Location: Waukesha County WI

Biography of Hon. Ira Colby

Hon. Ira Colby, one of the leading lawyers of the State of New Hampshire, was born in Claremont, N.H., January 11, 1831, son of Ira and Polly (Foster) Colby, both of purely English descent. Their families in the various branches number many persons of distinction. On the maternal side he is descended from Reginald Foster, who came from Exeter, Devonshire, England, and settled in Ipswich, Essex County, Mass., in 1638. It has been stated in an account of the descendants of Joseph Stickney, which appeared in the New Hampshire Granite Monthly of July, 1892, that the family of this Reginald is honorably mentioned in “The Lay of the Last Minstrel” and “Marmion.” When Mrs. Colby was eleven years of age, her father removed with his family from Essex, Mass., to Henniker, N.H., to prevent his sons from becoming seafaring men. She there met Mr. Colby, a native of the place. They were married April 17, 1827, and immediately removed to Claremont, where they ever afterward lived. Mr. Colby was one of the most successful and enterprising farmers of his town, and was honored with many positions of trust. He served as a Selectman in the years 1858 and 1859 and as a Representative of the town in the legislature of New Hampshire in 1872 and 1873. He died in 1873, at the age of seventy years. The subject of...

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Wisconsin Gold Star List – Waukesha County

Army Abrahamson, Herbert A., 19, Oconomowoc; WNG; pvt 1cl 128inf; Aisne-Marne, defsec, Alsace; dd (pneu) Oct 20, ’18. Anderson, Magnus, 27, Nashotah; pvt 4inf; kia Oct 14, ’18. Behling, Robert C., 24, Waukesha; pvt 327fremsq QMC; overseas; dd (pneu) Nov 24, ’18. Bennett, Leon E., 24, Waukesha; pvt 150mgbn; overseas; dd (influ) Oct 12,’18. Beringer, Maurice A., 25, Waukesha; pvt 4inf; Argonne; dw Oct 11, ’18. Braun, John W., 23, Eagle; pvt 138fa; overseas; dd (pneu) Oct 20, ’18. Burke, James L., 32, Waukesha; pvt 344inf; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 3 ’18. Christian, Erwin August, 22, Oconomowoc; pvt COTS; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 7,’18. Dumel, Albert August J., 27, Menomonee Falls; pvt 161depbrig; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 6, ’18. Ferge, George Fred, 32, Dousman; pvt 9bn farpldrft; U. S.; dd (pneu) Oct 9 ’18. Flanagan, William F., 27, Delafield; clk 128inf; kia Nov 10, ’18. Freede, Milton H., 23, Hales Corners; corp Army Cand Schl; dd (pneu) Jan 28,’19. Gaw, Frederick A., 20, Waukesha; pvt 28inf; Cantigny, Soissons, 2Marne; w Jy 20; kia between Oct 8 and 12, ’18. Giles, Arthur E., 24, Waukesha; pvt 1cl 107amtn; Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, Meuse-Argonne, defsec; kia Sept 29, ’18. Hartel, Raymond, 27, Waukesha; wag supco 340inf; overseas: dd (pneu) Oct 11, ’18. Hill, Charles C., 28, Brookfield; pvt Army ambsect605 MD; overseas; dd (append) Dec 22, ’18. Holzer, Gerald Thomas,...

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Biography of Pearl M. Hollingsworth

Pearl M. Hollingsworth. A newspaper which has had a fine and vitalizing influence in its community is the Fisher News, of which Mr. Hollingsworth is editor and proprietor. This publisher and editor is a journalist from the ground up, had his first acquaintance with the printing trade when a boy and has done much to develop the power of the press in this section of Champaign County and has made his paper indispensable to business men, farmers and citizens generally. Mr. Hollingsworth is a native of Vermilion County, Illinois, where he was born December 20, 1890. He is the youngest of three children, two sons and one daughter, born to Henry and Anna (Martin) Hollingsworth. The daughter, Delia L., is the wife of Howard Barnes, a well known evangelist living in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The older son, Charles T., is a very successful evangelist and now ranks among the first in that profession in America. During the great revival which moved the country of Wales from center to circumference he was an active worker in that field. The father of these children was born in Illinois, had a common school education, and is now living at Arrowsmith in McLean County. He is a blacksmith by trade. His lineage goes back to England. He was born about 1852, has always been an ardent Republican and is a member of the...

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Biography of Louis E. Eilert

The new west is eminently the home of the self-made man. Indeed, it may be said that in making himself the self-made man of the new west has built the new west up about him. Of course this means the self-made man in a collective sense. Individually self-made men like Louis E. Eilert, of Rathdrum, Kootenai County, Idaho, are units in the scheme of moral and material development and progress. Louis E. Eilert is a native of Hanover, Germany, and was born April 5, 1851, a son of Ernest and Mary Eilert, descendants from a long line of German ancestors. In 1852 Ernest Eilert started for America with his wife and his son (then about a year old), with such plans in his mind as a man will make for those whose lives he wants to make better, without regard to the sacrifices he may be called upon to make in his efforts to the end. But he was doomed to bitter disappointment at the very outset. His wife died on the voyage and was buried in the Atlantic Ocean. But still duty lay plainly enough before him. Emigrants and pioneers may not have time for mourning their dead, for they have a fight to wage for the living. One may scarcely imagine how lonely the journey was of Mr. Eilert to the new land, after that dark day...

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Biography of Archie Markland Baird

Archie Markland Baird. One of the additions to the manufacturing interests of Topeka, Archie Markland Baird has for many years been known in railroad circles of the state, and has been connected with numerous movements national in their character. His present business is the manufacture of pneumatic labor-saving devices. His knowledge of the business, his wide connections, and his executive capacity have brought his enterprise to a foremost and commanding position. Mr. Baird was born at Kilmarnock, near Glasgow, Scotland, in 1857, and is a son of William and Janet (Markland) Baird, and a grandson of Archibald Baird, also a native of that place. Archibald Baird had a family of twelve sons and one daughter, all of whom grew to maturity, and it is a remarkable fact that all of these sons learned the blacksmith trade from their father, and some of them later came to the United States and became officials in the mechanical departments of several railroads. The children of Archibald Baird were: Andrew I., David, John, William, Thomas, Hugh, James, Elisha, Robert, Adam, Joseph and Andrew II, and one daughter, Jean. Of these, Andrew I died in young manhood; David came to America in 1857, took employment with the New York & New Haven Railroad at Hartford, Connecticut, and was foreman of the blacksmith shops for forty-five years; John was employed by the same railroad company;...

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Biography of Arthur Richard Nash, M. D.

Arthur Richard Nash, M. D. A surgeon whose ability has brought him a rapidly growing reputation in southeastern Kansas, Dr. Arthur Richard Nash has practiced at Parsons for the past four years. He received his degree In medicine nearly twenty years ago, and has had a wide range of experience and opportunity in his profession since then. He is of Irish stock. The Nashs were English originally and moved from there to Ireland. Doctor Nash is a grandson of a physician, Richard Nash, who spent his life in Ireland as a physician and surgeon. He died in County Tipperary at the age of fifty-two. Richard Nash, Jr., father of Doctor Nash, was born in County Tipperary in 1840. His mother brought him to the United States in 1843 and he grew up at Chateaugay, New York, and at Pewankee, Wisconsin. He learned the trade of shoemaker, followed it a number of years and was also a shoe merchant. He was in active business at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, until 1884, and then engaged in farming near St. Croix Falls in that state and in 1900 moved to Eilsworth, Wisconsin, where he now conducts a drug business. He is a republican, and for a number of years served as justice of the peace. He is also a Royal Arch Mason. Richard Nash married Phoebe Ann Laine, who was born in Vermont in...

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Waukesha County, Wisconsin Cemetery Records

Wisconsin Cemetery records are listed by county then name of cemetery within the Wisconsin county. Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Waukesha County, Wisconsin Cemetery Records Hosted at Waukesha County USGenWeb Archives Project Lisbon-Merton Union Cemetery, Partial Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Partial St. John’s United Church of Christ Cemetery, Partial Sunnyslope Cemetery, Partial Hosted at Waukesha County, Wisconsin WIGenWeb Benecke Family Cemetery Moved to Prairie Home Waukesha Twp. History of cemetery German Lutheran Cemetery Hinze Family Cemetery Oak Hill Cemetery Pioneer Cemetery, aka East Pioneer, Dixon Cemetery, East Side Cemetery, Brookfield St. Dominic’s Catholic Cemetery Trinity Lutheran Church, aka Trinity Evangelical & Reformed Church Wisconsin Memorial Park Cemetery Delafield Village Cemetery St. John Chrysostom Episcopalian Cemetery Tabernacle Presbyterian Cemetery, aka Welsh Tabernacle Presbyterian Hartland Village Cemetery, aka Highland Cemetery First Eagle Cemetery Jericho Corners Cemetery Melendy’s Prairie Cemetery Oak Grove Cemetery Oak Ridge Cemetery, aka Village of Eagle Cemetery (present) St. Theresa’s Oak Knoll Cemetery St. Theresa’s Cemetery, Old Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery Genesee Village Cemetery George Price Cemetery Jerusalem United Presbyterian Cemetery, aka Welsh Jerusalem Presbyterian North Prairie Cemetery Salem Welsh Cemetery Saylesville Cemetery Lisbon Central Union Cemetery Lisbon-Merton Union Cemetery Redeemer UCC, aka Redeemer UCC, Zion Evangelical Richmond Cemetery St. James Rose Hill Cemetery St. Alban’s Episcopalian Cemetery...

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Biography of Rev. R. F. Sweet, D. D.

The old axiom which tells us that kind deeds and gentle words live forever is one which not only inspires the mind with its sublimity, but its truth is so often brought home to us, and so forcibly that it affords a solace we do not always feel. A noble life invariably begets its full measure of love and veneration, and even though myriads of kindness done and self-sacrificing efforts are lost to earth the hand-maidens of the Great Seer of Heaven have the fullest knowledge of them all. All men who have been so graciously endowed with that most precious of all human attributes-love for his fellow-men-have been amply repaid for their self-obligation, generosity and charity; for their weakness, submissiveness and obedience to the mandates of the Deity. This truism was abundantly exemplified during the lifetime of Reverend R. F. Sweet, and substantiated by the wealth of love which his memory impels. Instead of donning the robes and authority of a bishop an elevation twice proffered him, Mr. Sweet preferred to retain the modest position of rector, so that he could more generally and more frequently minister to humanity; unassuming to the extreme, he nevertheless accomplished in-conceivable good and lightened numerous burdens worldly and spiritual, and was con-tent to reap the harvest of brotherly love which was his, rather than hoard sordid accumulations. Even this brief reflection of...

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Biography of W. E. Taylor, M. D.

Placed at the head of a great state charitable institution, carrying the responsibility for the welfare of hundreds of unfortunates whose reason has been shattered and imbued with an earnest desire to restore his unfortunate charges to health and friends, stands Doctor W. E. Taylor, superintendent of the Illinois Western Hospital for the Insane at Watertown. He was born at Waukesha, Wisconsin, May 24, 1854, where his parents, E. T. and Esibell (Irving) Taylor resided. Here his boyhood was spent, and after thoroughly fitting him-self in preparatory schools, he entered the University of Wisconsin, and upon completing a course in that institution, took up the study of medicine at the Hahnemann Medical College at Chicago, from which he graduated. After his graduation, he began the practice of his chosen profession at Monmouth, Illinois, and remained in that city until his appointment as superintendent of the Watertown Hospital for the Insane in 1897, which position he still holds. August 5, 1879, he was married to Miss Vagima McCleary, and of this union two sons have been born, Don and Mac Taylor. Dr. Taylor is a Republican and is prominent in the councils of his party, not merely locally, but throughout the State of Illinois. During the time he resided in Monmouth, he was at the head of the health department of that city for ten years, and was mayor of...

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Biography of J. H. Spines

J. H. Spines. The men who establish, organize and develop successful commercial establishments must possess many qualities out of the ordinary. Their insight into business conditions must be keen and far-reaching, their knowledge of values profound, and their ability to grasp opportunities unlimited. Without industrial and commercial interests no locality progresses, for such enterprises are the very life of a community. The investment and attraction of capital, the employment of labor and the consequent opening of new avenues of endeavor to meet newly created demands, all infuse blood into the veins of a section and endow it with new vigor and strength. That part of West Douglas Avenue, between Main Street and the Arkansas River Bridge, in Wichita, is an excellent example of the above statement. With the location in its midst of an enterprise of the kind mentioned, its business life quickened, new interests were awakened, and it has developed into a prosperous center of the city. The man who is probably principally responsible for this desirable state of affairs is J. H. Spines, proprietor of Spines’ Store and one of the most progressive of the younger generation of business men of Wichita. Mr. Spines was born at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 2, 1884. After his graduation from the public schools, his family was not able to help him further in the way of an education, but the youth...

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Biography of A. H. Johnson

Few American cities can furnish so many instances where men have accumulated large fortunes simply by well directed labor, however adverse the circumstances which surrounded their early struggles, than Portland. The subject of this sketch is a striking example of the truth of this statement. Arriving in Portland some thirty odd years ago, without friends or money, but possessed of good health and plenty of pluck and energy, he has steadily pushed onward and upward until today he occupies a prominent place among the leading business men of the city. He was born in London, in 1830, and is the third among eleven sons and daughters of Richard and Mercy Johnson. His father was a butcher, but on coming to America, in 1843, settled on a farm in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, where, with his family, he continued to live until 1869, when he came to Portland, and resided with the subject of this sketch until his death in 1871. Young Johnson had but little chance for gaining an education, a short period of instruction in the public schools of London completing his opportunities in this direction. Although he was but thirteen years old when he left London, he had become very familiar with that great city and he still retains the most vivid recollections of his early home. After the family came to Wisconsin, he assisted his father in...

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