From Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin
, publ. 1901- page 802-803
GEORGE W. FENNEL, one of the early settlers of Bloomington, was born in Poultney, Vt., June 7, 1823, and died at his home in Grant county, Wis., March 9, 1887.
Mr. FENNEL became a resident of Grant county in 1855. His father, Almond FENNEL, died when his son was about eighteen years of age, and his only brother was drowned when but nine years old. The first and as it proved, the permanent settlement of Mr. FENNEL in Grant county, was on the place where his family still live, which is now a fine farm and improved in every way, a most delightful home.
On Sept. 16, 1856 Mr. FENNEL was married to Miss Linda M. CILLEY, a daughter of William W. and Roxana (CASTLE) CILLEY. William W. CILLEY was a native of Williamstown, Vt., where he was born on Sept. 1, 1801, was reared in his native State, and in 1829 was married to Miss Roxana CASTLE, who was born and reared in Essex, Vt. Her death took place in 1850.
George W. FENNEL soon displayed an industry and energy that changed his unimproved land into a fine farm, and is remembered among the esteemed citizens of his township. The family left to mourn his decease consisted of his widow and three children: Rollin C., who was born at the homestead on Feb. 26, 1858, and married Miss Lizzie POWERS, their one daughter being Bessie E.; Berg G., who was born on June 12, 1871, and married Miss Lela SAWYER; and Nellie M., who died on March 3, 1888, at the age of twenty-one. The eldest daughter, Laura E., died at the age of sixteen.
Mrs. FENNEL, with her two sons and their families, resides on the comfortable old homestead provided by the industry and perseverance of the husband and father, and are among the most highly esteemed citizens of Grant county.
This biography generously submitted by Carol Holmbeck