They once resided here
but are now scattered, but not forgotten.
The following is a list of Early settlers of Oconto and Oconto county who have sought homes in other portions of the united states.
Researched, formatted and contributed
by Cathe Ziereis
Taken from the Oconto County Reporter 1896
(Note: text found in the following article stating "the war" is referring to
the US Civil War 1861-1865)
R. V. Lee, father of Mayor Lee, nine years ago conducted a grocery business in the building now occupied by J. Anderson as a meat market. He now resides in Appleton.
W. L. Newton, father of Mrs. Andrew Jackson; engaged in general merchandise business in this city twenty years ago – his location the site where now stands the blacksmith shop nearly opposite the Roth House. He removed to Oshkosh.
Frank Wells, who left Oconto in 1890, runs a hotel at Marshfield, and besides performs the duties of a deputy sheriff. While here he was blacksmith for the Oconto Company.
E. B. and Clarence Hubert – father and son- when they lived in Oconto, worked at the Oconto Company’s box factory. Their headquarters are now St. Paul and are engaged in selling patent medicines.
C. T. Pendleton and son Ira, now of Everett, Washington, continues in the lumbering business – the same vocation followed here.
Finn Stewart, "knight of the yard stick" behind the counters of Edward Davis and Tom Millidge, once upon a time, is now a dairyman at Everett, Washington.
E. J. Peck left Oconto in ’61, and when the war had ended located at Fort Scott, Kansas, and has been several times treasurer of Bourbon County; now in the nursery business. He was a lumberman here. Uri B. Pearsoll, his brother-in-law, has the same history.
William Luby, many years a resident of here, and engaged in the wholesale liquor business, and speculating on the side, is now a capitalist in Hurley.
Albert and Lewis St. Louis went to California twenty years ago and bought a farm, but the latter afterward became a contractor and engaged in building docks. Lewis, while a resident of this county, owned an interest in the Oconto Company’s mill. Albert conducted the American House and was city marshal. Both brothers are now dead.
Edward Mosher, the first sheriff of Oconto County, kept hotel at Stiles on the identical spot where now stands the hotel conducted by Mrs. McIver. He afterward moved to Oconto and engaged in the wholesale liquor business in the building on the corner near the Lake Shore railroad track, south of the Roth House.
Robert McClellan used to run the old water mill across the river, and went to Bay de Noquet and took charge of the hotel and boarding house for the Oconto Company. He is now in Kenosha County.
Henry Wilk was head-sawyer for McClellan in the water mill, forty years ago. He went to Pennsylvania, where he died.
David Mott was also employed in the same mill, as sawyer. He now has charge of the Marinette boom.
Peter Pecor, who in by-gone years owned nearly all of Frenchtown, is now a prosperous farmer of Scholl Section.
Frederick Wells resides at Green Bay. While in Oconto he owned a harness shop, but is now employed as a journeyman harness-maker.
Ellis Jennings left here four years ago. He is now located in Neenah, buys and sells land and is interested in a paper mill. He was a lumberman in Oconto and associated with James Sargent and N. S. Gilkey.
Phin Dorr is a Christian Science healer and farmer at Gardner, Me.
Frank Bruns is at Silver Lake, Manitowoc County. He was a saloon-keeper in Oconto and now proprietor of a hotel and summer resort.
William Alexander is a Duluth-Superior real estate dealer. Five years ago he engaged in the logging business with Simon Murphy, with headquarters in this city, and was bookkeeper for Jennings, Sargent & Gilkey.
William Brunquest has been engaged in the grocery business in Menominee for the past twenty years. He was one of Oconto’s earliest settlers and engaged in lumbering with Paul McDonald. He built the residence now owned by Gov. elect Scofield.
E. K. Ansorge sixteen years ago did an insurance business here, and has followed the same avocation since becoming a resident of Green Bay.
James Mathews formerly conducted the Pierce House. He is now located at Madison, Neb., having retired from business.
James Humes, once tallyman for the Holt Lumber Company, has a lumber yard in Nebraska.
Dr. S. A. Coleman is practicing his profession in Cleveland, Ohio.
James Fitzsenry is a Mount Carroll, Iowa farmer and stock-raiser. He rafted lumber for Anson Eldred and worked for Holts up to the ‘70’s.
Jonas Vanderhyder, formerly barn boss for the Holt Lumber Company, went to DePere fifteen years ago. He is now dead.
Albert Whittaker worked for Cook & Pamperin in the planning mill before removing to Marinette. He is now in the woods for the Scofield-Arnold Lumber Company.
Joseph Labby was a farmer in Oregon since he left here in the early ‘70’s. He also, has passed away.
Florentine Hannon travels from place to place and sells medicines. Residence, DePere.
Sebastian Fortier runs a meat market in Marinette.
Edward Fitzgerald is a farmer near Ashland. Eighteen years ago he rafted logs and worked for Oconto lumbermen.
A. K. Brown was a clerk in the Oconto Company’s store fifteen years ago. He returned to Vermont, studied law and became prominent in his profession, practiced at Richford, was appointed colonel on the Governor’s staff, and about one month ago died of heart disease.
Thomas Allen conducts a hostelry at Wausaukee and owns a farm in the immediate vicinity. He was formerly bartender at the Washington House and left there fourteen years ago.
John Kinney, years ago, followed the same pursuit at the Beyer House, and is now in the saloon business for himself at Hurley.
William Haggerson is a justice of the peace in Hurley. Ten years ago he conducted a restaurant in the "flat-iron" block, this city.
L. Torbey, erstwhile wholesale and retail liquor dealer on the southeast corner of Main and Section streets, now conducts a sample room and restaurant in Milwaukee.
Joseph Laev is putting in logs from his own timber of Three Lakes, yet he makes his home in Milwaukee. When a resident of this city he kept a general merchandise store, and a year or two before his departure to Milwaukee he was interested in a saw mill located at Hart’s switch.
John Hansen was an employee in the Oconto Company’s grist mill sixteen years ago, and now runs a hotel in Florence.
Benjamin High is a Norway (Mich.) druggist. He formerly worked as a filer in lumber mills in Oconto.
C. B. and H. W. Hart, proprietors of the Hart Steamboat Line, headquarters Green Bay, are running four large boats on Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Mr. And Mrs. Edwin Hart, their parents, reside with their sister, Mrs. B. J. Brown, in Menominee.
George W. Delano is proprietor of a nursery near San Diego, Cal.
Heller is in the wholesale liquor business at Elizabethport, N.
George Hart is a contractor and builder at Pacific Grove, Cal. He was a paper hanger in Oconto. That was in the ‘70’s.
Rev. George A. Little, pastor of the Presbyterian church twenty years ago, is now in charge of a church at Mount Sterling, Ill.
Rev. J. H. Kerr, at the head of an educational institution at Oakland, Cal., officiated as pastor of the Oconto Presbyterian Church nine years ago.
Luke Balcom, foreman for Holt & Balcom "once upon a time" is interested in lumbering in Florida and a member of a stock company.
Capt. P. H. Swift was connected with the Reporter up to 1885. He was long conducted a paper at Rice Lake and is now corresponding clerk in the state treasurer’s office at Madison.
Hunter Orr, now a resident of Pennsylvania, was once a mill-owner in Oconto. He is now over 80 years of age, resides with a daughter and has retired from business. Wilbur, his son, is travelling salesman for a wholesale house in Akron, Ohio.
Hugh McDonald is a Green Bay saw-mill owner. While a resident of Oconto he had charge of the McDonald-Billings Company’s lumbering interests. In ’83 he left for Fort Howard where he engaged in business for himself, continuing to the present day.
A. C. Conn was a mill-owner at Little Suamico in the ‘70’s, now a resident of Chattanooga, Tenn.
George St. Orr left Oconto for California during the war and is engaged in shipping square timbers into San Francisco.
James Simpson was once a log-jobber on the Oconto River. He went to California and died there five years ago.
J. H. Comstock and Thomas Simpson owned a sawmill five miles up-river from Oconto, in the earlier days. Mr. Comstock is now manager of the Diamond Match Company at Ontonagon and Mr. Simpson went to California in hope of regaining his health and died there.
B. J. Brown is practicing law in Menominee. He left Oconto in the ‘60’s.
Senator Allen of Nebraska was once associated with W. H. Webster in practice of law.
Col. Balcom, whose early business associations were well known here, went to Chicago in the ‘60’s. He has been dead for some years.
George C. Ginty founded Oconto’s first paper – The Pioneer. He afterward engaged in the same business at Eau Claire and Green Bay, and died in the latter city.
Victor Schonfield carried on a clothing business where the Chase block now stands, the building burning to the ground. He drifted to St. Paul, met with pecuniary reverses, thence to Milwaukee, where about a year ago committed suicide.
Lyman Pierce once owned a large planing mill on the south side of the river and kept a general store. He went to Ontonagon and became one of the superintendents for the Diamond Match Company.
Napoleon Richard built and conducted the Richard House, then located opposite Edward Davis’ place of business. He left Oconto in the ‘70’s for LeMars, Iowa.
Joseph Cox, who owned a drug store in the "flat iron’ block, is in Canada.
Charles Porter is in partnership with W. H. Orendorff in a lumbering mill in Mississippi.
Higginbotham, of world’s-fair fame, once conducted a bank in Oconto.
He went to Chicago and became a partner of Feld, Leiter & Co.