Bio: Bass, Howard O. (1923)

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Surnames: Bass, Dyson, Sanford


----Source: History of Wood County, Wis. (1923) pages 544-545

Howard O. Bass, manager of the Co-operative Store at Nekoosa, was born in Sauk County, Wis., July 19, 1884, son of Allen and Clementine Bass. The parents were early settlers in Sauk County, where they spent the greater part of their lives in farming. They are now living retired at Reedsburg, that county. They have had 11 children, of whom five are now living, namely: Benjamin, Howard, Frank, Wallace and Ruby. Those deceased are May, William, John, Elmer, Wesley and Wayne.

Howard O. Bass was reared on his parents' farm in Sauk County, where he attended district school. He followed farming until 1917 and then entered the commercial world, first as clerk in a store at Spooner, Wis., where he remained one year. During the following year he worked in a store at Cumberland, Barron County, Wis. He then went to St. Paul, where he secured a position as traveling salesman for the Lindsay Candy Co. In December, 1920, he came to Nekoosa and took charge of the American Co-operative Store, then in the hands of receivers, to close out its affairs, which he did. He then organized the Nekoosa Co-operative Store, of which he is a stockholder and also the manager. The concern deals in groceries, flour and feed and also does a general warehouse business. Mr. Bass is a member of the Equitable Fraternal Union and the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Bass was married at Baraboo, Wis., Nov. 2, 1907, to Lydia Sanford, daughter of John D. and Ellen (Dyson) Sanford. The parents were natives of New York State and pioneers of Sauk County. John D. Sanford died in 1906 and was survived by his wife, who is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Bass have been the parents of five children, Duane, Fern, Clifford, Irene and Dorothy, of whom Dorothy is now deceased.



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