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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COMMEMORA TIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD. 21 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- ness. ON. JAMES HENRY ELMORE, 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 Howard. 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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