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"History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881"

Town of Ludington Biographical Sketches

(-as transcribed from page 345)



RANDALL, George W.
ROSBROOK, William

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RANDALL, George W.

GEORGE W. RANDALL, lumber manufacturer and farmer, town of Ludington, was born in what is now the town of Berwick (formerly Baldwin), Cumberland Co., Me., March 1, 1820. Lived there until 1839, then went to Iowa, where he remained until 1840, when he came came to Menomonie, Wis. He was engaged in working on the river and in the woods until 1846. Then he, with his brother Simon, built a saw-mill on the Eau Claire River, within the present limits of the city of Eau Claire. June 6, 1847, that mill was carried away by a freshet, and they built another mill on the same site. In 1851 or 1852, Simon Randall sold his interest to Philo Stone and William Hope. These gentlemen, with George W. Randall, carried on the manufacture of lumber until 1857, when they sold out to Carson & Eaton. Since that time Mr. Randall has been engaged in farming and logging, until he built his present mill, in 1880, on Muskrat Creek, in the town of Ludington. Feb. 1, 1881, he commenced running it, and will cut during the season about 1,000,000 feet of lumber, considerable of it being oak and ash. He gives employment to eight men. Mr. R. was married, Nov. 29, 1846, to Mary La Point. She was born in Minneapolis, Minn. They have ten children - George W., Mary, Wellington, John, Isaiah, Sarah H., Josephine, Abraham Lincoln, Thankful and James. Lost two children; they died in infancy.

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ROSBROOK, William

WILLIAM ROSBROOK, farmer, Sec. 30, town of Ludington, was born in Hastings, Oswego Co., N. Y., Dec. 31, 1839. Lived there until 1842; afterward lived in Waukesha, Washington, Winnebago and Dane counties until he came to Ludington, in the Fall of 1866. Engaged in farming ever since he came here, except a few Winters' lumbering in the pineries. He was married in Pleasant Springs, Dane Co., Wis., in May, 1866, to Amelia C., daughter of R. D. Campbell. She is a native of Illinois. They have six children - Lilly Belle, Lottie Viola. Charles D., George W., Freddie and Rosiel D. Mr. Rosbrook has held offices of Justice of the Peace, Town Clerk and Chairman of the Town Board.





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