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Shawano County Journal


Thursday 24 Mar 1932

Milo Porter, Civil War Veteran, Dies At Lessor Home

1844 – 1932

Milo M. Porter, 87, prominent citizen of Shawano County and perhaps the last Civil war veteran of this county, died at his home in the town of Lessor near Navarino early Monday morning.

He has been ill during the last few years of his life suffering from the infirmities of old age and other complications.

Enlisted At Madison

Mr. Porter was born in 1844 in Alleghany County, New York.  He attended the common school and in 1865 offered his services to his country and was enrolled in Company C. of the 52nd Regiment, enlisting at Madison.  He was made First Corporal of his company and at the close of the war was honorably discharged at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

In 1868 he was married to Miss Lucy Leach of Waushara County.  Five years later they came to Lessor where they located on a farm, moving to Shawano a few years later and then back to Lessor.

Lessor has been their home for the past fifty-nine years.  Two of the years that the Porters lived in Shawano, the deceased served as Sheriff of this county.  He also spent some time lumbering, and when they located in Lessor served for several years as representative of that township on the County Board.

True Pioneer

With the passing of Mr. Porter, Shawano County has lost a man of integrity and ambition whose life is worthy of comment.  He will always be remembered as a man, plain of words and honest to all.  His was a life well spent in the interest of all with which he came in contact.  Truly he had the “up and downs” of life but still persistent and ever plodding on to attain the goal of success.

His home, when he first located at Lessor, was then acres of brush and wood and only with the strength of his never tiring back and with a will still stronger did he carve from it a model home.  The nearest post from which provision could be had was Black Creek and endless trips had to be made along the dim rough trail with supplies carried on his back.

Mr. Porter was not satisfied with a mere living but planted black walnut and butternut trees on a tract of cleared land.  He was determined to get all that nature could give and within a few years had coaxed from the branches of blossomed trees many swarms of bees from which he reaped many pails of fresh honey.  Every spring of the year, he tapped his wood lot of maple and each day during the season visiting his sugar bush, the pride of his life.  Although almost unable to make the distance because of health, he trudged the full way to the lot where he watched the colorless fluid turn into a glistening syrup or into mellow brown sugar.

A story which, during the time of the Civil war, was much circulated throughout the country was an incident which happened during the time that Mr. Porter was in service.  A young boy who was to keep watch at a post during the night had fallen asleep and was threatened with dire punishment.  Mr. Porter took the blame and thus saved the young man from death.

Mr. and Mrs. Porter would have been married 64 years this fall.  Mrs. Porter is now 80, a small

woman with pleasing personality, who played an important part in the life of her husband and whose able assistance as a helpmate gained for both renowned prominence in Shawano County.

Five Children Survive

Mr. and Mrs. Porter were blessed with seven children, five sons and two daughters; two sons died in childhood.  The surviving children are Mrs. Geo Frank, Sr., Shawano; Fred, now chairman of the town of Lessor; Frank of Priest River, Idaho, Minnie and Clifford of Navarino.  He also leaves two brothers, Fred E. Porter of Birnamwood and Art Porter of Montana; a sister Mrs. Ed. I. Benjamin, Los Angeles, California, thirteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held yesterday at the Congregational church at 1:30 o’clock and burial was at the Cole Cemetery in Lessor.  A military funeral was held for the deceased with members of the American Legion in Attendance.  Rev. Moland conducted the service.

B. Sorsen, W. Krueger, L. Dingeldine, A. Ratier, T. Froelich and H.O. Stock, Bonduel Legionnaires were the active pallbearers.

 The funeral was one of the largest ever held in the vicinity of Navarino.  Hundreds of people filled the small church to a capacity and many were unable to enter.  This fact alone is but a small expression of the high esteem in which the deceased was held.


Thursday 9 Jun 1932


May Identify Murdered Matton Girl


At the suggestion of District Attorney Louis Cattau, Sheriff John Anderson of Racine is investigating whether or not the body of the unknown woman found near Mattoon last fall was Mrs. Charles Rogers wife of Charles Rogers, who is now serving one to twenty years in Waupun for wounding Laura Talley, a dentist’s assistant after spending the night in a Root River cottage with her.

District Attorney Cattau has sent complete records to Sheriff Anderson, and a complete check-up is being made at the present time.  Mrs. Roger’s brother informed authorities that the family was much worried about the sister, as his mother claims to have not heard from Mrs. Rogers in eight months.