Bio: La Du, Willis F. (1856 - 19??)


Surnames: La Du

----Source: History of Marathon County Wisconsin and Representative Citizens, by Louis Marchetti, 1913.

La Du, Willis F. (2 July 1856 - 19??)

Willis F. La Du was born in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 1856, and belongs to the second generation of Marathon County. He came with his parents to Marathon County in 1866; they settled in Mosinee in that year and have ever since resided there. His father, Edward La Du, wrote a history of the village of Mosinee, which materially assisted this writer in citing old history. Willis F. La Du received the common school education at that place, but broadened his mind by reading and studying books after school years. He engaged in mercantile business in Mosinee in 1880, which he still conducts in a flourishing state. For some time, from 1888 to 1900, he engaged also in logging and lumbering. He took much interest in bringing the comforts of city life to his native village, and was elected vice president of the Marathon County Telephone Company; he was chairman of the town of Bergen for 1888-89-90; also president of the village of Mosinee in 1900, and postmaster from 1904 to 1908. Mr. La Du has been a consistent Democrat through all the years since he became of voting age, and it was only his hard work and personal popularity, based upon his good work done as an officer in his village and in the county board, and his personal worth as a citizen, which gave him his majority for member of assembly when he was elected. He held many other minor offices and was a delegate to every Democratic county or state convention since 1886.



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