James A. Short, 1875

stan@wiclarkcountyhistory.org on Thu, 15 Feb 2001


----Source: History of Clark County, Wisconsin (1918), by Franklyn, Curtiss-Wedge

JAMES A. SHORT, who is prosperously engaged in agriculture in section 10, Washburn Township, was born in the log cabin of his parents, Andrew and Jennie (Scott) Short, in this township, Aug. 17, 1875. A memoir of the parents, who were early settlers here, may be found in this volume. James A. was educated in the country school of his district, which was first a log and afterwards a frame building. He passed his boyhood and youth on his father's farm and then, when about 26 years old, he struck out for himself, beginning farming of a tract of eighty acres in section 10, Washburn Township. About twenty acres of the land was cleared, and the other improvements included a log house and a barn of the same construction. Mr. Short has since brought the property into the condition of a profitable farm, increasing its size by the purchase of forty additional acres. He has also built a frame house of eight rooms, a basement barn, 36 by 60 feet and a silo, 24 by 14 feet. He raises a good grade of stock. He was a shareholder in the Shortville creamery and its treasurer eight years before it was transformed into a cheese factory, and also served thirteen years on the township board as treasurer.

Mr. Short was married Mar. 3, 1904, to Onie Vanfleet, a native of Ohio and daughter of J. W. Vanfleet. They have three children, Gale, Opal and Wanda. His wife died Jan. 26, 1917.



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