Bio: Wilding, George Sr. (History - 1816)
Contact: Janet Schwarze
----Source: 1819 History
of Clark and Jackson County, by Franklyn, Curtiss-Wedge, pg.
GEORGE WILDING, SR., one of the early settlers of Wisconsin, was born in Kent County, England, March 11, 1816. He left his native land and came to America in 1850, and the following year located in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. He is what might be called a self-made man, for when he started out in life he had no capital save a willing hand and a determination to succeed. He rented a farm in Waukesha County and during the thirteen years he remained on it he save $400. He has been a resident of Clark County for twenty years having settled here in 1871. Previous to that time he bought eighty acres of land in section 21, Grant Township, on which he paid taxes a few years before taking possession of it. From a wilderness he cleared and improved the land until it now ranks amid the leading farms of Clark County.
Mr. Wilding used glasses for over twenty years but now has his second eyesight and can see well to read any kind of print. Few men have endured more hardships in the early history of Wisconsin than he. By his industry and economy he has reared a large family of children, and is now in independent circumstances. He has been married twice, and has children by both wives. His present companion has shared with the vicissitudes of life and both are enjoying the comforts which their savings have provided. Mr. Wilding and his wife have been blessed with unusually good health, neither having been sick a day in their lives. Mr. Wilding favors the public schools and all enterprises that tend to the public good. He is on of the worthy and respected citizens of the county.
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