Bio: VonEschen, Leonard
Contact: Janet Schwarze

---Source: 1881 History of Northern Wisconsin, pg. 225.


LEONARD VON ESCHEN, farmer. Sec. 11, P. O. Bloomer, was born in Teisbnrg, Switzerland, on the banks of the Upper Rhine, Sept. 28, 1828. When eighteen years of age, came with his father to America, going directly to Sauk County. In 1848, he went to Jenny Ball Falls, on the Wisconsin River, there being only two houses there at that time, and those of the mo5t primitive sort. He lived there until 1856, a portion of the time employed in the various capacities as a lumber workman, but latterly manufacturer of lumber. He came to Auburn in 1873, since which time he has been engaged in farming. He purchased 167 acres of land, which is now w-ell improved. He was married in Jenny, Wis., June 18. 1854. to Miss Sally O. Putnam, of that place. She was born in Hyde Park. Vt., May 29. 1838. They have four children óGeorge M., Esther U., John P. and Emma L. All the children except George were born in Chippewa County; he was born in Newport. When Mr. Von Eschen came to America he could not speak a word of English, nor did he ever attend school in this country. He has served four years as Chairman of the Board; three successive terms Town Treasurer, and Town Clerk two terms. In 18S0, he was appointed one of the Commissioners to investigate and correct all the county records of Chippewa County. He was also one of the Commissioners to settle between Chippewa and Clark counties when Taylor County was formed from them. He is a member of the Auburn Grange, No. 270, also of Bloomer Temple of Honor, No. 201.



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