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"History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881"

Eau Claire Biographical Sketches

(-as transcribed from pages 314 - 338)

"R" Surnames

RANDALL, Adin
RANDALL, Edgar H.
RANDALL, Thomas E.
ROBERTS, Allen P.
ROWE, William
RUSSELL, Thomas H.
RUST, W. A.

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RANDALL, Adin

ADIN RANDALL (deceased), Eau Claire, was born in Brookfield, Madison Co., N.Y., Oct. 12, 1829; came to Wisconsin in 1854, located at Madison, and moved to Eau Claire in 1856. Married at Brookfield, March 8, 1852, to Miss Clemanzie Babcock. Had six children, of whom three survive - Nellie, widow W. Palmer, Dora, now Mrs. William Bowen, Edgar, in business in Eau Claire. Mrs. Randall is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ransin Babcock, Mrs. Babcock's maiden name being Mandana Foote. They were married in Madison Co., N.Y., and had seven children - Oscar, Clemanzia (Mrs. Randall), Sarah (now Mrs. H. Hull), Mary (now Mrs. Dewitt Clark), Celia, Augusta (now Mrs. H. Palmer), Gansevoort, died in infancy.

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RANDALL, Edgar H.

EDGAR H. RANDALL, carriage and sign painter, Eau Claire, has been in business since the Spring of 1879. Employs three assistants. Was born in Madison, May 5, 1855; came to Eau Claire with his parents in 1856. Received his education in Eau Claire, with the exception of one term in St. Paul Business College. Learned his trade in Eau Claire. Son of Mr. Adin Randall, deceased.

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RANDALL, Thomas E.

THOMAS E. RANDALL, Eau Claire, was born in the town of Parsonsfield, York Co., Me., June 6, 1813. He was not quite a year old when his parents, John and Sarah Hanson Randall, moved to the town of Baldwin, now Sebago, Me., where they lived until he was nine years old, when they went to what is now the town of Maxfield, Penobscot Co., Me., where he lived until he was twenty-one years old, chiefly engaged in lumbering, for his father. He was educated in the public schools and China Academy, and is a graduate of the latter institute, which is situated in the town of China, Kennebec Co., Me. After graduating and reaching the age of twenty-one, he went to Elizabethtown, N. J., and taught school there four months. He was then engaged as foreman of public works, grading hills in Jersey City for three months. He was employed for a year on the New York & Erie Railway, doing the first work on that road as superintendent for a firm of contractors employed in its construction. In the Fall of 1836. he came to Illinois and engaged in the construction of the Illinois & Michigan Canal, as superintendent for contractors until June, 1837, when he obtained a position in the engineering department of the Illinois Central Railway, remaining there four months. He was then employed for six weeks on the Northern Cross railway, from Danville to Quincy. He afterward was engaged in farming in Muscatine Co., Iowa, for nine years. In 1845, he came to Eau Claire County. He was married in Rockingham, now a part of Davenport, Iowa, March 17, 1843, to Maria Jane Foster, who was born at Michigan City, Ind. She was a daughter of John Foster, and died April 29, 1869. They had seven children, four of whom died. The three living are Elba Howard, Mary A. and Charles E. Mr. Randall's present wife was Mrs. Mary A. Hall, nee Johnson, who was born in the town of Harreford, Lower Canada, and when eleven years of age moved with her parents to Vermont, near Burlington, where she was reared. Mr. Randall has several times been Justice of the Peace, and member of the School Board, and, since coming here, has been prominently identified with the business interests of the place.

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ROBERTS, Allen P.

ALLEN P. ROBERTS, Eau Claire, was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, Sept. 6, 1844, and resided there until he was four or five years old, when he moved to Michigan, where he remained until 1855, when he located at Reed's Landing, Minn. In 1861, he enlisted, was rejected, and went to Hillsdale, Mich. Leaving there in 1875, he went to Wabasha, Minn., and in 1877, came from there to Eau Claire. He has worked as a machinist since the Fall of 1861. He was married in Hillsdale, Mich., Jan. 25, 1869, to Mattie M. Morris, who was born in Hebron, Ind. They have one child, Edward M.

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ROWE, William

WILLIAM ROWE, of the firm of Smith & Rowe, Eau Claire, came to Wisconsin in 1857 with his parents, Henry B. and Lucinda (Biesicker) Rowe, who located in Mondovi, Buffalo Co. Mr. Rowe came to Eau Claire in 1867, and engaged in clerking for W. H. Smith; was with him seven years, when he established business for himself, in partnership with Stillman J. Smith, his present partner. He was born in Browntown, Luzerne Co., Pa., Dec. 31, 1849, and lived there until he came to Wisconsin. He married in Hemmingford, Quebec, Sept. 27, 1876, Mary A. Reay, who was born in that place. They have one son, Clarence H. Mr. Rowe is a member of the A. O. U. W.

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RUSSELL, Thomas H.

THOMAS H. RUSSELL, Eau Claire, was born in Bangor, Me., Jan. 12, 1841; came to Wisconsin in 1864. Prior to coming West, he had been first male of an ocean merchant ship, having been a seaman since he was thirteen years old. When he came to Wisconsin, he commenced working in the woods as a common laborer. In I866, he became foreman of the logging camps for Smith & Buffington, and continued with them in that capacity until the Valley Lumber Co. was organized, and since then he has occupied the same position with that company. He is the oldest foreman now running camp on the Chippewa waters. With a crew of fifty-six men he cut 5,600,000 feet of logs during a period of 100 days in 1876, that being the largest cut on record for the same length of time and so small a gang of men. He was married in Eau Claire, in 1874, to Elizabeth Horton, a native of Dodge Co., Wis. Mr. Russell served in the U. S. N. as sailmaker's mate, from Aug. 16, 1861, to September, 1862.

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RUST, W. A.

W. A. RUST. Eau Claire, was born in Saginaw, Mich., and came to Wisconsin in the Fall of 1871. Feb. 15, 1872, the Bank of Eau Claire commenced business, with F. W. Woodward, president, and W. A. Rust, cashier, these two gentlemen owning the bank. The First National was organized in May, 1873, and Mr. Rust was cashier of that institution until 1875, when he resigned. He was elected secretary of the Eau Claire Lumber Co. in August, 1875, and has since continued in that position. He is a stockholder and director of the Badger State Lumber Co., located at Badger Mills, on the Chippewa River, and is vice-president of the Bank of Eau Claire.

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