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Commemorative biographical record of the Fox River Valley counties of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families

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him to enlist for service in the Union
army.   Accordingly, on June 14, that
year, he set out oil foot for Appleton,
Wis., and the following day entered the
Appleton Light Infantry, being the third
recruit in it from Green Bay. The quota
of this company, however, was not filled
at that time, and our subject, not to be
thwarted in his intentions, proceeded by
rail to Alton, Ill., where he enlisted in
Company K, Twenty-fourth Illinois In-
fantry, three-years' service. This regi-
ment was attached to the Army of the
Cumberland June 30, I861, and partici-
pated in the battles of Perryville (Ky.),
Stone River and Chickamauga, at which
latter engagement he received a gunshot
wiouind in the left elbow, which confined
him to hospital for some time. On July
30, 1864, Mr. Beth received an honorable
discharge, and returned home to Green
Bay. He then commenced clerking in a
grocery store, and so continued until
March I, 1870, when he embarked in the
wholesale and retail crockerv and glass-
ware trade, which for eight years he con-
ducted with encouraging success. In
April, 1878, he combined general gro-
ceries, also wholesale and retail, and
carried oii these departments until m891,
when hle closed out the crockerx and
glassware, substituting flour and feed. In
1886 he put up his present substantial
brick building, two stories and basement,
53 x IOO feet, on Washington street.
    On January io, i865, Mr. Beth was
married in Green Bay to Miss Elizabeth
Knapp, a native of St. Louis, Mo. Her
parents resided in Monroe, -Wis., for sev-
eral years, but are both now deceased, the
father having died in St. Louis, Mo. To
Mr. and Mrs. Beth were born eleven
children, nine of whom are yet living, a
brief record of them being as follows:
Leonard was married September 24, 1890,
to Miss Mary Mahn, who was born in
Green Bay, daughter of Theodore Mahn,
an early pioneer of the city, and they have
two children, Laura E. and Aaron (he is
a member of the Modern WVoodmen);
John Valentine was inarried October io,
1893, to Mary Dennis, who was born in
Belgium, daughter of David Dennis, of
Green Bay; Maggie was married in 1889
to Benjamin Smith, of Green Bay, and
they have two children, Clarence and
Chester; Elizabeth is married to Joseph
D)ennis, and has two children, Louie and
Raymond; and     Anna, Fred, Emma
Charley, and Louie.
   Mr. Beth is a representative self-made
mian, having by his owvn industry and
sound judgment, commencing on a bor-
rowed capital of thirty dollars, risen to
his present commercial standing, doing a
business to the amount of one hundred
and( twenty thousand dollars per annum.
Outside of members of his own family, he
gives employment to eight hands, and
three of his sons are now associated with
him in business. Politically he is a Re-
publican, and has served as supervisor.
Socially, he is a member of T. 0. Howe
Post No. 124, G. A. R., of which he was
commander two years; president of the
Peninsular Veteran Association, and a
member of the Catholic Knights of
         FOLLETT, deceased.       This
         lady, who for so many years
         was editor and proprietor of
the Ga   tc, Green Bay, was a native of
New York State, born at 1)ansville, Jan-
uary 1, 1847. Her early life was happy
and abounded in good influences, while
the privileges of excellent schools were
enjoyed by her, which by degrees brought
her into a beautiful womanhood, thor-
oughly equipped in purpose and prepara-
tion for a useful career. Her education
for the most part was received at the
public schools and seminary of the place
of her birth, also at Auburn, N. Y., and
at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    On May 29, 1873, she was united in
marriage, at Bath, N. Y., with I)wight I.
Follett, one of the founders and proprie-

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