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ENOCH VAN WIE carriage-maker; born in New York in 1828; his father, Fredrick Van Wie, came West in 1844, locating in Salem, Kenosha Co., and engaged in farming; Mr. Enoch Van Wie engaged in carriage-making in Kenosha in 1845, but, in 1850, crossed the, plains to California; returning in 1873, to Kenosha, he engaged as general agent for wind-mill and pump manufactory. Married, in 1856, Miss E. J. Deual, a native of Vermont; Mr. Van Wie has two children-Mary and Clarence D.

G. A. VOLTZ, proprietor of the American House and livery stable; is the son of Philip William Voltz, a native of Landau, France, who came to America in 1832, and to Salem Township in 1839, and settled on Sec. 25 as a farmer; his son, G. A., was born there April 25, 1855; there were nine children in the family, six of whom are living-Emily, now Mrs. Anthony Wills; Charles W., now an attorney in Brooklyn, N. Y.; Gustave A.; Pauline C., now Mrs. John Wills, Jr., and Mary R.; the mother was a native of Germany, Catharine Doll, before her marriage, and is still living with her son in the hotel; the above graduated front Carpenter's College, Brooklyn, N. Y., in the fall of 1875; after his graduation, he returned to Kenosha, and became associated with his father in the hotel business; after his father's death, he assumed sole proprietorship. Mr. Voltz is Treasurer of the Temple of Honor, and a member of the Masonic fraternity.


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JOHN V. VOSBURG, farmer, Sec. 31; P.O. Richmond, Ill; born 1838, in Ontario Co., N.Y., came to Wisconsin in 1855, locating at Randall; worked for G. Vinton on his farm for six years. In 1861, purchased his present farm of 200 acres; owns 40 milch cows; manufactures cheese for the Milwaukee, Chicago and New York markets. Married, in 1860, Miss Caroline Gibbs, of Randall; had two children - Howard, born July, 1863; Frank, February, 1867; Chairman of Town and County Board for seven years; enlisted in Co. B, 48th W.V.I., and joined his regiment at Milwaukee. He organized the company, and held the commission of Captain; mustered out February, 1866, and returned to Randall. Republican.


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FERDINAND VANDERBECK, farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. Slade's Corners; was born in Germany in 1842; came to Wisconsin with his grandparents, in 1847. In 1861, he enlisted in the 1st W.V.I., Co. C, and engaged in all battles his company participated in; was in the battle of Chickamauga, a skirmish near Kenesaw Mountain, and others; was honorably discharged in October, 1864, at Milwaukee. Married, on June 11, 1865, Mrs. Lydia Palmer; she was born in the State of New York; they have three children living - Stewart, William and Ernest; they have lost one daughter - Idelia. Since his residence in Wheatland, Mr. V. has served as Assistant Supervisor for three terms, and Town Assessor one term, and District Clerk for eight years. He owns seventy acres of land, in good state of cultivation.

HENRY VOSS, farmer, Sec. 34; P.O. Wheatland; born in Wheatland, November 1851; son of Nicholas and Catherine Voss; his father was born in Westphalia, Prussia, in 1819; married his third wife, Miss Catharine Lefing, in Burlington, in 1850; they are both living; had one child - Henry, who is taking care of his parents. In 1877, Henry bought ninety-three acres of good land; shortly afterward sold off forty acres; has now fifty-three acres, on which he is living and working. Married, in February, 1878, Miss Ellen David, who was born in Wheatland. His parents, he and his wife, are members of Wheatland Catholic Church.

JOSEPH VOSS, farmer, Sec. 27; P.O. Burlington; born in Westphalia, Prussia, Nov. 5, 1836; he is the son of Nicholas and Mary Voss, natives of Westphalia; came to WIsconsin with his parents in 1846; they located and engaged at farming in Wheatland Township; Joseph lived with and assisted his parents in working the farm until 1850, when he left his home and went to Waterford Village where he worked till 1852; leaving there, he went to Missouri, where he spent the winters of 1853 and 1855; the summers of those years he spent in Wheatland Township; in 1856, he re-located in Wheatland Township; bought a farm, on which he is living and working successfully. Married, in Wheatland, Apri1 10, 1859, Miss Elizabeth Plate, who was born in New York City in 1842; they have eleven children, all living - Caroline, William, Angene, Bernard, Henry, Elizabeth, Frank, Josephine, Adolph, Emma and Christina. Mr. Voss has served as member of the School Board in District No.1 for a number of terms at different times; in the spring of 1879, he was elected Assistant Supervisor. He is the owner of 275 acres.

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