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
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PERSONAL SKETCHES. [page 56] among other undertakings, he followed for a number of years, boating upon the Wolf . first owning an interest in a tug boat, of which he later became sole owner. He was successful in his undertakings, and amassed enough capital to go into the lumber business. In 1882 he built at Winneconne a saw and shingle mill, and since has been engaged in the manufacture of lumber, shingles, laths, etc. His enterprise is of much benefit to Winneconne, and as a business man Mr. Miller is a leader. In politics he is republican. He has held several local offices, and was the first president of the village of Winneconne. In 1888 Mr. Miller was elected assemblyman from the second assembly district in Winnebago county, as the republican candidate, and represented this county in the session of 1889. Though he is not a member of any church he has always been a friend of religion. He is a member of the Phoenix lodge. No. 1355, K. of H., at Omro. In 1874 he was united in marriage with Frances McCabe, daughter of Francis McCabe, an early settler of the town of Oshkosh. The children under the fostering care of Mr. and Mrs. Miller are Jessie, Bessie and Chester E. Mr. and Mrs. Miller are among the leading members of Winneconne society, and enjoy the esteem of a wide acquaintance. Mrs. Miller is a member of the Roman Catholic church. JOSEPH MIRACLE, a solid farmer, was born in London, Canada, January 1, 1887, and is a son of Hiram and Mary (Delamater) Miracle. Mr. Miracle is the fourth of thirteen children, and was reared and educated in Canada. Agriculture has been his life pursuit. In 1860, he came to Winnebago county, where he has since resided. He began here with a limited capital; but, by his energy and enterprise, he has become a prosperous and representative farmer, In March, 1875, he located in Winneconne township, where he owns one of the best farms of the county. In September, 1861, he married Elizabeth Cook, who died after living but one year as his companion. In 1863. he married for a second wife, Mary Catton. Five children are the result of this marriage. Mr. Miracle is an influential citizen, a staunch republican and a Master Mason of the Winneconne lodge, No. 186. MURPHY BROS., active young business men of Winneconne, opened their meat-market in that village in the spring of 1885. They are sons of Cornelius and Catherine (Hension) Murphy, both natives of Ireland. The parents were married in New York, and had seven children. They came to Winneconne in 1858, and subsequently removed to Omro, where they have since lived. Of the subjects of this sketch. Thomas E. is the older, and was born in New York, November 1, 1854, and the younger, John F. by name, was born in this county June 27, 1858. Both brothers were reared on a farm and received a common school education. They commenced business with a capital gained by energy and perseverance. In business they are practical and successful. In politics they are democratic, and both belong to the Roman Catholic church. Thomas E. is serving his second term as village clerk of Winneconne. CHARLES A. RUSSELL, manufacturer of light and heavy harness, and dealer in trunks, valises, combs, brushes, etc., at Winneconne, began in business at this place in May, 1881. Mr. Russell was born in Erie county, N. Y., December 2, 1852, and is a son of James T. and Cornelia A. (Taylor) Russell. He is a native of Scotland, she of Vermont. The father is a harnessmaker, and is in business at Omro. The subject of this sketch is the second of a family of five children, and was reared in the village of Omro, to which village his parents removed in 1854. Charles received a common school education in the Omro schools, and from his father learned the harnessmaking trade, which trade he has followed for a livelihood. In November, 1881, he was united in marriage with Hattie A. Newbert, a native of this county. In 1884 Mr. Russell engaged in insurance. and now represents five reliable fire insurance companies. He is an enterprising young man and a valuable citizen. In politics he is a republican. J. D. RUSH, attorney-at-law and real estate dealer at Winneconne. Wis., was born near Chillicothe, Ohio, March 16, 1825, and is the son of John and Mary Rush. The father was a native of Virginia, and was a farmer by occupation. About 1822, he located in Ohio, and subsequently was married in that state, and later removed to Michigan, and settled in Case county, where his death occurred. He was the progenitor of two sons and three daughters, of which the eldest is J. D. Rush. He was reared on a farm where he remained until he reached manhood. He received an academic education at Niles, Mich. In the fall of 1848, he came to Wisconsin, and located in Winnebago county, where he has since continued to reside. Since coming be this county, and until 1870, he has been engaged in the lumber business, with the exception of perhaps six years of that time, during which he taught in the public schools. Since 1870, he has been engaged in the practice of law, and in the real estate business. He has made his home for the greater part, since coming to this county, in Winneconne. In 1853, he was united in marriage with Eliza J. Edwards, daughter of Joseph Edwards, who came from Ohio to Wisconsin in the summer of 1849. Mrs. Rush was born in Ohio, August 28, 1834. Their marriage was favored by the birth of a son and a daughter; both reached maturity, but the son died at the age of twenty-six years, and the daughter after being married, died, leaving no children. Mrs. Rush has been a life-long member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and though he is not a member of any church, he is friendly to all religious institutions, and is in all ways a progressive citizen. Throughout life he has been a democrat, and in the year 1859, he was, as the democratic candidate, elected to the state legislature, as representative from Winnebago county. He served one term, and since has not aspired to political honors. He is a Master Mason of Winneconne lodge, No. 186. CHESTER W. SMITH, a successful teacher, is a native of this county, born April 24, 1852. He is the oldest but one of a family of four sons and three daughters, of William and Sarah (Foote) Smith. The father was born in New York, and the mother in Massachusetts. Their marriage occurred in this county, where they have lived since an early day in its settlement. Chester was reared on a farm, received a thorough common school education at Omro, and completed a course in the schools of Berlin, graduating in 1874. He taught his first school in the years 1868-9, and since has folowed teaching as a profession, being so occupied each year, excepting one, during which he edited and published the Omro Stalwart at Omro. He is the present principal of the east side schools at Winneconne, and has held the position for thirteen yeras, which evidences his success and ability as a teacher. Since beginning the profession he has been identified with the educational interests of the county, and regarded as a representative educator. In politics he is a republican, and is also an ardent advocate of temperance. His life has been characterized by sobriety, energy, and integrity. In 1877 he was united in marriage with Clarrie Daggett, who was born in Boston, Mass., February 8, 1853. They have had three chldren: Ella, Grace and Russell. JOHN SMITH was born in Washington county, Wis., September 29,1847, son of John U. and Magdaline Smith. The father was born in Switzerland and the mother in the kingdom of Prussia. They were married in this state and had seven children, but the subject of this mention alone lived to reach maturity. Both of the parents died several years ago. In early life John Smith served an apprenticeship with a shoe-maker, and this trade has been his vocation. He came to this country in 1869, and went into business at Winneconne, where he has since continued, achieving success in his undertaking. He is a manufacturer and also dealer in boots and shoes. In August, 1869, he married Mary Reichert, a native of Washington county. Wis. Two children, Ida and Hattie, have been born to them. In politics Mr. Smith is a democrat. W. A. SMITH, a representative farmer of Winneconne township, was born in Greensboro, Vt., June 17, 1828, and is a son of Peter B. and Betsie (Woodbury) Smith, both of New England birth. The mother was called away in death in 1863. The father came with his son to this county in 1870, and died here in 1875. Mr. Smith was united in marriage in August, 1851, to Miriam A. Burt, born in Canada, January 6, 1834. She is a daughter of William and Dorothy (Barns) Burt; he a native of Connecticut, she of New Hampshire. They came to this state in 1864, and to this county in 1870. The father died in 1882, the mother in 1888. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Smith has been blessed by the birth of ten children, four of whom died in early life. Mr. Smith has followed farming for an occupation, and has been successful in this pursuit. He is a well respected citizen. In polities he is a republican. Though not members of any church, Mr. and Mrs. Smith are Methodists in inclination, and their lives have been characterized by piety, industry and integrity. S. F. SMITH, one of the representative farmers of the county, was born at Barton, Vt., March 10, 1826, son of Samuel and Sally (Stafford) Smith. Both parents were of New England birth, he was of Irish lineage, and she of English. Their marriage occurred in Vermont, and resulted in the birth of seven sons and six daughters. Of the children two sons and one daughter died early, others reaching a mature age. The mother's death occurred in Massachusetts, and the father's in Wisconsin. The subject of this was reared on a farm, and by attending the country schools, he gained a fair common school education, which he has improved by constant reading and by a wide experience in life. At the age of twenty years he went to Boston, Mass., where he remained for eighteen years, fourteen of which he spent as a hotel steward. While at Boston he was married in September, 1855, to Amelia Shepard, a native of New Hampshire, born November 21, 1830, and they have had three children: Frank, Emma A., and one that died in infancy. From Boston Mr. Smith removed to Trenton, N. J., and subsequently served for a short time as the superintendent of the Mercer Iron and Coal mines, of Mercer county, Penn. Afterward returning to Trenton, he remained there some seven years, six of which he spent as foreman of the American Saw company. Subsequently he moved to Muskegon, Mich., and there embarked in the business of selling and repairing saws, continuing at that nearly six years. A few years prior to coming west he had purchased of the government a tract of land in Winnebago county, and in 1870, he sent his family to occupy the purchase; in 1878 he suspended business at Muskegon and joined his family, and since has been actively engaged in farming. In early life Mr. Smith was a poor Man, but his untiring energy has made him successful in his undertakings, and he is now prosperous, owning 260 acres of land in this county; 220 acres lie in one body, and constitute one of the best improved farms of the county, of which 200 acres are under state of cultivation. Eleven active fountains upon the farm add to its excellence. As a farmer, Mr. Smith is practical and succcessful; as a citizen he is enterprising and progressive. He and wife are active members of the Free Baptist church at Winneconne, of which church Mr. Smith has been a deacon for several years. Throughout life he has been zealous in church and Sabboth school work. In politics Mr.Smith was a republican, but now adheres to the principles of the prohibition party. J. A. SUHL was born in the city of Milwaukee, May 29. 1852, and when but a child was brought with his parents to Oshkosh, in which city he was reared and educated. By attending the city schools he gained his rudimentary education, and by completing a course in a business college in Oshkosh, he acquired a practical business education. On reaching his majority he secured clerical work in Oshkosh, and was engaged in mercantile pursuits in that city for nearly seven years. In 1876 he was united in marriage with Barbara Rhyner, who was born in Switzerland, March 14, 1858, and emigrated with her parents to America in 1862. These parents located in Winnebago county in the same year, and two years later the father's death occurred; the mother survived several years, and was called away in 1882. In the fall of 1881 Mr. Suhl removed from Oshkosh to Winneconne, and purchased what was then known as the Mape's House, now the Riverside House. Since coming to Winneconne he has continued in the hotel business. He is a valued citizen and enjoys the esteem of all. In politics he is a staunch democrat. In the spring of 1883 he became the democratic candidate for town clerk of Winneconme, and was successful in a republican town. As a demonstration of his popularity with the people it is sufficient that he has been re-elected as town clerk up to date, and is now serving his sixth term in that capacity. His continuation in office is sufficient commendation of his official ability. He is a Master Mason in Winneconne lodge, No. 186, and also belongs to the Sons of Herman, lodge No. 2. Z. M. SUMNER svas born at Bristol, Vt., August 16, 1832, and is a son of John R. and Clarissa L. (Mills) Sumner, the father a native of Vermont, and the mother of Connecticut. The parents were married in Vermont, and had five sons and one daughter. In 1849, the parents and their family came to Wisconsin and located in this county, where they remained until death. The father was a farmer by occupation and reared his family on the farm. Our subject received a fair common school education, and then devoted his life to agriculture. December 31, 1854, he was united in marriage with Juliett Jorden, daughter of John and Zuria Jorden. Mrs. Sumner was born in Vermont, February 28, 1832. They have two children: Clara and Arthur. February 17, 1865, Mr. Sumner enlisted as a private in Company A, Forty-eighth Wisconsin volunteer infantry, and January 5, 1866, was discharged by reason of the close of the war. He is a republican in politics, and is a member of Winneconne lodge, No. 161, I. O. O. F. E. VREDENBURGH, a successful farmer of Winneconne town, was born at Kingston, N. Y., November 1, 1840, son of David and Julia Ann Vredenburgh, early settlers of this county. Mr. Vredenburgh spent his boyhood on the farm and has devoted his life to agriculture. In 1862 he enlisted as a private in Company B, Twenty-first Wisconsin volunteer infantry. He was with Sherman on the "march to the sea;" and on the close of the war was mustered out of the service as first lieutenant. He then returned to this county, and in 1866 was married to Lizetta Allen, daughter of Stephen Allen, whose biography appears elswhere. Mr. Vredenburgh is a republican in politics. He belongs to the G. A. R. post, No. 10, at Oshkosh; also Winneconne lodge, No. 161, I. O. O. F. PETER VREDENBURGH was born in Kingston, Ulster county, N. Y., January 28, 1836, and is a son of David and Julia Ann Vredenburgh. The parents and their children came to Winnebago county in 1850 and have since continued in the county. Our subject was reared and educated on a farm, and his life has been devoted to farming, in which he has been prosperous. In 1882 he was united in marriage with Ellinor Bell, daughter of George and Jane (Coats) Bell, early settlers of the county, born in Canada, July 14, 1843. Mr. and Mrs. Vredenburgh have five children: Annie, William, David, George and Amy. Mr. Vredenburgh is a representative citizen. In polities he is a republican. He has held several positions of honor and trust in his township and county. In 1882 he was elected a member of the Wisconsin assembly from the second district of Winnebago county, and served two years. TOWN OF WOLF RIVER. C. BURGNER was born in Switzerland, May 20, 1832, son of William and Anna (Roby) Burgner. He received a common school education in his native country, and was then engaged there in farming. In 1856 he was married to Barbara Hofberger, who was born March 21, 1839. They are the parents of ten children, all living: Rosa, Albert, Mary, Sally, Anna, Edward, Frank, Clara, Charles and Belle. In 1855 he came to America, settling in Ohio, where he remained one year. He then moved to Wolf River town, where he has since resided, following for some time farming in summer and logging in winter. At present he is doing a dairy business, selling milk to the cheese factory. In polities he is a staunch democrat and one of the leaders of the party in the town. He is a member of Fremont lodge, No. 232. I. O. O. F., also John W. Scott post, G. A. R. PETER FAUST was born at Bingen on-the-Rhine, Germany, on July 27, 1837, son of Peter and Barbara (Bard) Faust. When nineteen years of age he accompanied his parents to America and settled in Oshkosh. Here he worked as a farm hand, cut timber and worked at saw-mills until September 11, 1864, wyhen he was married to Sophia Wurl. He then engaged in farming for one year. Mr. Faust was accidently run over by a team of runaway horses, from the effects of which be has never fully recovered. This caused him to quit the farm and move to Oshkosh, where he engaged in the grocery and feed business and so continued for six years. He then purcased a farm in Wolf River town, and has followed farming, together with stock-raising and lumbering. Mr.and Mrs. Faust are the parents of three children: Clara, Rosa and Sophia. Clara was married to William Sherburne of Fremont September 22, 1886. In 1871 and 1872 he was elected and served as alderman of the Fifth ward of Oshkosh. He is at present chairman of the township, and has served in that capacity for the past four years. He is a republican in politics, and is a member of Oshkosh lodge. No. 27, F. & A. M. F. A. GRUENHAGEN was born in Milwaukee, March 7, 1845, son of John F. and Frederica Gruenhagen. The former was alderman of the Second ward of Oshkosh for several terms. Mr. and Mrs. Gruenhagen died in 1881. The subject of this sketch, in 1866. purchased the "Rover," and ran that boat for seven years. In 1867 he sold it, and was engaged in contracting and building at Oshkosh for five years. In 1871 he was married to Miss Pauline Merton, born April 2, 1845, daughter of Andrew A. and Agnes (Spanko) Merton. Her father was register of deeds of Winnebago county from 1861 to 1864. After having married. Mr. Gruenhagen moved to Merton's Landing, on Wolf river, where he engaged in general merchandise with good success. He has three children: Leo, Leonora, and Richard. Mr Gruenhagen was postmaster of Orihula during the administration of President Cleveland. JOSEPH G. HILDERBRAND was born in Oshkosh on the 21st of August, 1853, the fourth child of Joseph and Anna (Meyers) Hilderbrand, who were parents of twelve children. He received an education in the Oshkosh schools, and learned the carpenter's trade. In 1884 he engaged in business in Fremont and continued in the same for two years, after which he moved to the farm where he now lives. He was married February 3, 1884, to Anna Tenneson. He has been elected and has served two terms as justice, and is one of the active men of the town. Mrs. Hilderbrand is a member of the Catholic church. JOHN HOFBERGER, a good citizen of Wolf River, was born in Bavaria, Germany, July 24. 1834, the son of John and Barbara Hofberger. He came to the United States in 1855, and settled near where he now lives. He was married to Flordena Ristau in November, 1859. They are the parents of fourteen children. Mr. Hofberger has been honored by his fellow citizens with the offices of chairman, treasurer, assessor and supervisor in his town, a number of times. He is a member of Fremont lodge, No. 231. I. O. O. F., also member of Hiram Russell post. No. 160, G. A. R. His military service was with Company D, Fifty-second Wisconsin infantry, in which he enlisted in 1865, and served until discharged at Ft. Leavenworth in August of the same year. At present his political alliance is with the democratic party. E. KARSCHNEY was born in Prussia on the 9th day of September, 1853, son of Charles and Philipine (Wentzel) Karschney. The father was a miller by trade and he is still living, but the mother died March 13, 1871, The subject of this sketch received a fair education in the schools of Germany. At the age of seventeen he moved with his father to America, locating first in New York, where he remained for two years. He then came to Wolf River town, where he worked by the day and month for a number of years. On the 5th day of June, 1878, he was married to Augusta Landentenbauch. They are the parents of five children, one girl and four boys, named respectively: Lillie, Albert, Artie, Oscar and George. all living. Mr. Karschney, is a very successful farmer. CARL SPEIGELBERG was born in Germany. January 2,1819, son of Frederick and Louisa (Kular) Speigelberg. His occupation in the old country was that of a shepherd. In 1846, he was married to Johanna Grade, and they are the parents of eight children: William, Herman, Carl, Henry, Wilhelmina, Florintina, Amelia and Bertha. Mr. Speigelberg came to Wisconsin in 1854, and located where he now lives and has followed farming continually since with great success. Mr. and Mrs. Speigelberg are members of the Lutheran church. In politics he is a democrat, and he is one of the prominent men of the town. HERMAN SPINDLER was born in Prussia, February 19, 1848, son of Gottlieb and Johanna (Ruhl) Spindler. The father came to Winnebago county in 1852, at that time there being very few settlers in the town of Wolf River. He died on the 5th day of January, 1886. The mother died November 30, 1880. Herman, in 1866, engaged in the lumber and timber business, and has followed the same to the present, farming in summer. He was married January 24, 1876, to Minnie Borth, who was born April 13, 1858. They are the parents of two children: Mary, born March 25, 1881, and Martha, October 23, 1885. Mr. Spindler has served two terms as treasurer of the town school district, and clerk for about ten years. He is a member of Fremont post, No 213, I. O. O. F. Mrs. Spindler is a member of the Lutheran church, In politics he is a republican. JOSEPH VOGT was born in Baden, Germany, March 5, 1817, son of John and Mary (Huber) Vogt. The father was born in 1771, the mother in 1792. Joseph was educated in Germany, and engaged in farming there until August 28, 1854, when he came to America and settled in Wolf River town near where he now lives. He was married in Germany to Tracy Vogt in 1854. They are the parents of two children: Joseph, born August 17, 1857; John, February 10. 1861. Mr. and Mrs. Vogt are members of the Catholic church. The son, Joseph, was married to Clara Grundmen on the 20th day of May, 1886.
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