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Pioneers' Association (Outagamie County, Wis.) / Record of the pioneers of Outagamie County, Wisconsin : also an appendix containing the minutes and records of the Pioneer Association since our annual meeting of 1895
(1898)

Record of the pioneers of Outagamie County,   pp. [5]-107 PDF (21.2 MB)


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OUTAGAMIE COUNTY PIONEER RECORD.
WILLIAM W. BRIGGS.
William W. Briggs was born at Buckfield, Me., Aug. 12,
1823. His father, Daniel Briggs, was a soldier in th war
of 1812. afterwh-ich he.
with his wife, Pheba
Thomas Briggs, and
seven children settled
at Monson, Me. The
subject of this sketch
spent his boyhood as a
pioneer in northern
Maine, his mother
dying when he was but
fourteen years of age.
Hewas engaged in lum-
bering on the rivers St.
Johns, Penobscot and
Kennebec, which means
t h e hardest kind of
work, f o r lumbering
then had no conveni-
ences as now. In 1851
WILLIAM W. BRIGGS.     WilliamW. Briggs was
married to Mary E.
Page, and the year following they came to Wisconsin,
first stopping in northern Illinois. They traveled by team
from Beloit, Wis., to Hortonville, the men walking
when it was rough and poor roads, which was most of
the way. They had two children, Eben P. and Eliza M.
Briggs.
Mr. Briggs was engaged in the milling business there
for about eighteen years, when he moved with his family
to Appleton, where he has lived ever since.  In 1874 he
built the "Briggs House" and engaged in active hotel life
for four years.
Mr. Briggs with Ira Hersey and H. B. Sanborn built the
first grist mill at Hortonville, which is now considered the
oldest one in this county.
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