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Casson, Henry (ed.) / The Blue Book of the state of Wisconsin
(1897)

Part VIII. Biographical,   pp. [649]-707 ff. PDF (18.6 MB)


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.
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his own account, but upon the breaking out of the war, he left there and
came
back to Wisconsin in 1860. He offered the recruiting officer $200 to permit
him
to enlist in the army, but was refused owing to having lost part of one hand.
He entered the government employ, however, serving in the quartermaster's
de-
partment until near the close of the war, when he started an extensive mercan-
tile establishment at Montgomery, Ala. Disposing of his interests there in
1866, he came home and purchased a large farm near Milwaukee; he entered
mer-
cantile life again at Kneeland, which has been his home ever since, merchandis-
ing and farming being his occupations. For many years-he was one of the most
extensive dairymen in the state. For more than thirty years he has been very
prominent in the politics of Racine county, taking an active part in all
cam-
paigns, but always refusing office himself until 1896, when he was elected
to rep-
resent the second assembly district of Racine county (a democratic district)
by a
majority of 648 votes, receiving 2,606 votes, against 1,920 for Batty Gleason,
dem-
ocrat, and 157 for John Rhodes, prohibitionist.
                            RICHLAND COUNTY.
                            Population in 1895-19,619.
  WILLIAM     M. FOGO (Rep.), of Richland Center, was born June 18, 1841,
In
  Columbiana county, Ohio; was educated in the common schools of Ohio and
Wisconsin; came to Wisconsin with his parents in the year 1853, settling
in
the town of Marshall, Richland county; has been editor and publisher of the
Republican Observer, of Richland Center, since 1873; he enlisted in Co. F,
2d Wis.
Vol. Cavalry, December 10, 1861, serving one year; re-entered the army in
1864
as sergeant major of the 42d Wis. Vol. Infantry and served until mustered
out
at the close of the war; was elected to the assembly in 1896, receiving 2,540
votes, against 2,133 for F. 0. Smith, democrat and populist, and 158 for
John
Maly, prohibitionist.
                               ROCK COUNTY.
 First District. The towns of Janesville, La Prairie and Rock, and the city
of
                                   Janesville.
                            Population in 1895 16,084.
   WILLIAM    G. WHEELER (Rep.), of Janesville, Rock county, was born N>
 vember 11, 1861, in the town of La Prairie, Rock county, Wisconsin, and
was
 educated in the district and high schools of Rock county, graduating from
the
 Janesville high school April 2.2, 1881; in December, 1881, he entered the
law office
 of Winans and Fethers as a student and read law until August 24, 1884, when
 he was admitted to the bar; has always resided at Janesville, from September
 24, 1884, to June 6. 1885, he was deputy clerk of the circuit court of Rock
county;
 was clerk of the circuit court from June 6, 1885, to January, 1887, since
which
 time he has practiced law in Janesville; was district attorney of Rock county
 from January, 1891, to January, 1895. He was elected to the assembly in
1896,
 receiving 2,235 votes, against 1,499 for John Winans, democrat.
 Second District. The towns of Bradford, Center, Fulton, Harmony, Johnstown,
     Lima, Magnolia, Milton, F-orter and Union and the village of Evansville,
and
     the city of Edgerton.
                            Population in 1895-16,238.
   ABNER S. FLAGG (Rep.), of Edgerton, was born Dec. 13, 1851, at Princeton,
   New Jersey. He was educiated in the public school at Lancaster, Wis. Tie
   came to Wisconsin with his parents in 1855, and settled at Lancaster,
and con,


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