson county, New York. He commenced the study of law in the office of D. d. Mott, Massena, in 1856, and afterward attended two terms of the law school at Albany, in 1857 and 1858, and was admitted to the bar the latter year. In the spring of 1859 he came to Waupaca, where he has since resided, and commenced practice in company with M. H. Sessions, with whom he continued for about seven years; since which time he has been alone, and has succeeded in building up as large a practice as any attorney in Waupaca country. Mr. Reed, though averse to holding office, has always manifested an interest in politics, being one of the staunchest and most faithful democrats in northern Wisconsin. At one time he served a district attorney of Waupaca country, having been appointed to that position by Governor Fairchild to fill a vacancy. He was state senator in 1871 and 1872, being upon the judiciary and other important committees. To him belongs the credit of securing the passage of the constitutional amendment restricting local legislation. He has been mayor of the city of Waupaca, and member of the board of supervisors. To his influence, skill and perseverance, Waupaca country is indebted for the fine new courthouse now in process of erection. He is at the head of the Masonic fraternity in his city, and to his devotion to that institution is due the fact that Waupaca boasts one of the most prosperous lodges in the state. Mr. Reed has been identified with several public enterprises in his part of the state, all of which have prospered. He has filled many positions of public trust and confidence, and has never been recreant to any.


Lute Rich
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Lute Rich, one of the most progressive and public-spirited young agriculturists of St. Lawrence township, Waupaca county, is the adopted son of Henry A. Rich, a sketch of whom follows. Our subject was born October 20, 1865, and when an infant of eleven months was adopted into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Rich. He attended the common schools of the vicinity of his new home, and also received instruction from his foster-mother, Mrs. Rich; was reared on a farm, and has spent some time in the his foster parents for more than two months.
He was married December 10, 1884, at Ogdensburg, Waupaca Co., Wis., to Miss Ella A. Pray, who was born July 15, 1862, in Sherman township, Sheboygan Co., Wis., daughter of Edward and Mary J. (Sweet) Pray, both now deceased, the father, who was born in February, 1874, and was a soldier in the Civil war, dying July 18, 1864, of a wound, in a hospital at Philadelphia, the mother, who was born in July, 1824, passing away in St. Lawrence township, Waupaca county, February 8, 1890. To Mr. and Mrs. Lute Rich have come two children: Ada M., born October 15, 1885, and Roy, born February 20, 1889. In his political preferences Mr. Rich was a Democrat until 1894, since when he has been as active in the ranks of the Republican party as he had previously been in those of the other. He is regarded as one of the exemplary young men of his township, a good farmer, possessed of sound business methods, and enjoying the esteem of many warm friends and admirers.
Henry A. Rich was born April 28, 1822, in the town of Bucksport, Hancock Co., Maine, a son of Benjamin Rich, a sailor by vocation, who by his wife Debora (Ayery), had a family of ten children — two sons, Benjamin, Jr., and Henry A., the former of whom was a farmer and died at Bucksport, Maine, at the age of eighty-five years, and eight daughters who all married and all died in their native State. Benjamin Rich, Sr., the father of these, died in Bucksport, Maine, in the full faith of the Universalist Church, of which all the rest of the family were members.
Henry A. Rich was reared on a farm, and remained under the parental roof until he was twenty-one years of age, at which time he went to sea as a cod fisher on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, being employed by parties who make that a regular business. This he followed six months, or until December, 1847, at which time he was married, an event that will be presently fully spoken of. He and his young wife then took up housekeeping on the Isle of Wetmore, Hancock Co., Maine, situated at the mouth of the Penobscot river, where he was employed cutting wood, thence in the spring of 1848 moving to near the town of Bucksport, same county, where for a couple of years he lived on a farm with his brother Benjamin, after which he removed to Prospect, in the same county, and during four summers was employed on the construction of Fort Knox, on the Penobscot river, holding the responsible and often dangerous position of head blaster on that work. In the fall of 1854 he removed to Wisconsin with his family, taking steamer from Bucksport to Boston, thence rail to Buffalo, from there by boat to Detroit, from which city they took rail to Chicago, then boat to Milwaukee, thence stage to Fond du Lac, again boat to Oshkosh, thence up Wolf river to Mukwa township, from the landing place to the home of Mrs. Rich's parents in Little Wolf township. [In 1850 Mr. Rich had visited Wisconsin, and was in the vicinity of Oshkosh and Wolf river prospecting for a home, but could find nothing to suit him, in fact was rather disgusted than otherwise, declaring that he would not accept a certain 160-acre tract of land (where Oshkosh now stands) "if it were tendered him as a gift."]
For a year Mr. and Mrs. Rich made their home with James Eldredge (her father), Mr. Rich's first work in his new western home being in the woods; then in the spring of 1855 he took a business trip to Maine, his wife during his absence filling the position of temporary teacher of the first school in Royalton township, which was held in a partially completed store room in the village of Royalton, that township, the regular teacher, Lizzie Crane, being sick. In the fall of 1855 he bought eighty acres of land in Section 24, St. Lawrence township, Waupaca county, on which not a stick of timber had been cut by white man, and here a farm house was the first building to be erected, a good one for those times, and later on he bought forty acres of marsh land. The only inhabitants in that town when Mr. and Mrs. Rich arrived were: Judge Ogden and Dreutzer, Simeon Hopkins, Marshall Levitt, William Shambeau, Henry W. Eldredge, Smith L. Wait, William Cain, Hiram Collier, Smith Collier, Henry Carrick, Levi Carrick and Peter Shepherd. Ogden & Dreutzer were building the first mill at Ogdensburg, Henry Eldredge being the millwright. For fifteen winters after coming to Wisconsin Mr. Rich followed lumbering in the woods, his summers occupied in improving his farm. Mrs. Rich taught the first school in their district in her own house.
On December 29, 1847, Mr. Rich was married on the Isle of Wet more, Maine, to Miss Elizabeth A. Eldredge, who was born December 29, 1829, in Bucksport, Hancock Co., Maine, daughter of James and Susan (Warren) Eldredge, both also natives of that State, the former a millwright by trade, born March 11, 1800, in Bucksport, the latter in Troy (near Augusta) May 28, 1801. They had a family of thirteen children, as follows: The first child died in infancy, David (at the age of seventeen years was lost at sea on the schooner Capt. Ginn, near Cape Cod), Henry W. (died at Little Wolf, Waupaca county, at the age of sixty-nine years), Elizabeth (deceased at the age of two years), James, of La Crosse, Wis. (a natural sailor, ex-captain of a Wolf river steamboat, and who served in the navy during the war), Elizabeth A. (Mrs. Rich); Harriet (married to Watson Wadwell, died in St. Lawrence township), Alvira (married to Smith Wait, and also died in St. Lawrence township), John (died in town of Little Wolf, Waupaca Co.), Isabella (married to Edson Casey, and died in St. Lawrence), also three that died in infancy un-named.
In 1850 Mr. and Mrs. Eldredge migrated westward to Wisconsin, settling in Little Wolf township as pioneers of the almost unexplored region, and here hewed out a comfortable home. He and his wife both died in St. Lawrence township, November 9, 1861, and January 24, 1886, respectively, and sleep their last sleep in Ogdensburg Park Cemetery.
Henry A. Rich died August 18, 1887, after a two- years' illness, and also lies buried in Ogdensburg Park Cemetery. He was a medium -sized man, wiry and energetic, a good citizen and excellent farmer, leaving a comfortable competence, the result of his individual industry and perseverance. Since his death his widow has continued to reside on the old home farm. She is a most intelligent and interesting old lady, possessed of a very retentive memory, and consequently is a charming conversationalist. She is a member of no particular Church, believing in the broad and humane Church of Christ, and a straightfoward course through life, with charity to all. She and her husband had no children, but adopted Lute Rich as related in sketch.



S. T. Ritchie.
[Source: "Wisconsin: Its Story and Biography, 1848-1913, Volume 8", By Ellis Baker Usher - Transcribed and Submitted to Genealogy Trails by Friends For Free Genealogy
A resident of more than fifty years is one of the distinctions of Mr. Ritchie of New London, who is the present cashier and was one of the organizers of the First National Bank of that city. His career has been one of steady and quiet industry, of prosperity, and as a popular and public spirited citizen, he stands in the front rank in his home community.
Samuel T. Ritchie was born in Summit county, Ohio, May 11, 1848. His parents were John and Margaret (Ritchie) Ritchie, of the same name, but not kin. John Ritchie was a farmer by occupation and, like his wife, came to Ohio when quite young. In 1861 the family removed to Wisconsin, locating on a farm in Waupaca county, in Royalton township. There John Ritchie and wife spent the remainder of their days, his death occurring in 1873 when sixty years of age, while she lived to be eighty-one. The seven children in their family are named as follows: Catherine, who died young; Isabella, deceased; Samuel T.; Catherine; George, deceased; Martha; Margaret, deceased. All were born in Ohio, except the youngest, Margaret.
The first thirteen years of his life Samuel T. Ritchie spent in Ohio, where he attended the district schools. In 1861 he became a resident of Wisconsin, where he has ever since lived. He continued his education both in Waupaca and in New London, and for five winters taught in country schools, spending his summers at work on the homestead. During his younger years much of his interest was given to local politics. In 1878 the people honored him with election on the Republican ticket to the office of county clerk, and he was reelected in 1880, serving altogether two terms. On leaving the office of county clerk Mr. Ritchie entered the employ of Meiklejohn & Hatten, lumber dealers. He became bookkeeper in the offices of the firm at Manawa, and altogether thirteen years were spent with that firm, the last three being in the general offices at New London. In 1895 Mr. Ritchie assisted in the organization of the First National Bank of New London, having been very instrumental in getting together the capital and perfecting the organization. When the institution opened for business, Mr. Ritchie occupied the place of cashier, and has since then done more than any other individual to place the bank on a firm footing.
In December, 1879, Mr. Ritchie married Sarepta Lytle, a native of New York State, and a daughter of Sylvester B. and Melvina (Sheldon) Lytle. The one child born to their union is Herbert, now assistant cashier of the First National Bank of New London. Mr. Ritchie is a Republican in politics, and he and his family are members of the Congregational church.

Augustus Schroeder
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Augustus Schroeder, a prosperous agriculturist of Little Wolf township, Waupaca county, is a native of Prussia, Germany, born October 22, 1838, a son of Henry and Caroline (Ulrich) Schroeder, who were the parents of eight children: Minnie (who, and four others, died in Germany), Augustus, Caroline (now Mrs. Weisgerber, of Weyauwega, who has five children), and Albert (a farmer of Lind township, Waupaca county). In 1857 Henry Schroeder, with his wife and children, emigrated to the United States, and coming to Wisconsin, settled in Lind township, Waupaca county, where he purchased forty acres of land, none of which was cleared except two acres, but not having much timber growth on any portion. A dwelling, 16x24 feet, had been erected, and here the family commenced their New-World home, numbering among the first settlers of that locality, Waupaca being then but a small village. Later the father purchased another eighty-acre tract adjoining his first purchase, and he and his wife are yet living on the old homestead, he at the advanced age of eighty-two years, she being some four years younger. For his age the venerable father is unusually active, and it is worthy of mention that in 1893 he walked from his own home to that of his son, a distance of twelve miles.
The subject proper of these lines, whose name introduces this sketch, received a fairly liberal common-school education, and was reared to practical farm life under the instruction of his father. At the age of twenty-one years he rented a small piece of land near the homestead, in Lind township, Waupaca county, and worked it with his father's implements and team, so continuing until 1862, when he purchased eighty acres of wild land in the same locality, which he improved and cultivated till the fall of 1864. At that time, on October 15, he enlisted in Company C, Forty-fourth Wis. V. I., which regiment was sent to Nashville, there remaining on guard duty, as part of the reserve force until February, 1865, at which time it was sent to Kentucky. Here our subject was stationed until August, 1865, when he was discharged and returned home, and once more he devoted his time and attention to the improvement of his land. In 1872 he moved into the village of Weyauwega, and there opened a meat market which he conducted altogether about two and one half years, after which he bought a hotel in the same village, being proprietor of the same some six years, or until 1882, when he traded the hotel property for the farm he now owns in Little Wolf township, consisting of 115 acres, twenty of which are in good arable condition. On January 11, 1866, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Rhoda (Smith) Van Vorst, whose husband, Asa Van Vorst, died in the Civil war, leaving two children: Dora (now Mrs. Fred Zastrow, of Royalton), and William (living at the present time with his step-father).
To Mr. and Mrs. Schroeder were born two children: Alice (married to George A. McKinley of Iowa, but died leaving one son, Neil, who passed from earth in infancy) and Mary (now a school teacher, and living at home). In politics our subject has been a Republican for the past twelve years, and Mrs. Schroeder and her children are all members of the Methodist Church, in which she takes an active interest.
Mrs. Rhoda Schroeder, wife of Augustus Schroeder, was born November 29, 1838, in Herkimer county, N. Y., daughter of Oliver and Lydia (Cross) Smith, well-to-do farming people, who had a family of twelve children, as follows: Oliver, a carpenter of Shiocton, Wis.; Elizabeth, now living in Weyauwega, Wis.; Owen, who now lives in Royalton, Wis., retired; Sarah, Nancy and Mary, all three deceased; Rhoda, Mrs. Schroeder; Jerome, who died in the war; Lydia, now wife of William Kurtz, a farmer of Dayton; John, deceased; Garrett, and Lucretia, wife of Isidore Como, in the employ of a railroad company at Stevens Point, Wis. In 1850 the family came to Wisconsin, settling in Lind township, Waupaca county, where the father bought 160 acres of land, at which time Weyauwega was a hamlet of but two or three shanties. Here the parents of Mrs. Schroeder passed the rest of their honored lives, dying, the father December 1, 1860, the mother January 23, 1879.


Herman J. Severson
[Source: The Wisconsin Blue Book (1919) page 469; transcribed by FoFG]
HERMAN J. SEVERSON (Rep.), of Iola, is a native of the town of Christiana, Dane county, where he spent his boyhood years on his father's farm. He was educated in the public schools of that county, and at the Stoughton Academy, Red Wing College, Drake University and is a graduate from the law department of the University of Wisconsin. For two years he was a teacher in th« public schools of Jefferson and Dane counties and one year was the principal of the graded school* at London. He was admitted to the bar in June, 1897 and is by profession a lawyer. Chairman of Republican County Committee of Waupaca county 1904-1908. District Attorney for Waupaca county 1908-1910. Delegate to Republican National Convention at Chicago, June, 1908. He was elected to the senate in 1918 receiving 5,527 votes against 2,591 votes for William F. Collins (Dem.)


Frederick Shoemaker
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
It has been said that the life of every man, if properly written, would be as interesting as a romance. Few lives perhaps have so well typified the rewards that come to a man of honor, bravery and fidelity after a prolonged battle against adverse fate, as that of him whose name appears above, one of the most highly honored citizens of Dayton township, Waupaca county. He was born in Alsace, France (now Germany), August 27, 1826, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Shoemaker, the former of whom, who was a farmer, died when Frederick was fourteen years of age, the eldest of three children. The property was ample but incumbered, and upon the shoulders of the young lad fell the main burden of the fight against accumulating interest and foreclosure. The struggle was manful, and for a time kept the little family at home with the mother. In 1845 and 1846 there was a notable exodus of emigrants to the United States, the promised land of liberty and plenty. It was partially with the hope of placing his mother beyond want that Frederick, too, a lad of twenty, in the year 1846 resolved to try his fortune in the new country. Bidding his mother, brother and sister adieu, he proceeded via Strasburg, Paris, Rouen and Havre to New York, landing with but five dollars in his pocket. Unable to speak English, he in vain sought work for several weeks, and his little fund was exhausted. Finally he succeeded in borrowing ten dollars to take him to his uncle, who lived in Orangeville, Wyoming Co., N. Y. He reached Attica, ten miles from his destination, penniless, and started afoot for his relative's home. All night, in the blustering month of March, he tramped in the cold and snow, but lost his way and was compelled to turn back. Not daring to go to the hotel, for he was without money, he hung around the depot till directed anew, and this time he succeeded in reaching his destination. He remained there a month, then lived out at seven dollars per month with Marshall Cowdin, "if he suited," and remained seven months. Then he worked near Attica, N. Y., for eight dollars per month. Returning to Orangeville, N. Y., good fortune awaited him. His services were engaged by Truman Lewis, a prominent farmer and dairyman, and for three and a half years he remained on that farm. Better fortune still, he in 1850 married Miss Jane Lewis, daughter of his employer. She was born June 30, 1826, of Puritan extraction. Truman Lewis was one of the most prominent men of his county, and at one time was a member of the New York Legislature.
Having saved his money, though much of it was sent to his widowed mother, Mr. Shoemaker purchased a farm in Weathersfield township, Wyoming Co., N. Y., which he occupied two years. He then returned and worked for his father-in-law. In the spring of 1853 he started with his wife for a Western home. Oshkosh, Wis., was his destination, which was reached via the lakes, stage, and lake again. Here he met an acquaintance, and while looking around he was advised by an Oshkosh merchant to go to the Indian land then just opened up. Acting on the advice, he proceeded by boat to Gill's Landing. Leaving his wife here, he proceeded to Dayton township, and by chance met Lyman Dayton, formerly of Attica, N. Y., who he was. surprised to discover was a personal friend of his father-in-law, Truman Lewis. Mr. Dayton interested himself in the newcomer, and gave him some valuable hints upon making a location. Mr. Shoemaker finally purchased the southwest quarter of Section 15 from Thomas Morgan, who had made some improvements on that place, clearing three acres and building a small house, and in May, 1853, in an ox-wagon, the purchaser brought his wife and small outfit to their new home. The first purchase of ninety acres was augmented from time to time until, in 1893, previous to the transfer of some 270 acres to his sons, the farm included 450 acres. Meantime matters had not prospered in the old country, for the old home was sold, leaving the mother in straightened circumstances. She lived to the age of seventy-five, and her support came largely from Wisconsin. Elizabeth, the only sister of Frederick, married Charles Haenel in Europe, and emigrated to the United States. Her husband died in New York City, and she returned to Alsace. Again coming to New York City, she married Christian Schuekle, and died in that city in 1885. Jacob, the only brother of Frederick, entered the French army, and on account of his superior military presence became a member of Louis Napoleon's bodyguard. He is now a station agent at Moncel, on one of the government railroads of France. The children of Frederick and Jane Shoemaker are Lewis F., Lucy (now Mrs. A. R. Potts), Truman and Corinne, all residents of Dayton except Corinne, who is living at home.
In politics Mr. Shoemaker is a stanch Republican, and though he has not been an office seeker has twice served his township as supervisor. For thirty-five years he has been an elder in the Presbyterian Church, of which he and his wife are members. He was trustee also, for years was Sunday-school superintendent and chorister, and in 1883 was a delegate to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, at Saratoga, N. Y. While nearly seventy years old, he has the health and strength of a man many years younger. Thoroughness, honesty and fairness have been the characteristics of his successful life. He is one of the best types of self-made men, and is most happily situated at the old homestead, in the midst of his children, who are following in his footsteps and thus exemplifying a high citizenship.


Jacob Staub
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Jacob Staub is familiarly known to the people of Scandinavia township as one of the most enterprising and progressive farmers of Waupaca county. He is a native of Switzerland, born in the village of Thalweil, Canton of Zurich, April 4, 1850, and is a son of Jacob Staub, who was a farmer of ordinary means, and the father of nine children, eight of whom crossed the broad Atlantic to the New World.
Our subject attended the schools of his native land, and remained under the parental roof until August 16, 1867, when he left the old home, determined to come to America, where he believed that better opportunities were afforded young men. At Havre, France, he took passage on board the "Guiding Star," which left port on the 21st of August. His destination was VanDyne, Wis., where he had acquaintances living, and near there he obtained work as a farm hand. At the end of two months, however, he came to Helvetia township, Waupaca county, and obtained employment with J. H. Leuthold with whom he remained during the winter of 1867-68, and then worked at whatever he could find to do in order to gain an honest living. In the spring of 1868 the parents of Mr. Staub started from Switzerland for the United States, but while en route, the father died at Detroit, Mich., and was there buried. The widowed mother then came on to Helvetia township, and as our subject, being the oldest son, was regarded as the head of the family, he lived with her until 1872 when he came to Scandinavia township, where his eldest sister, Wilhelmina, wife of Jacob Aeberle, resided. During the summer he rented a farm, but in the fall of that year purchased the same, which was 160 acres in Section 9, going in debt for the whole amount — one thousand dollars — on which he had to pay eight and ten per cent interest. At Black Wolf, Winnebago Co., Wis., on November 14, 1872, Mr. Staub was married to Miss Anna Laager, who was born January 10, 1854, in the city of Mollis, Canton Glarus, Switzerland, a daughter of Nicholas Laager, who was a decorator in a woolen factory. When sixteen years of age Mrs. Staub came alone to America, sailing from Havre, France, on the "Erie," and at the end of seventeen days landed at New York, from which city she came to Oshkosh, Wis. She had attended the common schools in her native land, but never an English school. In Mollis she began work in a woolen factory as decorator, saving her money, to which she added by borrowing from her brothers and sisters until she had $68, enough to bring her to the United States. Here she worked as a servant girl until she could repay the money, which required a year and a half's industrious labor. Mr. and Mrs. Staub began their domestic life in a very modest little home on his farm, to which he has added until he now owns 290 acres in Scandinavia township, and eighty acres in Helvetia. Two children have been born to them: Erick N. , a farmer, born January 9, 1874; and Walter J., at home, born May 7, 1875.
In political faith Mr. Staub is a Democrat, a stanch follower of the doctrines as formulated by that party, but gives little attention to political affairs, his time being fully occupied by the labors of his farm. For the prosperity that has come to him through his persistent efforts and intelligent management, he is greatly indebted to his wife, who has assisted him by every means in her power. Their comfortable residence is surrounded by a beautiful grove, and everything about the place denotes the owner to be a progressive, industrious and energetic man. He has succeeded in life without the help of an education in English, but has observed closely, and thus prospered. He holds membership with the Reformed Church.


R. Swan
[History of Northern Wisconsin Containing An Account Of Its Settlement, Growth, Development and Resources; An Extensive Sketch of Its Counties, Cities, Towns and Villages Their Improvements, Industries, Manufactories; Biographical Sketches, Portraits of Prominent Men and Early Settler; Views of County Seats, Etc. ILLUSTRATED; Chicago: The Western Historical Company A. T. Andreas, Proprietor, (1881) - submitted by Diana Heser Morse]
R. SWAN, of the firm of J. Towle & Co., manufacturers of tight barrel staves and shingles, Waupaca County. Mr. Swan was born in Renssellaer Co., N. Y. where he was reared and educated. At the age of twenty-three, he went to Buffalo, and engaged in the business of general cooperage, which he followed from 1851 to 1862. He then went to Cleveland and conducted the same business until the close of the war. In 1872, he engaged with the Standard Oil Company, of Cleveland, for whom he traveled for over eight years, engaged in the purchase and shipment of staves; during which time he engaged in the present business. The firm gives employment to ten men, and has a capacity of 1,000,000 staves annually.


George R. Taylor, M.D.
[Source: The US Biological Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Wisconsin Volume (1877) transcribed by Vicki Bryan]
He who is familiar with Samuel Smiles "Self-Help" will remember that many of the personages mentioned in that interesting work educated themselves and made with their own hands every round of the ladder on which they climbed. The list of such illustrations of self-educated men is not exhausted; unwritten history abounds in them. The subject of this brief sketch, an eminent surgeon in
Waupaca County, Wisconsin, never went to school after he was nine years old, and yet is master of all the common branches of the English language, a thorough adept in medical science, and familiar with some of the collateral sciences.
He is the son of Robert and Hannah (Hopkins) Taylor, and was born in Bristol, England, October 28, 1822. His father, a builder and contractor in later life, at the opening of the war of 1812-15 belonged to the British marine. He was at the Battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815. A short time prior to that battle, while engaged in an assault, he had his hat shot off his head by a six-pound ball, through the effects of which the left side of his head became partially paralyzed, and so affecting his left eye that he finally lost its sight. Strange to say, the Doctor seems to have inherited this defect of vision, and expects to finally lose altogether the sight of his left eye.
His father, a man of more than ordinary abilities, came to this country in May 1843, and the son, who had worked for six years as an apprentice at the tinsmith business, accompanied him. The family settled in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, and engaged in farming near Palmyra about two years. They then removed to the town of Concord, in the same county, and at the end of another year George went to Madison, and began the study of medicine with Dr. C. B. Chapman. He took two courses of lectures in the Cincinnati Marine Hospital and Invalids Retreat, and graduated from that institution in March 1854. After practicing eighteen months in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, commencing in April 1855, he removed to Waupaca, where he is still conducting a flourishing practice, and where he has gained an enviable reputation in his profession.
In 1863 Dr. Taylor was appointed assistant surgeon for the provost marshal at Green Bay, and subsequently acted as assistant surgeon in the United States General Hospital at Little Rock, Arkansas, and remained there until dismissed by general orders at the close of the rebellion. His experience during the war was a good school for him, and made him still more eminent in his profession, especially in surgery. Since the war closed he has been United States examining surgeon for pensions.
Dr. Taylor is a member of the Congregational Church. In politics, he was formerly a whig, but has been identified with the republican party since its organization in 1856.
Mrs. Taylor, who was Eliza Herron, of Concord, Wisconsin, and to whom he was married March 22, 1856, died July 8, 1873, leaving six children, five daughters and one son. All of the daughters but the eldest and youngest are attending the local graded school, while the son is working at the printer's trade at Berlin, Wisconsin.
Dr. Taylor is a warm friend of education, and has been a member of the school board several years, and is behind no man in Waupaca in working for the sanitary, literary and other interests of the place.


Helen F. Thompson
source unknown, submitted by MZ
Helen Thompson was born in Manawa. After a career as a teacher, she ran a hotel and was elected to the Park Falls School Board for more than a dozen years. Her civic involvement included a position as president of the Red Cross during World War I.  In 1924, Thompson was one of the first three women elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1924 and was reelected in 1926. A Republican like most Wisconsinites, she represented Price County, a forested area south of Lake Superior.


Charles Tyrrell
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Charles Tyrrell, a successful agriculturist of Bear Creek township, Waupaca county, was born April 18, 1845, in Ontario, Canada, and is a son of John and Mary (Le Grue) Tyrrell.
Charles Tyrrell remained at home until 1865, when he assumed his own responsibilities, and has since maintained himself. On November 6, 1865, he was married to Mary Margaret Tyrrell, his cousin, and who is the daughter of George and Angeline (Perry) Tyrrell. Seven children have been born to them, as follows: Harry Albert, September 28, 1867; Lorenzo Irving, December 8, 1869; William F., March 16, 1871; Lida Etta, April 10, 1873; Addie Addelide, May 24, 1876; Ada Elnora, June 2, 1879; and Charles E., July 28, 1882. Of these, Lorenzo I. died October 24, 1885, and Lida E. February 28, 1874. After their marriage they lived on the farm owned by Mrs. Tyrrell's father for about three months, and then removed to the farm of Mr. Tyrrell's father, Charles Tyrrell going to work in the woods. He was engaged in the woods from, the time he was fifteen years old until about the year 1888. About three years after his marriage our subject bought forty acres of partly-improved land in Section 36, Bear Creek township, and lived there about five years. After this had been sold to good advantage he bought sixty acres in Section 36, adjoining the former tract on the east, and nearly all improved, and here he has lived twenty-one years. He has now thirty acres of land in tillable condition, to which he devotes all his time. Politically Mr. Tyrrell is a Republican.


Josephus Wakefield
(Waupaca County – First District – The city of Waupaca, the village of Weyauwega and the towns of Caledonia, Dayton, Farmington, Fremont, Lind, Royalton, Waupaca and Weyauwega. Population, 8,985.)
[Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1882), pgs. 562-563; transcribed by Mary Saggio

JOSEPHUS WAKEFIELD (Rep.), of Fremont, was born in Jefferson, New York, October 10, 1819; received an academic education at Watertown, N. Y., and studied law with Judge Hubbard, of Watertown; is, by profession, a lawyer, but is, at present, engaged in farming and insurance business; came to Wisconsin in 1849 and settled in Outagamie county, removing to Waupaca county in 1855; was first postmaster at Medina; a member of the first board of supervisors of Outagamie county; district attorney of Waupaca county in 1871 and ’72; has held nearly all the different town offices and was court commissioner for six years; was elected member of assembly for 1882, receiving 649 votes against 515 for George H. Calkins, democrat, and 169 for N. Pope, greenbacker.


George Warren
[Source: Wisconsin Blue Book (1883), page 507; transcribed by Susan Geist]
GEORGE WARREN (Dem.), of Clintonville, was born on the 28th day of June, 1828, in Lexington, New York; received a common school education; is a farmer by occupation; came to Wisconsin in 1856 and settled in the town of Matteson; has held nearly all the different local offices, and was elected member of assembly for 1883, receiving 921 votes, against 789 for Thomas Vesey, republican, and 342 for A. P. Knapp, prohibitionist.


William H. Weed
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
In every community there are families that by their strong personality make deep and lasting impression upon the people about them, and by their well-guided energies give direction and momentum to the forming and growing industries about them. To no one, perhaps, is the town of Weyauwega more greatly indebted for its early prosperity than to Jacob Weed, one of its founders. He was a master spirit, fitted and willing to grapple with the problems and difficulties that must be solved and overcome in order to make an obscure and unpromising locality smile with the lasting fruits of industry. The son of Mr. Weed, in the person of him whose name heads this sketch, is now at the helm in directing some of the most important enterprises of Weyauwega.
Jacob Weed was born October 27, 1819, in Saratoga county, N. Y., a son of Alfred and Rolina (Hewett) Weed, natives of that county. Their children were nine in number, as follows: Harriet, deceased wife of Matthew West, a pioneer of Oshkosh; Walter H., a prominent merchant and lumberman of Oshkosh, Wis., who died in 1876; Jacob; James H., a resident of Oshkosh; Sarah, deceased wife of Corydon L. Rich, of Oshkosh township, Winnebago county; Mary, first wife of William G. Gumaer, died in 1856; Priscilla, second wife of William G. Gumaer, died in Weyauwega in 1876; Alfred, a resident of .Ashland, Wis.; and Carolina, wife of Homer Chandler, of Chicago, Illinois.
The education of Jacob Weed was received in the common schools of Wayne county, N. Y. In 1847, with his two brothers, Walter H. and James H., he came to Wisconsin, settling in Vinland township, Winnebago county, where he purchased a tract of 800 acres in the forest, and became actively identified in developing the lumber interests of that locality. Here he was married, in 1849, to Miss Ann Elizabeth Gumaer, a native of Onondaga county, N. Y., reared and educated in Washington, D. C. , and a daughter of Elias De Puy and Mary (Lewis) Gumaer, natives of Ulster county, N. Y. Elias D. Gumaer was a contractor of public works. He built, as a contractor, part of the Erie canal, and while completing a contract to construct the canal from Georgetown, D. C, to the Navy Yard, was prostrated with quick consumption, and died soon after, in 1844, at his home in Manlius, N. Y. His widow and many of the children removed to Wisconsin, and the latter became closely identified with the development of the State. There were nine children: Ann Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Weed; Margaret, wife of Jacob Devens, of Vinland township, Winnebago county, died in 1880; Martha, wife of Louis Bostedo, a pioneer of Weyauwega, died in 1881; Jane, widow of Richard Holdsworth, of Washington, D. C, her present home being at Penn Yan, N. Y.; Emily, who died in Oshkosh in 1876; Mary, wife of Walter H. Weed, of Oshkosh, died in 1877; Elias De Puy, who was the first county judge of Shawano county, and who died in Shawano in 1879; William G., a prominent pioneer of Weyauwega, who died in November, 1885, and Charles L., a former prominent resident of Weyauwega, and now a resident of Lincoln, Nebraska.
After his marriage Jacob Weed settled in Winnebago county, and with his brothers built up a lumbering and mercantile business which gradually extended into Waupaca county. As early as 1848 Amos Dodge, James Hicks, M. Lewis and H. Tourtelotte obtained possession of a fine water-power on the site of Weyauwega, and erected a dam and mill. The enterprise encountered financial embarrassments, and led a precarious existence for a number of years, until sold to Jacob Weed and Benjamin Birdsell. W. G. Gumaer and Louis Bostedo afterward acquired an interest in the property, and in 1855 Weed, Birdsell & Co. erected the flour-mill still operated by the Weed and Gumaer Manufacturing Co., the original cost of building, machinery, etc., being $20,000. The business life of Jacob Weed was very active. Frequently he made trips afoot to Green Bay, and rarely knew the meaning of a leisure moment. Yet his mind was always receptive to charitable or public enterprises, and he is kindly remembered for his many deeds of benevolence and public improvement. He died in 1867, and his widow subsequently married Jerome Crocker, a prominent merchant and manufacturer of Weyauwega. To Jacob Weed and wife two children were born — William H., and Ella V., wife of A. J. Kirkwood, of Chicago, Ill. Mrs. Kirkwood's children are Ella Weed and Arthur William.
William H. Weed, president of the Weed & Gumaer Manufacturing Co., secretary of the Badger Basket Manufacturing Co., and an associate in the banking firm of Weed, Gumaer & Co., is one of the most progressive and thorough business men of Waupaca county. He was born at Vinland, Winnebago county, in 1851, and his youth and boyhood were spent at Weyauwega, and his education obtained in the home schools and at Oshkosh. In 1870, at the age of nineteen years, he became associated with the Weyauwega Bank, giving it his exclusive attention until 1883, when he was elected the vice-president of the milling company, and in 1890 was advanced to its presidency. The output of the mill is 150 barrels per day, and the company, besides in flour and feed, deals extensively in lumber, lath, shingles and moldings. The Badger Basket Manufacturing Co. was organized in 1884, Mr. Weed being one of its active promoters. The building was erected the same year, and twenty-six employes are required to manufacture the product for which the energetic owners find a ready market. The building is a two-story structure, 40 x 60 feet in size. The mill building is a substantial structure, 45 x 50 feet, two-and-a-half stories high, with an oval elevator having a storage capacity of 30,000 bushels. It is a fully-equipped roller-mill, with two systems for wheat and rye. The planing and saw mill is a two-story structure 40 x 60 feet.
Mr. Weed was married at Weyauwega, in 1879, to Miss Jennie Smith, a native of Berlin, Wis. She died in 1882, leaving one child, Jacob. In 1886 Mr. Weed was married at Waupaca to Miss Margaret Reed, daughter of Hon. Myron and Julia (Hanson) Reed. Mr. Reed was born in Massena, St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., September 19, 1836. He was educated in the common schools and at Union Academy, Belleville, N. Y. Entering the law school at Albany University in 1857, he was admitted to practice in 1858. The following year he came to Waupaca, Wis., and formed a law partnership with E. L. Browne, O. E. Druetzer and M. H. Sessions, which continued until 1871. Mr. Reed was prominent in county politics, and filled many local offices, including those of mayor, clerk, supervisor, etc. In 1871 he was elected State senator, his own partner contesting on the opposite ticket for the honor. While in the Senate he secured, almost by his own unaided efforts, the adoption of Article 4 of the amendment to the Constitution. Mr. Reed has been grand master of the State of Wisconsin, high priest of Waupaca Chapter No. 39, R. A. M., Master of Waupaca Lodge No. 123, F. and A. M., and a member of the Knights of Pythias. He is now a resident of West Superior, Wisconsin.
Mr. Weed is a member and treasurer of Weyauwega Lodge No. 82, and a member of Waupaca Chapter No. 123, R. A. M. He is a Democrat in politics, and has served as a member of the county board.


Andrew Williams
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Andrew Williams, sheriff of Waupaca county, has been identified with its many interests all his life. He was born in the town of Scandinavia, Waupaca Co., Wis., August 4, 1853, the son of Ora Wilhelm and Anna (Anderson) Boggton. The father was a Norwegian of liberal education and many accomplishments, the eldest of a family, which owned in the native land a large estate, six miles square. He had two brothers and four sisters. In 1848 the father sold his interests in Norway, and with his wife and two children — Anna and Betsey — emigrated to America, coming to Wisconsin. For one year he resided at Milwaukee, then, in 1849, he settled on the farm in Waupaca county, where he still resides, and became one of the first settlers in Scandinavia township. Eight other children were born in this country: Annie Betsey, William, Andrew, Dena, Bie, Edward, Louis and Anton.
Our subject grew to manhood amidst the surroundings of this pioneer home, attending school during the winters, and by his unremitting labors helping to clear and cultivate his father's broad acres. But at the age of seventeen an opportunity presented itself for his material advancement, and he was not slow to grasp it. The railroad was pushing itself westward and northward, calling out for its construction the work of many hands. Andrew secured a position as foreman of the grading, and in that capacity followed road-building for two years. In 1872 he went to Fort Howard, and learned the trade of machinist and blacksmith. He quickly turned his new acquisition to account by opening and operating a machine shop at High Forest, Minn., with his brother as partner, the firm also handling farm machinery. Mr. Williams remained in Minnesota from 1875 to 1882, spending his winters, however, at home at Waupaca. In 1883 he was married at Rochester, Minn., to Mary M. King, a native of Illinois, and daughter of Ira and Harriet (Bradshaw) King. The father was born in Pennsylvania, and was of German descent. The mother was a native of New York. Mr. King had removed to Illinois with his wife and two daughters, Lizzie and Mary M., and here he enlisted in the army, and gave up his life in the Federal cause. After marriage Mr. Williams devoted himself extensively to farming. He settled on the home farm, leased another large tract of land, and conducted the two farms jointly.
Mr. Williams' prominent official life in the county begins with his appointment as deputy sheriff and jailer in 1887. He served in that capacity two years, and was then elected sheriff, assuming the office January 1, 1889. Two years later his brother Edward was elected sheriff, and Andrew was again appointed deputy sheriff. In 1892 the subject of this sketch was again honored with the office by his fellow citizens. His official life has been filled with stirring incidents, which brought out the sterling traits of his character. He has been relentless in running down criminals, and in consequence of the signal detective ability which he has displayed, he has done incalculable good for good government in Waupaca county. Many times has his life been threatened, and many inducements have been offered him to permit the guilty to escape; but Mr. Williams has marked out for himself one plain course of duty and faithfulness, and he never swerved therefrom. He made three trips to the Pacific coast for criminals, and two to the Atlantic coast. His terms of office have been marked by the trials of many celebrated criminal cases, notably the Meade murder trial, and Mr. Williams won great praise for the able manner in which he administered the criminal affairs of the county. Mr. Williams is well known throughout the State. He is attached to the Republican cause, and prominent in the party councils. He is interested especially in the welfare of his home county, and is an alderman of Waupaca city. His society affiliations are with the Masons and Knights of Pythias. He has a beautiful home of 200 acres adjoining the city of Waupaca, where he resides with his wife and children, Anna Belle, Robert E., Andrew Lynde and Esther. Besides looking after general farming he is widely known as a breeder of fine sheep and other high-grade stock. He is a member of the Lutheran Church. His successful and useful life is the result of his own exertions and energies, and in every sense of the word Mr. Williams is a self-made man.


Anton G. Williams
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Anton G. Williams was born August 24, 1862, on the farm which he now owns and occupies in the township of Scandinavia, Waupaca county.
His father, Ove Williamson, was born in Norway January 20, 1819, was educated in the schools of his native land, and the days of his boyhood and youth were passed upon the farm. His marriage to Miss Annie Kjos took place in Norway in 1844, and five years later, in 1849, he crossed the Atlantic in a sailing vessel to the New World, where he hoped to secure a home and competence. He first located in Muskego, Wis., where he worked as a common laborer some three years, coming thence to Waupaca county in 1853. He was one of the first settlers, and is now the second oldest living resident in Scandinavia township. The hardships and trials of pioneer life are familiar to him, and the history of that county is known to him from the days when it was an almost unbroken wilderness, inhabited mostly by Indians. He has borne an important part in the work of development, transforming the land from its uncultivated condition into rich and valuable farms. Here he purchased 160 acres of wild land, on which not a furrow had been turned or an improvement made, and successfully continued its cultivation until 1884, when enfeebled health caused him to lay aside business cares, and he is now living a retired life. He worked for many years on the river rafting logs, and his career has been that of an industrious energetic man, bringing to him a well-merited competence. Mrs. Williamson who was born in Norway, September 29, 1820, is also yet living. He is a stanch Republican in politics and has served in several local offices with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents. He filled the office of assessor for twelve years, and has also been township treasurer. He and his family are members of the Lutheran Church. The children were Annie, now the wife of August Larson, a resident of Wausau; William, who is living in La Crosse, Wis.; Andrew, the efficient sheriff of Waupaca county; Berit, deceased; Denah; Buck, who is located in Iola, Wis.; Edward Ove, of Waupaca; Anton G., subject of this sketch; and Lewis B., deceased.
Anton G. Williams conned his lessons in the public schools near his home, and acquired a good practical educations. Under the parental roof he was reared to manhood, and at an early age he began work in the fields, so that he was soon familiar with farm work in its various departments. He now owns and operates the old home farm on which he was born, comprising 120 acres of land, the greater part of which is under cultivation and improved in a manner that indicates his practical and progressive spirit, and makes his farm one of the best in the community. He is accounted one of the representative agriculturists of Waupaca county, as well as one of its most prominent citizens. He has been called to official honors, having served as a member of the town board of supervisors and as treasurer of the school district, and in his political views has followed his father's example by always supporting the Republican party. Like the honored family to which he belongs he is connected with the Lutheran Church.


Jeff Woodnorth
[Source: “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawno” 1895, transcribed by Mary Saggio]
Jeff. Woodnorth, publisher and editor of the Waupaca Record, is a native of New York City, son of Paul S. and Sarah (Astley) Woodnorth, both natives of Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England.
Paul S. Woodnorth was born January 16, 1815, and when a boy was apprenticed by his widowed mother to a tailor. He learned the trade, and at nineteen ran away and worked his passage to America aboard a sailing vessel, landing at New York, after six weeks at sea, with one cent in his pocket. He found employment in the new city, and for eleven years worked faithfully at his trade, then, in 1845, revisited his old home in England. Returning, he established himself in business at the corner of 29th street and Third avenue, New York City, prospering until fire (during the winter of 1848-49) destroyed his shop and left him penniless. The gold excitement was then intense, and selling his lot Mr. Woodnorth started for California via the Isthmus. He was successful in prospecting at first, and later found employment as a cook. In accidentally purchasing supplies in excess he sold the surplus at a profit so great that a new business opened before his eyes, and he quickly seized the opportunity. He purchased a schooner and plied between various points, making money rapidly, until his clerk during a trip absconded with all his effects, and left him bankrupt. He began mining again, but in 1851 he returned to New York City and resumed his trade. Here he was married to Mrs. Sarah (Astley) Page, widow of Joseph H. Page and daughter of Robert Astley. Mr. Woodnorth adopted the children of Mrs. Page, and bestowed upon them his name. In addition to his tailoring establishment a china store was added, which his wife conducted. Owing to Mrs. Woodnorth's failing health Mr. Woodnorth bargained in New York for some land in Royalton township, Waupaca Co., Wis., on misrepresentation paying an exorbitant price for the same, and in 1856 started with his family by lake for his new western home. The first improvement had yet to be made on the property. Mr. Woodnorth secured the services of two men to build a log house while he boarded at a neighbor's. Eighteen months later he traded the farm for twenty acres in Section 32, Waupaca township, moving thereon and following his trade of tailoring while the boys did a little farming. About this time Mr. Woodnorth put to use the experience as a cook which he had picked up on his voyage to California, and secured a position as cook for a gang of men who were constructing a railroad through Waupaca county. In 1869 he sold his land and removed to Waupaca, where for some years he remained in business. Mrs. Woodnorth died in January, 1882; Mr. Woodnorth is still living, a well-preserved old gentleman of eighty years. The children who attained majority are as follows: Joseph H., now United States pension agent at Milwaukee, a veteran of Company G, Twenty-first Wis. V. I., and for many years a prominent druggist at Waupaca; Franklin S., who served in Company I, Seventeenth Wis. V. I., and is now a druggist at Manawa, Wis.; Amelia P., wife of Thomas Pipe, hardware merchant, at Waupaca; Jeff., the subject of this sketch; George R., of Bayfield county. Wis., and Isabel E., now Mrs. Frank Houseman, of Milwaukee.
Jeff. Woodnorth was a pupil in the "Old White School" at Waupaca, under the instruction of Mrs. Marcus Burham, now of Lind. He displayed little aptitude for farm work, but was eager for an education, and received special instruction from several principals who were later at the head of the Waupaca schools. Possessing a retentive memory, he learned rapidly and looked forward to a liberal education; but at the age of eighteen he found himself engaged in his life work. He had entered the office of the Waupaca County Republican, and seven years later was its foreman and job printer, when he went to Oshkosh with his employer, C. M. Bright, who had purchased the Oshkosh Times. Six months later Mr. Woodnorth returned to Waupaca; then for four years he was on his father's farm in Lanark township. Portage county, keeping "bachelor hall" with his brother. In January, 1885, he entered the law office of E. L. Browne, as a student, and two-and-a-half years later was about ready to take his examination for admission to the bar, when he was induced to become foreman of the Waupaca Post, then edited by E. E. Gordon. A few months later, in August, 1887, he took charge of the paper as editor, and in April, 1888, he and his brother George purchased a one-fourth interest in the paper, Mr. Woodnorth remaining in charge. The brothers sold their interest to Mr. Gordon in December, 1889, and in June, 1890, Mr. Woodnorth became editor of The Towner News and Stockman at Towner, McHenry Co., N. Dak., remaining until January 1, 1891. In March, 1891, he entered the office of the Waupaca County Republican as job printer and all-round newspaperman, remaining until March 13, 1893, when he purchased a half interest in the job office, which later became part of the Waupaca Record plant, D. L. Stinchfield being his partner. The first number of the Record was issued from this office March 17, 1894, with Stinchfield & Woodnorth as proprietors. Three months later Mr. Woodnorth became sole proprietor, and has since conducted the paper. The Record is a weekly, 16-page, 3-column paper, the form being original in the office where used, and quite a deviation from the usual form of newspapers. It is non-partisan in politics, and an advocate of good government. The growth of the Record has been phenomenal, probably without a parallel as regards circulation and popularity.



F.L. Zaug
[Source: "Wisconsin: Its Story and Biography, 1848-1913, Volume 8", By Ellis Baker Usher - Transcribed and Submitted to Genealogy Trails by Friends For Free Genealogy
Mr. F. L. Zaug was born in Waupaca county, in the town of Dupont, October 18, 1875, a son of Alouis and Augusta (Abel) Zaug. Both parents are now deceased. Alouis Zaug was born in Alsace, Germany, coming to the United States at the age of four years with his parents. Grandfather John Zaug was a farmer, and his property was located close to Milwaukee, being now within the limits of that city, and exceedingly valuable. On that farm near Milwaukee, Alouis Zaug grew to manhood and at the age of eighteen settled in Waupaca county. In 1863 he enlisted in the Third Wisconsin Cavalry, his service as a soldier continuing until the end of the war. Returning to Wisconsin he established a meat market at New London, later bought a farm, and there he and his wife spent their last days, the mother preceding the father in death. Their children were: Hattie, now Mrs. P. C. Rogers, of Marion, Wisconsin: Dora, wife of Joseph Bentz of Fond du Lac; Fred, of New London; Frank Louis; Wilbert, who lives on a farm near Marion; Theresa, wife of Harvey Myers of Marion; and Augusta, now Mrs. Steven Belille of Fond du Lac.
The birthplace of Frank Lewis Zaug was the old homestead near Marion, and his boyhood days were passed there, while he attended the country district schools and the Marion high school. It was while in high school that he became interested in telegraphy, and thus made choice of a practical and useful vocation while still learning the formal lessons of books. When he was fourteen years of age, he entered the employ of the Milwaukee and Lake Shore Railroad, now a branch of the Northwestern, as night agent and operator at Sheboygan. One month later he was transferred to Wakefield, Michigan, as day operator, and lived in that part of the country until 1891. His next employment was at Ishpeming, for the D. S. S. and A. Railroad. About the time of the World's Fair in Chicago he was made cashier for the Northwestern Railroad at Appleton, but remained only one year, after which for eight years, he was employed as agent, at Two Rivers, Port Washington, and at New London.
In 1901 Mr. Zaug turned his services in another direction. In that year he took a position with the Wisconsin Chair Company at Port Washington, becoming manager of the lumber and veneer department. The company later organized the Wisconsin Lumber & Veneer Company at Port Washington, a business which was incorporated in 1908, and Mr. Zaug became secretary and treasurer. In December, 1911, after the veneer plant and sawmill at Mound City, Illinois, had been destroyed by fire, the plant at Port Washington was moved to New London and merged with the Wolf River Company. This consolidation resulted in the building of large additions, and since the business has been carried on under its present title as the Wisconsin Seating Company. Mr. Zaug, under the reorganization, retained his position as secretary and treasurer.
As already stated, the Wisconsin Seating Company has the largest plant at New London, and the firm is well known all over the United States. Its product goes probably to every state in the Union. Its local facilities in the way of transportation are almost unexcelled, since it has switch tracks leading from its plant to all local railway lines and has ample water facilities. Modern machinery and appliances are found in every department. The process would be interesting if it could be told in detail, but it must suffice to state that the rough log is taken, steamed, run through the veneer machine, thence to the one-hundred foot dryer, and then the veneer is ready to be made into chair seats, desk tops, etc. The veneer is shipped either in a finished state or in the rough to all points. The company have a casting plant in which are manufactured all the steel legs for chairs, desks and other seats. The Wisconsin Seating Company have furnished opera chairs for some of the finest theatres in the United States, besides equipping throughout schools, churches, and other large auditoriums. On the payroll of the company are two hundred and seventy-five men and girls, and this is the largest industrial arm in any one plant in New London.
On December 10, 1901, Mr. Zaug married Mabel Dawson, a daughter of Joseph Dawson. The three children of their marriage are: Dawson, Harold, and Dorothea. The church membership of Mr. and Mrs. Zaug is with the Congregational and his fraternal affiliations are in the Blue Lodge of Masonry at New London, the Chapter, Council and Commandery at Milwaukee, and the Knights of Pythias Lodge at Port Washington. Mr. Zaug's success and advancement have been due to his individual efforts, and since he was fourteen years of age he has depended on no outside help. In late years in the management of the manufacturing concern, his previous railroad training, which taught him so strict a regard for detail, has proved very valuable.

 

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