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Randall, Geo. A. / Illustrated atlas of Winnebago County, Wisconsin : containing outline map of the county, map of each township in the county, with village and city plats. Also maps of the world, United States and state of Wisconsin, together with other valuable information
(1889)

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PERSONAL SKETCHES. [page 55]
JOHN CROSS, sr., an independent farmer, is a native of the county of
York, England, born December 23,1815. In 1831, he emigrated to America 
with his parents, who came with eleven children. They settled first in
New York, secondly, in Michigan. and in 1836, in Racine county, Wis.
In that county John Cross was united in marriage June 2, 1844, to Angeline
Stover. a native of Oneida county, N. Y. The marriage has given them
six children. that have reached maturity. In 1847, Mr. Cross located in
Winnebago county, and since has continued on the farm. He came to the
county a poor man, but set to work tilling the soil, and his efforts have
been crowned with success. He has reared a large and well respected
family of children; has helped them to an education and to homes. He is
now a prosperous farmer and worthy citizen. His first presidential vote
was cast for William H. Harrison, and since he has been a whig and
a republican. His life has been one long lesson of industry and 
perseverance, and though he has had many trials, he has achieved admirable
success.
  WILLIAM CROUSE was born in the kingdom of Prussia, December 20,
1821, and remained in his native country till 1847, when he emigrated to
America. In 1850 he came to this county and located on a farm, and since
has continued in the county, and has successfully followed agriculture as
an occupation. February 17, 1865, he enlisted as a private in Company A,
Forty-eighth Wisconsin volunteer infantry, and January 5, 1866, was 
discharged by reason of the close of war. He returned home and resumed
farming. It was in 1850 that Mr. Crouse was united in marriage with 
Karoline Worrow, a native of Germany. The marriage has resulted in the
birth of five children: Augusta, Ida, Anthony, Charles and Julia. Mr.
and Mrs. Crouse are members of the German Lutheran church. In politics
he is a republican.
  R. R. CR0WE, proprietor and editor of The Local, of Winneconne, is a
native of Nova Scotia, born November 3, 1839, son of Richard R. and
Mary A. (Cogswell) Crowe. The parents were born in Nova Scotia, the
father June 26, 1808, the mother September 1, 1810. To their marriage,
which occurred in their native land, were born six sons and three 
daughters. In the fall of 1850 the parents emigrated to Wisconsin, and 
settled in Fond du Lac county. In 1855 they removed to Waushara county, where
they continued until death, the father dying in the fall of 1885, the mother
in the spring of 1886. The father was a farmer by occupation, and his life
was characterized by energy amid industry, together with integrity and 
enterprise as a citizen. He enjoyed the high esteem of his fellow citizens,
and though he was no aspirant to public life, he served the town in which
he lived, in Waushara county, as chairman for a number of years. Our 
subject is the fifth of a family of nine children, and was but a youth when
his parents came to Wisconsin. The education he received in the country
schools was quite limited, but in the university of life his studies have
been continuous and judicious, so that he is unusually well equipped in
general information and has notable literary ability. He remained under
parental roof till he reached his majority, and then began life for himself.
October 3, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Company F, Thirty-second
Wisconsin volunteer infantry, and was, until 1865, under the command
of Gen. Sherman. May 22, 1865 by reason of disability, he was discharged
from the service, and from the hospital returned to Waushara county.
Since the return he has been engaged in various forms of mechanical work,
in hotel business, and literary and newspaper work. In December, 1887,
he purchased The Local, published at Winneconne. and since has owned
and published that paper. July 10, 1867, he was united in marriage with
Miss E. S. Waymouth, who was born at Abbott, Me., November 21, 1848.
She emigrated to Wisconsin with her parents when but a small girl. Their
union has been blessed with the birth of three children: Arthur (a jeweler
by trade), Cora (a teacher), and Ethel. Our subject is a Master Mason of
the Plainfield lodge. No. 208, and also belongs to the Walter Waterman
post, No. 194, G. A. R. of Plainfield.
  HENRY GILES, liveryman at Winneconne, was born in Fond du Lac
county, Wis., May 30, 1850, son of Henry and Sarah (Gilbert) Giles, both
natives of England. They came to Wisconsin in an early day; subsequently
located in Winnebago county, and later removed to Minnesota, where
they have since continued. They came to this county in 1869, and
continued here for some eight years. They have reared a family of six
children, of whom Henry is the eldest. The parents gave him  a common
school education. At the age of twenty-one years he began the battle with
life for himself. Since 1874 he has been engaged in the livery business in
Winneconne. He began with a very limited capital, and now he is a 
prosperous and well respected citizen. He is a self-made man and progressive
as a citizen. In politics he is democratic. He has and is at present serving
his town as one of its officials. He is a Mason of Winneconue lodge, No.
186, and is a member of the Episcopal church. In 1872 he was united in
marriage with Zoa Draper, and have had two children, Nona and William.
  J. M. GOVE was born in New. Hampshire, April 24, 1824, and is a son of
Samuel and Delila (Welch) Gove. The parents were of New Hampshire
birth and English lineage. Their deaths occurred in their native state.
There their marriage occurred, and was blessed by the birth of two sons
and six daughters, all of whom lived to reach a mature age. Our subject
is the fifth of those children, and was reared on a farm of his native
state, where he continued to live until the fall of 1852, when he emigrated
to Winnebago county, and settled on a farm in Winneconne township. He
came with a capital of only $400, with which he purchased a forty-acre
tract of land on which he settled. Three years later, April 5, 1855, he
wedded Lydia K. Fish, daughter of James and Mary L. (Shepard) Fish,
both natives of Connecticut, who were married in Ohio, and came to 
Winnebago county in 1847. Mrs. Gove was born in Cuyahoga county, Ohio,
January 6, 1837. She and husband have the following children: Clara L.,
Charles H., Almeda M., Elsie J. and John H. Mr. Gove is a substantial
farmer, a democrat in poltics, and a Master Mason in Winneconne lodge,
No. 186.
  0. HALVORSON, a manufacturer of, and dealer in, boots and shoes at
Winneconne, was born in the kingdom of Norwxay, November 24,1847, and
is a son of Halvor (Gunufson) and Anslaug (Olson) Halvorson. Mr.
Halvorson was reared and educated on a farm in his native country. At an
early age he took up the shoemaker's trade and has followed it for an 
occupation. He came to America in 1869, and since 1874 has resided in 
Winneconne. Since coming to this town he has carried on a successful boot
and shoe business, and is a prosperous and enterprising man. December 19,
1875, he married Annie M. Olson, of Norwegian parentage, and they have
had two children: Alice M. and Harry J.  Mr. HalvorsoN and family are
members of the Norwegian Lutheran church. In politics he is a republican.
  JOSEPH HARPER was born in Franklin county, N. Y., March 24, 1844,
son of Joseph and Mary (Castonia) Harper, both natives of Canada, 
children of parents born in France. Joseph and Mary were married in Canada,
and soon after removed to New York, and subsequently to Illinois, where
they lived till the father's death. The mother still survives, and makes
his home with a son in Chilton, Wis. They had four children: Joseph, 
Justin, Mary and Maggie. Joseph has followed through life the occupation
of
agriculture, to which he was reared. He remained with his widowed
mother till he reached his majority, and January 1, 1865, he wedded 
Isabelle Wishop, daughter of Andrew and Isabelle (Hunter) Wishop. Her
father was a native of Scotland, born in 1819, dying in Illinois, in 1884;
he emigrated to America in 1839, and was married in New Jersey, to Isabelle
Hunter, a native of Edinburg, Scotland. Their children were: Isabelle,
Andrew, Martha and John. The mother died in Illinois, to which state
the parents emigrated in 1857. Mrs. Harper was born in New Jersey, May
25, 1846, and by her marriage is the mother of the following children: Etta
M., Fred. W., Andrew, Maggie, Franklin, Josie, George and Chester. In
the spring of 1884, Mr. Harper came to this county and located on his 
present farm. He is a practical and successful farmer, and a well-respected
citizen. He and wife are Methodists, and in politics he is a republican.
  CAPT. C. W. JOHNSTON, a well-known riverman of Winneconne, and at 
present captain of the steamer "D. L. Libbey," engaged in the
lumbering business, was born in Oswego county, N. Y., May 26, 1846. His 
parents were of Scotch descent, and in 1855 settled at Fond du Lac. When
a 
boy Capt. Johnston began work on logging boats on Lake Winnebago and the
neighboring streams, at which he was engaged until February, 1863. and
then enlisted in the army, joining Company A, Forty-first regiment of 
Wisconsin volunteer infantry, with which he served until the close of the
war
being the youngest member of the regiment. He participated in the battles
of Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Resaca, in the seige
of Atlanta, and was with Gen. Sherman on the "march to the sea."
A
short time after the battle of Bentonville, N. C., while on a foraging 
expedition, he was captured and carried to Richmond, Va., but the morning
after his arrival the city surrendered and he was released. In May, 1865,
he was mustered out at Madison, and returned to Fond du Lac. For
several years he was harbor master, and subsequently had charge of 
different tugs as captain. After spending one season on the upper Mississippi
river he came to Oshkosh in 1879, and took charge of the lumber steamer
"Badger," and ran that boat until the season of 1888, when he
was given command of the new steamer "D.L. Libbey." Captain Johnston
has one
of the best records ever made as a life saver, having saved in all thirteen
lives on Lake Winnebago and the Fox river. Three lives were saved by him
while harbor master at Fond du Lac, and in 1883 at Winneconne he saved
the life of Louis Lun, a four year old boy who walked off the draw bridge,
Seeing the boy's peril the Captain ran from the bank, sixty rods distant,
sprang into his life boat, paddled to where the boy was last seen, plunged
into fifteen feet of water and rescued the boy from the bottom of the river,
coming to the surface in time to catch hold of a floating raft of logs which
a minute later would have covered him. Later in the same year he saved
the life of James Tingley, present fireman of the " Libbey," who
fell into the river, and had floated with the current about fifty feet. 
Again in 1884. Harry Humphrey, of Winneconne, was saved from drowning by
Capt. Johnston, who leaped into the water just as Humphrey was passing under
the moving boat. In 1886, John Corrigan, of Osbkosh, was precipitated
into the river from a canoe while crossing between the Main street and
Light street bridges, and Capt. Johnston, who was in the pilot house of
his boat, leaped off the upper deck and rescued the drowning man. From the
effects of this last plunge into the cold water Capt. Johnston has never
recovered. For his heroic conduct he was rewarded by the presentation
February, 1888, of a large silver medal by the United States Life Saving
Bureau. Captain Johnston was in married in Fond du Lac, on July 22, 1865,
to Clarissa Worden, of Sheboygan county, and to this union three children
were born. The wife and children are deceased, In 1878, he was married
to Mary Bollar, of Dodge county, and they have three children.
  PRESTON KISNER, a General Merchant of Winneconne, Wis., is a native of
Lewis county, N. Y., born October 22, 1847, the son of Abram and
Matilda (Kenfield) Kisner. Preston is the oldest but one of a family of
two sons and three daughters. His parents removed to Wisconsin when he was
a boy of seven years, and since then his home has been in this state. The
father was a blacksmith by trade, but the son's youthful work was done
on the farm. He received a common school education, and through the
avenues of books and papers he has become conversant with topics of general
interest. He remained under the parental roof till he reached the age of
eighteen years, and then he began the battle with life for himself. In 1870
he was united in marriage with Sophronia Clough, born in Dodge county.
Wis., January 11, 1848. Mr. Kisner came to Winnecone in 1880, and took
charge of the grain station at this point. In 1884, he formed a partnership
with Lewis Lund, and embarked in general merchandise, which he has
continued in Winneconne, carrying an average stock of $3,000, and doing
an annual business of $15,000. Mr. Kisner is a practical business man, a
representative citizen, and an ardent republican. he served the town of
Winneconne as chairman of its town board for two years.
  THEODORE KORN, an enterprising young farmer, was born in this
county, November 22,1856. He is a son of Leonard and Catharine (Snider)
Korn. The father and mother were natives of Germany; he was born in 1823
and died in this county in 1876, she was born in 1830 and died in 1886.
They were married in Milwaukee where they settled about 1850. In 1855
they camne to this county, purchased government land and continued in
the county until their deaths. To them were born three sons and three
daughters, all surviving. Theodore is the second of these children. He
has followed farming as an occupation since the age of seventeen years,
when he began life for himself. In 1884 he wedded Eda Melchor, who
lived as his faithful companion for one year, and then died, In 1886 Mr.
Korn married Bertha Kruger, and one child, Katie by name, has been born
to this marriage. Mr. Korn is a wide-awake man of excellent character,
and though not a member of any church, he is a friend to the churches,
schools and public improvement. In politics he is a republican.
  KITTLE KNUDSON, a young and enterprising merchant at Winneconne, was 
born in Norway, April 21,1851, son of Knud and Betsie (Austen)
Torgerson (Burthe). These parents reared a family of six children of
whom five are living, a seventh child died in infancy. The subject of this
sketch is the youngest of these children, and was but two years old when
in 1853 his parents came to Wisconsin. The parents located in Winnebago
county in 1854. They are both deceased. Mr. Knudson received an
academic education at Decorah, Iowa. In 1870 he began clerking in
Winneconne, and ten years later embarked in merchandise for himself.
He now carries a general stock of clothing, dry goods, hats and caps,
provisions, drugs and wall paper, doing an annual business of $28,000. He
is also interested in a merchant tailor's store at Winneconne, with Mr.
Kleinorder as a partner. ln 1878 Mr. Knudson wedded Annie Lee and the
marriage has been blessed by the birth of three children: Herman B.,
Clarence A., and Ernest E. Mr. Knudson is a republican in politics and
is a progressive citizen.
  EDWIN LEAN, a farmer of Winneconne, was born in County Cornwall,
England, March 25, 1825, and is a son of William and Maria (Lean) Lean.
The parents were English born, and married in England, and in 1848 
emigrated to America, and in the tall of the same year located in Jefferson
county, this state, where they continued till 1874, when they removed to
this county where they passed the remainder of their lives. Their marriage
resulted in the birth of thirteen children. Edwin received his education
in his native land, emigrated with his father and mother to America in 1848.
and subsequently located in this county where he has since resided. Farming
has been his chosen occupation. In 1852 he was united in marriage with 
Emma Barber, born in England, who immigrated with his parents Hugh H. and
Sarah (Broadhurst) Barber in l848. To this marriage were born five children,
and then the mother's death occurred. In 1874, Mr. Lean married for a 
second wife Annie Catton, and they have had three children. Mr. Lean is 
a member of the Episcopal church, and in politics is a republican.
  GEORGE H. LE FEVRE was born in Madison, Wis., August 22, 1842, a son
of Daniel and Mary (Dousman) Le Fevre, Daniel Le Le Fevre was born in
Canada, in 1811, and Mary Dousman in Wisconsin, in 1815. They were
married in Wisconsin, and had ten children, of whom eight survive. The
father and mother are among the well-respected citizens of Winnebago
county. George H., the eldest but one, of their children, was reared on a
farm. In youth he gained a limited education, but by close application has
become a well-informed man on topics of general interest. he remained
at home with his parents until he reached the age of twenty-two years,
and in 1864 he enlisted as a private in Company K, Fifth Wisconsin 
volunteer infantry. By reason of the close of war, he was discharged at 
Hall's Hill, Virginia, June 20, 1865. Mr. La Fevre then returned to 
Winnebago county, and January 13, 1866, was united in marriage with 
Elizabeth, the daughter of Ellis and Mary (Morehiouse) Haner. Mrs Le Fevre
was born in New York, October 3, 1844. This marriage has resulted in the
birth of two daughters, Maude M. and Ollie A. For two years after 
his marriage Mr. La Fevre followed farming, and then removed to Winneconne,
where he has since continued, being engaged in several forms of business.
Since 1874 he has been in the lumber business. He is a self-made man, and
a
progressive citizen. In politics he is a staunch republican. Fraternally,
a member of the I. 0. 0. F , Winneconne, lodge, No. 161, and of Sawyer post,
G. A. R, at Omro.
  WILLIAM LEIDENBURG was born in Germany, March 9, 1829, one of three sons
born to Gottleib and Sophia (Reimer) Leidenburg. In 1856 William emigrated
to America, and in the following year settled in Winnebago county, where
he has since resided. In 1858 he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Spies,
who was born in Germany. Three children, Julius, Delia and Dora, have been
born to this union. Mr. Leidenburg came to this country a poor man, but his
life, an example of honest industry, has won for him-prosperity and a good
name. February 17, 1865, " 16 enlisted as a private in Company A, Forty-eighth
Wisconsin volunteer infantry, and January 7, 1866, was discharged by reason
of the close of war. He has held several positions of honor and trust. For
the last sixteen years he has served as a township supervisor. In politics
he was for many years a republican, but recently became a democrat.
  JOHN McCABE was born in Ireland, November 1, 1823, son of John and Catherine
(Fitzpatrick) McCabe. Mr. McCabe, after being educated in the national schools
of Ireland, emigrated to America in 1842. He located in New York, where he
lived for six years, and followed the stone-cutter's trade. In 1846 he was
married to Ellen Coughlan, by whom he had four sons and four daughters that
have grown up. In 1848 he located in this county and entered land in the
town of Vinland, where he took up the pursuit of agriculture, becoming one
of the pioneer settlers of the county. During 1861-2 he was engaged in the
raising of volunteers and paying of bounties, but in 1868, to fill the town's
quota of twenty-eight men, Mr. McCabe resigned the office of chairman of
the town of Vinland, and enlisted as a private in Company E, of the Fifth
Wisconsin infantry, which company he assisted in the organization of. Shortly
after enlistment, he was commissioned as first lieutenant, and as such was
mustered out of the service in 1865. In 1865, he located at Winneconne, where
he has since continued. Here he was engaged in business as a butcher some
six years. During this period he was elected as a justice, and his service
as such lead to the study of law. For a few years he practiced law in the
justices' courts, and subsequently, at the age of sixty years, was admitted
as a member of the bar, at Oshkosh. Since, he has been actively engaged in
the practice of his profession, in which he has shown marked ability. In
politics Mr. McCabe is a staunch republican. He has held several positions
of honor and trust, among which is that of town chairman, in which capacity
he is serving his third term. For as many as thirty years he has held some
office connected with the schools, thus being identified with educational
interests, of which he is a zealous friend. He holds a membership with the
Roman Catholic church, which has always been the church of his choice. As
a man of affairs he has become influential, with a wide acquaintance and
popularity. In 1888 he was elected as the republican candidate for register
of deeds of Winnebago county, and assumed the duties of the office January,
1889.
  J. J. McDONALD was born in Ireland, June 24, 1850, and is the son of James
and Catherine (Sheerhan) McDonald. Mr. McDonald was reared in the town of
Framore, Waterford county, Ireland, where he received a common school education.
In 1865, he and his mother, and her other children emigrated to America,
and settled in this state. In the fall of 1868, he and his mother came to
the town of Winneconne, where they have since lived. Mr. McDonald, then a
boy, secured work in the depot office of the C., M. & St. P. Ry. company,
subsequently learned the office work and telegraphy, and in 1883, was made
depot agent, telegraph operator and express agent for Winneconne, which duties
he has since faithfully continued to perform. Since he was thirteen years
old he has been his mother's supporter. By his untiring energy he has surmounted
the obstacles that have appeared in the course of life, and now is a prosperous
and well-respected man. He owns forty acres of good farming land in Winneconne
township, and valuable real estate in the village. In 1874, he was united
in marriage with Mary A. Burke. Seven children have been born to their union.
Mr. McDonald and family belong to the Roman Catholic church.
  D. P. MAPES, a well-known and worthy citizen of Winneconne, was born at
Coxsackee, N. Y., January 10, 1798, where he passed his youth and received
his education. In his twenty-first year, he moved to Delaware county, the
same state, and became a prominent citizen there, so that in 1831, he represented
that county in the New York assembly. He went into the lumber trade at Carbondale,
Penn., and had a lumber yard at New York city, and continued in this business
until 1836. From 1837 to 1844 he was captain and owner of a steamboat line
on the Hudson river, running between New York and Rondout. His residence
in Wisconsin began in 1844, and he was from the first reckoned among the
prominent citizens of the new state, and in 1848 was one of the presidential
electors. He enjoys the distinction of being the founder of the city of Ripon,
in 1850, and the founder of the college at that place. He is the oldest member
of the Masonic order in the state, and is the oldest living ex-member of
the New York legislature. His career has afforded him a wide experience,
and his reminiscences are varied and interesting. He has written a history
of Ripon, and is now engaged upon a work that will embody a record of the
changes he has witnessed during the nineteenth century.
  MORRIS T. MANTOR was born in Otsego county, N. Y., March 1, 1831, son of
Thomas and Parmelia (Yagor) Mantor, both natives of New York, who had two
children: Susan and Morris T. In the early thirties the parents removed to
Pennsylvania, and here the father's death occurred. In 1851 the mother and
her son came west and located in Winnebago county, where the mother remained
a number of years, subsequently removing to Hortonville, where her death
occurred. Morris T. Mantor was reared and passed his early days in farm life,
and has followed farming as a vocation. In 1864, he enlisted as a private
in Company F, Eighteenth Wisconsin volunteer infantry. He was with Sherman
on the march to the sea as far as Columbia, S. C., where he was wounded by
an explosion and was sent to the hospital at Louisville, and here was mustered
out of the service in 1865. October 31, 1853, Mr. Mantor was united in marriage
with Mariett, daughter of Zopher and Annie (Dawley) Cornell, the father a
native of Long Island, and the mother of Steuben county, N. Y. Mrs. Mantor
was born in the latter county April 13, 1834, and is one of two children,
the second child being David L., who came to this state in 1849, the mother
and sister following in 1851. The mother's death occurred in 1865. Mr. and
Mrs. Mantor have three sons and four daughters, and the family ranks with
the best in the county.
  CHARLES MILLER was born in Germany, January 27, 1847, son of Carl and Elizabeth
(Smith) Miller. The parents, with their family, emigrated to America in 1860,
settling in this county in the same year. They had twelve children of whom
Charles is the seventh. The father was a farmer, and practical and successful
in the calling. His death occurred in Winneconne township, June 8, 1888;
his widow survives and resides on the old homestead. Charles is a young and
enterprising man, and a representative farmer. He was reared and educated
011 a farm, where his life has been spent. In 1870, he married Mary Haber,
who became the mother of four children: Minnie (deceased), Mary, George and
Carrie. In 1881 the mother was called away in death. In 1883, Mr. Miller
married for a second wife, Delia Leidenburgh, and they have had two children,
Elizabeth and William. Mr. Miller for three years has served as town assessor
of Winneconne. In politics he is an ardent republican.
  TONNES A. MILLER was born in the kingdom of Norway, November 13, 1840,
and came with his parents to America in 1856. The parents made their settlement
where our subject now resides. The father was a farmer bv occupation and
remained on his farm until death; the mother still survives and lives with
our subject. The parents had six children, two of whom are deceased. Tonnes
A. is the eldest and was reared to farming which he has followed as an occupation,
achieving success. In 1875 he was married to Ranneig Thorlackson, a native
of Iceland. This marriage has resulted in the birth of two sons and three
daughters. Mr. and. Mrs. Miller and children belong to the Norwegian Lutheran
church, and in politics he is a republican. He is a practical and enterprising
farmer, who has from poverty arisen to be a prosperous citizen who enjoys
the esteem of all who know him.
  W. L. MILLER, whose portrait appears in this volume, was born in the province
of New Brunswick, Canada, February 26. 1850, and is a son of Abner and Hulda
(Dickinson) Miller. The father, now a citizen of Winneconne, was born in
New Brunswick in 1825, and is of Holland lineage. The mother, whose death
occurred at Winneconne in 1880, was born in New Brunswick in 1831. These
parents were united in marriage in their native province in 1847, and had
four sons and six daughters, of which children our subject is the second.
His parents emigrated to this county in 1850, and located in Rushford township,
where they continued until five years later, when they settled at Butte des
Morts. W. L. Miller was reared in that village, and there educated, receiving
a practical common school education. In youth Mr. Miller had no advantages
qf wealth and luxury, but grew to manhood in privation and almost poverty.
Early in life he learned the value of industry and perseverance, and throughout
life these principles have characterized his efforts. Upon reaching his majority,


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