Bio: Colburn, Frank A. (1881)
Contact: Janet Schwarze

---Source: 1881 History of Northern Wisconsin,, pg. 206.


FRANK A. COLBURN, Sheriff, Chippewa Falls, was born in Oakfield, Genesee Co., N. Y., Nov. 17, 1842, and came to the town of Genesee, in Waukesha Co., Wis., in 1845. He lived there ten years, and moved to the town of Newport, Columbia Co., with his parents, Alonzo William and Mary Polly (Parker) Colburn, both now residents of White Creek, Adams Co. He moved from Columbia County to Sauk County, and lived there two years, until the Fall of 1861, when he enlisted in Co. C, I2th Wis. V. I. In 1864, he re-enlisted in Co. H. nth Wis. V. I., and was finally mustered out in the Fall of 1865. Returning to Columbia County, he lived there two years, then moved to Black River Falls; was there one Winter, and the following Spring and Summer was engaged in piloting, etc., on the Wisconsin River. In the Fall of 1868, he came to Chippewa County, and worked in the woods the first Winter; has been logging and lumbering most of the time since. He was Sheriff in 1875 and 1876, the first Sheriff after the new jail was built. He was re-elected in the Fall of 1880, being the only Sheriff re-elected in the county. He was Chairman of the town of Sigel, and is Treasurer of the Chippewa Falls Soldiers' & Sailors' Association. He was married in Kilbourn City, Nov. 12, 1872, to Ella F. Norris, who was born in Moira, Franklin Co., N. Y. They have two childrenóJessie J. and Bert A.



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