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Colby, Wisconsin centennial

Sketches of pioneers,   pp. 18-127

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Wm. J. Reeves, born 1848, came to Marquette County,
Portage. In Dec. 1857, he married Eliza Griffin. He came to
the town of Hull in 1876 and built this log cabin. Mr. Reeves
died Oct., 1888. Rev. J. Dix officiated at the burial, services
were held at the Methodist Church, July, 1893. Eliza Reeves
married A. W. Prentice.
WEDDING PICTURE-Taken at the log cabin of Wm. J. Reeves (pres-
ent Felix Hainzlsperger farm). L to R-Rev. Olin, Mrs. Olin, unknown,
A. W. Prentice, Eliza Reeves Prentice, Win. Reeves Jr., unknown, Hen-
ry Reeves and Catherine Waterpohl.
Do You Remember...
Kids walked to school and had no need for calisthenics ex-
ercises when they got there.
Dancing was done by feet and tribal dance were thought
Melody and harmony were music and whang-wang and
bong-bang and screams and shrieks were noise.
Keeping out of debt was more important than a new car,
a color TV and snowmobile.
Mother kept a big (receet) book with recipes that were of-
ten handed down from another generation.
The "sitting room" with its red carpet, marble-topped cen-
ter table, which held the hand-painted china lamp and family
When Mother would notice anyone developing a chest ail-
ment, she would grease the person with skunk oil. This was ob-
tained by frying the fat from the back of a skunk. When this
was not readily available, goose grease was used.
Born in Prussia, in 1840. Emigrated
to the U.S. with his parents in 1847. He came to Clark Co. in
1876 and purchased a farm on sect. 24, Green Grove Township
Later he lived in Colby with the exception of four years spent
in the merchantile business at Hemlock, Wis. He built a hotel
on First St., on the site of the old telephone building. Later he
became engaged in a freightline.
He served in the Civil War, was honorably discharged and
carried the effects of a rebel bullet received in the battle of
Chancellersville. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. and G.A.R.
Post of Colby.
Purchased the city drayline from his
father in 1911 and in the fall of the same year, engaged in the
coal business. After his death, his daughter and her husband,
Nola and Nathan Dessloch operated the business under the
name of H. J. Welsch Coal Sales until their retirement in Aug.
of 1967. The coal and local cartage business was in operation
44 years in the same location, on the corner of Division and
Spence St.

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