Bio: Winn, Auriel / Auril (6 Oct. 1927)

Contact: Ken Wood

Surnames: Winn, Potter, Bennett, Sykes, Wadell, Starrett

----Sources: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood Co., Wis.) Thursday; Oct. 6, 1927


Byril Winn's daughter, who is one of 90 deputies on the sheriff's force in Milwaukee county, came up Tuesday to subpoena a witness for a case now pending in Milwaukee court, and while here spent the afternoon and evening visiting with her father. She returned to Milwaukee, Wisconsin yesterday morning.

1930 Federal Census, Granton, Clark, Wisconsin, enumeration district number: 0013, family number: 5, sheet number and letter: 1A, line #14

Byrl F Winn, white, married, male
father's birthplace: Wisconsin
mother's birthplace: Wisconsin

Household Members
head Byrl F Winn M 41 Wisconsin
wife Lela Winn F 38 Wisconsin
daughter Auriel Winn F 13 Wisconsin
son Monroe Winn M 12 Wisconsin
son Arthur Winn M 9 Wisconsin
uncle George H Isham M 79 New York

World War II Draft Cards (4th Registration) for the State of Wisconsin

Byrl Freemont Winn
event: Draft Registration
event date: 1942
event place: Wisconsin Rapids, Wood, Wisconsin
gender: Male
birth date: 17 Apr 1888
nara publication number: M2126
arc identifier: 623273
film number: 1669893
digital folder number: 004265420
image number: 02753

Wisconsin Death Index

Lela Merle Winn
event: Death
event date: 11 May 1984
event place: , Wood, Wisconsin
residence: Wood, Wisconsin
certificate number: 012718

Byrl F Winn
event: Death
event date: 03 Mar 1969
event place: Wisconsin
residence: Wisconsin
gender: Male
age: 80

Family History of Lela Potter Winn

 Melvin O. Potter, whose name for many years has been familiar to the people of Wood County as that of a leader in the cranberry industry, from which he retired only at a comparatively recent date, was born in Waukesha, Wis., Dec. 22, 1852, son of Jerald 0. and Fredericka (Ohlmsdahl) Potter.

The parents were natives respectively of New York and Germany, who, when they came west in the late forties settled at Waukesha, where Jerald Potter farmed for awhile. Then for some years he worked in railway carshops, after which, in 1854, he bought a farm which he improved during the summer months, teaching school in the winter as one of the first teachers in that community.

For many years he lived in Waushara County. While the Civil War was being fought he served for a short time in the army. Not long afterwards he lost his wife, who passed from this life Dec. 14, 1866. Mr. Potter survived her many years, dying in 1899. They had been the parents of five children: Jerome D., who died in 1921; Melvin O., of Wisconsin Rapids; Helen, now Mrs. Helen Starrett, of Helena, Mont.; Edith, residing in the state of Washington; and Harriet, now Mrs. Edward Tiffany, of Ladysmith, Wis. Melvin 0. Potter acquired his education in district schools in Waushara County, Wisconsin, and subsequently attended a normal school. At the age of 19 he left home and came to Wood County, where he made his first money investment in the cranberry business with his brother, Jerome D., who remained his partner for nine years. At the end of that time he purchased a marsh of his own, consisting of 920 acres in Cranmoor Township, this county, and continued to prosecute the industry, which he took a leading part in organizing in this county. He was one of the organizers of the Cranberry Growers' Association, and is a member of its executive committee. He also helped to organize the Wisconsin Cranberry Sales Co., of which he is one of the directors, and the American Cranberry Exchange. Though at times he had other interests, he gave to the cranberry business his chief and almost sole attention from 1900 to 1920, when he retired and turned his marsh over to his son Roy. Aside from this, however, in 1878 he purchased 160 acres of wild land in Rudolph Township, took up his residence there and by 1890 had improved it into a fine farm, which he sold in 1915. In 1890 he purchased the Commercial Hotel, which he operated until 1900. He is now a stockholder in the Wood County National Bank and owns a fine residence at 463 First Avenue South, Wisconsin Rapids. He is fraternally connected with the Equitable Fraternal Union and the Woodmen of the World, and religiously with the Methodist Episcopal Church. On April 8, 1878, Melvin 0. Potter was united in marriage with Ada Woodruff, of Richford, Wis., who died April 29, 1880, leaving a daughter, Ada, who is now Mrs. John Wadell of Wisconsin Rapids. On Oct. 29, 1881, Mr. Potter married Auril Woodruff, who was born in Richford, Wis., daughter of Nathaniel B. and Auril (Sykes) Woodruff, and who was a sister of his first wife. The Woodruff family came west from Vermont in 1852, settling first in Kenosha, Wis., and removing thence at a later date to Rich ford, where they operated a hotel until the death of Mr. Woodruff in November, 1865. Mrs. Woodruff died Aug. 19, 1874. Their children were: Jane, now Mrs. S. J. Harmon, residing with her sister Auril; Auril, wife of Melvin O. Potter; and Royal, now a resident of Los Angeles, Calif. Mr. and Mrs. Melvin O. Potter have had five children, of whom four are living, the record in brief being as follows: Oscar, born Sept. 8, 1882, is a cranberry grower in Monroe County, this state.

He was married Aug. 1, 1907, to Evelyn Bennett, daughter of Arthur and Fannie (Clinton) Bennett. He and his wife have six children: Gerald, Merle, Russell, Bennett, Auril and Clinton. Guy N., born Oct. 8, 1884, is a dredging contractor at Grygla, Minn. Russell D., born Jan. 1, 1887, died Jan. 23, 1897. Lela, born Oct. 13, 1891, is now Mrs. Byrl Winn, of Granton, Wis., and has three children: Auril, Monroe and Arthur. Royal M., born July 14, 1895, and also married, is now operating his father's old marsh in Cranmoor Township.



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