Bio: Holmes, Hal B.
Surnames: Holmes, Yakish, Chubb
----Source: Marshfield News Herald
(Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) 6 Aug. 1930
Hal B. Holmes, who has lived in the
vicinity of Granton since 1878, was born September 26, 1859, in
Albany, New York, the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Holmes. He lived in
Albany until 1865, and remembers distinctly the shooting of
President Lincoln, whose body he viewed as it lay in state in the
Capitol. Following the death of his father, in the same year, he
lived with relatives in New York and Illinois for six years, and on
his twelfth birthday came to Wisconsin, passing through Chicago two
weeks before the fire of 1871.
He lived with his mother at Fond du Lac
until he was 19, when he accompanied C. W. Chubb to Clark County to
buy land. They tramped 103 miles in the wilderness, and finally
purchased a tract of woodland in the town of Lynn. Two days and one
night were spent in traveling from Grand Rapids, now Wisconsin
Rapids, to Nasonville, where their team of horses played out, and
they had to hire an ox team to complete the journey. They followed
the Yellow River, and one man served as a guide going ahead of the
team to pick out a trail. Arriving at their destination, they
erected temporary log buildings and later added to them from time
to time. Eventually 82 acres of land were cleared, with the aid of
neighbors, who exchanged work, and the log buildings were replaced
with modern frame structures. In 1907 he retired from farming and
purchased a home on Highway 10, just outside of Granton, where he
has since resided. He has held various town and school offices, and
served for many years as a director of the Granton State Bank,
resigning ten years ago.
He was married in 1881 to Miss Ida Helena
Yakish. They have three children: Fredrick Robert, who died at the
age of six years; Inez, at home; and Gertrude, who is engaged in
home missionary work in the Blue Ridge Mountains, near Morgantown,
Politically, he is Independent, voting for the man rather than the party. His hobbies are fishing and hiking.
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