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Submitted by Arlene Goodwin
May 1, 2001
E. E. Bentley is the efficient cashier of one of the most popular, strong and flourishing institutions of the State of Wisconsin-The Batavian Bank of La Crosse, Wisconsin., with which he has been connected since 1866, first in the capacity of messenger boy, and lastly as cashier, doing effective service in each and every department. He was born in Schoharie county, New York, October 22, 1843, to Edwin S. and N. M. (Gallup) Bentley, both natives of the State of New York. The parents came to Madison, Wisconsin, in the spring of 1855, and in the fall of the same year took up their abode in La Crosse, where the father followed the calling of a painter, his trade being that of a mechanic. He was a very devout man and was a highly respected as he was widely known. He was converted to Christianity at the early age of nineteen years, and soon after united with the Methodist Episcopal Church-the church of his choice. He was a tireless worker in the vineyard of this Master, and as layman filled all the important offices with great efficiency, and his life was fully rounded out and filled with the deed and benevolences which mark the truly Christian character. In the more intimate and sacred relationships of domestic life, as husband and father, he became all these words imply; and in this inner circle, where his noble character won love, veneration and filial reverence in overflowing measures, his death left a void that can never be filled. He was married on the 24th of September, 1834, to Miss Nancy M. Gallup, of Gallupville, New York, a village named in honor of her uncle, and she became to him a true, faithful and loving helpmate. She was a woman whose many acts of kindness and charity gave her an exalted position in the affections of the community in which she live, and she was in every way worthy of being the life companion of such a man as her husband. Their many deeds of Christian charity will stand as living monuments for many years to come, and their lives point a moral which all would do well to heed. Mr. Bentley died December 25, 1866, at the age of fifty-six years, his widow surviving him until May 24, 1884, when she passed away, at the age of seventy-two years. The following are the names of the five children born to their union: Abbie S., Clara M., Charles S., E. E., the subject of this sketch, and William I. E. E. Bentley first received a public-school education, but later finished a classical course in the Ohio Wesleyan University, graduating in the class of 1865, after which he followed the calling of a pedagogue in Hamilton, Ohio, and also in Wisconsin, winning the reputation of being a conscientious and able educator and a fine disciplinarian. He was first married in 1869, to Miss Susan N., daughter of Alfred Shepard, of La Crosse, the only issue of which marriage is a daughter, Susan M., who is a pupil in the Ohio Wesleyan University, and will graduate in the classical department in the class of ’92. Mr. Bentley was called upon to mourn the death of his wife in 1872, who died at the untimely age of twenty-seven years, having been a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal Church from girlhood. In 1879 Miss Emma E. Langdon, daughter of Walter M. and Sallie E. Langdon, of La Crosse, became his second wife, and the fruits of this union are the following children: Charles E., Wayne and Percy D. Mr. and Mrs. Bentley are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he has been trustee and steward. He was a lay delegate to the General Conference of this church, which was held in New York city in 1888, and has been a member of the Lay Electoral Conference one term. He is president of the Y. M. C. A. of La Crosse, and organization of which the city is justly proud. In 1864, while attending college, Mr. Bentley, with many other students, dropped his books to become a votary of Mars, and enlisted in the Union service from Delaware, Ohio. During the four months that he was in the service he was principally on guard duty. The Adjutant of the regiment was W. H. Moore, and Richard Reynolds was the Captain of his company. As will be seen, Mr. Bentley has held positions of preferment in social, moral, financial, and educational organizations, and as an honored citizen has the respect and confidence of a large circle of acquaintances, and is held in high esteem for his many excellences of character.
Biographical History of La Crosse, Monroe and Juneau Counties, Wisconsin. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1892; Pages 233-236.
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