Abraham Lincoln Biglow Biography

Contributed by
Lisa Christiansen



Abraham Lincoln Biglow: Born April 27, 1861 at Farmer, Defiance, OH. Died March 15, 1923 at Hicksville, OH, while visiting friends. He married Laura Willard (nicknamed "Loll") on August 26, 1883 at Milo, OH. They had 9 children - Kemp Vere, Crague Chester, Abraham Lincoln Jr.., Terry King, Max Merril, Dee Anne (Dea), Thelma Iris, Marvel, and a little son named Jute, who died young.

Abraham was a school teacher of History, Math, Astronomy, & English .

Great-great-grandpa Biglow (as Abe is referred to) and his family moved to Ashland, Wisconsin around 1910, to head up the Ashland Home Telephone Company. Abe and his son Craigue, went around to prospective customers, to encourage people to install the new device (telephone)! G-g-grandpa and G-g-grandma Loll are buried in Ashland, WI. Abe Biglow also served one term in the Wisconsin State Legislature, representing the Ashland district in the Assembly.

Obituary of Abe Lincoln Biglow as appeared in the Bryan Democrat, March 23, 1923, page 7

A. L. Biglow


Abe Lincoln Biglow was born on a county, Ohio, April 27th, 1861 and was taken from the body at Mark Center, Ohio, March 15th, 1923, after a useful and eventful life of almost sixty-two years. Mr. Biglow had been in failing health for several months and had been busily arranging his affairs , at Ashland, Wisconsin where he has his home and work since 1908, so as to take a long rest back in Ohio among the old friends and neighbors but it was not to be. He had put it off too long and collapsed utterly on Wednesday afternoon while making a friendly call after having been in Hicksville only a few hours. He only lived until Thursday night about nine of the clock. His siter, Mrs. Stella Blosser, of Hicksville and brother C. C. Biglow of Latta, were with him until the end. A daughter, Miss Marvel came from Chicago as soon as word was received but was too late to see her father in the flesh. Besides herself there are two sisters, Dea and Thelma, both married, Kemp, Craig and Abe L. junior, all married and Terry and Max single yet, of the immediate family. to miss this kind and indulgent father. Thre are also six grandchildren. The mother and one sone, Jute, having gone before to welcome him.

Mr. Biglow began teaching school at a very early age and was a success in every instance. In 1886 when the writer first became his pupil he had built up a school of nearly a hundred which so filled the upper room of the old brick school in Farmer, a table was placed at the front which was surrounded and the three infants of the school placed in the center aisle with globe boxes as desks. Our ages ranged from eleven to twenty-one (or older). and we studied everything under the sun to be studied at that time. Those three years of schooling under this man were to me the "beginning of wisdom" and foundation of facts. he taught us to reason things out for ourselves and express it to him in our own language, subject to expert criticism as to correctness. During one year we wrote a grammar, each one for himself, choosing our facts from all the "grammar books" then in print. Three more years of his kindly instruction would have done more for us than all that came after him. He left here in 1899 for Defiance, thence going to Delta and to Bryan about 1893 when he began work for the Williams County Telephone Company, attending to the building of the county lines.

In 1905 he was induced to take up teaching agian in Farmer where he secured a state charter for our then third grade high school. He remained to graduate three classes, when he was offered another telephone position, a state wide one, at Ashland, Wisconsin, when he left Bryan and has made his home in Wisconsin since.

Two years of this time he spent as assembly man at Madison. Our friend had been admitted to the bar as a lawyer in Ohio, years ago. He was wonderful in debates and excelled in oratory. There is a certificate on record at Columbus, showing 100% in every branch offered in state examination at that time from arithmetic to calculus and the same in every line.

A wonderful man has gone from earth, a great thinker, a kind and thoughtful father and brother, a friend to all. If no other evidence were given us of immortality of the real man, the death of one like the man who was always working toward a goal, always happy, always learning, never weary in the work of his life, would be enough to make us sure he shall go on to better things upon the spirit side of the veil teaching others and being taught just as he always did here. M. B. C.

Buried in Mount Hope Cemetary, Ashland Wisconsin.[Lisabeth Christiansen.FTW]

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