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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
(1895)

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COMMEMOmAl TTIV, B7[ DOGIlAPIfICAL RECORD.
which he followed to some extent in
after life. In I839 he was married in
England to Miss Mary Ann Gruben, a
lady of English descent, daughter of well-
to-do tradespeople, and to this union were
born nine children, four in England-
Paul, Benjamin, Jr., John )., and \Viil-
iain-and live in America--Ellen, Anna,
Constance, ILeonard   and Gregory WV.
John D. was killed in the Civil war; Wil-
liamn died when a young boy, and Anna a
few nimonths later. In 1848 Mr. and Mrs.
Barrett came to the United States, bring-
ing their four children, and settled on a
farm in Milwaukee count y, \Vis., where
the mother (lied in 1884, and the father
is yet living. He is a local preacher in
the M. E. Church, of which he has been
ordained an elder, but has never taken
a charge.
    The subject proper of these lines, as
will be seen, was three years old when
the family came from England to Wis-
consin, and up to the age of nineteen at-
tended the coninmon school of the neigrh-
borhood winter time, assisting his father
on the farm summers. On leaving the
comunuon school he entered Lawrence Uni-
versity, at Appleton, attending the fall
and 's )ring terms three years, after which,
in I866, he taught school one term at
Hortonville, and, in 1867, one term in
Freedoin. In the fall of the latter year
he commenced clerking in the general
store of C. G. Adkins, of Appleton, con-
tinuing with him tell years, his salary
first year being $ioo, and for the last six
years he held the position of head clerk.
In the fall of 1877 Mr. Barrett, in coin-
pan\, with a Mr. Schlosser, bought out
the interest of Mr. Stone at tile old But-
ler stand, Appleton, and(l together they
conducted the business until January,
1884, When Mr. Barrett sold his share to
his partner, and in the following month
purchased an interest in the same line of
tusiness with 0. P. Schlafer and \l\il-
liam Tesch, which has continued, the
firm  style being Schlafer, Barrett &
Tesch. In I891 they built their present
fine store in Appleton, and the firm have
a commercial reputation second to none
in the State. Mr. Barrett has also been
to some extent interested in real estate,
even at the time he was clerking, and
mnade a success of his deals, as in every-
thing else, financially.
    In September, I877, our subject was
married to Miss Jennie Hamlin, daughter
of Benjamin and Minerva Hainlin, natives
of New York, where Mrs. Barrett was
also born; coining- west, they settled on a
Wisconsin farm. Two children were
born to this union: Frankie M. and
Benjatmin W. The mother of these died
April 29, 188o, and on May 2, 1882, Mr.
Barrett wedded Mrs. 1). J. McKenzie, nit,
Clark, who had one child by her previous
marriage, named Grace. By this second
marriage of Mr. Barrett there is no child.
He is a nember of the M. E. Church,
and in his political associations is a stanch
Republican.   Success seldom   fails to
come when it is entirely deserved, and
surely it has not in the case of Mr. Bar-
rett. Wealth and friends have been given
him, and he enjoys all these with no
trace of that offensive ostenstation that
has so often shaded the lives of other
men. It is a pleasure to bear willing tes-
timony to real worth, and this last testi-
mony voices the sentiment of the entire
commi0unity.
A      LBERT A. BREITUNG, black-
        smith and wagon maker, Apple-
        ton. This excellent citizen and
        worthy veteran soldier wxvis born
Noveiimher II, 1835, in Prussia.  His
father, August Breitung, was born in the
same country in 1804, and for three years
was a soldier in the Prussian ariny. The
grandfather, Frederick Breitung, was a
farmer and hotel keeper. August was
married, iii I829, to Amelia Leonhart,
wxho was born in Prussia in 1813, and
they had a family of ten children. They
caine to America in 1848, accompanied
by Mrs. Breitung's father, Christopher
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