Bobb, Thomas A. (1856)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

THOMAS A. BOBB, who is successfully engaged in agriculture in Reseburg Township, was born in Richland County, Wis., Nov. 9, 1856. His parents were Peter F. and Margaret Bobb, the father a native of Baltimore, Md., and the mother of Pennsylvania. The former was a shoemaker by trade, but after settling in Richland County, this state, homesteaded a tract of land and developed a farm. He died at the advanced age of 94 years. His wife died at the age of 79. Their family numbered twelve children, all living. Peter, the youngest, is 67 years old. Thomas A. Bobb came to Clark County in August, 1892, accompanied by his brother Peter, and bought a quarter section in Reseburg Township, it consisting of wild land, that is now cleared to the extent of 120 acres. He has developed an excellent farm, having well cultivated fields and good buildings and is doing a paying business. In 1901 he built his present residence, and in 1910 erected a barn 36 by 72 feet, with basement and concrete flooring, having room for fifty head of stock. In 1915 he built a horse barn, 22 by 48 feet, having previously, in 1912, built an eighty-ton silo. He has also put up other buildings and sheds as needed and his farm is well equipped for all the purposes of modern agriculture. He raises Durham cattle, milking fifteen cows.


Mr. Bobb was formerly engaged in the sawmill business for eighteen years-three years in Richland County and fifteen years in Clark dealing mostly with Nye, Lusk Hudson of Thorp. His mill was destroyed three times by fire and he has not operated it since 1907. His usual farm crops are hay, corn, oats and millet. Mr. Bobb was treasurer of the school board for twenty-one years, in District No. 1, and justice of the peace in 1906 and 1907.


He is a member of the Congregational Church, which he is serving in the position of treasurer, having been first elected to it in 1913. He is also a trustee of the church, his wife holding the office of deaconess. Mr. Bobb was married Dec. 4, 1884, to Almeda Cudney, who was born in Richland County, Wis., April 17, 1867, daughter of E. and Anna (Jones) Cudney, both parents being natives of Canada and the father a farmer by occupation. Mr. Cudney came to the United States in 1861, settling first in Richmond County, this state, whence he later removed to Grant County, where he died in 1898 at the age of 77 years. Mrs. Cudney died in 1912 at the age of 79. They had ten children, of whom eight are now living.


Mr. and Mrs. Bobb are the parents of six children: Thomas N., born in Richland County, Dec. 11, 1885 Arthur A., born in Richland County, April 24, 1887 Helena M., born in Richland County, July 20, 1889 Annie L., born in Clark County, May 16, 1895 Almeda, born in Clark County, Sept. 261 1898, and Virgil E., born in Clark County, July 7, 1902. Thomas N. is professor of biology at Northland College, Ashland, Wis. He married Martha Dexter, daughter of Rev. F. N. Dexter, of Ashland, and has one son, Norman, who was born in June, 1915. Arthur, who is a cheese manufacturer in Reseburg Township, Clark County, married Nettie Burington, of Reseburg, and has two children: Ruby, born in 1910, and Kenneth, born in July, 1914. Helena, the wife of Perry Marshall, of Reseburg Township, has two children: Donald, born Dec. 28, 1912, and Grace E., born in May, 1915. Annie is the wife of Edward Asseline, of Reseburg, and has one son, Gerald, born Aug. 11, 1917.



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