Bio: Waterman, Joel
Contact: Janet Schwarze

---Source: 1881 History of Northern Wisconsin, pg. 219.


JOEL WATERMAN, now a resident of Fort Worth, Texas, came to Seneca, McHenry Co., Illinois, in July, 1843. Came to Winnebago County in .May, 1846, and came to Eagle Point, Chippewa Co., June 10, 1856. He was engaged in farming in the town of Eagle Point until December, 1859, when he came to Chippewa Falls and built a hotel where the City Livery Stable now stands. Conducted that until March, 1867; then engaged in lumber manufacturing, which he continued until 1870. Mill was located on Twin Lakes. In 1870 he built hotel on the present site of the Waterman House. It was destroyed by fire, Dec. 24, 1872, but he immediately rebuilt it, and conducted it, with the assistance of his sons, Luzerne H. and Leslie E., until May, 1878, when he rented the house to them. One year later they purchased the property. Then Mr. Waterman went to Fort Worth, Texas, where he now carries on hotel business. He was born in Royalton, Windsor Co., Vt., Sept. 15, 1817. He was married in Waitsfield, Washington Co., Vt., Jan. 8, 1843, to Belinda Joslyn, who was born in that place, June 3. 1822. They have five children living Laura E. (now Mrs. A. D. Monahan, of Denver, Col.), born in McHenry County, Ill., March 2, 1844; Luzerne H., born in Waitsfield, Vt., Jan. 8, 1847; Leslie E., born in Utica, Wis., Nov. 9, 1849; Eillie May, born -in Chippewa Falls, Sept. 8, 1860; and Jessie, born in Chippewa Falls, March 30, 1867.



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