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"History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881"

Eau Claire Biographical Sketches

(-as transcribed from pages 314 - 338)

"F" Surnames

FARR, Edwin J.
FERGUSON, David H.

FINNEY, E. B.
FLETCHER, Asa
FOX, John P.
FOX, M.
FRAWLEY, Thomas F.
FRENCH, E. C. (Dr.)


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FARR, Edwin J.

Edwin J. Farr, M. D.EDWIN J. FARR, physician and surgeon, Eau Claire, came to Kenosha in 1855, and the following year removed to Prairie du Sac, Sauk Co., and in 1857 to Mauston, Juneau Co., and in 1870 to Eau Claire. He was born in the town of Corinth, Orange Co., Vt., Aug. 24, 1832. He was educated at Castleton Medical College, Vermont, and graduated in 1851, and practicing at White River Junction, Vt., until he came to Wisconsin. He was assistant surgeon of the 2d Wis. V. I. for five months, and was with the 30th Wis. V. I. for nearly three years. He was post surgeon at Ft. Sully from July, 1863, to October, 1864, and had charge of the prison hospital at Louisville from January to August, 1865. He was married at White River Junction, in January, 1855, to Emily L. Sawyer, who was born in Stockbridge, Windsor Co., Vt. They have two children, twins, Edwin B. and Emily B., born Aug. 14, 1867. They lost one child, who died in infancy. Dr. Farr is at present Mayor of Eau Claire; he is railroad surgeon for the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha and the Wisconsin & Minnesota Railway Companies, and is a member of the A., F. & A. M., I. 0. 0. F. and A. 0. U. W.

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FERGUSON, David H.

DAVID H. FERGUSON, of the firm of Daniel Shaw & Co., Eau Claire, came to Wisconsin in 1856; became one of the firm not long since. Married Mary Kershiner, in 1875, in Eau Claire. She was born in Ireland. Mr. F. was also born in Ireland. They have one child, Blanche. He is a member of the Free Masons and Odd Fellows.

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FINNEY, E. B.

E. B. FINNEY, express, Eau Claire, was born in Groton, Tompkins Co., N. Y., Dec. 24, 1827; came to Wisconsin in the Fall of 1848, settled in Columbia County, and came to Eau Claire in 1872. Mr. Finney was engaged in - until he came to Eau Claire, with the exception of a period 1855 to 1856, when he kept a hotel in Princeton, what is now Green Lake County. Was married in Watertown, Dec. 29, 1850, to Miss Ellen C. Cogan, of Watertown, formerly from Lowell, Mass. They have six children - Henrietta (now Mrs. C. M. Clark), Albert H., William H., Barnum H., Ella M. and Charles S. He is a member of West Eau Claire Lodge, No. 112, A., F. & A. M.

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FLETCHER, Asa

ASA FLETCHER, came to Eau Claire in October, 1874, and has since been engaged in logging and lumbering, except two Winters, and since 1876 in the livery business. He was born, July 9, 1839, in the town of Madison, Somerset Co., Me., and resided in that State until 1862, when he went to California, where he engaged in mining in Siskiyou County until the arrival of his wife, in 1863. Then, with his family, he removed to Santa Clara Valley. In February, 1870, they settled near Ottawa, Kan., and built the first store in Princeton, of that State, carrying on mercantile and live-stock business. In 1874, he came to Eau Claire. He was married in Madison, Me., Jan. 19 1862, to Mary C. Sawyer, who was born in Anson, Me., and is a daughter of Luke Sawyer, who died in October, 1788, and Nancy (Metcalf) Sawyer, who died in August, 1863. Mr. Fletcher is a son of Parrit and Susan (Sawyer) Fletcher. His father died, April, 1877, and his mother lives in Madison, Me. He has three children - Fred E., born in Mayfield, Santa Clara Co., Cal., Feb. 27, 1864; Alvin I., born in Mayfield, Cal., Sept. 19, 1868, and Gertrude M., born in Eau Claire, Oct. 18, 1875; and has lost one daughter, Nancy M., born in California, Aug. 30, 1867, and died Oct. 12, 1867. Mr. Fletcher is a member of the A., F. & A. M. and A. 0. U. W.

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FOX, John P.

JOHN P. FOX, plumber and gas-fitter, Eau Claire, was born in Milwaukee, Dec. 10, 1847. When quite young, went to West Bend, Washington Co. From thence to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Came to Eau Claire, in 1878, to construct the Eau Claire Dells Gas Light and Coke Co. Commenced business, plumbing and gas-fitting, in June, 1878, and also started the Eau Claire Brick Co. same date. Married at West Bend, July 4, 1868, to Mary A. Mozanik, who was born in Racine. They have three children - William Henry, John J. and Edward E.

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FOX, M.

M. FOX, proprietor restaurant and saloon, Eau Claire, was born in Switzerland, Jan. 17, 1828. Came to New York in 1855. Went to Indiana and lived one year, and in May, 1856, he came to Wisconsin, locating at Menomonie, where he remained until 1866, when he removed to Eau Claire, where he has since resided. While at Menomonie, he was in the employ of Knapp, Stout & Co. the first seven years, afterward he carried on a boarding-house and saloon business there. He was married in Menomonie, Oct. 25, 1860, to Mary E. Schlmidt. She was born in Baden, Germany, Sept. 5. 1845. They have four children - Edward, Freddie, Mary and Margaret. Mr. Fox was twice Supervisor, while he was a resident of Menomonie. He is a member of the I. 0. 0. F. and A. 0. U. W. Before coming to America, he had been an extensive traveler in Europe, and is among the well-informed citizens of the West.

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FRAWLEY, Thomas F.

THOMAS F. FRAWLEY, Eau Claire, was born in the city of Troy, N. Y., March 6, 1851. His parents moved to Janesville in 1852. They resided there until 1856, when they came to Dane County. He graduated at the Wisconsin University in 1875, in which year he came to Eau Claire and taught in the high school until 1880, having taught in various parts of the State before comings here. He was married in Eau Claire, Aug. 5, 1877, to Lydia A. Lawler, who was born in Fond du Lac. Mr. Frawley studied law with Lafayette Smith, in Madison. He is Clerk of the School Board, Alderman of the Eighth Ward, and member of the County board.

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FRENCH, E. C. (Dr.)

DR. E. C. FRENCH, dentist, Eau Claire, was born in the town of Jackson, Susquehanna Co., Penn., May 26, 1845, and went to Iowa in Aug., 1866, in which year he first engaged in dental work. He learned his profession in Dubuque, with Dr E. L. Clarke, of that place, and commenced practice in Cascade, Dubuque County. He has been in business for himself twelve years. He came to Wisconsin in July, 1873. He was a member of the Iowa Dental Association, and is now a member of the Wisconsin Dental Society, and one of the committee on Dental Ethics. He was married in Salem, Wayne Co., Penn., Jan. 27, 1866, to Esther B. Edwards, who was born in Green, of that county. They have three children - Myrta May, born March 24, 1868; Ernest Edmund, born March 18, 1876, and Dwight Day, born March 22, 1878. They have lost one infant daughter.

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