Mount Pleasant Township Biographical Sketches


As published in "The History of Racine and Kenosha Counties" (Chicago: 1879), pages 618-630

GEO. W. BAKER, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O., Ives' Grove; born Sept. 6, 1847; his father, Wm. U. Baker, came to Mt. Pleasant June 16, 1842, pre-empted 160 acres of land, and, through commendable economy, accumulated much property and 270 acres, which are in a high state of cultivation; Wm. U. Baker married, in Plymouth, England, Mary A. Mitchell, in 1834; had nine children, only two living; Mr. Baker was worth $60,000 or more at the time of his death. Mrs. Baker is a Christian lady of the old English school.

L. A. BARROWS, farmer, Sec. 35, P. O., Racine; born in Bristol England, Oct. 20, 1807; moved with his father to Holland Purchase, N. Y. - China, Genesee Co.- at 6 years of age; in 1836, went to Wisconsin to prospect - passed through Chicago, then a small town; walked most of the way from Detroit to New Buffalo; he was a great walker; walked sixty-three miles in one day, in New York State; after viewing the country returned to New York, and, in 1841, came with his family to Wisconsin, and settled on 120 acres in Mt. Pleasant, and has now 160 acres under good cultivation, and a comfortable home. Married, in 1830, Mary Jackson, who died July 22, 1841; had seven children - Alvin, Lydia, Lucretia, Charles L., Rensselaer, Mary, Jacob J.; Charles and Rensselaer were in the 22d Wis. Regt. V. I.; went with Sherman to the Sea. Jacob was in the the 8th Wis. V. I.; was at battle of Ft. Donelson; was detached as scout afterwards; taken sick, and died in hospital at Keokuk, while on his way home. Mr. Barrows married, Jan. 23, 1843, Eliza Jackson, daughter of Jacob Jackson; he has been a member of School Board many times. His son Charles has been Collector in Mt. Pleasant, and is Clerk of Church. Members of Free Will Baptist Church.

EDITHE NEWMAN BARTLETT, Sec. 10; P. O., Franksville, widow of Jas. O. Bartlett, born in Greene Co., N. Y., in September, 1822. Married Mr. Bartlett, December, 1844, who died, August, 1877, at the age of 59; he was an old and prominent settler; was Sheriff of the county two terms; he came to Mt. Pleasant in July, 1835; Mr. Bartlett was Lt. Colonel of the 8th Wis. Regt. V. I., and served with distinction through the war; they had two children - Jas. E. was born May 6, 1848; has been admitted to the Bar, and is now Justice of the Peace, Mrs. Bartlett has a large farm of 240 acres under fine cultivation.

JOHN BAUMEL, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Racine; born in Bavaria Germany, June 20, 1813; went to Philadelphia, 1840; carried on the meat business successfully seven years, then went to Milwaukee and engaged in same business, while he managed with business tact, and made money; in 1872, came to Mt. Pleasant and settled on 110 acres, which he has now under fine cultivation. Married, on March 24, 1844, Madeline Jelleigh, a native of Germany; have had nine children, six living- Chas. H., born Dec. 7, 1844; Elizabeth, Oct. 24, 1846; Mary, Jan. 13, 1848; Annie, June 22, 1851, and died December, 1852; Frank Pierce, born Dec. 19, 1852; John, born April 24, 1855, and died March 1, 1857; Fred, born March 4, 1859; Emma, April 16, 1862; Augusta, born Oct. 28, 1865, and died Nov. 5, 1869; Henry is in a ticket office in Milwaukee; Frank is in business in Milwaukee; Fred at home on the farm with his parents; they have a pleasant, home, and are comfortably well off, through the industry and economy it Mr. Baumel.

BETSEY BRADLEY, Sec. 32; P. O. Racine; widow of Joseph Bradley, who died Jan. 11, 1875; he came to Southport, Wis., (now Kenosha), June 12, 1842; settled on ninety acres; afterward accumulated 212 acres; left his widow in comfortable circumstances; Joseph Bradley was a native of Derbyshire, England; they have three children living; one (now Mrs. S. A. Roberts), is carrying on successful millinery business in Racine. When Mr. and Mrs. Bradley first came to Kenosha stumps of trees stood on the streets; the Indians had not disappeared; fences were few and far between.

CHRISTIAN BRANDT, farmer, P. O. Racine; was born in Germany; came to Racine in in 1872. Married Miss Christiana Walmer, in 1850; she was born in Germany in 1826; they have two children- Kallana, (now Mrs. Christ. Perpseth), of Racine; and Friderika, (now Mrs. John Haas), of Racine.

ISAAC BROWN, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Racine; born in North Wales, in March, 1824; came to New York in 1842, and to Racine, in 1852; has been sea captain for many years; sailed both upon the ocean and the lakes during thirty-six years; was on board the Wm. F. Allen when lost off Sheboygan, in the fall of 1875. He married Elizabeth Roberts in 1855; have had five children- three still living. Mr. Brown is one of the oldest and most experienced of lake captains, but has now settled down, and has 100 acres of land under good cultivation, where he hopes to pass the remainder of his days in peace and happiness.

ALONZO BURGESS, farmer; born in Bennington Co. Vt., Aug. 27,1820; moved when 3 years old, to Oswego Co. with his parents; his grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary war; Alonzo, at the age of 15, went to Southport (now Kenosha), March 5, 1835; on the way to Wisconsin, went through Chicago, then a town more renowned for its unfathomable depth of mud than for any prospect of future greatness. Mr. Burgess, father of Benj. Burgess, bought 160 acres in Pike's Woods; went into the lumber business, and ran a saw mill. He died about 1837, at the age of 39. Alonzo then went to work for his uncle, Wm. Foster; was with him five and one-half years, and then went into the brick business near Kenosha, and followed that six years; bought eighty acres in town of Somers, and in 1847, moved to Mt. Pleasant, and settled on 160 acres; through industry and frugality, he has now 420 acres, one of the finest farms; keeps 400 sheep; has fine Durham stock. He married, in 1842. Artemia Kellogg, who died May 7, 1864; had five children- Adelia, Emeretta (now Mrs. Cook), Carrie (also Mrs. Cook), Fred and Martha. July 2, 1867, married Mary A. Buswell, a daughter of Ezra Buswell, one of the oldest and most respected settlers in Wisconsin; she was a teacher many years in Kenosha, and also in Ohio; was teacher in Racine High School at one time; they have two children- Mamie, born May 17, 1869; E. Roy, Sept. 13, 1873.

JAS. CLIFF, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Racine; born in Preston, England, in 1812; came to this country in 1831; went to Cook Co., Ill., in 1837; was there till 1840; lived in Chicago in summer of 1837, on Kinzie street, and used to pasture his cows where now are the arteries of the great city; deer and wolves were numerous, and snakes troublesome at that time. Married Frances Marsh, Aug. 3, 1833; have had four children- three girls and one boy; came to Racine in 1851, and located at what is now Racine Junction; owns twenty-nine acres of land. Was in the Quartermaster's Department, under Gen. Sterling Price, at the time of the Mexican war; his son William was in the 2d Wisconsin Regiment; was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg; is now in business in Philadelphia.

SYLVESTER COMSTOCK, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Racine; born May 14, 1809; came to Racine and located upon eighty acres of land in Mt. Pleasant, in 1844; now owns 160 acres, under good cultivation; has improved farm machinery; through frugality and industry he has a comfortable home; was Captain of New York State militia, under Gen. Troup; was also an old and popular hotel keeper in that state. Married, Dec. 31, 1829; have had nine children- three living. F. H. served his time faithfully in the 43d Wis. Regiment until the close of the war; is a young man of rare promise. Mr. and Mrs. Comstock are members of the Congregational Church.

MRS. DELIA CUTTING, born in New York State, and is a sister of the Hon. James J. Doolittle. Married in 1851, and settled first in the West, in Somers, Kenosha Co., and afterward in Racine Co.; now has a fine residence, beautifully situated near Lake Michigan, and 200 acres of land under fine cultivation; Mrs. Cutting's mother, Mrs. Doolittle, is now living with her; she is a lady of the "old school," 87 years old; she has spent most of her declining years in searching the Scriptures; has read the Bible through eight times during the past four years; she is a remarkable woman, and much beloved throughout the neighborhood.

CHAS. DE GARIS, farmer, Sec. 31 ; P. O. Racine; born in the Island of Guernsey, in 1819; came to Racine in 1849, and worked as a mason for some years; came to Mt. Pleasant and settled on 27 acres, and now has 108 acres under good cultivation; has a fine lot of Durham cattle. Married, in 1856, Annie Burdin; have had five children- all living. Was Road Master eleven years, and Treasurer of the Grange Society. Attend the Methodist Church.

HORACE DE LONG, farmer, Sec. 33; P. O. Racine; born in Utica, N. Y., June 1837; he came to Kenosha Co. with his father, in 1838, and was with him until the time of his marriage, Oct. 13, 1861; he then moved to Mt. Pleasant, and settled on 94 acres, and through his industry, has now a pleasant home, and 200 acres under the best of cultivation; raises many sheep, and has fine horses and cattle, and a well-stocked farm generally. Married Mary Rease, Oct. 13, 1861; she is from the old venerated Dutch stock that settled in New York many years ago; have had four children- three living- Carrie, born Aug. 16, 1862; Edward, Nov. 3, 1863; Willard, May 16, 1870 (and died in June, 1870); Alton, Sept. 2, 1871.

MRS. ANN DEMOULPIED, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Racine; widow of Nicholas Demoulpied, who was born on the Island of Guernsey, and died May 23, 1875, at the age of 56; was one of the earliest and most respected settlers of Wisconsin; through his industry he gained a good farm and home, and left his widow in comfortable circumstances. He married Ann Hosmer in 1848; had Six children- all living- Eliza, Mary, Martin, Thomas, Laura and John. They own a fine farm of many broad acres.

MRS. WM. S. DERBY, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Racine; widow of W. S. Derby; born in New York State; came to Racine in 1843, and to Mount Pleasant in 1844, and settled on thirty-one acres of land; now have seventy-two under best of cultivation. Mr. Derby was Justice of Peace and member of School Board many terms; died April 2, 1877, at the age of 69. They had three children- two sons and one daughter. George W. was a member of the 49th Wis. V. I; served his time faithfully to close of war; William Derby was also a soldier, belonging to the Wis. Heavy Art.; Annie E. is teaching school. George W. married, 1867, Maria Spencer; have three children- Edith A. Ella M. and Viola M.

JAS. R. DOOLITTLE, Racine; born in Washington Co., N. Y., in 1815; came to Racine in 1851; was soon after elected Judge of the Circuit Court, and went to the National Senate in 1856; was there two terms of six years each; served to his country's honor during all that trying period; is now largely engaged in the practice of law, in Chicago. Married Mary Cutting, in 1836; have had six children; four are living; two sons were officers of distinction during the war; Jas. Doolittle, Jr., is a prominent lawyer and politician, in Chicago.

C. D. E. ELLARSON, farmer, Section 19; P. O. Racine; born Schoharie Co., N. Y., Oct. 11, 1817; came to Kenosha Co. about 1845, and to Mount Pleasant July, 1845; settled on 124 3/4 acres. Married, July, 1847, Tharia De Silver, who died in 1860; married Mary A. Clark in 1861; have three children living by first wife, and by second, two- Katie, 17 years old, and Ralph J., 7 years. Mr. Ellarson was Treasurer of Town of Mount Pleasant two terms, and enrolled the town at time of war. Charles S. is now studying medicine.

CAPT. DAVID EWEN, sea captain P. O. Racine born in Norwich, Conn., July 22, 1811; took to the water when 7 years old; went whaling in 1827 on board ship Chelsea, Capt. Davis; went to the Pacific and was gone thirty-three months; came home and staid six weeks, and then was gone forty-eight months, most of the time in the Northern Pacific; his experiences as a sailor, the hardships he endured, the exciting adventures and perils he met with, would fill a large book. Capt. Ewen was mate of the vessel which landed the first family at Racine in 1835. At the time of the Pike's Peak excitement, he, with two or three others, built a small boat, called Star of the West, and started to the gold fields; got along swimmingly at first but were finally wrecked on the prairie in Kansas; through the Captain's bravery all lives were saved, however. After his very adventurous life, he anchored his barque in Racine in 1844, and now rests peacefully, away from the toils and turmoils of ihe outside world, at his pleasant home just outside of the beautiful city of Racine. Among other things of interest, the Captain has fine paintings of incidents in his whaling voyages, upon the walls of his house.

SMITH FANCHER, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Franksville; born in Greene Co., N. Y., April 11, 1805; came to Racine Co. April 10, 1845; has 100 acres of land under good cultivation, which is considered oOne of the best of farms. Married Hannah Sowle Nov. 22, 1827; she was born Aug. 17, 1806, in Schoharie Co., N. Y.; have had seven children; four living. Mr. Fancher took great interest in the late war, and lent his influence and money freely to the good cause. He has been School Trustee and Treasurer, also Justice of the Peace, many terms; self and wife have been members of the Methodist Church for fifty years.

CONRAD FOX., farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Racine; born in Baden Jan. 8, 1832; emigrated to New York in May, 1850; to Mount Pleasant April 8, 1857; owns eighty-five acres of land under good cultivation. Married Bridget McCarthy Jan. 8, 1856; have had five children; now engaged in the stone and lime business; was Treasurer of School District No. 18 two terms. Mr. Fox is a member of Lutheran, wife member of Catholic Church.

PHILIP R. FREY, station agent, Western Union Junction; Sec. 21; born in Jefferson Co., N. Y., March 4, 1825; son of Henry Frey, an old and respected merchant of Watertown, N. Y. They removed to Racine in 1837; there was only one store there then, kept by Charles S. Wright, corner Third and Main street; Philip was in Racine about a year; went to Chicago in 1838; there were about 3,000 inhabitants there then; the hotels then were the Lake House (North Side), City Hotel , where the Sherman now stands, and old Tremont; he was clerk for L. M. Boyce, druggist, 113 Lake street, till 1848; then went to Milwaukee, and afterward to Racine; in 1850 went to California overland; went into the mines and endured many hardships; these were thrilling times there; returned in 1855 and went to Walworth Co., where his father was a merchant; in the spring of 1856 went to Kansas; returned to Darien, Wis., in 1857, and sold lumber for Kelley, Murray & Co.; afterward was station agent there for about six years then went to Racine, and was station agent at Racine Junction about six years; when Western Union R. R. was started, was appointed agent at Western Union Junction, and has been there ever since. Married, July, 1859, Susanna R. Bones, daughter of Thomas Bones, one of the earliest settlers of Racine Co. Mr. Frey has a fine farm of sixty-three acres in Mount Pleasant; has fineJersey stock, and makes butter that finds a ready market among those who want the choice article. Mr. Frey remembers the first trial for murder in Cook Co.; John Stone was hanged at that time.

JOSEPH GARRECHT, farmer, Sec. 7; P O. Racine; born in Germany, Dec. 26, 1824; emigrated to New Orleans in 1847; aferwards to St. Louis and Chicago, and to Racine, May 23, 1850; engaged in coopering business; now is a farmer, and has ninety-eight acres of land under good cultivation; married Mary Reitch; have had seven children, three living; Mr. G. was Road Commissioner five terms; Mr. and Mrs. G. are members of the Catholic Church.

HUGH GRIFFITHS, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Racine; born in North Wales, April, 1824; came to Racine Co., in 1849; settled on ninety-five acres of land, and, through perseverance and industry, now has a fine farm of 270 aeres, and an elegant residence; has, also, a stock of blooded cattle, Jerseys and Durhams, besides twenty-five head of other cattle; makes butter that is always in demand; has four horses, Swigert blood; married, Dec. 29, 1869, Mary Evans; have had eight children; Mr. Griffiths was twelve years Trustee of the School Board, also Treasurer and Truste of Welsh Congregational Church; Mr. Griffiths is a strong, well-built man, in the prime of life, and eminently fitted for any choice the people may indicate; has always been a Republican, and has stood staunch to the party.

R. HANSCHE, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Racine; born Dec. 8, 1812, in Germany; came to Racine Co. in 1841 purchased eighty acres of land, which, through industry and frugality, he has brought under fine cultivation; has, within a few years, built a fine residence, beautifully situated upon the shore of Lake Michigan; Married Annie Soergel; have had nine children, all living - four boys and five girls; Mr. Hansche served two terms as Road Commissioner; member in good standing of the German Evangelical Church.

MRS. E. L. HOBSON, Sec. 30 P. O. Racine; Mrs. E. L. Hobson, matron of the Taylor Orphan Asylum, was born in Lynchburg, Va.; widow of John A. Hobson, who was an extensive planter in Virginia and died at the age of 31; had two children, both now dead; Mrs. Hobson was, for ten years, connected with the Half-Orphan Asylum at Chicago and by her courage and good management, at the time of the great fire, she saved and provided for all the homeless children of that institution, which was destroyed; they have about seventy children in the Taylor Asylum at the present time; one need only visit the institution to admit the good management of Mrs. Hobson.

E. T. HUGHES, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Racine; was born in North Wales in 1826; came to Racine Co., with his father, in 1846; settled upon 160 acres, half of which was woodland, which has been mostly cleared away, and now has a fine farm under good cultivation; his father, Thomas J. Hughes, died in 1867; Evan T. was the only son; Mr. Thomas Hughes married Elizabeth Jones in 1825, in Wales; Mrs. Hughes died April 11, 1879, at the, age of of eighty-five; she was beloved by all; Mr. Evan Hughes is a Good Templar and a member of the Temple Honor.

C. J. JACKSON, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Racine; born in Mt. Pleasant, Oct. 13, 1848; his father, Jacob Jackson, came to Racine in 1840; was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was taken prisoner to Montreal; his wife was born Jan. 3, 1807, and is now living at the old homestead; Mr. Jacob Jackson, after a well-spent and profitable life, died March 1, 1871; Mr. C. J. Jackson married, Nov. 7, 1872, Alice Curtis, of Iowa; have had two children - W.S. born Nov. 13, 1873; Lulu, born June 9, 1878; he has 100 acres of land, under good cultivation; he is much interested in entomology, and has a fine collection of insects.

LEWIS KENT farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Racine; born in Germany, Oct. 20, 1818; came to New York in 1837; remained there about five years, gardening and farming, and came to Wisconsin in 1843; was in Milwaukee teaming for some years; afterwards bought eighty acres in West Granville; was there nine years; came to Mt. Pleasant in 1867, and settled on 105 acres; through his industry and economy has a good farm, in fine state of cultivation; Mr. Kent, intending to go to the old country, transferred his property to his sons; one of them died, and he transferred his estate to his wife; he married Margaret Schmidt, June 14, 1842; have had seven children- Lewis, born April 30, 1844; John, May 1, 1846; Frederick, March 18, 1850; Matilda, March 21, 1852; Henry, March 19, 1857; Sophia, March 20, 1860; Lilly, April 10, 1864; Lewis, John and Fred enlisted in the 45th Wis. Regiment, and served faithfully til the close of the war; Lewis was taken prisoner at the battle of Murfreesboro, but afterwards enlisted again in the same regiment, and went with Sherman to the sea; Mr. Kent's wife's father and mother are living with him- Mrs. S. about 80 years old, Mr. S. 84 years old.

EDMOND KING, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Racine; born in Canada, May, 1820; came to Racine County in 1844; thence went to Kane County, Ill., and came back to Mount Pleasant in 1869; settled on forty acres of land, which he has under good cultivation; raises many berries and much fruit for the Chicago market; married Mary A. Rice, of Pennsylvania, June, 1849; have had four children, three living; Mr. King has been Clerk of the School Board a number of terms; Mrs. King is a member of the Baptist Church.

NICHOLAS LANGLOIS farmer, Sec. 27: P. O. Racine; born on the Island of Guernsey, Sept. 27, 1834; farmed with his father and worked at dragging for a penny a day; family came to Wisconsin, May 23, 1843, first to Somers then to Mount Pleasant, July 3, 1843; James, Mr. Langlois' father, settled first on eighty acres, and died March 12, 1877; be then owned 160 acres, which he deeded to his son Nicholas, who has a fine farm under good cultivation; married Elizabeth Gillett (before breakfast) July 4, 1866; have had four children- Florence E., born April 25, 1867; Mabel E., June 28, 1870; B. Etta, Nov. 15, 1871; Archie G., July 20, 1878; Mrs. Gillett was from an old and respected family who came from England, near London; she was born Feb. 20, 1836.

L. B. LATHROP farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Racine; born in Bennington County, Vt., Dec. 14, 1836, and came to Racine County with his father, about 1841; Austin Lathrop bought 160 acres at that time; Lucius B. was a member of the 8th Wis. Regt.; was in 33 engagements, and escaped unharmed; was color-bearer for some time; was with his regiment before Vicksburg; married Mary Baumann, March, 1872; have had two children- William, born 1877, Louisa, 1873; members of Baptist Church; has forty acres of land under good cultivation; extensively engaged in milk business, furnishing 150 families with the unadulterated article; also largely engaged in gardening.

S. C. LEARNED, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Racine; born Sept. 12, 1825, in Oswego County, N. Y.; moved with his parents to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1832, and in 1842 to Milwaukee County, Wis.; was at Chicago July 5, 1842; stopped at the New York House; came to Racine County in the fall of 1850; bought forty acres of land, and, through frugality and industry, now has a fine residence, beautifully situated and graded, and a farm under a high state of cultivation; Mr. Learned was in the Quartermaster's Department, during the war, and was at Nashville in 1864; married, Nov. 27, 1853, Emma A. Thompson, and March 22, 1869, bought the place where he now resides; have had seven children, six living- O. Sumner, born Sept. 6, 1854; George D., March 26, 1857; Frank S., June 16, 1862- died May 23, 1876; Lester S., born Jan. 17, 1865; John C., April 22, 1867; Nora S., June 2, 1872; Eunice R., May 6, 1874.

CAPT. N. M. LE PREVOST, ex-sea Captain, etc., Sec. 8; P. O. Racine; born on the Island of Guernsey, May 22, 1818; was at an early age mate on one of the Cunard line steamers; was also connected with the DeWolf line of steamships; has traveled in all parts of the world; lived under five flags; was Captain of the bark G. L. Newman, which was lost off Chicago at the time of the great fire; now, after having seen enough of the great outside world, has become a citizen of Mount Pleasant has thirty-one acres of land under good cultivation; married Margaret Edmonds, 1874.

WILLIAM G. MEACHEM, M. D., Sec. 20; P. O. Racine; was born at Axbridge, Somersetshire, England, Oct. 7, 1829. His father, Thomas Meachem, who had met with financial reverses in the cloth manufacture, was at this time conducting a private sehool at Axbridge. His mother was a member of the Goldesbrough family, of some local note, a daughter of Mr. Henry Goldesbrough, a silk manufacturer of the cathedral city of Wells. One of her paternal uncles, the Rev. Mr. Goldesbrough, D. D., a graduate of Oxford, attained some celebrity in the Established Church; another was an Admiral in the Royal Navy; still another was a prominent physician. In 1831, Thomas Meachem emigrated with his family to this country, and made his first residence at Skaneateles, Onondaga Co., N. Y. Entering the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal Church, he labored zealously and successfully in several pastoral fields until his death, which occurred in the 55th year of his age. Early discovering in his son William a propensity to books, the father fostered it by every means in his power, furnishing him with able instructors, and otherwise encouraging him in the pursuit of knowledge. Among his instructors was Miss Mary Jane Hawes, afterward Mrs. Holmes, the well-known authoress. At the age of 14 he matriculated at Geneva College, now entitled Hobart College, at Geneva. Though the youngest pupil in the institution, he ranked among the foremost in his class, in both mathematical and classical studies. Too close application so impaired his health, however, that he was obliged to abandon his college course when only half completed. After some years of valetudinarianism, his health being measurably re-established, he studied medicine under the preceptorship of his brother, Dr. J. G. Meachem, of Warsaw, N. Y. Having attended a course of medical lectures at the Philadelphia College of Medicine, he commenced practice, at the age of 24, at West Middlebury, N. Y. In the spring of 1855 he graduated at the Medical Department of the University of the City of New York. With the intent of perfecting himself for the Army Board medical examination (the most rigid medical examination known in the country), preparatory to applying for a position on the Military Medical Staff, he took another course of lectures at the New York University, the following winter and in the autumn of 1856 presented himself before the Board at Newport Barracks, Ky., where he passed a searching and satisfactory scientific examination; but the lack of robustness of constitution thwarted his expectations in this direction. In the spring of 1856 he formed a co-partnership for practice with his brother and preceptor, at Warsaw. After the dissolution of the copartnership, in 1857, he practiced alone in the same place. In 1862 he married Miss Jessie M. Robertson, daughter of Daniel Robertson, of London, England, and step-daughter of the Hon. James Sprague, of Warsaw. In 1864 he obtained a commission as Assistant Surgeon to the 162d Regt. N. Y. V. He followed the fortunes of his regiment in the memorable Shenandoah Valley campaign, under the gallant Sheridan. He was for a time detailed to the medical charge of the 133d and the 165th N. Y. V., the latter one of the famed Zouave organizations. At the close of the war he settled for practice at Livonia, Livingston Co., N. Y., remaining there until 1869, when, finding his failing health inadequate to the labors and fatigues of medical practice, he removed to Racine, Wis., where he has since resided in retirement. Dr. Meachem, in his student life and earlier years of practice, was a contributor to various medical journals, among them the New York Journal of Medicine and the Buffalo Medical Journal. He has also written no inconsiderable amount of verse. Many of his poems have been published in various periodicals, as the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper, the Rural New Yorker, and some local papers. His unpublished MSS. are also numerous. His muse is usually in a serious, even a religious mood. At times, however, she sighs an amatory ode or chants a martial strain. Now and then she is satirical; nor is she always devoid of quiet humor. Dr. Meachem still writes an occasional poem. He has been, moreover, a diligent translator of classical authors, having prepared a literal and a free translation of the greater part of the writings of the poet Horace, his Odes, Epodes, Satires, etc.; of the Eclogues of Virgil; of part of Livy's History, a translation of the Antigone of Sophocles, etc. Of Dr. Meachem's five brothers, the three who attained to manhood, like himself, graduated in medicine. Thomas G., the eldest, after ten years of practice, was ordained to the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and died at Auburn, N. Y., in 1875. The second, Edward H. G., is practicing in Milwaukee. The third, John G., is a leading practitioner in Racine, and for the last three terms has been Mayor of the city.

H.W. MILMAN, florist, Sec. 8; P. O. Racine; was born in Germany, Oct. 14, 1834, came to Racine, Aug., 1852; was engaged in boot and shoe business fifteen years, then became a market gardener, and, now carries on an extensive business in flowers and plants, which are shipped to all parts of the country. Married Annie Seymour, in 1858; have one boy, born 20th Sept., 1859; members of Catholic Church; green house situated one-quarter mile from N. W. Depot, old Middle Road.

WM. MOSES, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Racine; was born in Rutland Co., Vt., April 24, 1815 moved to Monroe Co., N. Y., with his parents, in 1818, and was there till fall of 1836; then went to Mt. Pleasant and located on 160 acres; was one of the first comers to this part of the country; there were none but Government Roads; land was not fenced; wolves could be seen any day about the promises; he succeeded through his toil and economy in gaining a fine farm under good cultivation, and is now in comfortable circumstances. Married Cornelia Clemmons, June, 1848; she died, Oct. 10, 1875, at the age of 65. Mr. Moses has held office many terms, and is a member of the Free Will Baptist Church.

ALEXANDER MOSHER, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Racine; born in White Creek, Washington Co., N. Y., went first to Union Village, then to Greenwich, and was in business there many years; afterward, was in business in Troy, N. Y.; came to Racine Co., in 1846, and was extensively engaged in the packing business, both here and in Chicago. Married Rebecca Norton, of Cambridge, Washington Co., N. Y., Feb. 20, 1832; has had three children, two living- the oldest, Mary, married Dr. Norcom, Sept. 8, 1858, now lives in Chicago; John R., married Dora Spencer, Oct. 20, 1868. Mrs. Mosher's brother was first Mayor of Racine.

JOHN OSBORNE, SR., farmer, Secs. 4 and 5; P. O. Racine; was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, June 6, 1808. Married Miss Rebecca Murray, in 1835; came to America in 1839; he first settled in Rochester, N. Y.; removed to Wisconsin in 1844, and purchased a farm in Caledonia Township; sold that, and purchased the one he now owns; he has 180 acres of land, Secs. 4 and 5, Range 23, and values it at $150 per acre; his farm is well improved, and has a variety of fruit-apples, pears, plums, etc., and a fine assortment of cherries; when he began to clear up his farm, he went in the milk business, and has followed that, principally, ever since; has held the offices of Poormaster, School Commissioner and Supervisor; is School Director for School No. 19. Joint District, Mt. Pleasant, and has been for the last twenty years. Mr. and Mrs. Osborne have four children living- Mary, John, William and Margaret lost three- John, Henry and Robert.

JOHN OSBORNE, JR., farmer; P. O. Racine; was born in Caledonia Township, Wis., 1844. Married Miss Nancy Wilson, in 1869; they have one child living- John Henry, aged, 6 years; lost one daughter- Ida May, who died at the age of 8 years. Mr. and Mrs. Osborne are members of the Episcopal Church.

STILLMAN PARKER, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Racine, or, Western Union Junction; born in Windsor Co., Vt., May 28, 1810, was a son of Leonard Parker, one of the earliest and most respected settlers in Vermont. Stillman went to Buffalo, about 1830; was Superintendent of Public Works; built floating dry docks then; was in that vicinity about twelve years; superintended the building of the Genesee Canal; was the general manager under the well-known contractors, Phelps & Co.; came to Mt. Pleasant about 1845, and settled on 80 acres of land; has now 300 acres, and in good cultivation. Married first, in New York, Lucinda Hubbard their children are- William, born in New York, April 28, 1833; Chas., March 3, 1835; Mitchell, Jan. 31, 1837; George, Sept. 9, 1839; Ortha, Jan. 9, 1841; Alonzo Jan. 20, 1843; Albertus, April 28, 1847; Josephine, May 30, 1851; Julia A., Oct. 20, 1853. He again married, Hannah Thorn, Oct. 30, 1856; their children are- Mary, born March 27, 1858; Margaret E., May 29, 1860; Frank, April 27, 1862; Ida, Feb. 1, 1864 (died Sept. 6, 1864); Arthur and Alexander, born Oct. 6, 1865, twins (died May 19 and 22, 1867); Ellen R., born April 12, 1868 (died July 10, 1872); Hattie, born the 12th of May, 1870 (died June 30, 1872); Frederick, born April 26, 1872; Daniel, June 4, 1874.

JOSHUA PIERCE, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Racine; born in Steuben Co., N. Y., 1814; came to Racine Co. in 1840, and purchased 160 acres of land; brought his family here in 1841. Married, in April, 1841, Catherine Haden; have had eight children, all still living. Mr. Pierce came here among the earliest settlers, and, through industry and frugality, has now one of the finest residences and as good a farm as any in the county; has 183 acres of land; used to raise forty bushels of wheat to the acre; is the owner of some fine horse stock, among which is Gov. Hayes, sired by Swigert, a horse that will have a good record.

THOMAS PLACE farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Franksville; born in Greene Co., N. Y., December, 1819 came West; was in Chicago a short time, when it was in its infancy; came to Racine Co. in 1835, when Indians were numerous; was for about a year employed as a clerk by an Indian trader namedq Jamvaux; through industry and frugality he has obtained a farm of 220 acres, under the highest state of cultivation; deals extensively in stock. Has been Supervisor and Town Treasurer a number of terms. Married, in 1843, Susan Secor, who was an old schoolmate; have had four children, three living; one son enlisted as a 100-day man, and died at Memphis; Luther enlisted in the 22d Wis. Regt., and served till the close of the war; Luther is now traveling for a large fanning-mill company.

BENJAMIN PRATT, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Racine; born in Greenwich, Hampshire Co., Mass., Jan. 8, 1813 went to Geauga Co., Ohio; then to White Pigeon, St. Joseph Co., Mich; came to Racine Co., Feb. 15, 1835, and made a claim of a half-section of land at Ives' Grove; afterward removed to Racine, and engaged in the manufacturing of brick; then went to Walworth Co.; was there three years; finally went to Mt. Pleasant, where he now has 120 acres of land, under good, cultivation; his house is beautifully situated on the shore of Lake Michigan. Married Fannie Kiser, Aug. 27, 1840; have had eleven children, seven living- James M., Dora and Ben F.; William S., born Sept. 25, 1855: Charles D., in 1858; Mary L., July 15, 1861; Fannie M., June, 1867. Members of M. E. Church.

DANIEL PUFFER, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Racine; born near Boston, Mass., July 3, 1801; came to Mt. Pleasant, February, 1842, and, through industry and frugality, has accumulated a competence; has 140 acres of land, under good cultivation, and well stocked. Married Miss A. Wright, Jan. 27, 1835; she was from New York State; have four children, all living. Mr. Puffer was a member the School Board a number of terms. Members of the M. E. Church.

EZRA PUFFER, farmer, Sec 1 ; P. O. Racine; born in New York, Oct. 22, 1825; came to Racine Co., in the spring of 1843, and to Mount Pleasant, in 1849 has, through industry and economy, obtained a good farm of seventy acres, under fine cultivation, and is in comfortable circumstances. Married first wife, R. A. Dickinson. Second wife. Mary C. Carr, of New York State; married Dec. 15, 1856; have three children. Was Clerk of School District several terms. Mr. Puffer and wife belong to the Free Will Baptist Church.

EZRA REED farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Racine; is a native of Ontario Co., N. Y.; came; to Kenosha in 1836, but not liking the surroundings as well there, he located upon a farm seven miles northwest of Racine, where he remained several years; then removed to Ives' Grove, where he kept tavern for four years; then bought a farm two miles east of the Grove, upon which he lived till the war. His two sons, James and Charles M., enlisted in 22d W. V. I.; James was promoted to Orderly Sergeant before his death, which was caused by rebel sharpshooters. Mr. Reed married Emeline Flint, in his native county, Sept. 17, 1834; they have had two sons- James (deceased), and Charles M; the former married Josephine, daughter of Orlando Secor; had one child- James, Jr., who is now in his 17th year; Charles M., married Emeline Phelps, daughter of Seth Phelps. Mr. Ezra Reed is a Republican; was an Old Line Whig before the organization of the Republican party. He has served one term as Supervisor, also one term as Township Assessor. During the war, be bought the farm where he now resides, which, at that time, embraced the fifty acres upon which his son Charles now resides; the home farm consists now of fifty acres, valued at over one hundred dollars per acre.

BENJAMIN REYNOLDS, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Franksville; born in New York State, June 10, 1792; came, to Racine Co. at time of old land-sale; is one of the earliest settlers, and one of the oldest and most respected men of the county; he has 120 acres of land, under the best of cultivation. Married Phoebe Ball, a native of New York State; have had nine children, six living- three boys and three girls, Mr. Reynolds is a member, in good standing, of the Close Communion Baptist Church. He has been Justice of the Peace, and has held many other offices.

MRS. WINNIFRED ROBERTS, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Racine; born in Montgomeryshire, North Wales, Jan. 23, 1820; married Mr. Roberts in 1846; he was born in North Wales, Jan. 1, 1816; they came to Racine Co., 1846; through industry and frugality, accumulated a large property; have 750 acres in this county and 560 acres in Iroquois Co., Ill. Mr. Roberts died April 7, 1873; he was a stanch Abolitionist one of the first movers in the good work of liberating the slaves, and spent much time and money to further that end. Mrs. Roberts has six children, all living- three sons and three daughters. Mrs. Roberts is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

WM. H. ROE, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Racine; born in Williamstown, Mass., Nov. 4,1803; came to Racine, April 31, 1846; was engaged in nursery business six years or more; was first Town Clerk at Racine, and also member of the Assembly of 1853; is Royal Arch Mason, and also a prominent member of Odd Fellows' Society. Married Elizabeth Payne, May 7, 1842; has had eleven children- nine living. Five are now young men, who are all prosperously engaged in business.

DAVID W. ROWLANDS, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. Racine; born in North Wales, Dec. 25, 1821, worked in slate quarries some years; came to New York, June 7, 1845, and to Racine same year; went to Pike's Grove, and hired out two summers; settled in Pike's Grove, Mount Pleasant, fall of 1846. Married, in 1846, Mary E. Jehu, daughter of Thos. Jehu, who was one of the first Welsh settlers in Wisconsin. Have had six children- Thos. J., born Nov. 14, 1847; Wm. W., Oct. 15, 1848; David W. Nov. 13, 1852; John E., Dec. 18, 1856; Eliza A., April 2, 1851; died Sept. 5, 1866; Mary Ann, born Aug. 12, 1859; died Aug. 12, 1866. William is teaching in Racine Academy. Thos. J. enlisted in the fall of 1864; was with the Army of the Tennessee; served his time faithfully, and was honorably discharged. Thos J. and David W. are veterinary surgeons in Oshkosh. John E. is living with his father.

SIDNEY A. SAGE, hay press, Western Union Junction; son of Sidney A. Sage, one of the earliest settlers in Racine, who came there in 1836; was largely engaged in milling and real estate business there many years, and died, March 13, 1869. Joel Sage, grandfather of Sidney Sage, Jr., and Stephen H. Sage (an uncle), came to Racine in 1835. Sidney A. Sage was born in Racine, Dec. 26, 1852; attended school in Racine at the age of 16, went to Beloit College was there three years, then went into Winslow's book store, Racine. In the fall of 1874, came to Western Union Junction and went into hay pressing business; has from $12,000 to $14,000 invested. Through business tact and industry, has built up a good and profitable business; supplies the Union Stock Yards, Chicago, with about 3,000 tons hay per year; also deals in agricultural implements.

J. D. SCHECKLER, Sec. 32 P. O. Racine; born in Germany, June 26, 1837; came to Wisconsin in 1864; went first to Two Rivers; has thirty-one and one-half acres of land under good cultivation; makes a specialty of fruit; is a member of the School board. Married Eliza Hansche, February, 1860; daughter of Mr. Hansche, a respected old settler of these parts. Have had seven children, all now living; members of the Methodist Church.

JOHN SEARLE, farmer, Sec. 32; residence in Mount Pleasant Township, near Caledonia line; P. O. Racine; was born in England, in 1839; came to Pennsylvania in 1854; to Racine, fall of 1854. Married Miss Nancy Jane Allsop, at Paris, Wis., in 1853. She was born in Milwaukee, Wis. They have five children- John, aged 10 years; Mary, 7 years; Peter, 5 years; Francis, 4 years, and Anna, 1 1/2 years. Mr. Searle owns twenty acres of land in Caledonia Township, Sec. 32, which is in a fine state of cultivation, valued at $75 per acre.

LUTHER R. SEARS, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Racine; was born in Ashfield, Franklin Co., Mass., Dec. 9, 1811; came to Racine Co. in 1836. His first wife was Sophia Hawks, a native of Savoy, Mass. The present wife was Abby F. Kirker, of Watertown, Mass. Had, by first wife, four children; by second, two. Mr. Sears was among the earliest settlers in this part of the country, and after passing through many privations, has, by industry, attained good circumstances and a comfortable home. Rented 425 acres of land when he first came to Caledonia; was connected with the School Board for ten years, and was supervisor five or six years.

WM. SEARS, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Racine; was born in Ashfield, Mass., 1808; came to Racine Co., November, 1836; his family came out in 1837; settled in Caledonia; afterward removed to Mount Pleasant. Married, April 29, 1833, Annie Ames. Have had eight children; six are living. Mr. and Mrs. Sears are members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Sears is one of the "first comers," and, through industry and frugality, has attained a comfortable home and competence.

ORLANDO SECOR, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Franksville; born in Greene Co., N. Y., May 13, 1816; came to Racine Co., June 1, 1840; bought 120 acres of land, for which he paid $10 per acre. This was a wild country then. Indians were numerous. Wolves and bears were often seen, and deer fed with the cattle. Mr. Secor was a prominent man, and led the van in the hunt and rough amusements of those days. Married Caroline Webb, of Greene Co., N. Y., in 1838. Have had five children; three living. Mr. Secor has been extensively engaged in stock raising, especially fine horses. Recently sold a pair to a Chicago resident, for $1,000. Has a fine farm of 157 acres, under good cultivation. Is a liberal contributor to the support of churches.

G. W. SELDEN, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Racine; born in Williamstown, Oswego Co. N. Y., July 25, 1814; went to Cleveland, Ohio, when 17 years old remained there five years. Married Fanny Clemons, Dec. 24, 1836; started with wagon for Wisconsin; reached Southport last day of June, 1842; were seventeen days on the road; in coming through Chicago, was offered eighty acres of land in what is now the center of the city, in exchange for one of his horses; came to Mt. Pleasant and pre-empted 160 acres, in spring of 1843; snow was two feet deep; first built a board shanty; wolves were numerous and troublesome; cultivated 200 acres; now have 110 acres under fine cultivation; have had four children, all living- G. W. Jr., was born May 11, 1840; Helen E., Nov. 14, 1837; Chas. M., May 18, 1846; Emma, June, Aug. 13, 1850; George is now living with his father, and married; have one child, Louise M., born July 3, 1868. Mr. Selden and wife are members of the Free Will Baptist Church. Charles Selden was in a Wisconsin regiment, and served faithfully till close of war. Mr. G. W. Selden was Chairman of Board of Supervisors five years; went to the Assembly in 1858; was the first man elected upon Republican principles.

S. K. SHELDON, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Racine; a native of New York State; came to Racine County spring of 1845, and settled on 180 acres, mostly pasture land. Married Orpha Emerson, from Vermont, in 1854; have had seven children, four living- Florence and Frank, (twins), born Feb. 4, 1862; Maria, Nov. 16, 1866; Nellie, April 19, 1869. , Mr. Sheldon has a farm under a high state of cultivation; makes a specialty of fruit of all kinds; has a fine residence, beautifully situated on Asylum avenue. Self and family members of Congregational Church.

E. SNIFFIN, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O., Racine; was born in New York, Dec. 23, 1813; son of David Sniffin, one of the oldest settlers of New York; came to Kenosha County in 1850; settled on forty acres; afterward bought forty acres more; came to Mt. Pleasant in 1866, and settled on 136 acres; now through frugality and industry has a good home and is comfortably situated. Married Almira J. Titus, in the fall of 1846; she came of the old and respected Titus family of New York; have had four children, three living- Mary, David, and Harvey E.; Edwin died about 1871. Mr. S. lent his aid and moral support towards the suppression of the rebellion.

MRS. JOHN VAN ORNUM, Sec. 20; P. O. Racine born in Williamstown, Orange Co., Vt., in 1823. Married John Van Ornum, Dec. 1, 1842; have had five children, one living. Mr. Van Ornum and family came to Racine Co., July, 1861 was successfully engaged in selling agricultural implements; died Jan. 5. 1877; Eliza, the only child, married Mr. Hutchinson, of the Racine Advocate. They have a fine residence just outside of the city, and have fifteen acres of land.

JAS. WALKER, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Racine; born in Greenfield, Mass., Oct. 8, 1811; came to Racine County by boat from Chicago, April 1, 1835, and is now living on the land he pre-empted; he is the oldest settler in this part of the country; is in comfortable circumstances, and owns 146 acres of land and thousands of dollars worth of the newest and best farm machinery. He made the coffin and buried the first white man that died in this part of the State. Married his present wife, Harriet E. Peck, in 1865; she was born Feb. 20, 1836; she is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Walker has been an officer in the school district all the time of his residence here, and could have held office if his aspirations had led him that way.

NELSON A. WALKER, farmer, Sec. 12 (Mt. Pleasant Tp.); P. O. Racine; is one of the oldest settlers living in this township; he came to Racine in Oct. 1835, having walked all the way from Toledo, Ohio, via Chicago; he worked one month for Capt. Knapp; he was well pleased with the country, and bought a claim near Racine, west of widow Carpenter's, and also one at Ives' Grove; during the winter he returned to the East, and in the spring of 1836 came again, and went to improving his farm at Ives' Grove; in the fall, his wife, son, and sister Mary Ann, joined him. Mary Ann was the wife of the well-known James Van Wagoner, who lived at Wygatt's corners and kept the toll-gate on the plank road, then moved to Caledonia Township, thence to Racine, where he carried the U. S. Mail for several years between depot and post office; afterward he moved to Minnesota. In 1838, Mr. Walker sold his claim to Mr. Campbell, and moved to his claim near Racine, upon which he lived until he obtained a title, then he sold it. In February 1839, the First Presbyterian Church was organized in Racine, and Mr. and Mrs. Walker united with it; the Rev. Cyrus Nichols was their Pastor. In the spring of 1839; Mr. Walker moved to the farm where he now lives, and made all of the improvements; it now consists of 145 acres, valued at from $75 to $100 per acre; he also owns a farm of 200 acres in Minnesota. Mr. Walker is a native of Rutland Co., Vt., born April 20, 1807. Married, in Byron, Genesee Co., N. Y.. Miss Lucinda, daughter of Dr. Robert D. Taggart, in Aug. 1834; they have had five children and ten grand-children; their children are- Robert Mosley, who still lives upon the home farm, married Minerva A., daughter of Gurdon Secor, Dec. 17, 1866- they have three children, Nelson A., Mortimer E., and Mabel E; Mary Jane, wife of Col. Milo; George (now residing in Chicago); Wm. H. H. (who married the sister of R. M's. wife); Louisa, wife of J. B. Appleton (now residing in Iowa); and Geo. Nelson, who died in infancy. Mrs. Walker lived to rear her family and see them all doing well; she died at a good old age, Oct. 14, 1876. Mr. Walker is a Republican; was too old to give his personal presence to the army, but was represented doubly by his sons; they were in Co. K, 8th Regt. Wis. V. I. Wm. H. H. re-enlisted.

FRED WARDEL, machinist, Sec. 8; P. O. Racine; was born in Germany in 1838; came to Racine in 1874; his wife's name was Dora Nottlemann, born in Germany in 1835; she came to Racine in 1866; have two children, born in 1869 and 1872. Their home is pleasantly situated just outside the limits of Racine.

JAMES WEED, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Racine was born in Berkshire, Co., Mass., 1810 went to Livingston Co., Ill., in the summer of 1833, and was one of the first settlers in that county; came to Racine Co. in wagons in 1841; lived in Caledonia twenty-three years; owned 500 acres of land tbere. Married Abby Bartlett, a native of Salisbury, Conn.; she was born there in 181O ; have had eight, children; three daughters and two sons are living. Himself and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church, and are much honored members of society, esteemed by all.

H. E. WHITE, farmer, Sec. 6 ; P. O. Franksville; born in Dutchess Co., N. Y., Sept. 27, 1821; moved to Raymond, and worked at his trade there twenty-two years; he had only five cents in his pocket when he landed in Racine, but, through his perseverance and energy, has acquired a comfortable home and a farm of sixty acres, which, through good management, pays him well; he gets more from his sixty acres than many would from a hundred acres.

JOHN T. WILLIAMSIN, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Racine; born in Germany in 1800; came to Racine Co. and Mount Pleasant at an early day, and bought forty acres of land, and through industry and ftugality, now has 130 acres under good cultivation; has a fine residence, and is in comfortable circumstances. Married in 1839; have had four children, three living. Self and family honored members of the Lutheran Church.

CAPT. GEORGE WUSTUM. farmer, Sec 6 ; P. O. Racine; born in Germany, Feb. 24, 1815; came to New York in 1838, and to Racine in 1844; extensively engaged in butchering business for sixteen years. Was elected two terms as Alderman by the Democratic party; was also Mayor in 1855 Supervisor one year; was elected Captain of the first company of militia organized in Racine. Married Maria Ordner, in New York, in 1840; have five children living. Has 200 acres of land, under good cultivation. Self and wife members of German Lutheran Church.




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