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EATON, Beldon, R. (Civil War) is a native of Onondaga County, New York, and was born August 30, 1832. He came with his parents to Rock County when he was sixteen years old. He worked on his father's farm summers and attended the district schools winters. His father, Sidney S., was born in St. Lawrence county, New York, and his mother in Massachusetts. They settled in Rock county, Wisconsin in 1848. He worked at his trade as a blacksmith in early days and then engaged in farming in Beloit township. He came to Pierce county, Wisconsin, in 1855, one year after our subject. He settled two miles southwest of River Falls, Wis., and here he farmed on land purchased from his son, Beldon, and others. Here he lived a number of years and then exchanged his farm for village property in River Falls. He lived here about two years and then moved to Ellsworth, the county seat of Pierce county, and worked on his farm until his death, at the age of eighty-eight. The mother of Beldon died when he was thirteen years old in New York State. Our subject came to Wisconsin and settled in River Falls Township, Pierce County, in 1854. He took up 160 acres of government land, also forty acres of timberland. This he improved and made a home there for seven years. Then he sold the farm and enlisted in Company A, Thirtieth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and served till July 1865. He was on duty in Wisconsin for one year, and the second year he helped to build Fort Rice, N. D. He then was on duty at Louisville, Ky., and in July, 1865, he was discharged on account of disability. He then returned to his home in Pierce county, Wisconsin, and engaged at the carpenter's and joiner's trade, and has helped to erect a great many buildings throughout Pierce county. He has also worked as a millwright. He was elected county surveyor and held the office eight years. After two years he was again elected and has held that office in all ten years. He is a member of the G. A. R., No. 177, I. N. Nichols Post. A Republican in politics, he was deputy sheriff of the county and at the present time is one of the Glen Park board of commissioners. Mr. Eaton married, July 4, 1856, Lucy Farnsworth, who was born in Washington, N. H., daughter of Simon and Unice (Lowell) Farnsworth, natives of New Hampshire. They came to Wisconsin in 1854, settling in Pierce County and here Mr. Farnsworth engaged in farming and lived until his death, which occurred when he was sixty-eight years of age. The mother of Mrs. Eaton died at the age of seventy-two years. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Eaton eight children were born, five of whom are now living. Oscar died at the age of thirty-six years. Luella died when one and a half years of age. Henry H. Married Sarah Therloway and they have three children, Nellie, Dora Belle and Walter P. Bion is the fourth child and resides in Minneapolis, Minn. He married Agnes Salter and they have two children, Florence and Gracie Belle-Viola, the fifth, is the wife of P. R. McQuire and they have three children, Carlyle, Belden and Loila. Mr. and Mrs. Eaton, celebrated their golden wedding July 4, 1906, at their home, all the family and many relatives being present.Reference: Taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909
Ferdinand is a native of Ellsworth, Pierce
County, born in 1858, son of Carl F. and Barbara (Oster)
Eckstein, natives of Germany. His father was a shoemaker
and farmer. He lived in Ellsworth, Oak Grove, Prescott and
Clifton, of Pierce County, and served in the Union Army, ending
his days on the old homestead, section twenty-six, in Clifton
Township, in 1896. His wife passed away in the city of
Prescott in 1876. Ferdinand received his early education in
the public schools of Ellsworth and completed his schooling at
Prescott, where he moved in 1863 at the time of his father's
enlistment in the Union Army. He was married in 1889 to
Cora Chamberlain, by whom he has four children. The eldest,
Charles Chester, who died in infancy, was born January 11, 1891,
died June 28, 1891. The others are: Clyde, Edna
and Bernice, aged respectively (in 1908), 16, 12 and 9 years.
Mr. Eckstein has served as school director two years and as road
overseer for a similar period. He belongs to the Methodist
church and affiliates with the American Society of Equity.
For some years he has been a policyholder in the New England
Insurance Company. Mr. Eckstein is a hard working,
industrious man, well thought of by all who know him. Upon
his 108 acres of good land in Clifton Township he carries on
farming in a scientific and up-to-date manner and has achieved
much success. (Taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley",
published in 1909). Submitted by Pat Casey.
ELLIS, John W., a carpenter by trade, resides on section 14, River Falls township, where he owns 120 acres of well cultivated land. He was born at Waterville, Me., April 10, 1833, and received a good common school education, later learning his trade. In 1856 he removed to Minneapolis, Minn., and worked at his trade until 1882, when he removed to Redwood Falls, Minn., remaining eight years. After two more years spent in Minneapolis he came to Pierce county in 1892, since which time he has farmed it on his present highly improved place. In politics Mr. Ellis is a Republican. His first wife, Emma Putnam, died in 1873, leaving no children. Later he was married to Lucinda Davis, born in Maine, coming to this locality as a young lady. She died in July, 1896, and is resting for eternity in the cemetery at River Falls. She was the mother of seven children, six of whom are now living. John resides on eighty acres of land in River Falls Township, married Lizzie Daniels and has one child, Marjory. Emma is the wife of Chauncey Wilcox, a farmer of River Falls Township, and has two children, Hattie and Opal. Katherine married Earl Schoonover, a farmer of River Falls Township, and has two children, Leon and Marie. Charles Henry and Ina M. are all at home. Frank died at the age of three years. The children were all born in Minnesota. Reference: Taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909
ENDORF, Frederick, was born in Wierborn, Lippe Detmold, Germany, June 27, 1842, son of John and Caroline (Loges) Endorf, natives of Germany. He has one sister, now Mrs. Mercord, of Prescott, Wis. Frederick was educated in the city schools of Barntrup, Germany, and arrived in Prescott, Wis., May 3, 1860, with his father and mother, the former of whom died July 1, 1885, and the latter on November 6, 1881, both being buried in St. John's church cemetery at Oak Grove. In August 1860, he purchased a part of his present farm and six years later he bought the rest of it. He was married June 2, 1867, to Maria Christina Reinhard, daughter of George and Anna Maria (Lindig) Reinhard, of St. Paul, Minn. This union has resulted in eight children, seven of whom are now living: Caroline is now Mrs. Herman Giebler, of Oak Grove, Wis.; Louise is Mrs. Julius Reeck, of Oak Grove; Sophia is Mrs. Fred Boerner, of Oak Grove; Annie is Mrs. Edward Fiedler, of Oak Grove; Fred, Jr., Christina and Martha are at home, and Herman, twin brother of Martha, was born August 22, 1883, and died May 15, 1895, being buried in Prescott. Mr. Endorf is a member of the Evangelical church of North America, and in politics is a Republican. He has been a school officer ever since the school house in his district was built in 1865 and for twenty years he has been school clerk. For over thirty years he was superintendent of the Sunday school at St. John's, which he founded. Mr. Endorf has a fine farm, consisting of 274 acres in Oak Grove Township, Wisconsin and forty acres in Trim Belle Township. He carries on general farming and stock raising, and has met with considerable success, being one of the prosperous and substantial men of the township. Reference: Taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909
EWART, Gilbert is a native of Ireland and was born in the County Antrim, April 15, 1837. At the age of twenty years in 1857 he emigrated to the United States, settling in Dane county, Wisconsin, where he resided for three years, working by the month for farmers. In 1860 he removed to Denver, Col., but did not remain long there. We next find him in Omaha, Neb., working in a blacksmith shop. The next move he made was to Ottumwa, Ia. He got work in a coal bed and about the time the Civil war broke out in 1861 he moved to Davenport, Ia. Here he found work on a farm. In 1863 he came to Pierce County and settled on 100 acres of land on section 36, River Falls Township. He improved this farm and lived on it for a number of years. In 1867 he sold that farm and bought 200 acres three miles from the city of River Falls, Wis. A little later he added forty acres more to the farm and here he lived, engaged in general farming and stock raising until he sold the farm to his son in March, 1906, when he moved to River Falls, where he has since resided. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church. He is a Prohibitionist in his politics, and all his life has been an advocate and a worker for the temperance cause. He has never cared or sought for political office, but has always been an industrious and hard working man. Mr. Ewart erected a handsome frame dwelling on Third Street, in which he now resides. He married February 19, 1867, Mrs. Martha Wilson, the widow of Robert Wilson, who died while in the Civil war. Mrs. Ewart's maiden name was Staples, daughter of Job Staples, of Butler County, Pennsylvania, where Mrs. Ewart was born and educated. By her first husband she had three children-Jennie is the wife of John Boyd, of Rochester, Minn.; Milton resides on a farm in North Dakota; he married Anna Mackey and they have four children, Wilford, Robert, Ethel and Susan; M. Ida is the wife of Rolly Grey, a farmer of Clifford township, and they have two children, Leslie and Percy. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Ewart four children have been born-Ellen Maria married Herbert Bailey, a farmer of Breckenridge, Minn., and they have two children, Robert and Bruce; Alexander is the second child and resides on a farm in River Falls Township, which adjoins the home place. He married Miss Thomas, of Clifton. Susan is married to William Currier, a real estate agent and manager of the Pierce County Telephone Company. They have three children, Gladys, Earl and Ella. James is the fourth child and resides on the old farm, which he bought from his father. He married Sarah Jack and they have no children. Reference: Taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909.
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