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Port Washington centennial, 1835 - 1935 : one hundred years of progress
(1935)

Seven famous men,   pp. 12-13


Page 12

,, SEVEN FAMOUS MEN
Port Washington can boast of seven famous men who rose
to fame and fortune because of foresight, hard work and fate.
Leland Stanford
Leland Stanford practiced law here in 1850. He
had come to the town with his young wife and
immediately set up house in a creaky log cabin.
Stanford made many friends, but not voting friends.
He was trounced roundly when he ran for District
Attorney. Later came other reverses and then Le-
land Stanford and wife went West.
All know the story of his rise to fame as a land
promoter, how he helped to direct the building of a
cross-continental railroad. Leland Stanford, the
man whom fate so terribly misused in Port Wash-
ington, drove the golden spike completing that same
ocean-linking railroad. Stanford also founded the
university in California bearing his name.
Hans Balatke
A man who achieved fame in a much different
field was Hans Balatka. He was well known in Port
Washington and for a time owned a farm in Me-
quon. Balatka was a highly educated German. His
muse was music, and the climax of his whole life
occurred in 1881 when he directed the giant Musical
Sangerfest at Chicago.
Humphrey Desmond
Port Washington knew Humphrey Desmond as
a capable man. He was known for his literary
talents and put them to good use in the publishing
business. He worked over fifty years as editor of
the successful "Catholic Citizen." It is still pub-
lished is Milwaukee.
P. V. Deuster
The extension and improvement of the harbor,
especially the dredging of the North basin, is due
to P. V. Deuster, who was Congressman from this
district and took an active interest in Port Wash-
ington. He was very influential and besides being
an able politician, also publish the German Seebote.
Albert Melin
The name Melin is familiar to many longtime
residents of the city. Albert Melifi was born
and spent nearly twenty years of his life here.
After years of hard work and advancement, he be-
came treasurer of the Anaconda Copper Company,
one of the largest in the world.
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Charles Bossard
Charles Bossard became well known here when
he was station agent for the old Milwaukee, Lake
Shore & Northwestern Railway. The Railway is
now known simply as the Northwestern. Charles
Bossard meanwhile, had left his job to become the
head of one of the country's largest paper mills at
International Falls, Minnesota.
J. M. Bostwick, Sr.
J. M. Boscwick, Sr., who died Mar. 3. 1935, at
the age of 97 years, was one of the nations's few
centenarians who showed an active interest in bus-
iness up to the time of his death. Besides having
been the oldest jeweler in the state, he was presi-
dent of Port Washington's largest industry (The
Wisconsin Chair Co.) was an active agent for thir-
teen national insurance companies, and enjoyed,
perhaps, the largest acquaintanceship of any Wis-
consin resident.
It had always been Mr. Bostwick's greatest am..
bition to attain the age of 125 years, and if he had
not suffered a broken hip several years ago it is be-
lieved he would easily have won his goal,


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