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"History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881"

Eau Claire Biographical Sketches

(-as transcribed from pages 314 - 338)

"N" Surnames

NESS, Ole NEWTON, William NOBLE, James H. (Dr.) NYQUIST, August

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NESS, Ole

OLE NESS, dealer in furniture of all kinds, also undertaker, 112 Bridge street, W. Eau Claire, was born in Norway, July 31, 1841. Located in Eau Claire in July, 1869. He worked in Mayhew's furniture shop for five years, and was for several years engaged in carpenter work, about three years in the shop of Bangs & Fish. In November, 1879, he commenced furniture business for himself. Messrs. Anderson & Forsdahl were associated with him at first. In June, 1880, Mr. Forsdahl sold his interest to his partners, and Jan. 8, 1881, Mr. Ness purchased the entire business, and is now sole proprietor of the Norway Furniture Co. He was married in Norway to Martha Johansen. She died in Eau Claire in 1875, leaving two children, Richard and Bernard. In 1876, Mr. Ness was again married to Miss P. Peterson. She died May 10, 1881, leaving two children, Julius and Martin. Mr. N. is a member of the Lutheran Church.

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NEWTON, William

WILLIAM NEWTON, proprietor of the Eau Claire House, came to Milwaukee in the Spring of 1848, and in 1851 went to Fond du Lac, where he remained until 1858, when he came to Eau Claire. He engaged in the clothing business for two years, then conducted a restaurant for six years, and in 1868 became proprietor of an hotel, at first owning but a half interest in the building, but the following year purchasing the entire interest. Starting in a frame building of twenty rooms, he has made improvements from time to time and now has an elegant brick structure of fifty-three rooms. The old building has been moved and is now called "Hart's Hotel." The Eau Claire House was the first hotel in the place. Since purchasing it Mr. Newton has been sole proprietor. He was born in Crogden, Surrey Co., England, Oct. 1, 1825, and came from there to Milwaukee. He was married in 1846, in County Kent, England, to Mary F. Barnett, who is also a native of England. They have four children - Elizabeth Barnett (now Mrs. Frank Dick), Charles B.(now with his father), Sarah and Hattie B.

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NOBLE, James H. (Dr.)

DR. JAMES H. NOBLE, homeopathic physician and surgeon, Eau Claire, was born in Madison, March 30, 1851, and is a son of James Dwight and Sarah Titus Noble, both now living. He was educated at Wisconsin University, and studied medicine with Dr. Bowen, of Madison. He graduated from Hahnemann Medical College of Chicago, in February, 1871. He came to Eau Claire, March 30 of that year, and began the practice of his profession. He was married to his present wife, Cora Youker, May 29, 1879. They have one son James Bowen. Dr. Noble is a member of the Hahnemann Medical Society.

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NYQUIST, August

AUGUST NYQUIST, merchant tailor, came to Eau Claire in the Summer of 1879, and has engaged in tailoring work since he was fourteen years old, and has the largest establishment of that kind in the city, employing six men. He was born in Sweden, Dec. 22, 1844, and came to America in 1876, locating at Winona, Minn., where he lived until coming to Eau Claire. He was married at the former place, Dec. 25, 1878, to Louisa Christina Sampson, who was born in Winona Co. (town of Homer), Minn. They have three sons - Frank Edward, Carl Gilbert and Dwight August. Mr. Nyquist is a member of the Temple of Honor and of the A. O. U. W.

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