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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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town council and of the county board,
and was chairman of the Finance commit-
tee Qf that board some years.  Socially
he is affiliated with the F. & A. M., at
Green Bay, Washington Lodge No. 21,
Warren Chapter No. 8, Council No. I3,
and Palestine Commandery No. 20, K.
T.; is a member of the I. 0. 0. F.,
A. 0. U. W., and of Pochequette Lodge,
K. of P., Uniformed Rank. In religious
faith he and his wife are members of the
M. E. Church. Mr. Spuhler is one of
those men of business to whom success is
bound to come, a success that is the re-
sult of his own individual exertions, and
not of that "luck" which the world
(little understanding what the word im-
ports) so often ascribes to those who rise
unaided to distinction. No man knows
better how to time his efforts, and while
he has never wasted his force on worth-
less and unattainable objects, he well
knows how to take advantage of opportu-
nities promising advantages to his busi-
        the efficient, progressive and pop-
        ular mayor of the city of Green
        Bay, is a native of Wisconsin,
born in Mukwonago, \Vaukesha county,
January 6, I843. The first of the Ehnore
fanmilv in the United States, of whom our
subject is a worthy representative, were
three brothers who came from England,
one settling in New York State, one in
Connecticut, and the third in South Caro-
lina, the first of the three being the im-
mediate progenitor of Mayor Elmore.
    Our subject received his elementary
education at the cominon schools of his
native town, whi_ýh was supplemented
with a course of study at the East Troy
school taught by Mr. Markham, who after-
ward became principal of the " Markham
Academy," Milwaukee.     At the age of
fifteen he entered Racine College, which
he attended two years, and we then find
him connected with his father's mercan-
tile business in Mukwonago, later in the
capacity of reporter for various news-
papers, being stationed, during the winter
of 1862-63. at Madison, Wis. In the
spring of 1863 he came to Green Bay,
and engaged in the grain elevator and for-
warding business, in which he remained
until 1877, removing then to Milwaukee,
where, for a year, he was interested in
the commission trade, after which he
spent several years in traveling and
employing his time at various occupa-
tions. Two summers he spent in New
York; was in the Black Hills and in
Arizona; at Crystal Falls, Mich., where,
for one year (1882), he was superintend-
ent of the Crystal Falls Iron Company.
Returning to Green Bay, he received the
appointment, May, I884, of receiver for
Strong's bank, the mixed-up affairs of
which institution he succeeded in unravel-
ing and clearing up in such a highly credit-
able and satisfactory manner as to receive
from all concerned, including the judge of
the court, the highest encomnium., the
upshot being his appointment at different
times as assignee to various estates. Mr.
Elmore's next occupation was in the
manufacture of and dealing in cedar poles,
ties, piling posts, shingles, etc., in which
line he has since done a remarkabl large
business, and at the present time he is in
partnership with James Delaney, of Fort
    Mr. Elmore has at various times had
 abundant proof of his popularity by elec-
 tion to various positions of honor and
 trust, including, more than once, the
 highest civic office in the gift of the
 people. In 1873 he was elected, without
 opposition, the first mayor of Fort How-
 ard; also served as alderman of the same
 borough, and after coming to Green Bay,
 in 1883, he was elected mayor of that city
 in I89o, which incumbency he has since
 filled continuously, having been elected
 twice without opposition, and once (1892)
 over an opponent who succeeded in cap-
 turing only about one-fourth of the votes.
 Mr. Elnore was again elected in 1895.

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