Albright, George M. (History - 1862)


Janet Schwarze




----Source: 1891 History of Clark & Jackson Co., Wis.

GEORGE M. ALBRIGHT, who is assisting to develop the agricultural resources of Loyal Township, having a good farm in section 25, was born at Dingman's Ferry, on the Delaware River, in Pike County, Pa., Aug. 15, 1862, son of John and Julia (Hover) Albright. The father was a native of Holland, in which country the family name was spelled "Albrecht," and when five years old he came with his parents, Joseph and Mary Ann Albrecht, to the United States. Joseph, who was a wheelwright and blacksmith by trade, homesteaded a farm in Pike County and spent the rest of his life there. They had come to this country at an early date, as he took part as a soldier in the War of 1812-15, with Great Britain.


The children in the family were: Timothy, Andrew, Henry, John, Jeanette, Hannah and Rosa. John Albright, when he grew up, became a blacksmith and cabinetmaker, and remained in Pennsylvania. His wife, Julia, was born in that state and was a daughter of Gilbert and Maria Hover, also natives of Pennsylvania, the Rovers being of Dutch, or Holland, ancestry, the immigrant ancestors being Joseph and Sarah Maria Hover, who came directly from Holland. John Albright and wife had three children: George, Josephine and John. George M. Albright was the only member of the family to make his permanent home in the West. His educational opportunities were not large, but he attended district school about four months in the year and worked on his grandfather's farm until he was about 17 years of age. After that he was engaged in railroad construction work, on the Lehigh Valley Railroad, for about five years, finally becoming extra foreman. In 1885 he came to Wisconsin to work as head sawyer for Joe Marsh, of Clark County, and remained in his employ in that position for sixteen years. Afterwards he worked four seasons for H. A. Bright, at Bright, this county two seasons for Peter Fritz at Unity one season at Ogemah for the Ogemah Lumber Company and one season for the R. Connor Company.


When 26 years old he had bought a tract of land of eighty acres, with seven acres cleared, located in section 25, Loyal Township, and he now moved onto it and began farming operations. There was a log house 14 by 18 feet, and an old log barn on the place, and with buildings he started in. His history since then has been one of progress and increasing prosperity. He has now about fifty-five acres under the plow, with seven acres of timber, the rest being pasture land. Good buildings have been erected and the farm presents a thrifty and well cared-for appearance. Mr. Albright raises full-blooded Holstein cattle and a good grade of Morgan horses.


He has been clerk of school district No. 5 for twenty-five years and has served four years as township treasurer. His fraternal society affiliations are with the Masonic lodge at Greenwood and the Modern Woodmen of Loyal. On Feb. 3, 1884, Mr. Albright was united in marriage at Camptown, Pa., to Addie R. Allen, who was born in Bradford County, that state, May 11, 1859. She was a daughter of John and Esther (Taylor) Allen, her father being a farmer by occupation. He enlisted for service in the Civil War, was orderly sergeant of Company A, 141st Pennsylvania Volunteers, and was killed in the battle of the Wilderness, when 36 years old, leaving a wife and three children-Watson R., Addie R. and William H. His wife subsequently married his brother, Jerry, a farmer, who also served in the war, as a member of the same regiment. They located in Loyal Township, Clark County, in 1897 and resided at the home of the subject of this where he died at the age of 65 years. His widow, Mrs. Albright's mother is still living on the homestead, being born April 6, 1835. Mr. And Albright have four children: Bernard, who is now located at Bay Point, Cal. Marion, who is the wife of Herbert White, of Loyal, and has one child, Areen Leona, who resides at home, and Allen at home. Leona Marion have both been teachers, and all the children have been well educated.



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