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FAMILIES and BIOGRAPHIES
and contributed by descendant: Mike
son of Jinks Hale,
born in Trenton, Oneida County, New York, April 21, 1811,
died probably Oconto County, Wisconsin on August 25, 1892
Levi Fredrick Hale,
son of Leonard and grandson of Jinks Hale,
born Thresa, Jeffereson County, New York, April 19 1853, died
Crivitz, Wisconsin, November 7, 1938
Adelia Jaquith Hubbard Hobbs,
September 2, 1839 in New York,
Hinkley, Illinois, August 1, 1891.
of Bejamin and Almirea (Scofield) Jaquith.
with her second husb and, George Hobbs of Hinkley, Illinois
Adelia Jaquith Hubbard Hobbs,
September 2, 1839 in New York,
Hinkley, Illinois, August 1, 1891.
of Bejamin and Almirea (Scofield) Jaquith.
Rose Altha Hale Wagner,
born May 5, 1848, McComb, St. Lawrence County, New York,
died December 4, 1891 in Hinkley, Illinois
Daughter of J.S. and Sophie Hale
HALE, born probably
Massachusetts (as per 1850 census, Morristown, Saint Lawrence Co. N.Y.)
[hereafter, "Morristown"] Aug. 10, 1790, died Oconto Co. Wis. Aug. 11,
1855 (g.s. "ae. 65 yrs. 1 day") married probably Herkimer or Oneida Co.
N.Y. ca. 1810, Catherine Ames, she born probably Townshend,
Mar. 13, 1793, died Oconto Co. Wis. July 12, 1858 (g.s. "ae. 65 yrs. 3
mo's. 29 days") almost certainly the daughter of John and Thankful
(Franklin) Ames of Townshend, Vt. and Trenton, Oneida Co. N.Y.. Jinks
and Catherine are buried at the "Fire Cemetary" in Peshtigo, Wis.
first known record of Jinks
Hale is from
Trenton, Oneida Co. N.Y. where their son Leonard was born in 1811 (Fam.
Bib. Rec.). Jinks Hale also is listed as a land owner in that town in
1814 (Annals and Recollections of Oneida Co., Pomeroy Jones,
1851). They are in Antwerp, Jefferson Co. N.Y. for the census of 1820
and 1830; not found in any census in 1840; and in Morristown
the census of 1850, #311, as:
Hale, 64, farmer, Real estate
$1422, b. Mass
56, b. Vt.
25, b. N.Y.
14, b. N.Y.
5, b. N.Y.
Jonathan S. and Sophia Hale
Mr. Jonathan Hale
was the first chairman of the Oconto County Board of Supervisors when
the county was established in 1851
after 1850 Jinks and
Catherine Hale moved from Morristown to Oconto Co. Wis. where sons Levi
had already settled. One of
the possessions they brought was a dropleaf table now (2010) owned by
descendant Florence Churchill of Amberg, Wis. with a paper
attached to a drawer saying, "This
table was handmade in 1812 for Catherine
Ames, a bride, mother of
"The raising of sheep
was encouraged in
every way.... and yarn was made by a good many. Mrs. Judkins, Mrs.
Grandmother Hale had large wheels which came from the east, and they
spun for their neighbors." (A
Story of Pittsfield and Suamico,
Mrs. Lizzie R. Johnstone, ).
Hale and Catherine Ames,
b. Apr. 21, 1811,
m. (1) Martha Randall;
m. (2). Almira (Scofield)
b. Trenton, N.Y. May 15, 1815
d. Jefferson Co. N.Y. Oct. 29, 1883.
b. June 2, 1819
b. July 13, 1821,
m. Hannah Windross.
b. Oct. 19, 1825,
m. (1). Delia
m. (2). Olive
at 14 years of
age appears in the 1850 census for Morristown in the
of Jinks Hale, (see above). However it is also
"Lucy" is actually Catherine
Hale, daughter of Jinks's son
Leonard. Catherine would have been 14 in 1850 and is
listed in Leonard's household for that year.
Lewis Hales wife
Delia died in 1847, leaving him with a son, Levi,
1850 was 5 years old and living, along
father, in the household of Jinks Hale. It is plausable that Catherine
Melissa might have been called in to help care
b. Trenton, Oneida Co. N.Y. April 21,
d. probably Oconto Co. Wis. (g.s.
25, 1892. (fam. Bible)
- prob. Jefferson, or St.
Lawrence Co. N.Y. 1834
unknown, Aug. 11, 1808,
Morristown, June 28, 1836.
(Scofield) Jaquith -
Sept. 1842, "by Justice Parish," ,
Co. N.Y. Nov. 16, 1811,
Pensaukee (now Abrams)
Oconto Co. Wis. Apr. 19, 1882, (fam. Bible) bur.
Cem. daughter of John W.
(Weaver Genealogy), and widow of Benjamin
Leonard Hale family in the 1850 census
for Morristown, #
39 Laborer, no real
estate, b. N.Y.
39 b. N.Y.
17 b. N.Y.
10 b. N.Y.
4 b. N.Y.
is also enumerated on the
Pittsfield, Brown Co. Wis. 1850 census, occupation "miller" living in
the household of Jonathan
1870 Leonard Hale and his
family had permanently removed to Oconto Co. as per. the
that year, as:
Leonard, 59, farmer,
real estate $800.00, b. N.Y.
The Hale family lived next to the Railroad tracks on Sampson
Abrams, on 12 acres of land bordering the farm of Almira Hale's
daughter (from her first marriage to Benjamin
Notes on Almira
Hale - second wife of Leonard Hale
Almira was a pioneer of
Oconto Co. in her own right and left
descendants in the area from her
first marriage as
7Jaquith (Benj. 5-6,
Abraham 1-4), (Jaquith Genealogy) Nov.
d. Benjamin Jaquith died: Sycamore,
Scofield and Bejamin Jaquith were:
b. (death rec. at Oconto courthouse says
Mar. 30, 1837,
d. Oconto Co. July 24, 1908, bur.
- lived on a farm in Abrams on the corner of highway 141 and Sampson Rd.
Phebe (Jaquith) and Caleb Rowell: Oscar,
Hosia, Orville, Francenia, Ambrouise, Winfield, and Delmar.
b. Sep. 2, 1839,
d. Hinkley, Ill, Aug. 1, 1891,
m. (1) Levi 7 Hubbard
(Ira 6, William 4-5,
Samuel 2-3, George 1),N.Y.
state, Nov. 9, 1857,
Adelia Jaquith and Levi Hubbard:
b. Brier Hill,
St. Lawrence Co. N.Y., June 22, 1858,
William R. Waite,
Jefferson Co. N.Y., Feb. 5, 1876,,
m. (2). Winfield
m. (3). Warren
they lived in/near
Seattle, Wash. - children, Arline, Ruth, Mary, Florence, and Georgene.
b. Apr. 10,
d. Oconto Co
or Marinette Co. Mar. 18, 1889 of pheumonia after falling into the
Peshtigo river while logging.
iv. Arthur Hubbard,
m. (2) George
"Hales Camp" in Crivitz, June 24, 1885, (by
Rev. Cole of Marinette) of Hinkley, Illinois - no children
b. 1870, d.
(3). Sally Jaquith,
N.Y. state, Jan. 1, 1852, , she remained in
Morristown, at least one child born to this couple, a daughter, Sarah.
1883, a year after Almira
Hale's death, son, Levi Hale, purchaced, for $600.00, the 12
lot and house from his fellow heirs, namely, Leonard
Mrs. Phebe Rowell, Mrs. Adelia Hubbard, Mrs. Sally Stephenson, John
Hale, and Winfield Hale, (Oconto Co. land rec.).
family accounts, when a fire destroyed the Rowell house (date unknown)
the former Leonard Hale house was moved east of its
location to the neighboring Rowell property to replace
it. This large two story house was still standing until ca.
when it was torn down to make room for the expansion of highway 141 to
Child of Leonard Hale and Martha Randall:
b. Morristown, Jan. 10, 1836,
of Leonard Hale and Almira
b. McComb, St. Lawrence Co.
N.Y., Jan. 6, 1843,
d. Morristown, May 15,
1846. (Fam. Bible)
(7). ii. Winfield
b. Morristown, Jan. 6,
b. Morristown, Nov. 7,
d. Thresa, Jefferson Co.
"ae. 11 yrs." (ibid)
(8). iv. Levi
b. Thresa N.Y. Apr. 19,
m. (1). Anne
m. (2). Mary
b. Thresa, N.Y. Nov. 24,
d. Peshtigo, Wis. Aug. 7,
1886, (ibid) (Marinette Co. v.r.'s)
bur. Peshtigo "Fire
b. Canada, June 22, 1862,
d. Feb. 20, 1913, dau. of John and Liza (Bolen) Utter.
husband of Rebecca Utter Hale)
of John Hale
and Rebecca Utter:
John, Ralph, Russell, George, Frances, and Franklin.
(3). JONATHAN SANFORD 2 HALE,
b. prob. Jefferson Co. N.Y. June 2,
d. prob. Abrams, Wis., June 7, 1872,
( ) - prob.
or St. Lawrence Co. N.Y. .
Jonathan Sanford Hale:
Hale is called "of McComb" St. Lawrence Co.
N.Y. in 1850 when he sold eight acres of land in Morristown to Richard
Chapman (St. Lawrence Co. deeds). Jonathan also enumerated in the 1850
census of Oconto Co.
in reference to the
saw mill at Pensaukee owned by H.B. Hinsdale:
"During this year
(1850) Mr. Gardner
finished the mill and the winter of 1850-1 the first stock of logs was
got out by J.S. and Levi Hale, contractors, the mill started in the
spring of 1851, with two muley saws and an old fachioned siding
machine." (Recollections of
Oconto Co. pp. 14, George Hall,
"J.S. Hale and O.W.
this year (1856) in what is now known as West Pensaukee."
Hale lived in W.
Pensaukee (Abrams) where he had a farm. He was chairman of the first
board of supervisors for the newly formed county of Oconto which first
met on July, 5, 1852. Jonathan, also called Sanford or J.S. Hale., and
wife are buried at Brookside Cem. Oconto Co.
Children of Jonathan Hale and Sophia
( ) Hale.
b. N.Y. ca.
Ga., July 21, 1864. Enlisted, 12th Wis. Co. F., killed in action in the
Civil War. After the War his mother applied for a pension in his name.
Such record says he was shot through the head and died instantly. He
was killed the same day, and apparently in the same battle, as several
others from Oconto Co. who were in the unit known as the "River
b. McComb, St.
Lawrence Co. N.Y. May 5, 1848 (town of McComb births),
Illinois, Dec. 4, 1891,
Pensaukee, Dec. 22, 1870,,
b. Heuvelton, N.Y. Dec. 17, 1836,
d. Hinkley, Ill, Jan. 1, 1921, a Civil
War vet. and
son of Freeman
and Kate Wagner.
Levi F. Hale and E. Meyers witnessed the marriage as performed by Hugh
Yarwood of Oconto.
Children of Rose Altha Hale and Hiram Wagner:
children: Wagner, Alexis, and Edna.
(4). LEVI 2 HALE,
b. Jefferson Co. N.Y., July 13, 1821,
d. Peshtigo, Wis. Dec. 21, 1895,
bur. "Fire Cem." at Peshtigo,
England, Oct. 10, 1819,
Peshtigo, Dec. 2, 1911, dau.
and Joanna Windross of
Hamilton, England and Oak Orchard, Oconto Co. Wis.
They and their children survived the great Peshtigo Fire of 1871.
From the Peshtigo Times, Oct. 6, 1971:
largest loss of property during the fire, with the exception of the
Peshtigo Company was sustained by Levi Hale, who lost the Peshtigo
House and part of its furniture, several dwellings and contents, hay,
wagons, carriages, horses and cattle totalling an estimated $30,000.
a builder who rented several homes in Peshtigo to other famillies and
had built the Peshtigo house in 1859 and ran it for several years.
having lost all his property he became a farmer and stock raiser on the
property later known as the John Bell farm or Reber's property. It is
now owned by Ray pavelin. The Hale road was named after the land's
original farmer, Levi Hale.
born in Jefferson Co. N.Y. and grew up in St. Lawrence Co. came to the
Menominee River in the fall of 1841. He spent the next year prospecting
in the copper mines of Lake Superior. In 1846, his traveling brought
him to Peshtigo where he followed lumbering and various kinds of work
until he built the hotel.
Windross became his bride in 1856 and they had two daughters, Martha
and Katherine. She was an immigrant from England and her brother, Dr.
William Windross, started a medical practice in Peshtigo in
youngest girl, called Kittie by her family, was twelve years old when
the fire struck and her daughter, Mrs Cecil Engles, of Marinette
recorded the story of that family's flight from the flames. The family
was apparently living at their farm at Peshtigo Harbor when the fire
to that account, the quiet of the Sunday supper table was
interrupted Oct. 8, 1871, when Hale suddenly excused himself and went
upstairs to peer at the fire from the west window.
better pack the valuables because I suspect trouble before morning,' he
announced to his wife upon returning to the table. He then went out the
door to inspect the barnes.
immediately began packing the dresses she had made for an anticipated
trip back to her homoeland. She also grabbed a pail of over a
thousand buttons which she had saved as a little girl. But her
preparations were interrupted by sudden shouts from Hale.
the creek or be burned.'
mother and children ran to the creek, carrying what they could only to
drop it when crossing the creek. Fire was everywhere and the creek
outlining the barn was their only escape.
that night in the creek with large pans from the kitchen over their
heads for protection from cinders. Ocassionally they lifted them to
catch a breath of air.
morning came, and they emerged from their all night bath, wet, cold and
hungry. They went to the stone basement of what had been their home.
Hale built a bonfire from the remains of the back fence to dry their
he went to the village to discover all his buildings were destroyed.
His consolation was that, while many of his friends had lost members of
their family, he had lost none."
the Peshtigo Correspondent,
Dec. 21, 1895:
Hale, the oldest settler of Marinette county, died at his home in the
village at 11 o'clock Saturday night, of general debility at the age of
74. His death was not unexpected as he had been confined to the house
for nearly a year. He was concious to the last and knew that the final
summons was coming to call him to the unknown beyond.
deceased was born at Elmira, St. Lawrence Co. N.Y. (probably incorrect
as place of birth) July 13, 1821. A portion of his boyhood was spent as
a sailor of the great lakes and at the age of 22 he came west to
Menominee and shortly after to Peshtigo, at that time the abode of
Indians and wild animals.
energy, perseverance and days of toil he secured a comopetence by
logging in the winter and working upon his large farm on the bay shore
in the summer.
the first hotel known as the Peshtigo House on the site pf the present
Corbett House, and for a short time was its proprietor.
suffered a heavy financial loss in the great fire of '71.
well known throught the country and his knowledge and anecdotes of
early history of Peshtigo and its first settlers, connected with a
retentive memory, made him the historian of the village and an
entertaining story teller who will be sadly missed from the ranks of
the old settlers and by the rising generation.
leaves a widow and two daughters. Mrs. Jas. L. Murphy, of Marinette,
and Mrs. L.E. Leblond, of Peshtigo, and a number of grandchildren to
mourn his demise. The funeral services were held at his home this
afternoon at two o'clock and interment took place in the old village
cemetery adjoining which he had lived for years."
Children of Levi and Hannah
Peshtigo, Wis. Jan 21, 1857,
Marinette, Wis. May 29, 1924,
L. Murphy Marinette,
July 4, 1878,
Franklin Co. N.Y., 1849
and came to Peshtigo in 1872. Mr. Murphy was first elected sheriff of
Marinette Co. in 1884 and to the state assmbly in 1886. Children:
and Frances Hale,
and one daughter, Francis
1895, her obituary appeared in a local (poss. Eagle Star) paper on
Nov. 24, 1895, as:
of Francis Murphy,
"Frankie, the little
ex-sheriff Murphy, passed away Monday afternoon. She died of typhoid
fever. The funeral notice will appear tomorrow. Her death has almost
prostrated her parents."
Peshtigo, May 3, 1858,
Peshtigo, Dec. 13, 1938,
m. Edward LeBlond in
Peshtigo, July 4, 1893, a
native of Canada
who came to Peshtigo in 1869 and was
a salesman for the
Peshtigo Co. store. Children:
J. Engels; Katherine LeBlond,
Hodgins; and a Mrs.
who lived in Menominee, Mich.
2 HALE (Jinks 1),
19, 1825, prob.
Jefferson or St. Lawrence Co. N.Y.,
15, 1895, bur. Brookside Cem., Oconto Co.,
m. (1) Delia (or Adelia)
St. Lawrence Co. N.Y.
Morristown, June 3, 1847, g.s. Greenwood
Cem. Morristown as:
"Adelia A. Scofield, wife of Lewis Hale, ae. 24 yrs. 4 mo's," (Ann M.
Cady, St. Lawrence Co. cem. listings)
on Delia Scofield:
sister to Almira Scofield, wife of Lewis' brother
m. (2). Olive
Ontario, Canada, Oct. 16, 1836,
Vancouver, Clark Co.
Washington, Sep. 13, 1922.,
Hill Cem. Vancouver, dau. of John
M. and Asenath (Bradley) Soper.
on Lewis Hale:
"Sheep shearing was
interesting event every spring. D. Huntington, A. Burdick, and Lewis
Hale went from farm to farm to shear sheep."
(A Story of Pittsfield
"Lewis Hale came
from New York
state with relatives. He lived among them, sometimes at Peshtigo,
Pensaukee, Pittsfield, Crivitz, Abrams, and Lena, never contened to
settle down. His son George was a small boy when he came west. He lived
many years in the home of W.N. Brown. He died when 18 years old."
Hale was recruted (along
with several others) in Pittsfield, Wis. and enlisted on Oct. 21, 1861
as a private in Co. H. of the 12th rgt. of Wisc. Infantry. He is
described as 5'8" tall, dark complected, black hair, and blue eyes. He
is said to have deserted at Humboldt, Tenn., Oct. 5, 1862 (Civil War
1891 Lewis Hale, while living
in Amberg, made application for a pension for services
during the Civil War. He contracted with Pension
Attys., Geo. Bancroft & Co., to represent his appeal to have
charges of desertion withdrawn, claiming that desertion was
necessary to save his life, that he suffered from chronic
while in service and could not get adequate treatment from the army.
of Mary Hayden,
doctor, Flintville, Brown Co. Wis., Sep. 18, 1891:
"That she is a
physician and has been acquainted with said soldier for about 35 years
and that said claimant was a sound able bodied man when I first knew
him and til he went into the army.
worked for the neighbors and
for my husband before the war and if he had not been a sound able
bodied man at that time and at enlistment I would have known it as he
boarded with us when he worked for us. After his return from the army
I first treated him for chronic diarhea and pleurisy about the
spring of 1864 which I believe to have been contracted in the
because he was sound before he enlisted. The medicine I gave him
relieved him for a while but the same trouble would come on again. The
treatment has afforded present relief but has never cured and I believe
he is incurable. I have treated him often during all the time since
with about the same result. He has been unable to perform manual labor
for a living about half of the time since he came home and I first
treated him. Claimant has lived here and worked for the neighbors when
he could work most of the time since he came from the army."
is not clear from the Civil
War records as received from the
National Archives, whether
Lewis Hale was successful in receiving a pension.
Child of Lewis and Delia
June 25, 1845,
d. Lena, Wis. Dec. 13, 1908,
m. (1) Vannie Stacy,
M. (Williams) Widger.
Children of Lewis and Olive
son). Only known reference of George is
from (A Story of Pittsfield and Suamico), see
apparently not born to 1st. wife, Delia
as the census of 1850 makes no reference
to him in the
household with Lewis Hale, then a widower. If George is a son
Lewis' 2nd. wife , Olive, he would have been born, say, 1852 at the
very earliest, when Olive was16 years old. A check of the 1860 and/or
1870 census of Pittsfield, and the household of W.N. Brown, where
George is said to have lived, might verify the existance of
this supposed son of Lewis Hale.
Aug. 11, 1857,
Vancouver, Clark Co. Washington, Nov. 26, 1918,
Park Hill, cem., Vancouver,
b. Watertown, Middlesex Co. Mass. June
8, 1935, bur. Park Hill cem.,
m. (2). George Albert Snyder,
Stevenson, Ill, Mar. 4, 1857,
d. ca. 1940. (Rootsweb.com).
on Olive Soper Hale Ellis:
Sometime between 1857 anad
1859, Lewis Hale and wife, Olive, separated. She m. (2). Orrin J. Ellis
who enlisted at Monroe, Wis. in Co. B. 18th Wis. Inf. Vols.
was honorably discharged for disability.
It was customary for the
widow of a Civil War vet. to receive a pension in his
In Olives case, her rights to a pension in the name of Orrin J. Ellis,
had apparently been rejected due to her prior marriage to (and
questionable divorce from) Lewis Hale.
an effort to have her claim
for a pension sucessfully "reinstated," Olive submited the following
affidavit dated Oct. 1, 1908:
she was born in the state
of New York about the year 1840 and resided with her parents in the
County of St. Lawrence, and at the age of about 14 and not over 15
years, a minor child, one Mr. Hale came to her fathers home and
obtained consent to take affiant to his home to live with his family
for a time; that said affiant went to the said Hale home and she lived
with the family for a few months when it was proposed to her that she
become the wife of Lewis Hale, a son of the said Mr. Hale with whom she
was then living; that some form of ceremony was performed and
within a few weeks her father John Soper learned that the said Lewis
Hale claimed to have been married to his daughter, the affiant;
whereapon he went and took affiant to his home, declaring that his
consent had not been secured to said marriage and the affiant then
being under sixteen years of age was not of a marriagable age and that
the ceremony could not be binding or legal. That affiant with her
fathers family moved to the northern part of the state of Wisconsin
during the same spring or summer in which such marriage ceremony was
performed; that after her father came and took her from the Hale home
affiant never lived with the said Lewis Hale or recognized the legality
of said marriage; that they settled in an unorganized portion of the
territory of northern Wisconsin above Appleton P.O. in the wilderness
near Green Bay P.O. That her father with the aid of some
attorney whose name is now unknown to affiant took the necessary court
proceedings to set aside, anul and make void said marriage cerimony
claimed to have existed between herself and said Lewis Hale and that
for years she had in her posession a certificate or paper showing lthat
affiant was under no legal obligations whatever to recognize said
marriage cerimony performed while affiant was a minor, not of
mariageable age, and withouot the consent of her said father; that said
paper or certificate was destroyed by fire some few years thereafter.
Affiant has personal knowledge that said Lewis Hale died about the year
(illegible); that affiant was lawfully married to Orrin J. Ellis about
( ) day of March, 1859 near Milwaukee,
property records at the
Oconto Courthouse show the sale
in Peshtigo Harbor by Lewis Hale and his wife Olive to
Catherine Hale, transaction
dated June 9, 1857. The deed is signed,
Lewis Hale (seal) and Olive Hale (seal), contradicting Olives
testimony, as above.
Olive gives her birth as
"about 1840, N.Y. state" but in
descendant says she was b. Ontario Canada, in 1836. In her
testimony, Olive also omits that she has a
is interesting also that Olive
claims to have had in her possession a document (since destroyed by
fire) written up by an attorney, (who's name she
remember) absolving her of any legal attachment to a marriage
other statements she says that
she is living in Washington state and too far from Wisconsin
time and distance to obtain corroborating testimony from witnesses
there. She does manage to obtain supporting testimony from Mrs. Bella
Smith, her sister, who says that everything in Olives
testimony is true.
appears that Olive (Soper)
Hale was probably not divorced from Lewis Hale at the time
marriage to Orin J. Ellis. It is not clear whether she successfully
convinced the govt. of the contrary.
the "Lucy" of 14 years
living in the household of Jinks Hale in 1850, as above, would have
been the same age as Olive Soper (as well as Catherine Hale, as
previously speculated). If it was Olive, then at
of her testimony is correct.
MELISSA (3) HALE,
(Leonard, 2, Jinks,1)
Morristown, Jan. 10, 1836,
Co. Wis. [hereafter, Amberg] Dec. 17, 1890,
Rural Cem. Flintville,
m. Morristown, Apr. 7, 1853 "by Rev. H. Linairs"
m. Albert Hamilton
Isle, Vt. June 12, 1829,
Amberg, Sep. 8, 1906,
Rural Cem. Flintville, son of Elijah
and Amanda (Taylor)
of Grand Isle, Vt. and Morristown, (fam. Bible).
on Catherine Melissa Hale Buckman:
and her husband removed
from Morristown to Brown Co. Wis. in 1854, settling first in Mills
Center and then Flintville.
"The old 'Hall
House' which still
stands (1928) on the corner of Broadway and Howard street was the only
boarding place south of 'Tiernan's' on Walnut street. It was in this
house that the Albert Buckman family spent their first night in Green
Bay, after getting off the old 'Michigan,' on which they had made the
trip from Buffalo." (A Story
of Pittsfield and Suamico).
1852 the town of Pittsfield
was organized by proper legislation, being formerly a part of the once
large town of Howard....On March 16, 1858, a petition to set off a town
to be called Suamico from the town of Pittsfield was presented to the
board of Supervisors of the Brown Co. A.H. Buckman was the
assessor in this new (smaller) township of Pittsfield."
Buckman had held the office
of school superintendent for Pittsfield before the office of County
Superintendent was established in 1861. A sum of $2.00 for the use of
Mr. Buckman's house was allowed at each meeting." (ibid.)
house or barn raisings were
surely tests of strength and daring, Albert Buckman's assistance was
always needed to "holler" when the great side timbers and beams went up
so that all pushed at the same instant." (ibid.)
Buckman was the first
school teacher in Dist. #3, town of Pittsfield, which was formed in
school house was not built
until the next year. The first teacher in the district was Mrs. A.H.
(Catherine) Buckman, who "kept" the school in her own house. There were
from 10 to 15 pupils...The school was small, built of hewn logs. It had
long boards on each sice, full length, with desks before them two or
three feet apart. The west side of the room was for the boys, the east
was the girls side. On one occasion the boys and girls traded sides but
habit was strong and they traded back again.
The walls of the
room were rough.
A teachers desk was at the north end of the room, exactly in the
middle, with a tall narrow cupboard undder the chimney, just behind the
teachers chair. Above the cupboard door lhung the funny octagon shaped
clock. On either side hung a map and a painted piece of blackboard, the
sole decoration s of the bare walls, unless it were autumn leaves and
ltrailing pine, which were gathered from the nearby woods and put over
the windows and door in the fall or green branches in the spring and
on Albert Buckman:
the early 1880's the railroad
was laying tracks through the wilderness, pushing north from
Crivitz. Albert Buckman was in charge of the railroad boarding
house which moved up with the men and the new tracks as they
were laid. When the railroad reached the
Amberg area in
1884, he remained.
and Melissa Buckman first
settled in the granite quarrying town of
located on the Pike river (just west of present day Amberg).
They owned a hotel there and Albert was the first notory
abandoned in the 1890's after the new village of Pike (later
Amberg) was platted some 3 miles to the east along the new railroad
tracks. Many buildings from Argyle were moved to the new
location. Albert and Catherine Buckman relocated as
purchasing two lots in the village of Pike in 1889.
Buckman served as
Amberg's first postmaster. His office was next to his home.
was a store on the other side of the post office, a
builing. A lady, who's parents had the store, said
the upstairs they could look down and see Mr. Buckman reading the
" A.H. "Grampa"
Buckman held the
position of Postmaster from the time the town was organized, except for
a short time when E.S. Spears of Dunbar temporarily held the position.
Mail began to be carried between Amberg and Athelstane in
Sep.1903 the Post Office became the scene of what was probably the
first Post Office robbery in Amberg. The burglers made an attempt to
blow the front off the safe where Mr. Buckman kept valuable papers, but
overlooked a drawer containing $6.00 and an unlimited amount of stamps.
Marshall Butts heard the explosion around 11.00 P.M. but passed it off
as a gunshot, which was much more common than robbers blasting the Post
Office safe!" (Amberg, the
first 100 years, Amberg Historical Society,
"In 1904 this first
burned in an early morning fire. All the mail was saved, and 200 people
took part in the fierce fight to save adjoining buildings against a bad
wind. J.B. Wood's horses were brought up from his downtown hotel and a
chain wrapped around the remaining parts of
the Post Office which was then dragged into
and away from the other buildings. Hundreds of pails of water were used
to save the rest of the block which was severely threatened. A few
months later, due to advancing age, Mr. Buckman tendered his
resignation and Philip Downing, Deputy Postmaster, was appointed to
take his place."
and Albert H. Buckman:
Morristown, Mar. 4, 1854,
Amberg, May 17, 1910, of pneumonia,
Rural Cem. Flintville,
m. Harriet A.
Lindsay of Flintville.
Probably in Flintville, May 22, 1879,
Notes on Arthur Willis
work of packing shingles in
the mills grew to be a contest of skilled workers. George Glassett and
Arthur Buckman won notoriety at lamb, Watson company's mill at
Flintville, for being great packers."
(A Story of Pittsfield and
Children of Arthur Willis Buckman and Harriet A Lindsay Buckman:
Rural cem. Flintville.
Lila A. Buckman,
iii. Barbara Buckman,
m. Earl E.
July 9, 1912.
iv. Myrtle Buckman,
Feb. 14, 1917, W.D.
(10). ii. Warren
Pensaukee, July 21, 1857,
Florence (Hubbard) (Wait)
SCOTT 3 HALE,
(Leonard 2, Jinks 1)
Morristown, N.Y. Jan. 6, 1846
M.&M. Hospital, Marinette, Wis., Apr.
13, 1888 (g.s. unknown),
m. Florence A. (Hubbard) Wait ,
widow of William
(marriage rec.), Marinette,
Wis., May 12, 1886 (by John
on Winfield Scott Hale:
On Oct. 9, 1861, at the age
18, while still living in N.Y. state, Winfield Hale joined the army as
a member of Co. K. 18th Reg. Infantry. He also served in the Home
Guards at Carthage, N.Y. under Capt. Baker. He was honorably
discharged May 28, 1863 at Albany, N.Y. (Civil War pension application
of Florence Buckman).
From the Oconto Co.
Reporter, Feb. 4, 1882 reporting on the suicide of the husband
the above, Florence A.
who married Winfield Hale:
R. Wait, residing near
West Pensaukee in this county, committed suicide last Tuesday morning,
by shooting himself through the head, from the effects of which he died
instantly. At the inquest it was discovered that the cause which led
the poor fellow to take his own life was partial insanity, resulting
from the loss of property, failing health and a fear that he and his
family would come to want."
the early 1880's
Winfield Hale struck out from his home in Abrams to
pioneer in the Crivitz area (then called Ellis
"Levi Hale and his
Winfield helped in surveying and mapping the territory in and
(Crivitz Centenial Book, 1883-1983, Centenial
"The first postmaster
was Winfield Hale in 1883."
1884, Winfield Hale was
granted 120 acres in N1/2NE, Sec. 10, Twp. 32N R.19E
govt. land patent. This is currently (2010) known as the
farm, located some 6 miles west of Crivitz. After Winfield's
death this became the property of his brother Levi
and was the site of one of Levi Hale's Indian trading posts.
from Early Days In The
Lumber Business, as found on this site:
went up river in a boat from
above snow falls to the rapids in Sec. 30, Twp. 33, R. 17. The trees
had grown all the way across the river at this point and we could not
go any further with the boat so we walked up river to the north side of
Sec. 30. The mosquitoes were so thick that we could hardly stand it and
Indian guide they had hired, mentioned also in "My Pioneer
Mother," see below) said he
could make a smudge, but the mosquitoes bit
him so fiercely that he could not keep the match going long enough to
light the fire. But finally he got a smudge started and we ate our
lunch. We then took a trail leading to Waubee Lake where a man by the
name of Hale had a hunters' and fisherman's resort. A wheel road from
this point ran to Ellis Junction and during the time that this place
was operated by Hale great quantities of venison and fish were hauled
to Ellis jlunction and shipped. It was said that lthe venison was
shipped in boxes and billed as mutton....."
complete version of this
account can be found on this site as mentioned above.
from Norman Johnson of
Laona, Wisconsin, who ran the Winfield Hale trading post on McCaslin
Mt. in the town of Silver Cliff in 1884:
"Indians would come
Minnesota to hunt for about 3 months, we did such a big business the
last fall there was 300 Indians hunted for the Win Hale post.
my brother and I arrived at
Win Hale's block house there was a man by the name of Jack Dorn in
charge. He was there from early spring of 1884 until December. About
100 Indians came into the post, receips were about $500.00--talk about
buckskin, fur, and snowshoes. Win had a load of about $1000.00 worth of
fur and buckskin during the winter.
1888 Win Hale had a man by the
name of Hilston build him a boat at Menominee. His intention was to
sail around the Horn then north to Alasky (sp) to trade up
with the natives. My brother was captain of the boat. I believe they
started for Alasky; in February 1889 they got as far as Memphis when
Win was taken sick. The Dr. there advised him to go back to Wisconsin
to regain his health, but he died in the hospital in Marinette. My
brother stayed with the boat, after Win died Mrs. Hale told him to sell
the boat and the trade equipment, and that ended one man's ambition to
see the great north.
you would like to know
something of Win Hale's business. In yrs. of 1887 and 88 he had a
branch trading post at Otter Lake which I looked after that took care
of about 75 Indians. Had another post one mile north-west of Town on
Bass Lake that looked after 50 Indians and at Waubee Lake about 25, and
on the big hill (McCaslin Mt.) about 50 Indians. Kept 2 teams busy from
November til January. 1888 was his big year, he had $10,000 in cash and
$10,000 in due bills--his bills was good for one dollar each in
Win didn't make his
until January. He shipped 300 pair of showshoes, for how much I don't
know. He hauled the venison saddles with 4 ribs attached and the hide
wrapped around it to Ellis Junction (Crivitz). The saw mill had a spur
about la quarter mile back from the mill through the heavy jack pine
timber that they didn't use that winter. Mr. Hale had his teamsters
pile these venison saddles in along side of this spur like cordwood.
Here is the surprise, when he made the shipment the weight was 84 tons
of venison. He got 25 cents a pound less commission and freight
charges. He paid 5 cents a pound for the venison, he mada a big profit.
On his trade goods he sold mens trousers for $6.00 a pair, he paid
$1.25 a pair. Calico sold for 12 to 15 centt a yard."
Centenial, 2005, Centenial Committee).
Marinette County Bearing
Tree Historical Marker:
"This hemlock tree,
24', now 26'
in diameter marking the adjoining corners of Sect's 22, 23, 26, 27,
Township 34N, R. 17E., 4th meridian, Federal Gov't. survey of public
land domain, June
Alonzo P. Foster established this
bearing tree, one of the few that still survive in Wis.
Re-surveyed in 1935 by Marinette County.
of fur trading post built by
Winfield Hale of wooden blocks on the old up river supply
road from Crivitz to Waube Lake in 1884 and operated in 1885
Norman Johnson. Was located 3/10 of a mile souty of this
From the Marinette Eagle Star
(prob.) date unknow but likely sometime ca. 1930, Florence gives her
own account of the early days in the area as follows:
on Florence A. (Hubbard) Wait
Relates tales of Silver Mining.
Wis.---Replying to a
letter from Earle B. Holman, secretary of the Langlade Co. Historical
Society, Mrs. Florence A. Buckman related some interesting legends of
the Peshtigo river country. This letter follows:
delay. Yours received
some days ago inquiring about one Bill Johnson, for whom Johnson Falls
on the Peshtigo river is said to have been named. I have had
other inquiries in recent years in regard to him. Whatever may have
been known of him has been lost with the passing of his contemporaries,
or those immediately following.
so far as the Chippewa
chief, White Eagle, who used to visit Thunder Lake (Dutch) Frank. I was
intimately acquainted with him and his tribe. His Indian name was
Waba-skip-a-ness, and I may add that Waba lake was named
although at present it is spelled Waubee, a corruption of the original.
I lived for several years within calling distance of the tribe on the
lake and l acquired a smattering of their language. I frequently
employed one of the women to assist in heavy work. The children of lthe
tribe became very friendly and brought me odd formations of plants,
stone specimens, and other curios.
recall that in the early
history relative to Peshtigo river and vicinity that a man (name and
date unknown) became lost in the country north of the river and
wandered many days without food or shelter. In his wanderings he
approached the river near Caldron Falls and hearing the roar of the
water made his way to the stream and followed its course until he
reached civilization. It may or may not have been Johnson. He brought
with him a sample of silver ore very rich in the precious metal. His
ambition was to return with others and locate the place where he found
it. However exposure had done its work and he died leaving only a
meagre description of the location.
the early '80s a Mr. McCaslin
and son Henry of Oconto prospected until they located what they
believed to be the silver mine and began operations. Before they got
any tangible results, however, the son was shot accidentally while
handling a shot gun and the father returned to Oconto. I have never
heard that anyone ever made another attempt to mine in that locality.
The place is now known as McCaslin mountain and brook.
shall be glad to give you any
information I can about the early days of my pioneering in that
vicinity, or ofl the few inhabitants."
Florence A. Buckman.
in the 1960s, Florences
daughter, Lenore (Buckman) (Nickel) Beck, wrote
mother's life in the following story titled:
mother was a woman of
fiercely decided traits, and when she thought she was right, she had
the courage to stand by her convictions. For instance, she hated
liquor, and if my father happened to be talking to someone in front of
a saloon, as she passed by she refused to even nod at nim. Eyes front!
In later years she was convinced she had heart trouble, although
several doctors assured her that the contrary was true. She felt they
didn't want to alarm her by telling her the truth, so she insisted on
an impaired heart until she died of a stroke at the age of 81.
Florence Ada Hubbard June
22, 1858, she was raised at Brier Hill, New York, on the St. Lawrence
River. She married quite young to William Waite, who was much older
than she. Shortly after they were married, he lhad a tailor cut out a
pair of trousers, took them to Mother and said, "sew these up for me."
She hadn't the slightest idea what to do, but being spunky, she ripped
up an old pair, jotted down step by step how they went together, and
made the trousers.
her daughter was four years
old they went South, hopine to find help for her husbands failing
health. As he did not improve, they decided to go West to the
mountains, and set out for Helena, Montana. By this time Mother was an
accomplished seamstress, even doing tailoring, and was supporting the
that time the railroad only
ran as far as Omaha, Nebraska, and the rest of the way was by
stagecoach. When they reached Omaha, Mother said, "We are so tired,
let's not take the stage out today, let's get a nights rest at a hotel,
and go out tomorrow." So they did that, and later they heard that the
first stage had been held up and robbed by road agents.
the second day out, the driver
stopped his horses, got down, opened the stage door, and whispered,
"Has anyone got a gun?" Everyone thought, "road agents," and
men got out with guns ready. The driver pointed up the hill where a
mountain lion lay asleep with his head on his paws. Several men fired,
but the lion never moved a muscle. Then the driver laughed. The lion
was a very life-like combination of logs and rock.
coaches were built to hold
nine people, but the passenger list numbered fourteen. Mother became so
tired that her head dropped onto the shoulder of the man next to her,
and she slept. Her husband tried to rouse her, but the gentleman said,
"Just let her sleep, she is all tired out."
a dressmaker, Mother easily
got work, but her husband's health continued to fail. She had relatives
living near Abrams, so they decided to come to Wisconsin. By then the
railroad had pushed on to Helena, and the return trip was made in
Wait passed away in 1882, and
mother later married Winfield Hale. Mr. Hale was a Civil War
veteran and loved the woods. Starting a trading post for the Indians,
they moved into a log cabin on Waubee Lake in Oconto County. They
bought venison hides, berries, and other things from the Indians, and
sold them cloth, flour, guns and staple goods. They also ran a hunting
camp for hunters from the cities.
wealthy man from Chicago
decided to rough it and camp by himself. It didn't turn out so well and
he sent a member of his party to my mother and asked if he could borrow
her cook stove, as his chef did not know how to cook over an open fire.
band of Chippewa Indians lived
across the lake. The chief's name was Waubeskibinas, hence the
name Waubee Lake. his son was Modoc and his daughter was
Kenewaubeque, which means morning flower or morning glory.
morning Mother was washing
clothes outdoors when the Indian women across the lake started to wave
their arms and cry, "Shkode, shkode!" A couple of them came running
around the lake. They dashed up to Mother's cabin. Each grabbed a
couple of pails and raced to the lake, filled the pails with water and
ran back to the house. Mother was dumbfounded, she couldn't figure what
it was all about. But the roof of the cabin was on fire and the Indians
had seen it. The "shkode" meant fire.
day one of the Indian guides
was in the woods and stepped over a log, right into a nest of bear
cubs. Of course they squealed and the mother came running. She took a
swipe at the man's head with her paw, pulling his scalp down over his
face. He tried to lie perfectly still, but the blood began to smart and
pain his eyes unbearably. He tried, very carefully and slowly, to move
a hand up over his eyes. The mother bear saw it, grabbed his wrist and
chewed it through and through. The guide managed to endure the pain and
lie quietly until the bear had coaxed her cubs out of hearing. When he
decided it was safe to move, he crawled out on his hand and knees, back
to camp. Luckely, he recovered.
trading post hauled their
supplies by horse and wagon from Crivitz, about fifty miles away. The
nearest neighbor was five miles away, and once Mother rode there on
horseback to get a "setting" of eggs, a dozen or so, as she had a hen
who wanted to "set." That is, the hen wouldn't get off her nest, but
wanted eggs put under her. She would set on these for three weeks, only
coming off once a day to eat. At the end of the three weeks, the eggs
had fluffy little chickens inside of them who broke the shells with
their bills, and came out into the world.
Indians loved pictures, and
as Mother papered her walls with newspapers, more for cleanliness than
beauty, the Indian women would come in and study the illustrations.
Sometimes they would become so absorbed and quiet that Mother would
forget they were there. One day, however, they cried out angrily,
shaking their fists at a picture of Indians, "Eyah, Eyah,
Winnebagos! Winnegagos!" It seems there was enmity between
tribes, and by their moccasins, they had recognized the Winnebago
handled her own birch bark
canoe, paddling all over the lake, trapping, skinning her game, and
curing the hides herself. I really think she enjoyed this period of her
life to the very fullest. She surely could adjust herself to any mode
don't know how long they lived
at Waubee Lake, but they did make quite a lot of money, and they
decided to go to Alaska. If it had gone through, probably mother would
have hunted Polar Bears, and learned the Eskimo language, as she had
started down the Mississippi
River by boat, but at New Orleans, Mr. Hale became ill with some fever,
and they returned to Wisconsin, where he passed away within a short
1888, she married my father,
Warren L. Buckman. When I was five years old, my brother Albert, or
"Buckie" as he was known all his life, was born. The house we lived in
then was also an Indian Trading Post. This one, built by my father
around 1883, was the first building constructed on the site that would
later become the village of Pike, later re-named Amberg. Father was
raised in Brown County, but came north as a young man. Loading his
wagons with goods, he traveled up the old Pine River Road until
reaching the rapids below "Dow Dam" on the Pike River, where he pitched
his tents and sold his wares to the loggers at the nearby camp. The
following year he built a permanent structure, our house, and began a
business trading with the Indians at White Rapids on the Menominee
River and with the loggers at the various camps.
I was 10 years old, we moved
onto a piece of wild land west of Amberg. My father being a carpinter,
hastily threw up the shell of a house. The windows, all chewed by
porcupines, came from an abandoned lumber camp. The doors were strips
of carpet, nailed at the top. When it rained, we would anchor them at
the bottom too and hope for the best. But bit by bit, it became a full
were pretty rugged, and
Mother could economize as no lother person I ever knew. She would make
out a grocery list, then go through it and cross out everything we
could get along without until the next trip to town. Spices being
cheaper than vanilla, we had spice cakes for several years. When we
moved, my brother and I located and ate what shredded coconut Mother
had on hand, and it was a long , long time before we had any more.
course, we had cows, "Baby,"
"Cherry," "Fawn," and Mother would skim the cream off the milk and make
butter. Then she soured the skim milk and made cottage cheese. Then she
took the whey from that and made whey buns. If she had been asked, I'm
sure she could have found a way to utilize the squeel from the hogs at
the packing houses.
usually worked at several
jobs at once. For instance, we always had griddle cakes for breakfast,
and between turnovers, she would dash into her bedroom, and by the time
the cakes were all fried, her bed would be made too. But I must confess
we often ate burned griddle cakes.
didn't feel as though there
ws anything in the house for company unless she had white cookies, dark
cookies, and doughnuts, often frying a big batch of doughnuts before
made all our clothes, and
knit our long black stockings. When she was small, and walked along the
road to play with her cousin, she always carried her knitting bag on
her arm, and knit as she walked, so she just could not remember when
she learned to knit. She didn't make our shoes, but she did make
buckskin moccasins the way she learned from the Indians.
always had fancy work ready
to grab up at every spare moment. It was a matter of pride that every
pillow slip she owned, made of flour sacks, of course, either had lace
or embroidery on it. One year she kept track of the garments she made,
and it averageded one a week.
she did, she threw
herself into it wholeheartedly and was so interested in everything at
hand. I think Mother must have lived by two mottos:
"Never put off till tomorrow
what you can do today."
"Never buy anything you can
had supreme contempt for
anyone who bought canned goods from a store. We had a lady hotel keeper
and Mother used to say of her, unflatteringly, "She dashes to the
grocery at eleven in the morning, and again at four, and comes home
with her arms full of tin cans and paper bags."
never had fresh fruit or
cookies from the store. Two things I remember. When I had mumps, along
with my girl chum, her mother bought bananas for her, and I didn't have
any. Then our neighbor, a foreign lady, died, and the family invited us
for lunch after the funeral, as was their custom. And they served
frosted store cookies and LUMP sugar-- a red letter day for me. I don't
suppose I had ever seen lump sugar before.
my father's death, Mother
applied for an army pension, Mr. Hale being a veteran. And of all the
papers she had to produce! Her birth certificate, all three of her
marriage certificates, all three death certificates, Mr. Hale's
discharge papers, and other military information. How she ever managed
to hang onto them, I'll never know. Of course, it took a long time and
a lot of searching through trunks and boxes in attics and basements.
Finally she had everything except Mr. Hales death certificate. Repeated
trips to the hospital where he died, in Marinette, and searches through
newspapers of that date, failed to turn up the information. At last the
office girl at the old M&M hospital in Marinette had an idea.
said, "We have one more chance. I believe we have some old records
stored in the attic." And there she found Mr. Hale's bedside chart
which was acceptable, and Mother finally received a pension of forty
dollars a month.
the first time in her life
she felt security, and she surely enjoyed it. She invested in a
permanent wave--I think her first one was twelve dollars, dresses by a
dressmaker and so on. It must have been a wonderful experience, after
having denied herself so much all her life.
Mother had great
tenacity and stuck to a project, there were two things that had her
stumped. She could never learn to make tatted lace, nor to ride a
bicycle, and she surely tried.
lifetime project also failed.
Willie Dickenson, eight years old, disappeared on his way home from
school, in a Michigan town, where his father was superintendent of a
mine. Willie was in sight of someone all the way home except for a
short strip of timber. Workman on the road saw him enter this, but no
one saw him come out into the open. Some thought a disgruntled miner
might have abducted him, and others laid it to the Indians. All her
life my mother hunted Willie Dickenson. She wrote hundreds of letters,
and called numerous Indians to our home for interviews. Several times
she thought she had located him, and she did restore a couple of boys
to their parents, but she never found the boy she was looking for. His
disappearance is still a mystery.
summer she was seventy-five
years old she developed uremic poisoning which couded her brain, and
her mind was gone all summer. She didn't recognize us, and called me
Sarah, the cousin with whom she had played as a child. She recovered in
late fall, but it seemed as though part of her had died. She was quite
different from then on.
she was eighty-one years old
she had a stroke. At first she could speak and kept asking what day of
lthe month it was. She lived two weeks, and as she grew weaker and
lunable to talk, she would point to the calendar. We couldn't imagine
why, but on November first, her pension check came. She made us
understand she wanted to sign it, so we helped her, and that everning
she passed away. Her indomitable will didn't fail her, but kept her
going until the very last--that of a very remarkable woman."
FREDRICK 3 HALE,
(leonard 2, Jinks 1)
Thresa, N.Y. Apr. 19, 1853,
Nov. 17, 1938,
May 6, 1885, (adopted daughter
of his half sister, Melissa),
d. June, 1902;
m. (2). Mary A. (Colborn)
on Levi Frederick
Hale spent his early
years in N.Y. state, then in Abrams, and later as a pioneer
in/around Crivitz, Wis.
"Into this (Crivitz area)
great pines and hardwoods came Levi Hale, John Seymour, Fredrick
Bartels, Hieronymus Zech, and many others, to settle here and to help
in creating a new civilization in this northern world."
1883-1983 Centenial booklet).
"Levi Hale held
in the Town of Stephenson, including chairman of lthe town and
secretary of the Crivitz School Board for many years."
"Levi and his
helped in surveying and mapping the territory in and around Crivitz. He
was the Marinette County Surveyman for many years and was in charge of
location settlers in the region."
"In 1907 he became
for the Northeastern Power Company, now Wisconsin Public Service
Corporation, to locate and map dam sites on the Peshtigo
He advised the power company to purchase all of the lands adjacent to
the "flowage" in order to preserve the wilderness. His advce was taken
and today we can thank this pioneer for his sensitivity for this area.
He lived by this conviction and although he owned a piece of land at
Twin Bridges and lived there, in his will he declared a "life estate"
only and at his death it reverted back to the power company."
"Levi lived out the
his life at Twin Bridges and died in 1938 at the age of 85. His
daughter, Viola Nazzal-Baudendistle lives in Sun City and his grandson
George Nazzal lives northwest of Crivitz near Athelstane."
reference to the "Wausaukee
Club" a private club near Athelstane, Wis. which encompases a section
of land with a large lake called "Elbow
Lake," as below:
"Levi F. Hale had a
on the southeast end of Elbow Lake. Hale was well known locally and in
the Crivitz area as a trader and land surveyer."
Cliff Centenial, 2005).
"The first road from
followed an Indian trail, which followed upstream of the
River to what was at one time called Glendale. Here they forded the
river and went west and then north of Spies Lake, then west and
southwest to Elbow Lake, where there was an Indian trading
run by an early settler by the name of Levi Hale."
of Chas. lundberg).
referring to the Levi Hale
trading post ca. 6 miles west of Crivitz:
"A Tribal Council
campsite was located just south of the Hale Trading Post where the four
tribes (Menominee, Ottawa, Winnebago, and Potawatomi) would gather for
tribal meetings and ceremonial dances."
(Crivitz, 1883-1983, Centenial
"In 1885, Mike and
Levi Hale, and Eli Bell, blazed a trail from Peshtigo to the outlet
river south of Lake Noquebay,
some point Levi Hale also had
a store in the village of Crivitz, "Levi Hale's store
was next to his
house on Main St." (ibid).
Died Yesterday Had Indians as His Customers
services for Levi
Fredrick hale, pioneer Marinette county farmer who died early
yeaterday morning in his home at Crivitz, will be conducted Friday
afternoon at 2:00 in his residence. The remains were
to the home this afternoon.
Hale, who was born in
Thresa, N.Y. on April 19, 1853, came to Marinette county in
and took up a homestead near Crivitz. At that place he established a
trading post where he conducted business with the Indians for
many years. He later turned the post into the farm he operated
until hes death. Mr. Hale was well known as a timber estimator
surveyer. For several years he served as county surveyor and also
during his lifetime was chairman of lthe board of the town of
Stephenson. For the past 20 years he had spent the summer at
Bridge on the Peshtigo river.
Surviving him are
Warren E. Hale, Tacoma Wash.; Albert E. Hale,
Plymouth; Jesse J. Hale, Milwaukee; and one daughter, Mrs.
Nazzal, Jerico, Palestine; four step sons, Fred and
Weinhart, Tacoma; Clarence Weinhart, Grand Rapids; Oscar
Crivitz, and one step daughter, Mrs. A.B. Worthing,
H. 3 Hale, (Lewis 2,
Morristown, N.Y. June 25, 1845,
Lena, Wis., Dec.
(1). Mary Stacy,
Mass., June 27, 1853,
June 1, 1894 of "consumption" (death rec.)
(Williams) Widger, Meniminee,
Mich., May, 6, 1893 (by Thomas Breen, J.P.)
Appleton, Wis., widow of
Civil War vet. who d. Lena, Apr. 2, 1893.
the time of Levi's marriage to
Widger, she had 4 children
from her previous husband, George Widger,
Apr. 28, 1878; Cyrus Widger,
b. July 10, 1881; Vanessa Widger,
b. Oct. 26, 1884; and
b. Sep. 5, 1888. (Civil War pension application of Kate Hale).
H. Hale is in Abrams
for the census of 1870 in the household of J. S. Hale, as,
carpenter, ae. 25. As J.S. Hale had lost his only son in the Civil
War he was surely in need of assistance on his farm.
the Oconto Co. Reporter:
Hale is Dead
of Lena Passed Away Suddenly Sunday
Best Known Pioneers of County
Hale, one of the best known
pioneers of the county who has been closely identified with the
business and official life of this town, passed away suddenly and
peacefully about 4:30 Sunday afternoon of heart failure about 10
minutes after returning from a walk which he had taken up the street,
as he said, "to get some fresh air."
was born in New York
state June 25, 1845, and when a boy came to this country and had lived
at various points in the county ever since except a brief time spent in
Peshtigo and in the army to join which he walked from Peshtigo to Green
Bay, whence as a stowaway he went to Detroit, Mich., where he enlisted
in a Michigan regiment and served till the close of the civil war.
one time he was in the coal
business and ran a cedar yard at Brookside station and later went to
Lena among its first settlers. Here he engaged in business with Eugene
Chesley in a post mill and was the first mill man, hotel man and
merchant in the village. Later he was a senior member of the
Hale, Pelkey, and Dutton. This was about 18 years ago and after the
firm had run this way for a time Mr. Dutton withdrew and a few weeks
later a disastrous fire wiped out the business. The insurance being in
an insolvent company nothing was recovered.
was not only closely
identified with the early business interests of this town and village
but with its political and official life as well. He was the first
chairman of the town which position he held for several years, first
postmaster of the village which positiono he has helde during thle
Republican administrations ever since, was the first county supervisor
of assessments and has always been in the front in political councils
of the Republican party in this town. At his death the business of the
post office was being attended to by the Misses Wondrash and Buchberger
while he was an active member of the Lena Law Land and Loan
first wife who was Miss Vanie
Stacy, died almost 18 years ago and he was again married about 5 years
ago, his second wife survives him.
The funeral was held
yesterday forenoon from Schoenebeck's hall, Lena and his remains taken
by train to Abrams thence by team to Brookside cemetery, where they
were laid beside those of his father and first wife, with the
impressive funeral service of the Odd Fellows of which organization he
was a member.
LAMONT 4 BUCKMAN,
(Catherine 3, Leonard 2, Jinks 1)
b. W. Pensaukee (now Abrams)
July 21, 1857,
Marinette, Wis. Apr. 14, 1925, bur. Amberg,
m. Florence (Hubbard) (Wait)
Marinette, Nov. 2, 1888,
Hill, St. Lawrence Co. N.Y. June 22, 1858,
Amberg, Nov. 1, 1939,
Amberg, dau. of Levi Buel and Adelia Anna (Jaquith) Hubbard, and
widow, respectively, of William
on Warren Lamont Buckman:
Buckman's parents lived in
Flintville, Brown Co. but he was born in W. Pensaukee. It is
likely that he was born in the house of J.S. Hale, who had settled W.
Pensaukee the previous year, as there were no other relatives (known to
this writer) to be living in W. Pensaukee at this early date.
Perhaps J.S. Hale's wife, Sophie, was a midwife of
ability, or other reason(s) unknown.
Warren and Florence, would
have known (or known of) each other since
childhood, as Warren's grandfather, Leonard Hale,
Florence's grandmother, Almira
had married as
second spouses. Thus Warren's mother, Catherine Hale, and Florences
mother, Adelia (Jaquith) Hubbard (at age 4 and 2 respectively when this
marriage occurred in 1842) would have been raised as stepsisters in the
household of Leonard Hale.
Buckman spent his earlier
years in Flintville on his parents farm. He is quoted as
follows regarding hop growing on the farm:
the clearings of the
settlers were yet too small to make it practical to raise grain for the
market. There was much casting about to find a crop which could be
grown on a small acreage and sold as a money crop. My father had come
from New York state wher hop growing was quite a business, and it
occurred to him that hops might solve the problem. He talked the matter
over with his near neighbor, H.P. Hayden, and they decided to each try
two acres. The roots for starting were mostley wild, being dug in the
woods along the river. These were planted in hills about six feet apart
each way. The vines were thinned to two to a hill and a cedar pole
twelve to fifteen feet high stuck in the center for the vines to climb
on. They were cultivated the same as corn; it was a nice shady place to
work in during hot weather; but the real fun was hop-picking time in
the fall. Each yard about three crews of four girls to the crew, each
crew had a large box holding sixteen bushels which was divided into
four quarters of four bushels each which was called a box and was
considered a day's work for a girl. A man tended each crew, bringing
the poles and taking them away, and woe to the one who jarred the box,
shaking down the contents. The girls received 50 cents per box, with
board and lodging. The two yards were onlyl labout forty rods apart,
and every night the girls had a gay time. Our house was small and
sleeping room was short. The girls had to sleep 'three in a bed,' and I
remember one girl who complained one morning that she 'had to sleep all
night on the ridgepole.'
My father put up a
building for a
dry kiln, where the hops were dried by artificial heat until by taking
one lby the stem and blowing on the tip, one could blow off the petals.
Then they were baled and ready for market. After two or three years the
price of hops went so low that the yards did not pay and they were
plowed up. This was about 1870, and as far as I know the industry has
never been revived in Brown Co."
(A Story of Pittsfield and Suamico)
Buckman also wrote poetry
and the following are two examples of his work.
The Boards on the Bottom of the Rack
an old log barn on my fathers' little
And I know every rafter in its frame,
have bumped my head on every knot and peg,
As I mowed away the clover when it came.
may talk about the perfume of the new mown hay,
Of the sweet aroma of the clover in the bay,
to stand waist deep in that stringy, tangled heap,
With the sweat running rivers down your back,
nothing that looks better to the fellow in the mow
Than the boards on the bottom of the rack.
a man size job to pitch off a load of hay,
So they always put the boy up in the mow'
expect him to do the work that's meant for two,
But they never stop to figure out just how.
the mercury stands a hundred the hay keeps coming up,
And you wonder if that load comprises all the season's cut,
your throat is full of hay seed and your nose is full of dust,
And your head is palpitating like as if 'twas boing to bust,
forget about the perfume that the wind is wafting back
When you hear the pitchfork rattle on the bottom of the rack.
the bottom of the rack looks good to me,
just about the color that it ought to be;
painting in the world could improve the shade
the bottom of the rack that father made.
Dear Old Wrinkled Hands
a weather beaten cottage
the spreading maples stand,
was raised from early childhood
I grew to be a man.
old weather beaten cottage
the roadside there still stands
what most in memory lingers
a pair of wrinkled hands.
distinctly I remember
a little barefoot boy,
stood close beside my mother
she fixed a broken toy.
her lips she'd wet her fingers,
the hair back from my brow;
to God those dear old fingers
again could do that now.
knit all my sox and mittens
the washed and patched my clothes,
smoothed out the many wrinkles
my little childish woes,
the soothed my brow in sickness
life held by slender strands,
since in pain and anguish
have missed those dear old hands.
her silent breast they're folded
have been for many years,
the grass that grows above them
been wet with bitter tears;
if choice were mine for wishing--
my lonely heart demands---
would be to press with ferver
again those dear old hands.
the Master sends his angel
to guide my journey home,
my wand'ring footsteps never
on this old earth shall roam,
I enter that fair mansion
the prince of glory stands,
mine eyes shall ne'er tire feasting
those dear old wrinkled hands.
W.L. Buckman, Amberg, Wis. Oct. 1917.
"On a cold and frosty
morning in the
early fall of 1883, the creak of wagon wheels and the sound of hoofs
broke the stillness along the Pine River road. Up into the northern
wilderness from Green Bay came Warren Buckman, the first permanent
settler of Amberg. The wagon was well loaded with blankets, clothing,
guns, and ammunition, all materials for starting a trading post.
He pitched his tents just
west of the
Pike river across from the present Catholic church. For several weeks
he traded his wares for furs, ginseng, and venison saddles. In late
fall he left for Green Bay to replenish his stock. When he returned in
the spring he built his log trading post on the east bank of the Pike
near the foot of Dow Rapids. The remains of this old building can still
be seen." (History of Amberg, Sophomore Class of the
served as Amberg's
town chairman and member of the Marinette Co. Board, from 1892-1893,
from 1913-1916, and from 1918-1920.
Children of Warren and Florence Buckman:
Dec. 7, 1889,
m. Edward Nickel, Amberg,
Aug. 26, 1910,
Princeton, Wis. Jan. 24, 1887,
son of Fredrick and
Nickel of Zeibenschlossen, Posen, E. Prussia.
Children of Geneva Lenore and
m. Martha Pawlicki of
children: Warren, Dennis, Sharon, Mark.
of Marinette, child:
m. (1). Leroy Enquist, one
m. (2). Elmer West,
children, Elmer, Jr. and
iv. Florence Nickel,
b. Oct. 9, 1920,
Elmer Churchill, Iron
Mr., Mich. Dec. 22, 1938,
b. Harmony, Wis. May 30, 1915.
Children of Florence and Elmer Churchill:
i. Allen Churchill,
Churchill (the author
of this history of the Hales), Living.
iv. Jeffery, Churchill
Alberg Elijah Buckman,
b. Amberg, 1895,
d. Crivitz, 1956,
m. (1). Deena
m. (2). Hazel
m. (3) Marie Barlow,
no children from 3rd. marriage.
of Albert and Deena
died young, married ?,
became a missionary in
South America, children: Larry,
Albert and Hazel Cutler Buckman:
i Joy Buckman,
m. (1). Dean Malone Buckman, no children,
m. (2). Norman Krumrei,
Terry, Tracy, Marty.