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"History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881"

Eau Claire Biographical Sketches

(-as transcribed from pages 314 - 338)

"D" Surnames

DANIELS, Conway B.
DAVIS, George S.
DAVIS, H. D.
DAY, Dwight W. (Dr.)
DAY, Henry (Dr.)
DEAN, William
DEMOREST, Jacob Burnett
DENISON, Uri T.

DESHON, Charles S.
DESILETS, Charles
DONALDSON, A.
DONNELLY, Thomas

DOWNS, W. W.
DRUMMOND, David
DUPONT, Joseph Louis


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DANIELS, Conway B.

CONWAY B. DANIELS, Eau Claire. Was born in Richmond, Va., July 21, 1850, and with his parents lived in New York, Canada, and Minneapolis, Minn., before coming to Wisconsin. He came to Chippewa Falls, in March, 1859, and in May of that year, located in Eau Claire. His father, Martin Daniels, was County Clerk and Clerk of the Circuit Court of Eau Claire County (at the same time), holding the offices for ten or twelve years. He died in the Spring of 1873 ; his wife, Alice Daniels, died in 1879. Mr. C. B. Daniels was County Clerk for nearly two years after his father's death, and was employed in the office of Graham, White & Co., for two years. He served as Assessor one year, and took the State census for East Eau Claire Assessment District.

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DAVIS, George S.

GEORGE S. DAVIS, superintendent of yards, Eau Claire Lumber Company. Was born in Findlay, Hancock Co., Ohio, Aug. 13, 1849. In 1850, his parents moved to Cincinnati, and in 1857, to St. Louis. George S. became connected with the Eau Claire Lumber Company at St. Louis, Feb. 12, 1872. He laid out the yards in Eau Claire for this company, and started them June 14, 1879, having charge of them since that time. The yards cover twenty-five acres, having a capacity for piling 1,000,000 feet to the acre, in piles twenty feet high. The average shipments from these yards are 2,500,000 feet per month. Mr. Davis was married in Georgetown, Essex Co., Mass., March 2, 1880, to Apphia L. Nelson, a native of Georgetown. Mr. D. is a member of the Temple of Honor.

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DAVIS, H. D.

H. D. DAVIS, logger, Eau Claire. Was born in New Portland, Somerset Co., Me., Jan. 9, 1851; his parents being from Providence, N. B., originally. Came to Wisconsin in the Spring of 1869, and settled in Eau Claire; worked for Ingram, Kennedy & Co. some five years in ratting shed, then, sawing one Summer, since in present business. Married at Medford, Taylor County, Sept. 17, 1878, to Miss Laura J. Boyce, of Stevens Point. Have one child, Henry Chandler. Mr. D. is now one of the City Aldermen.

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DAY, Dwight W. (Dr.)

DR. DWIGHT W. DAY, physician and surgeon, Eau Claire. Went to Iowa in May, 1866, and located at Elkader, Clayton County; remained there until he came to Eau Claire, in October, 1868, where he has since been engaged in the practice of his profession. He was born in the town of Eagle, Wyoming Co., N.Y., May 14, 1841, and graduated from Buffalo Medical College, Feb. 2, 1861. He was resident physician in the Buffalo General Hospital and Lying-in Hospital, and was surgeon of the 154th N. Y. V. I. He went out as 1st assistant surgeon of the regiment, and in eighteen months was promoted to surgeon of the regiment, then to acting brigade surgeon. He served three years in the medical department and then returned to Arcade, N. Y., where he practiced until 1866, when he removed to Iowa. Dr. Day was married in Franklinville, N. Y., in April, 1867, to Tibb Smith, who is a daughter of William Smith, and was born in Olean, N. Y. They have lost two children.

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DAY, Henry (Dr.)

DR. HENRY DAY. Was born in Eagle, Wyoming Co., N. Y., Sept. 1, 1840. He was educated in Buffalo Medical College, graduating in 1860. He commenced practice in Arcade, remaining there until he came to Wisconsin. He was in the State during 1876, in practice with his brother, and came to Eau Claire in May, 1881. He was married in Buffalo, in 1860, to Julia L. Currier, a native of New York. They have one son, Willie W. Dr. Day was assistant surgeon of the 78th N. Y. V. I., and acting surgeon of that regiment for six months during the war.

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DEAN, William

WILLIAM DEAN, Eau Claire. Was born in Tambleton, Restigoushe Co., New Brunswick, Sept. 4, 1844, and came from there to Oconto, in the Fall of 1865, and in the Spring of 1866, to Eau Claire. He was employed in the Graham, White & Co. sash, door and blind factory, in wood work, and soon became foreman. When the Phoenix Manufacturing Company was organized, he became one of the incorporators, a member of the board of directors, and superintendent of the wood department. He is a member of the Temple of Honor. He was married in Eau Claire, in February, 1878, to Erena Culy. They have two children, Garrison C. and Teressie W.

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DEMOREST, Jacob Burnett

JACOB BURNETT DEMOREST, book-keeper for the Eau Claire Lumber Company, was born in Hyde Park, Dutchess Co., N. Y., July 14, 1839; came to Wisconsin April 1, 1860. He was in the employ of Chapman & Thorp until August. 1860, when he enlisted as a private in Co. C, 8th Wis. V. I. (Eagle Regiment.) Served four years and twenty-nine days, never was sick a day, and was in all the marches and engagements of his regiment. He was orderly sergeant of his company over three years. When he left the army, he re-entered the service of his former employers, and remained with them until the Autumn of 1869. From that time until 1872, he was engaged in business for himself; afterwards, for about three years and a half, he was book-keeper for the Northwestern Lumber Company. Then engaged in steamboating until 1879, when he became connected with the Eau Claire Lumber Company in his present position. He was first Alderman of the Sixth Ward of Eau Claire, after the city organization. He is a member of the A., F. & A. M. May 11, 1869,. he was married in Eau Claire to Florence A. Willard. She was born in Allegany Co., N. Y. They have one child, Jessie M.

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DENISON, Uri T.

URI T. DENISON, deceased, Eau Claire, born in Brookfield, Madison Co., N. Y., Sept. 23, 1828. Moved from there to Eau Claire in 1857, and engaged in lumbering with his brother-in-law, Mr. Adin Randall, for a time. He then engaged in farming, which he followed some eighteen years, until his death, which took place in June, 1877. He was married in Brookfield, N. Y., Jan. 21, 1836, to Miss Mary Randall, by whom he had five children - Owen T., Selah (now Mrs. W. W. Allen), Luela (now Mrs. J. H. Stephens), Almira (married E. H. Playter, of Eau Claire, died January, 1880), and Elizabeth. Mrs. Denison is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Randall, of Madison County, N. Y. They were married Oct. 3, 1813, at Brookfield. Had eleven children - Cynthia (now Mrs. Paul Burch), Mary (now Mrs. Denison), Elisha, Daniel B., Betsey (deceased, married Chas. Brightman), Joshua (died in infancy), John, Adin (deceased), Joshua, 2d, Jabez and Benjamin.

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DESHON, Charles S.

CHARLES S. DESHON, plumber and gas fitter, Eau Claire, came to Wisconsin in 1868, and lived with his parents at La Crosse, and then at Winona, Minn., for some years. From there he went to Minneapolis, and was engaged in business as pawnbroker for two years. Lived in Milwaukee for five years, and learned his trade there. Came to Eau Claire in 1878, and commenced his present business Oct. 5, 1880. He was born in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 22, 1857. Was married in Fargo, D. T., Sept. 25, 1878, to Jennie L. Vandoozer, who was born in Milwaukee.

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DESILETS, Charles

CHARLES DESILETS, lumber pilot, Eau Claire, came to Wisconsin in 1856, and located at Eau Claire; was employed in various mills in different capacities for some years, and then went West for two years, returning to Eau Claire in 1861. He has been engaged in piloting during the Summer, and employed in the woods in the Winter, for past twenty years; owns a farm of eighty acres, three-fourths of a mile from Shawtown, and one two and a half miles out of town, of 160 acres. He was born in Buffalo, N. Y., June, 1838, and married at Eau Claire, June 30, 1867, to Emma Hayward, who was born in Canada.

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DONALDSON, A.

A. DONALDSON, saloon, Eau Claire, born in 1845, in Canada; came here in 1865, and invested mostly in lands; opened a saloon in 1875. Was married to Lizzie Lintz in 1875. Their children are Archie and Clarence.

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DONNELLY, Thomas

THOMAS DONNELLY, Chief of Police, Eau Claire, was born in Pontiac, Lower Canada, March 20, 1837, and went to Minnesota in November, 1865, locating in Minneapolis. In the Summer of 1867 he removed to Stillwater, and in 1872, came to Eau Claire, where he has since resided. He engaged in lumbering, logging and working in the mills, until he was appointed on the police force, in 1875. He has been one of the force since his first appointment, and Chief of Police since the Spring of 1878. He was married in Pontiac County, Lower Canada, July 10, 1858, to Flora Oulett, who was born in Quebec. They have three living children - John C., Mary Louise, and Mary Ann Catherine. They have lost three children - Alfred Edward, William, and an infant son.

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DOWNS, W. W.

W. W. DOWNS, Eau Claire, was born in Menomonie, Dunn Co., Wis., Nov. 7, 1851, and lived there until 1868, when he came to Eau Claire. He graduated from the Wisconsin University, in the law class of 1874, and immediately began the practice of his profession in Eau Claire. He was married in this city, June 24, 1874, to Alice Daniels, who was born in Milan, Ohio. Mr. Downs has been an Alderman of the Sixth Ward since April, 1880. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., of the A. O. U. W., and of the Temple of Honor.

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DRUMMOND, David

DAVID DRUMMOND, wholesale and retail butcher and meat packer, Eau Claire, was born in Canada, Nov. 27, 1849. Came to Wisconsin in 1870, and located at this place. Commenced present business in 1872, in partnership with Hiram Brooks, who died in March, 1877, and the business has since been carried on by D. Drummond.

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DUPONT, Joseph Louis

JOSEPH LOUIS DUPONT, gang sawyer, Valley Lumber Co., Eau Claire, came to Wisconsin in 1871, and located at Eau Claire. Was employed in rafting and piloting on the river for several years, and has been in his present capacity for four years. Was born in Canada, Nov. 1, 1841. Came to United States in 1865, and engaged in saw mills in Michigan. Was married at Eau Claire, April 6, 1881, to Mrs. Fannie Martin, who was born in Dayton, Ohio.

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