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"History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881"

Town of Union Biographies

(-as transcribed from page 338)


The following biographies appear below in order as found in the book.  Feel free to browse through the whole page or click on the alphabetized name list to go directly to the bio of interest to you:

DODGE, Alphonso
KOLL, N. B.
MESERVY, Niles
RANSOM, A. B.
ROACH, Joseph
ROWELL, A. J.
SOUTHMAYD, J. A.

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DODGE, Alphonso

ALPHONSO DODGE, farmer, born in Maine, in 1847. Has charge of Daniel Shaw's farm in town of Union; came to Wisconsin in 1855. He has spent many Winters in the woods. Was married to Leona Hutchins in 1880, in Eau Claire.

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KOLL, N. B.

N. B. KOLL, farmer, Union, born in 1850 in Wisconsin; came to Eau Claire in 1869, and bought his present farm. Married Clara Paul in Eau Claire in 1872. They have two children. He has been Chairman of Town Board many years, and District Clerk five years. Mr. Koll is one of the most enterprising and intelligent men of the town.

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MESERVY, Niles

NILES MESERVY, farmer, Union, came to Wisconsin in 1863, and bought his present farm. He lumbers during the Winter. Was married to Mary Jackson in 1869, and has three children - Maud, Herbert and Eugene.

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ROWELL, A. J.

A. J. ROWELL, farmer, Union, was born in 1832, in Vermont, enlisted, in 1862, in the 104th N. Y. regiment, at Geneseo. Was in the battles of Rappahannock, Silver Spring, second Bull's Run, Chantilla and Antietam; was wounded in the back of the neck, the ball passing just in front of the spine; was discharged on Surgeon-General Eastman's certificate in 1863. Came to Eau Claire in 1864; was in Daniel Shaw's machine shop one year; in Badger Mills till 1875; at French Falls from '75 to '78, and came on his farm in '78. Married Anna Van Dreser in '72. Have three children - Minnie, Fletcher and Maud.

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RANSOM, A. B.

A. B. RANSOM, farmer, Union, born at Otsego, N. Y., in 1830; came to Walworth Co., Wis., in 1845; farmed there till 1866; used the first separator for grain in Wisconsin, in 1847 (Hall's); came to his present location in 1866, and is one of the best farmers in his town. Married Mary J. Graves in 1852. They had two children, Delos and Ida. Married Lucinda Rigal in 1863; they had three children - Cora, Alice, Eva. In 1875, Mr. R. married Nancy L. Baker; they have one child, Nellie.

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ROACH, Joseph

JOSEPH ROACH, farmer, Union, born in Ireland in 1810, came to Wisconsin in 1856, and took up his present farm. By steady industry, Mr. R. prospered and reared a family of eight children, viz.: Nicholas, Johanna, John, James, Mary, Ellen, Margaret and Joseph. Was married to Mary O'Neal in Ireland, in 1835.

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SOUTHMAYD, J. A.

J. A. SOUTHMAYD, farmer, town of Union, began farming here in 1876. Enlisted in 160th N. Y. V.; was forty-two days at Port Hudson; was in eighteen battles; marched 7,000 miles in two years. Was stationed in Georgia, after the war closed, to maintain peace; mustered out in 1867, with rank of lieutenant. Came out of the army without an injury or ill health. Born, in 1836, in New York; married Lucinda Philips in New York in 1862; three children.


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