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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

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village board before its incorporation,
after which be representeal \Vinneconne
in the county board three years, and at
the present time he is a memnber of the
village board.  He and his wife are ad-
herents of the Free Baptist Church, in
which he has served as trustee for some
time, and in its work takes an active in-
terest. Mr. Kisner is prominent in both
business and social circles, and is a valued
EILSON ROUSE, the xxell-known
        and popular proprietor of (ne of
        the leading flour and feed stores
        in Oshkosh, \\iinnebago county,
is a native of Steuben county, N. Y.,
born October i 1, 1840.
    His pareots, Newcomb and Pollie
Rouse, when he was yet a child, moved
to Allegany county, same State, and
from there, about the year 0855, migrated
to Ashtanlma county, Ohio, finally i i 86o
coning to \Visconsin, where in the town-
ship of Onro, WVinnebago county, the
father lurchased a farm, and xas clogaged
in agrictltural pursuits up to the time of
his death, which occurred in 1869; his
wife passed away in 187. Tle son Nel-
son acompanied them in all tieir journey-
ings from the place of his birth, and in
Allegany county, N. Y., received the
greater part of his education, completing
san e in Ashtabula county, Ohio.  After
his arrinal in \Vinnebago couity Nit.
Rouse was engaged in the lumber busi-
ness for sexemrn yeears, both on the river
and in the woods, and later followed
agricultural pursuits some ten years. In
1883 lie removed to MIinnesota, where
for ten years he continued farminig opera-
tions, and then returning to Wisconsin
embarked in his present roibiness, in
Mhich he has met with well-mierited suc-
cess, having by close attention to the
wants of his customers, together with fair
and liberal dealings, secured a wide and
lucrative trade.
    On October i i, i866, Mr. Rouse was
married, at Oshkosh, to Levina J. Ailes,
daughter of Clarke and Esther Miles, and
six clildren have been born to them,
three of whom survive, named, respect-
ively:  I)evey N., Madie and 1larlow.
Politically Nr. Rouse is a stanch Repub-
lican, his first xote having been cast for
Abrahani Lincoln, and he and his family
attend the services of the Baptist Church.
An honest, upright rnm, a worthy and
esteemed citiWen, our subject enjoys the
respect and good-will of his fellow citi-
    AMES M. SIMONS, a highly re-
    spected citizen of Oshikosh, Winne-
    bago county, by occupation a marine
    engineer and machinist, second to
none in his line of business, is a natixe of
New York State, born March 18, 1857.
    I-ls father, James Simnmis, ailso a na-
tive of the - Empire State," cai c in
1823 to the then Territory of \imsconsin,
and took up land in Winnebago county;
but after a fex years' residence here re-
turned to his old home in the East. lie
was a carpenter by trade, aid worked at
the same in New York State till about
the year 1859, when lie once more caiie
to \Viscoiisiii, and locating ill the village
of Brothertown, Calminet county, contii-
iod his trade there till  872, in which
ken r he removed to Kaukauna, where he
lihas since resided, of late years retired
froi actixe life; for the past sexen years
he has been a justice of the peace for
Kiauklauna, and hte is held in the highest
esteem. lie married Miss Martha Schei-
zeck, also t ati ve of New "Owlk State,
and several children were born to them.
The Simons family, of whom this sketch
treats, are of B~rotherhood Indian extrac-
tion, and are of great st ature and bulk,
the grandfather of our subject having
weighed 389 pounds, the father, who is
now seventy-nine years old, Wxeighinm1g 240
pounds, and our subject, who stands six
feet two inches in his stockings, also tip-

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