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"History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881"

Town of Otter Creek Biographical Sketches

(-as transcribed from page 345)



FEAR, Martha (Mrs.)
HALE, Charles Henry
SHEPHERD, Amos W.
SMITH, Seth D.
YOUNG, William

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FEAR, Martha (Mrs.)

MRS. MARTHA FEAR was born in England, daughter of William Fear, farmer; came to America in 1855; resided in Waukesha Co., Wis. She was married there in October, 1857, to James Curtis Fear; resided in Eau Claire about three years, then on present farm near Augusta. Mr. Fear filled several town offices; was Deputy Clerk and Treasurer, etc., for seven years. Mr. Fear died in the Fall of 1877, leaving four children - Arthur W., Edith E., Edgar J. and Walter C.  Mrs. Fear owns 120 improved acres in Eau Claire County, and 160 acres improved, elsewhere.

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HALE, Charles Henry

CHARLES HENRY HALE, farmer, came to Wisconsin in 1855, located in Eau Claire County, and farmed for seven years. He enlisted, Aug. 14, 1862, in the 30th Wis. I.; discharged Aug. 5, 1865; was promoted to sergeant. He then returned to Eau Claire County, and has been farming ever since; was on the Board of Town Supervisors for several years. He was born in Waterford, Me., June 15, 1830; farmed there some years; was married, in Waterford, to Mary Brown, who was born there. They have one son, Charles W., farmer; has 400 acres improved land.

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SHEPHERD, Amos W.

AMOS W. SHEPHERD, farmer, came to Wisconsin in 1856; located at Green Lake, and resided there with parents for five years. Enlisted in 1861, in 11th Wis. I. Served one and one half years; was wounded in right leg at Cache River, Ark. Re-enlisted in 2d Minn. C., and served until close of war. Came to Eau Claire County in 1866, and has been farming and lumbering since. Owns 280 acres of improved land. Was Pathmaster of town of Otter Creek for some six years, and on School Board two or three years. Born in England, 1846; came to America in 1853. Married at Black River Falls, in July, 1870, to Ellen Young, born in Jefferson Co., Wis. They have two children, Ella M. and Homer.

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SMITH, Seth D.

SETH D. SMITH, farmer, came to Wisconsin in the Fall of 1855. Was employed at school teaching in Jefferson County for six months, then in Green Lake County for five years; employed on farms. Came on the present farm in 1860. Born in town of Norway, N. Y., in 1833. Resided there with parents and farmed. Married in Green Lake Co., Wis., in Fall of 1860, to Anne Vosser, born in Fairfield, N.Y. They have eight children - Maria, Lizzie, Webster, Annie, Albert, Russell, Henry and Carroll. He owns 280 acres, forty of which is woodland.

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YOUNG, William

WILLIAM YOUNG, farmer and physician, came to Wisconsin in 1839. Located in Waukesha County, farming, some two years; then in Jefferson County for fifteen years, farming and practicing medicine some. Came to Eau Claire County in 1856, and has been there twenty-five years, farming and practicing. Was Supervisor of Otter Creek Township for several years. Born in Scotland, 1816; came to America in 1828, and resided in St. Lawrence Co., N. Y. Married there, Dec. 1, 1838, to Philoena Baas, born in State of New York. They have nine children - Jane D. (now Mrs. Brown), Isabella A., Lucinda M., James, William, Ellen P., Harvey E., Mary H. and Sherman G.



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