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"History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881"

Eau Claire Biographical Sketches

(-as transcribed from pages 314 - 338)

"V" Surnames

VILAS, Levi M. VILES, Chas. Milton VINTON, W. F.



H. C. VAN HORENBURG, Eau Claire, was born in Schnectady Co., N. Y.; came West with his parents, they settling in Green Lake Co. in 1842. Remained on the farm until at the age of 20, when he engaged in business as carpenter and joiner; came to Eau Claire in 1856, and followed same business, added to that of millwright for some five or six years, when he associated himself with Mr. Mills, and started the Chippewa Valley News, now known as the Eau Claire News. Commenced present business in 1869. Married in Eau Claire to Miss Mary E. Pease; has five children - Dewitt Joseph, Margaret, Carl Henry, Katherine, Mary E. Mr. Van H. was one of the originators of the West Side city government; is a member of the Temple of Honor.


VILAS, Levi M.

LEVI M. VILAS, Eau Claire, was born in Chelsea, Orange Co., Vt., Feb. 17, 1844 and lived there until 1851, when his parents came to Madison. He was educated at Wisconsin University, graduating from that institution in 1863, and from Albany Law School in 1864. He was admitted to the Bar at Albany in May, 1864, and to practice in the Supreme Court of Wisconsin in the same year. He commenced the practice of his profession with his brother, Col. W. F. Vilas, in Madison, and was clerk in the Quartermaster's Department from 1865 to 1867; in practice with Col. Vilas again from 1867 to 1868. In the latter year he came to Eau Claire. He was City Attorney by appointment, the first year after his arrival in Eau Claire; he was elected Mayor in 1876, and has been District Attorney since Jan. 1, 1878. He was married in Eau Claire, Aug. 25, 1869, to Ella C. Slingluff, a native of Pennsylvania, who died Aug. 29, 1879, leaving three children - Jessie C., Elizabeth D., and Katie P.


VILES, Chas. Milton

CHAS. MILTON VILES, logger, Eau Claire, was born in Anson, Somerset Co., Maine, June 7, 1835. Parents and grandparents were Maine people. Learned the trade of millwright with his father and engaged in mill and dam building in Summer; lumbering in Winter. Came West in 1863 and located in Beloit, engaged in farming, and about 1865 moved to Oshkosh, working as millwright. Came to Eau Claire in 1870 and engaged in logging business, which he has followed since. Married in New Portland, Somerset Co., Maine, October, 1858, to Miss Mary E. Cutts; has had four children, of whom three survive - Jennie M., Frank, Wentworth. Is a member of the Temple of Honor.



W. F. VINTON came to Eau Claire, May 2, 1872, and engaged in the practice of dentistry, and was leader of the band, until May, 1879, when he became landlord of the Windsor House, purchasing the hotel, Feb. 1, 1881. He was born in Ellicottville, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., June 3, 1838, and enlisted in 154th N. Y. V. I., Aug. 30, 1862, serving as principal musician of the regiment, until he was mustered out, July 5, 1865. After leaving the army, he located at Randolph in his native country, remaining there until 1872, when he came to Wisconsin. He was married in Randolph, July 17, 1859, to Emily J. Hall, daughter of Horace and Lydia Rathbun Hall, a native of Randolph. Mr. Vinton is a son of Lathrop and Achsah White Vinton. His mother now resides in Mansfield, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y. He has three children - Edwin F., Hattie and Charles M., and is a member of the A., F. & A. M., of New York State.

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