Kenosha County Biographical Sketches
CITY OF KENOSHA
EDWARD BAIN, a native of Kinderhook, Columbia Co., N. Y. was born on the 9th day of March, 1823, and is the son of Bastian and Moyea Burgher Bain; his father was of Scotch and his mother of German ancestry; he received a good common-school education, and, in 1839, went to Albany and apprenticed himself to learn the hardware business; when he became of age, he removed to the West and settled at what was then known as Southport (now Kenosha); he established himself at once in the hardware business, which he continued, with uninterrupted success, for twenty years. In 1852, his brother, Lewis Bain, became associatd with him; meantime, he had begun the manufacture of farm wagons, which enterprise proved so prosperous, that, in 1864, he sold out his hardware business to his brother. His business has assumed large propartions. as may be inferred from the fact that he employs over two hundred men. He married, on the 20th of September, 1847, Harriet M. Brockett, of Waterford, Saratoga Co., N. Y.; they have three children-Charles, Francis and Carrie. Mr. and Mrs. Bain are members of the Congregational Church.
MYRON A. BAKER, attorney; born in Owasco, Cayuga Co., N. Y., Aug. 26, 1839; came with his parents to this county in 1840; his father located in Paris Township, Section 13, and died there in 1856. Myron commenced reading law in 1859, with E. W. Evans, and was admitted to the bar in 1861. He enlisted in Co. G, 1st Wis. V. I., and was probably the third man who enlisted in the State; he served three months, and, returning, entered upon the practice of his profession in the spring of 1862. Mr. Baker and his partner, Mr. Warvelle, are City Attorneys, and Mr. Baker is now serving his third term as District Attorney; he has been Justice of the Peace and was Court Commissioner for eight or ten years.
SAMUEL N. BARBER, insurance agent; is a native of Franklin Co., Vt., and came to Kenosha Co. in 1850 he had previously lived in Newport, Lake Co., Ill., one year, and from there removed to Salem, Wis., where he engaged in farming for two years. Mr. Barber was City Assessor about 1872, and has been engaged in his present employment two or three years.
DANIEL B. BENEDICT Register of Deeds; is a son of John Benedict, who came to Southport in 1842, and, in connection with John W. McKoy, opened the City Hotel, which had just been completed. In 1855, Daniel came to Kenosha and commenced the clothing business. He has held various places of trust, having been Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue for three years, Deputy Recorder, and acting City Clerk for three terms; he was elected to his present position in the autumn of 1870.
PAUL BLAUERT, mechanic; was born in Landsburg, Germany,; came to Wisconsin in May, 1867, and located in New Castle, Fond du Lac Co.; came to Kenosha in November, 1870; now engaged in wagon manufactory. Is Foreman of Engine Company No. 3 of Kenosha. Wife's maiden name, Anna Mary Amelia Stein; born in Germany - have five children living and three dead.
CHARLES H. BLOOD, carpenter; born in Salina, N. Y., in 1841; his father settled in Kenosha, in 1856, and engaged in farming. Charles learned the trade of carpenter and joiner. Enlisted in April, 1861, in the 1st W. V. I., for the three months' service, participating with the regiment in some skirmishes; returning to Kenosha, he resumed his former occupation of carpenter and builder; was member of Kenosha Rifles; member of the fire company; is also member of and Past Master of Kenosha Lodge, F. and A. M.; held office of City Assessor. Married, in 1871, Miss Josephine Herrick; native of Wisconsin - have three children living.
JOSIAH BOND, was born in Walpole, Cheshire Co., N. H., March 9, I819. He graduated from Trinity College in 1840, and went to Mobile, Ala., where he read law, remaining two years. He came to Kenosha in 1842, and began the practice of his profession, which he continued until 1853, when he engaged in the railroad business. He was Secretary of the Kenosha & Beloit R. R. from 1853 to 1856. He was then President and attorney for the road for four years. Then went to New York and practiced law for two years. He was elected County Judge of Racine Co., in 1849, having previously filled the place by appointment for three years. He was re-elected in September, 1875. Married Emily E. Strong Aug. 6, 1844. She was born in Windsor, Conn. They have six children - Francis S., now a broker of Philadelphia; Sarah E., now Mrs. F. H. Lyman, of Kenosha; Emily E., Charlotte W., Josiah, Jr. and Isabella T. Mr. and Mrs. Bond are members of the Episcopal Church.
ALBERT BORKENHAGEN, fisherman; born in Germany; came to America in 1846, and located in Milwaukee in 1860; engaged in sailing until 1867, has since been engaged in fishing. Is member of the Lutheran Church. Married, in 1865. in Kenosha. Miss Catherine Huck, a native of Buffalo, N. Y.; have had seven children, four still living -Albert, Mary, Theresa and Katie.
PATRICK BRENNAN, carpenter; born in County Kilkenny, Ireland. 1819; came to Wisconsin in 1840, located at Kenosha, where he worked at the carpenter's trade for Nelson Lay; afterward built two houses. Married, in I846, Miss Julia O'Connor, a native of County Kerry, Ireland. They have had four children., two boys and two girls. Members of the Catholic Church. Mr. Brennan is a Democrat.
GEORGE G. BUDDEN, carpenter; born in County Dorset, England in 1835; came to America in 1865; located in Kenosha in I874, and engaged at his trade of carpenter and joiner, which he still follows. Married, in I863. Miss Thirza Hurst, native of England; have one child - Anne E. Members of the Congregational Church. He is a member of the F. & A. M. society.
GOODWIN BURRITT, retired farmer; born in Paris, N. Y., in 1809; came West and located in Kenosha Co. in 1840, and went to farming; followed that up to the present time. Held the office of Road Commissioner in 1842, in what was then known as the Town of Bristol, then under Territorial government. Married in 1866, Miss N. A. Townsend, a native of Herkimer Co., N. Y.
STEPHEN BURROUGHS, Superintendent of Buildings and Bridges, N. W. R.R.; born in Ohio in 1829 came to Wisconsin in 1847 ; located at Kenosha, where he was engaged in building bridges; in 1865, was appointed foreman carpenter for the N. W., R. R., continuing till 1877, when he received the position of Superintendent of Buildings and Bridges. Married, in 1853, Miss, Susan Newberry, a native of Michigan; they have had five boys, two still living. Republican.
WILLIAM BURT, carriage trimmer; born in Greenwich, England, in 1835; his father, William Burt, Sr., came with his family to America in 1849; stopped in Pennsylvania until 1850, when they came to Wisconsin, locating in Racine, where William Burt, Jr., in 1851, began the business of carriage painter; followed it until 1854; then came to Kenosha, and since has engaged in wagon painting. He married in Waukesha, Wis., in 1865, Miss Mary Devlin, a native of Franklin Co., N. Y. Mr. Burt enlisted in August, 1862, in the 22d W. V. I.; served with the regiment until the close of the war, and participated in all engagements in which the regiment took part; mustered out June 28, 1865. Is a member of the Temple of Honor.
TOWN OF PLEASANT PRAIRIE
FREDERICK J. BRANDE, farmer, Sec.5; P.O. Kenosha; born in England in 1826, came to America in 1832, amd in 1844, to Kenosha Co., locating on the farm he now occupies; followed farming since. He married, on Jun 13, 1852, Lovinia Johnson, a native of New York State, and daughter of Mr. Johnson, one of the founders of the State Agricultural Society; also of the Kenosha Co. Agricultural Society, of which Mr. Brande has been Secretary for a number of years. Mr. Brande was Justice of the Peace in 1869 and 1870, also Superintendent of School Board in 1854. He is a member of the Baptist Church , and has three children - Henry J., Frederick W., and Charles E. He is the owner of 113 acres of land.
ROBERT BUTCHER, general trader, Sec. 7; P.O. Kenosha; born July 22, 1826, in Norfolk, England, where he was a merchant and farmer; came to America in 1864; remained one year in Chicago, then settled in Pleasant Prairie; he farms 100 acres of land, but makes a specialty of market gardening, devoting about ten acres to that purpose; he does the largest poultry business in the State of Wisconsin, and has just erected a refrigerator to hold 4,000 turkeys, etc., which in that will keep good all the year round; he has also lately built a hot-house and grapery to grow early vegetables for the Chicago market. Mr. B. was entirely burnt out in 1875, losing house, barns and everything. Married Miss Susan E. Denny, of Norfolk, England, Feb 16, 1854, and had eleven children - Caroline E., born Sept 16, 1855; Katherine S., March 22, 1857; Herbert E., Oct 16, 1859; Alice M., Dec 18, 1861; Lucy, April 2, 1863; Ellen M., Aug. 22, 1865; John B., March 25, 1868; Annie, March 17, 1871; Harriet M., April 6, 1874. (**note: only 9 children listed in this biography) Mr. B. is a member of Lodge No. 100, Norfolk, England, Masons. He and his family are members of the Methodist Church.
TOWN OF SOMERS
SAMUEL BARNES, farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. Kenosha; born in England in 1826; came to America in July 1848, remaining there until 1857, when he located in Somers, Kenosha Co., on the farm he now occupies. He is Clerk of Somers District, and has held office of Town Treasurer. He married, in 1850, Miss Catherine Hale, a native of Southampton, England; Mrs. Barnes has had six children, five still living; one was accidently shot; the remaining five are Visscher, Phillip R., William J., Carrie J., and Edward M. Mr. Barnes owns 100 acres of land.
EDWARD BIRCH, farmer, Sec. 19; P.O. Kenosha; born in England in 1822; came to America in 1844; stopped in Canada West; in 1867, came to Kenosha, locating on a farm, and has followed farming up to the present time. He is a member of the M.E. Church; has held the office of Road Commissioner for or five years. He married in Canada, in 1855, Miss Jane Thompson, a native of England; they have had eleven children, ten of whom are still living. He is the owner of 162 and 1/2 acres of land.
ISAAC T. BISHOP, farmer, Sec. 16; P.O. Somers; born in Somers, Kenosha Co., in 1845; his father, Jacob Bishop, was one of the early settlers; came to Wisconsin in 1839, and brought this family to Kenosha Co. in 1842, locating on the farm where he now lives. Isaac T. Bishop, at the age of 16, engaged as a clerk in the dry goods store of Seth Doom, at Kenosha. Sept. 9, 1862, he enlisted in Taylor's Battery, at Chicago, Ill.; he was transferred to the 55th Ill. V.I., and detached from that to the Ordnance Department, Military Division of the Mississippi, serving in the capacity of Ordnance officer until the close of the war; participated in the battles of Champion Hills, Miss., Raymond, Black River, and others; also the siege of Vicksburg; returning to Kenosha Co., he was, in 1867, elected Justice of the Peace of Somers, holding that position at present. He married, in 1866, Miss Lydia Clemens, a native of Wisconsin; he has three sons. He owns 160 acres of land.
JOHN BRAID, farmer, Sec. 6; P.O. Kenosha; born in Scotland in 1821; came to America in 1850, and located in Mount Pleasant, Racine Co., Wis.; he remained until 1855, when he removed to Kenosha Co., purchasing a farm, then very heavily timbered, which he cleared, having at present seventy-five acres under cultivation. He was Assessor for the town of Somers in 1869. March 18, 1854, he married Miss Jane Whitley, a native of Scotland; they have had ten children, nine still living - Thomas, John, Andrew, Katie, Nellie, James, George, William and Margaret.
PHILANDER T. BRIGGS, farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. Kenosha; born in Vermont in 1814; came to Wisconsin in 1850; in 1851, he built in Kenosha Co., moving his family, in 1852, into the house he had built the previous year; he engaged in farming, which he followed until he enlisted in the 4th W.V.I., Jul 2, 1861, which regiment was afterward transferred to 4th Wis. Cav.; he served three years and one month, participating in nearly all the battles in which the regiment was engaged, and was mustered out of service in August, 1864. He married, in Erie Co., N.Y., Feb. 22, 1838, Miss Emeline Harris, a native of Massachusetts; Mr. Briggs has five children - Lyden W., Ione M., Edward, James P. and Emma R. Lyden W. enlisted in 7th Wis. Battery, and served three years; James P. enlisted in 1st W.V.I.; was wounded in battle of Perryville, KY., for which he was discharged, but afterward re-enlisted in the same regiment which was transferred to the 21st, serving in the latter regiment to the end of the war. Mr. Briggs is owner of 116 and 1/2 acres of land, which he and his son Edward now cultivate.
JOHN G. BUDDLE, farmer, Sec. 23; P.O. Kenosha; born in England in 1822; in 1826, his family came to America and located in New York; in 1853, he came to Kenosha Co. He held the offices of Deputy six years, that of City Marshal three years. In 1876, engaged in farming and stock-raising; following that to the present time. He married in New York, in 1848, Miss Lavina Laine, a native of New York. He is a member of the Grand Lodge, F.&A.M., is a member of the I.O.O.F., also of the Encampment; was a member of the 39th W.V.I., and is a member of the Episcopal Church. Owns house and lot in Kenosha. Has five children - Minnie, George, Marshall N., Frank and Susie.
CHARLES A. BULLAMORE, farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Kenosha; born in Kenosha Co. in 1849, his father having located in Kenosha Co., town of Somers, in 1844, and engaged in farming; Charles A. who now occupies the adjoining farm to his brother Oren, married in Bristol, Kenosha Co., in 1870, Miss Sarah Scott, a native of Bristol, Kenosha Co., Wis.; they have one child, named Ora. He is the owner of 309 acres.
OREN BULLAMORE, farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Kenosha; born in Wisconsin in 1844; his father and family came to the Stat that year; his father purchased the farm now conducted by the sons, Charles A. and Oren. Mr. Oren Bullamore married, in the town of Bristol, in 1873, Miss Annie Gray, a native of Wisconsin. Mr. Bullamore has two children, Ethie, born Nov. 13, 1874, and Royal, March 23, 1876. He is the owner of 248 acres.
WILLIAM E. BURGESS, farmer, Sec. 8; P.O. Somers; born in Oswego Co., N.Y., in 1830; his father, Benagh Burgess, who was a native of Vermont, came to what is now Kenosha Co. in 1836, and engaged in business in a saw-mill loacted on Pike River, in what is now the town of Somers, in which business he engaged until his death, in the spring of 1838. At an early age, William entered the milling business, which he followed up to 1850, when he went into farming, in which he is at present occupied. Mr. William Burgess has been Assessor of the town of Somers for the past two years, and has held the office of Town Treasurer. He married, in the town of Somers, in 1850, Miss Jane Leet, a native of the State of New York, and a daughter of one of Kenosha's Co.'s earliest settlers (Mr. Charles Leet, who died in Somers Feb. 11, 1874). Mr. William Burgess has ten children living - Mary A., born Aug. 5, 1851; Martha E., Oct. 30, 1852; Virginia L., Mar. 11, 1855; Charles L., March 15, 1857; Cyrus E., Aug. 23, 1859; George F., Jan. 23, 1861; William E., Oct. 29, 1865; Hattie J., March 9, 1868; Burdett H., Nov. 9, 1870; Robert C., May 9, 1873; and Della, April 25, 1863 (died June 27, 1863). Mr. Burgess' mother, Amanda Burgess, formerly Miss Foster, is still living; she was born in the State of New York in 1799; her father, Mr. Alfred Foster, was one of Kenosha's first settlers, having been one of the exploring party who came to Wisconsin in 1835; he built the first saw-mill in what is now Kenosha Co. Mr Burgess is owner of 247 acres of land.
MOSES C. BUSWELL, farmer, Sec. 21; P.O. Somers; born in New Hampshire in 1823; his family came to Wisconsin in 1843, locating in Paris, Kenosha Co., his father engaging in farming. Mr. Moses Buswell engaged first in teaching school and farming; he has held the office of School Inspector for some years. He is a member of the Baptist Church, having bilt the Baptist Church of Somers, and assisting in organizing it. He married in September, 1843, in New York, Miss Lucy J. Gardner, a native of Hornby, N.Y.; Mr. Buswell has had eleven children, nine still living - Ezra M., John H., Lavina M., Charles H., Mary S., William H., Otto F., Moses C. and Jennie O. (who died), Alpha M. and Genevieve. He is owner of 157 acres.
TOWN OF BRISTOL
HIRAM BACON, deceased; born May 24, 1822, in Salem, N.Y.; went to Enfield, N.H., when quite young, and was a tanner there; then went to Hartford, Vt., about 1844, and bought a farm, which he sold and came to Wisconsin in 1855, and bought a farm in Bristol Township; sold it, and bought another of 220 acres. Married Miss Harriett Coburn, of Hartland, Vt., Sept. 19, 1854; they had two children - William, born Aug. 1, 1855; Mary, July 10, 1857. Mr. Bacon died May 13, 1872, and the farm now belongs to his widow and children.
WILLIAM C. BACON, farmer, Secs. 5 and 6; P.O. Bristol; son of the above; was born Aug. 1, 1855, in Bristol Township, and has worked on the farm all his life; he now owns a part of it, and rents portions belonging to his mother and sister, in all 220 acres, and on it he raises all kinds of stock and grain; he makes a specialty of breeding sheep and hogs. Married Miss Maggie Sheen, of Paris Township, May 20, 1879. He is a member of the Sons of Temperance.
JAMES W. BRYANT, farmer, Secs. 7 and 18; P.O. Bristol; born Aug. 21, 1825, in Otsego Co., N.Y.; moved to Columbia Co., N.Y., with his parents when quite young and worked on a farm there till about 20 years of age, when he learned the business of carpenter and joiner, and worked at it in various parts of Eastern New York. In the spring of 1855, he visited Wisconsin, bought 107 acres of land in Bristol Township, and returned to New York; in September, 1855, he came to Wisconsin to reside, and worked at his trade in Lake and Kenosha Cos. In the winter of 1859, he re-visited New York; returned to Kenosha in March, 1860, and that spring went on a pleasure trip to Pike's Peak, Colo.; in October, 1860, returned, and went to work on his farm, at the same time buying and shipping grain, for which he had a warehouse at the Bristol depot, to Chicago and Milwaukee. In the spring of 1862, he bought 115 acres more land. About 1870, sold the warehouse and business connected with it, and began shipping live stock to the same markets, and still does so. On his farm, he raises, principally, corn, oats, hay and stock. Married Miss Lenora Shumway, of Bristol, March 16, 1868, and has one child - Etta M., born September 19, 1871. He is a member of Washburn Lodge, No. 145, Masons.
MARSHFIELD D. BURT, farmer, Sec. 26; P.O. Woodworth; born Oct. 9, 1817, in Wilbraham, Mass., and worked on a farm and in a saw mill till about 1846, when he visited Wisconsin; then returned East, and went to Springfield, Mass., where he worked in a planing mill and in a car-shop. In the fall of 1852, he went to Chicago; again visited Wisconsin, and bought a farm of 120 acres, in Bristol Township; went back to Chicago and worked for Stone & Boomer, bridge-builders; whilst with them, he received a severe wound under the eye, and, during the same year, had a rib broken by sticks flying from the circular saw. In the spring of 1855, he returned to Bristol, and worked on his farm, upon which he settled in the fall of 1857; he built his homestead and barns in the summer of 1860; at the time of his arrival, it was all wild land, and he has thoroughly cleared and cultivated it; he has since sold seventy-three acres, and retains the balance, upon which he raises the usual farm produce. Married Miss Welthie A. Davis, of Massachusetts, May 19, 1840. He was manager of the Poor Farm at Wilbraham, Mass., in 1845; was Side Supervisor of Bristol Township several years; Treasurer of School District at different periods, and serves as Pathmaster. Mr. and Mrs. B. are members of the Methodist Church.
TOWN OF PARIS
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TOWN OF BRIGHTON
THOMAS FRANCIS BABE, P.O. Brighton; son of Thomas Babe, who was born in County Louth, Ireland, in 1804, and came to Brighton in 1845. He married Mary Tarley in Ireland, and had four children - Thomas, Phillip, Mary and Catherine. He died in Brighton Oct. 23, 1875, aged 70 years. Thomas was born in Brighton March 23, 1846; educated here. He now owns 80 acres in Brighton, with barns and residence built by his father. Phillip, the other son, also owns 80 acres in Brighton; they live with their mother and two sisters.
SAMUEL BOHANAN, farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. Bristol; was born in Paris Township, Kenosha Co., June 5, 1848. His father was born in Troy, N.Y., in 1828; came to Wisconsin in 1844, and located in Paris Township, where he engaged at farming; remained at that occupation during his life, excepting a few years when he kept a hotel. Samuel, at an early age succeeded his father on the farm, which occupation he is still engaged in. He married, in Yorkville Township, Nov. 1, 1870, Miss Emma Banons, a native of Yorkville Township; she was born in 1853. They have five children - Hiram, born June 3, 1872; Etta, born Feb. 3, 1874; William, born March 14, 1875; Myrta, born Sept. 26, 1876; Andrew, born March 15, 1878. Mr. Samuel Bohanan enlisted on Oct. 4, 1862, in Co. D, 1st Wis. Art.; served until September, 1865, at which time he was mustered out, and returned to his home. He owns 80 acres of productive land, comfortable house and a pleasant home.
TOWN OF RANDALL
WILLIAM B. BROWER, farmer, Sec. 13; P.O. Bassett's Station; born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct. 6, 1803; lived in Brooklyn till 17 years old, then removed to New York City, then settled in this county, on the land he now occupies, in 1837. Married Paulina Broadway, a native of Vermont, and daughter of Mr. Fraser Broadway, of New York City, March 20, 1825. She was born June 30, 1805; have seven children, three boys and four girls - Elizabeth, born May 12, 1828; John H., May 8, 1832; William B., May 20, 1834' Hannah B., May 5, 1839; Anna, May 1, 1843; Adolphus, Aug. 13, 1845; Emeline, Aug. 27, 1849; William Henry, April 29, 1826, died April 8, 1827. Owns 160 acres of land. Held the offices of Highway Commissioner, Supervisor and Township Clerk for the township of Wheatland, for sixteen years; Clerk for Randall one year. Was appointed first Justice of the Peace by the Governor, on Wisconsin first becoming a State. Votes Democratic.
TOWN OF SALEM
ALEXANDER BAILEY, Postmaster and agent N.W.R.R., Salem; born Jefferson Co., N.Y., in 1824; came to Wisconsin in 1843, and located on Sec. 33, Brighton; removed to Salem in 1859, and purchased seventy-three acres in in Section 10; afterward added eighty-six acres in Secs. 10 and 11, his present residence. Married, in 1843, Miss Betsey M. Haws, of Jefferson Co., N.Y.; had seven children - Ellen Jane, born Feb. 13, 1844; Francis A., Aug. 9, 1845; Eugene M., Feb. 26, 1848; George G., Sept 26, 1849; Lemount, Jan 26, 1855, died at age of 5 weeks; Lillie M., born Jan. 26, 1855; Rosa M., Feb. 22, 1859. In 1850, was elected Assessor; School Superintendent in 1859; appointed agent of the K.&R.R.R.; in 1860, appointed Postmaster, which office he now holds; in 1861 and 1867, Town Treasurer; in 1870, elected Legislator.
ELI BLOSS, Sec. 35; P.O. Antioch, Ill.; born in Columbia Co., N.Y., in 1826; lived there twenty-four years; moved to Connecticut; lived there six years, and afterward came West and located at the town of Bristol; lived there four years, and finally settled on a farm in Salem Township, where he now resides. Mr. Bloss is the owner of 270 acres of well-improved land, the fruit of long years of attention, labor and close application to business, he having commenced on comparatively nothing. The products of the farm are grain and live stock. Much attention is paid to sheep and the growth of good wool. Mr. Bloss married, in 1846, Miss Charity Bryant, of Columbia Co., N.Y.; has had three children, one still living - Ward S. His mother, Mrs. Polly Bloss, is still living in Columbia Co., N.Y.; is now 73 years old.
LEMUEL BOOTH, farmer and Dairyman, Sec. 34; P.O. Salem; born in Paris, Oneida Co., N.Y., in 1806, and is now 73 years old; lived in his native State thirty-four years, engaged in farming until 20 years of age, then followed mechanical pursuits for eight years; moved west in 1840, and located in Salem Township, Racine Co., where he still resides. Mr. Booth is the owner of 240 acres of land, valued at $40 an acre, well improved and in fine condition; the principal product is that of the dairy; there are now on the farm eighty milch cows, the yield from which is quite large, and the facilities for the manufacture of first-class butter are rarely equaled in the State. Mr. Booth married in Paris, N.Y., in 1831, Miss Mary Ann Addington, also a native of Paris; has had five children, two still living - George H., and Andrew J. Mr. Booth and wife are members of the Congregational Church of Salem; it is quite interesting to listen to their story of early life in Wisconsin when the country was full of deer and wild game, and a few "red skins" still lingered in the forest. Mr. Booth's father, Josiah Booth, was lost on the steamer Erie, which burned on Lake Erie in August, 1841, on the way from Buffalo to Chicago; about 300 passengers were either burned or drowned, with the exception of about thirty; the only lady who was saved was thrown overboard by her husband.
MRS. C.G. BROWN, Sec. 30; P.O. Wilmot; born in Nashua, N.H., in 1824; came to Lake Co., Ill., where she resided one year, and there married Mr. H.E. Brown in December, 1842; moved to Salem, Wis., in 1843, and lived on a farm near Liberty for thrity-five years, and then removed to Wilmot. Mr. Brown was killed on the railroad at Salem Station in 1867. Mrs. Brown's maiden name was C.G. Ford. Has six children, all daughters (four married and two single) - Julia D., Sarah S., C.G., Hattie D., Kate A. and Beatrice H.
NATHAN M. BURGESS, farmer, Secs. 2 and 3; P.O. Salem Station; born in New York State in 1833; came to Wisconsin at the age of 4 years, locating with his father on a farm of 245 and one half acres, his present homestead, which he inherited on the death of his father, June, 1876. He married, in 1857, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Hunton; had three children - Helen A., born 1858, died at the age of 17 months and 15 days; Clara A., born April 1, 1860; Mary Bell, born May 9, 1864. Supervisor for a number of terms; three years Assessor; Republican.
THOMAS BURKE, farmer, Sec. 20; P.O. Wilmot; born in Limerick Co., Ireland, in 1814; came to America in 1840, landing at Quebec, Canada; remained three or four weeks; moved to Vermont, then to Chicago; he remained in that city seventeen years, then went to St. Louis, where he remained seven years. Married, in 1857, Miss Mary O'Connor; have six children, three boys, three girls - John, born 1858; James, born 1859; Margaret, born 1862; Mary, born 1864; Katie, born 1866; Thomas, born 1870. Owns eighty acres under cultivation. Roman Catholic; Democrat.
TOWN OF WHEATLAND
FRED. BORCK, farmer, Sec. 8; P.O. Slade's Corner; was born in Germany in 1855; came to Wisconsin, with his parents, in 1857. Is engaged in farming on his father's farm of 210 acres, on Sec. 8. Mr. Borck is a member of the Methodist Church.
FREDERICK BROWN, farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. Slade's Corner; was born in Germany in 1846; he came to Wisconsin in 1870. Married in 1876. His wife is a native of Germany. They have one son - Alexander. Mr. and Mrs. Brown are members of the Lutheran Church. He is tending Mr. Hess' farm of ninety acres in Sec. 32.
LEWIN BUSHMAN, farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. Slade's Corner; was born in Wisconsin in 1854; son of Benjamin
Bushman, who was among the earliest settlers of the town, and died in 1878. Mr. B. is engaged in
agricultural pursuits on his mother's farm of 230 acres.