Bio: Pickett Families (History - 25 June 1857)



Surnames: Beeckler, Multer, Mulvaney, Pickett, Seefeld, Shanks, Widger


----Source: Farm Information and photo provided by Helen Blaha; History of Clark County, Wisconsin, 1918, pages 183 - 184



Pickett Family Photos

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Pickett
Frank Pickett and Family


Frank Pickett, one of the leading citizens of Unity Township, now serving as chairman of the township board, and having a fine farm in Section 25, containing 360 acres of land, besides being part owner of other real estate, was born in Hartford, Washington County, June 25, 1857, son of Samuel H. and Eliza (Multer) Pickett, pioneers of Unity Township. Frank Pickett was 14 years old when the family came to Clark County. He had already obtained his schooling in Washington County, which was fortunate, as there were no schools here at that time. He naturally took up farming as his life occupation, and in early youth and manhood helped to clear his father's farm, and also worked at logging in the woods. In 1877 he was united in marriage with Sarah M. Shanks, a native of Fond du Lac County, Wis.., and daughter of Thomas and Louisa (Larabee) Shanks. A year after their marriage Mr. Pickett and wife settled on their present farm in Section 35, Unity Township. It was then a tract of 120 acres, covered with timber and without buildings, and there was no road in the immediate vicinity. The land, moreover, was marshy. Here he started with an ox team and one cow, building a log house, 18 by 28 feet and a log stable. For a number of years he continued to work in the woods, improving his farm during the summers. He now owns 360 acres in this tract and is also part owner with his sons in a half section of Section 21. He has a magnificent brick residence, and two barns, one 42 by 60 feet in size, the other 41 by 87, and a silo 16 by 36 feet. He has also a fine herd of Holstein cattle which he started breeding ten years ago, and is carrying on dairying with profitable results, being also a stockholder in the Farmers Cheese Factory, and having served on it's official board. His horses are of good grade, and he raises Poland-China hogs. For the past nine years, Mr. Pickett has served as chairman of the Unity Township board he was also township clerk for seven years, and assessor one year, and has often held office on the school board of his district. His fraternal society affiliations are with the Odd Fellows Lodge at Unity. He and his wife have had six children - Arthur, Jesse, Earl, Frank, Winnefred, and Blanche. Arthur died at the age of 2 years. Jesse is in the United States service with the Sixth Cavalry. Earl married Theresa Beeckler, and they have one daughter, Ruth Ione. Frank married Jennie Mulvaney and they have two children, James F. and Isabelle E. Blanche married Louis Seefeld and they have once child, Donna I. Blanche is a student at the Warsaw Business College.


The Picket Farm



Picket Farm, Sec. 35, Unity Township, Clark Co., Wis.


The farm above was owned by the Pickett family for a century.  This unique, many-gabled house is still visible among the trees that have grown large in the yard.  It is in Section 35 of the Town of Unity on the south side of Century Road just west of the railroad crossing.   


Sarah Pickett obit:  "she was united in marriage to Frank M. Pickett. The first year they resided in a log cabin on the Widger place where she taught school, the next year moving onto a farm in Section 35, Unity township, a tract of 120 acres covered with timber and without buildings. Here they built a log house 18 x 28 and a log stable and started with a team of oxen and one cow. Later in years they replaced the log buildings with modern ones, where the remainder of her life was spent."



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