Warner Township

Clark County, Wisconsin

Warner Township Pioneers

By Sharon Short & the Clark Co., WI History Buffs

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MANTHEY family, Warner township

See Schoenwetter, Thorson family, Warner township

MARKEE family, Warner township

1905 #78 Markee, Frank Head W M 23 M Wisconsin Wis/Penn Farmer 10 O M F  Mary Wife W F 23 M Wisconsin Germany House Keeper Martha Sister W F 16 S Wisconsin Wis/Penn cook 8

1906 sec 36 residence F. Markee

April 1907: The new cheese factory being built on the Bushman farm a half mile north of town is for the Greenwood Cheese and Butter Co., and incorporated co-operative company organized on March 9, with A. Speich, president, Frank Markee, Vice President, and John Bushman, secretary and treasurer. It consists of seven members. About 3,000 pounds of milk can be counted on at the start, Bushman says, and a start will be made April 1, if the machinery arrives in time. Machinery with a capacity of 6,000 pounds will be installed.

CHILDREN of Frank and Mary Markee?

Agnes M. Markee b. 19 Aug 1905; Amos J. Markee b. 20 Mar 1907

(Not mentioned by other CC Markee families)

Nothing further found on Frank, Mary, Martha, Agnes, Amos Markee. Moved to Spencer, Marathon Co.? On Wood Co. cemetery index?

MARKHAM family, Warner township

Morris Markham and Curtis Markham, Jr were brothers, both sons of Curtis Markham, Sr and his wife Sallie Markham.


1870 U. S. Federal Census - Eaton, Clark County, Wisconsin

Markham, Morris (living next door to his brother Curtis) head m w 46 m Pennsylvania 500 farmer Markhan, Minerva wife f w 41 m Virginia keeps house Markham, Samuel son m w 8 s Missouri Markham, Julia daughter f w 4 s Wisconsin Markham, Amasa son m w 2 s Wisconsin

1875 census: Markham, Morris; 4 male, 3 female

1880 State Census-Warner, Clark Co., WI


Name Relation Marital Sex Color Age Birthplace Occupation Father Born Mother Born


Morris Markham Head Married  male White 54 VA Farmer VA VA


Manerva Markham Wife  Married female White 45 VA House Keeper VA VA


Samuel Markham Son Single male White 18 MO Laborer PA VA


Julie Markham Dau. Single female White 14 Wisconsin   PA VA


Amassa Markham Son Single male White 12 Wisconsin   PA VA


John Markham Son Single male White 8 Wisconsin   PA VA


Mary Markham Dau. Single female White 6 Wisconsin   PA VA


Armenia Markham Dau. Single female White 4 Wisconsin   PA VA

1895 census, head of family: Morris Markham 1 male, 1 female

1880 sec 17 residence M. Markham; sec 18 no residence M. Markham

1893 sec 17 residence M. Markam

1893 sec 18 special bldg S. Markala (Samuel Markham?)

Morris Markham preempted 120 acres. He picked a hardwood ridge, but to obtain what he wanted he had to take-some with pine which he later sold for fifty cents per thousand on the stump. This brought him more than the farm, known as the William Laabs home, is worth." The Hub of Clark Co 1853-1934 chapter 1

MORRIS S. MARKHAM, of sec 17, Warner Township, Clark Co, was born near Troy, Penn, Dec 18, 1823, the son of Curtis (deceased) and Sally Markham. The latter, a native of Oneida County, NY, worked in a paper mill in that State when a girl. They were the parents of thirteen children, Morris and Curtis being the only two boys. After the father's death the mother married Orlando Seymour, and by this union there were eleven children, of whom several are now deceased. Mr. Markham returned with his mother and step-father to Wayne county, NY, when in his sixth year, and was brought up on a farm. He removed to La Porte Co Indiana, in 1844, and in 1846 returned to NY, where he helped his (step) father and mother to get ready to move to Indiana.

He next went to the vicinity of Cedar Falls, Iowa, in the autumn of 1857, and thence to Spirit Lake the next fall. When the great Indian massacre occurred there the next spring, he was out hunting his cattle, and when he returned nearly all the members of the nine families had been murdered and the others taken prisoners. He returned the next day to Mud Lake, which he reached after dark, and fearing the Indians were lurking around he went back a few rods, dug a hole in snow, and stayed there that night. The next morning he returned to the settlement, where he had found his oxen, and spread the news. He suffered from hunger, fatigue and sickness, and the settlers kept him over night, and the next morning they all left for Springfield, Minn, where two settlers were then living. They met more men, and all went to the Irish colony, twenty-five miles distant, where they gathered together to punish the Indians, but the adjoining settlers would not assist, and the project was abandoned, as the few willing trappers were too weak in numbers.

This occurred near Springfield, Minn, and it was the settlers of that village who refused to assist, and did not believe Mr. Markham's story. A few days after reaching Springfield, a boy came in one evening and said he saw something on the prairie near which made queer motions. Most of the men ran out, and a volley from the Indians in ambush killed the boy and wounded two or three others. The Indians then attempted to enter the house, but were repulsed. Shortly afterward a small boy again came from a neighboring settlement and reported his parents and the family killed. The men and women wanted to leave this place, but no one would go out and yoke up the oxen but Mr. Markham, who loaded women, children and wounded men in the sleigh, and traveled until midnight, stopping on the prairie until morning, when they continued to Mr. Granger's, a settlement near Mud Lake, arriving at 3 p.m. They remained until morning, when Mr. Granger added another team of oxen, sled and horse, provisions, etc., joined the party, and all started for Fort Dodge. About 10 o'clock they saw what they supposed to be about 1,000 Indians, about two miles ahead of them, who stopped and seemed to be parleying. The fleeing party stopped, and their captain, Bradshaw, attempted to run, but was stopped by Mr. Markham, who told him if he ran he would shoot him. The latter took his gun and started to see who they were, and upon meeting they were overjoyed to learn who they were: they were volunteers coming to the relief of the settlers.

Mr. Markham went to Fort Dodge, where the citizens donated him money and clothes for his bravery. He subsequently returned to Spirit Lake, made a settlement and remained until July, same year, when he sold his claim for $300, and went to Grundy Co, Missouri. August 11, 1859, he married Minerva Wade, daughter of John Wade, deceased. During the war he removed to Indiana, and later he and others came to Wisconsin, where they hunted and trapped a short time.

Mr. Markham then brought his family to Sauk Co, this State, and to Clark Co in 1866, which was then a dense woods. He killed many deer, and often hired Indians to tan the hides for him. Mr. and Mrs. Markham have had eight children, six of whom are now living, namely: Samuel (Greenwood Cemetery: Samuel M. Markham, born 15 Sep 1861, died 30 Nov 1892), Julia, Amasa, John, Mary and Minnie. Julia married Emanuel Lewis, of Hemlock, this county, and they have one child, Mollie R. Mr. Markham was elected School Treasurer, and was Chairman of the Town Board a few years politically he is a Republican. Biographical History of Clark & Jackson Co. 1891

MARKHAM, Maurice "Morris" Samuel  (18 Dec 1823 - 4 Dec 1902)

While splitting wood for James Van Camp Thursday forenoon, Morris Markham dropped to the ground unconscious and was dead within a few minutes thereafter without uttering a sound or apparently suffering a pain. He had been stopping of late with his niece, Mrs. Harriet Langley and was in the habit of doing odd jobs around town. It was only a year or two ago that he was teaming and working around as lively as though he were forty instead of nearly eighty. Mr. Van Camp had gone up stairs over the blacksmith shop and noticed Mr. Markham splitting apparently as usual. When he came down a few moments later the old gentleman was prostrate on the ground, his ax apparently having gone over his head as he was falling. A coroner's jury in charge of Justice of the Peace C. H. Clute was empanelled at one o'clock, this consisting of H. H. Hartson, foreman, Oscar Fricke, P.E. Peterson, Elias Peterson, Henry Johnson and E. T. Burch. After taking all the evidence obtainable a verdict of death from heart failure was returned.

Morris Samuel Markham was born in New York, Dec. 18, 1823. During the 50's he was in Iowa when that state was the frontier and played a heroic part in the Indian troubles at the time of the Spirit Lake Massacre. It was his heroic bravery and daring that helped to save a part of the neighboring settlements before the Indian marauders reached the scene. An extended account of this event was published in the Gleaner in October of 1898. A couple of years after the Spirit Lake Massacre Mr. Markham married Miss Minerva Wade of Trenton, Grundy County, Mo., and came shortly after to Wisc, finally settling on what is now known as the Dimler place on the West Side (Warner sec 18 with a school on the property). To this union were born six children, five of whom with the aged mother are still living. These are: Mrs. Juila Lewis of the West Side, Amasa Curtiss, John Ranson, Mary Jane Markham, and Amy Rminnie, all but the first named living with Amasa near Thorp. Unfortunately, the Greenwood home has been broken up for the past year or more, owing partly no doubt, to deceased's childishness which made it hard to get along with him. Since then he has made his home most of the time with his brother Curtiss and wife who live two miles and a half north of Greenwood. The funeral was held from the Grace M. E. church. A large number of old settlers and friends, besides the entire family and relatives, being present. Interment was made in the Greenwood cemetery. Greenwood Gleaner 1902

In 1873, my parents moved into a new home 5 miles northwest of Greenwood and 1 mile west of our old home. One of our few neighbors was Morris Markham and his family, Samuel, Julia, Amasa, John, Mary and Minnie, lived on what is commonly known now as the Benjamine place (Warner sec 17) or Wm. Laabs. The little log schoolhouse was 80 rods west of their house in the woods. Sammy when about 22 years old, sitting in a tree watching for deer, fell to the ground and was paralyzed and died from the injury. He was found by Frederick Braun (now living in Greenwood). Julia married Emanuel Lewis and since his death married Charles Churkey and lives near Owen. Mary and Minnie went west and I do not know where they are now as I have not heard from them in a long time. Amasa has been located at Marion, Montana, for several years and has been back here for short visits twice in the past 20 years. He now lives alone on a little lake in the timber where he can get fish and game, well contented in his snug cabin. We have kept up a correspondence which I have enjoyed very much. His quaint description of his experiences are interesting.

Nearly 20 years ago I received the last letter of my correspondence with Johnny, (by the way, he was a little bit of a man, weighed about 90 pounds, but felt he weighed a ton when he got mad and would fight a giant.) That last letter came from some place in Canada. He had a large ranch, had been married and his wife had just died. He was so down hearted and discouraged that it was a very short letter. I have continued to try to contact him again, without success, and I had decided he must be dead. Last fall I asked Amasa if he could give me John'‚' address; the last he had heard from him was in 1922 from Dayton Valley, Alberta, Canada. I wrote John a letter and sent it to that address. I think it was in April 1927. Months went by and no answer.

Today, Jan. 17, 1928, I got a letter from John Markham. He writes in part: Dear Friend Charley‚ÄĒ "Your letter came yesterday. I am much ashamed of myself for neglecting to write, I have often thought to write but kept putting it off. I would not blame you if you do not answer this letter. I will see it don‚'t happen again. I am living 15 miles southeast of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Am still pretty strong and rugged, good for at least 20 years yet people say. Begin to fail thought. I believe I shall be 68 on Oct. 11. I think Alba and I were about the same age. I was sorry to hear of his death. Please tell me what year Alba was born. I bought this place 10 years ago and have it nearly all improved. I have 160 acres and rent 160 more. Pasture about 100 head of horses and cattle. Two years ago I went west to trap and hunt, not much fur. I got a Moose. Then for a change I put in 2 months as Bull Cook in the Pinery. Had to cut wood for 4 stoves, carry about 50 pails of water a long way too. Bunk house 30X50 ft. for 40 men to look after, yet I enjoyed to two months. Last year no rain until July, small crop of hay. I cut enough for my 8 horses and 2 cows with a scythe, so you see I was not idle all the time. He inquires about his sister Julia, the Bukers, the Belikes, Henry Theilan and others. He had to turn off his radio as he could not write and hear that too. His letter is headed, South Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, R.R. 2 in care of S. Holland. A note said, I sometimes get my mail at Hercules Alta, Canada. He asks for a long letter telling about everybody he knew here. By Charles Varney

Chas. A. Varney April 1937

I prepared invitations, listing the names of all who were within reach and sent one to each person. Also to three who are in the far west: Thomas Steele, Seattle, Wash: Cassie Steele Tipson, Medford, Oregon, and Amass Markham, Marion, Montana, requesting them to send greetings. (Charles Varney 72nd B-day party)


1860 U. S. Federal Census - Liberty, Porter County, Indiana

Markham, Curtis head m w 33 m Connecticut 300 130 wagon maker Markham, Sarah wife f w 22 m New York Markham, Sarah daughter f w 10 s New York Markham, Harriet daughter f w 6 s Indiana Markham, Julia daughter f w 4 s Indiana Markham, Ann daughter f w 8 months s Indiana

1870 U. S. Federal Census - Eaton, Clark County, Wisconsin

Markham, Curtis (living next door to his brother Morris) head m w 48 m New York 200 farmer Markham, Sarah wife f w 45 m New York keeps house Markham, Sarah A. daughter f w 18 s Indiana Markham, Harriet daughter f w 16 s Indiana Markham, Julia daughter f w 14 s Indiana Markham, Amasa son m w 3 s Indiana

1875 census: Markham, Curtis; 2 male, 3 female

1880 U. S. Federal Census - Warner, Clark County, Wisconsin

Markham, Curtis (living next door to his brother Morris) head m w 57 m New York New York Pennsylvania farmer Markham, Sarah wife f w 55 m New York France New York keeps house Markham, Amassa son m w 13 s Indiana New York New York laborer

1885 Special Vet‚'s census: Markham, C.; private; Co A; Reg‚'t 35 Indiana

1895 census, head of family: Amasa (a.k.a. Curtis) Markam 1 male, 1 female

1880 sec 17 no residence C. Markman; sec 20 residence C. Markman

1906 sec 23 residence C. Markhan

CURTIS MARKHAM, Jr one of the pioneers of section 20, Warner Township, was born in Oneida County, NY, Feb 2, 1822, the son of Curtis Markham (deceased), a native of the same State. The father died when Curtis was eighteen months old, and they, desiring to keep up the family name, changed his name from Amasa to Curtis. He was then taken, at his father's dying request, by his grandfather, Samuel Markham, with whom he remained until thirteen years old, or until the latter's death. He was then thrown upon the charities of a cold world, and, seeing other children reveling in home luxury, with a father and mother to look after their wants, he became heartsick, and once wept bitterly at his lonely condition. His mother had married again, and removed to Pennsylvania. Mr. Markham had but one brother, Morris, by his mother's first marriage. The former came to Thornton, Illinois, in 1850, and in a few weeks removed to Porter Co, Indiana, where he lived until March 1868. He then came to this county and in 1869 settled on his present place of eighty acres, forty-two of which are cleared. He was married in Wayne Co, NY June 1, 1845, to Sarah Mitchell, born in Perrington, NY Nov 19, 1823, the daughter of Edward Mitchell, deceased. Of their eight children, only two are now living: Amasa C. and Harriet A. The latter married William Langley, of Lake Co, Indiana, and has five children, namely: Alice M., Eleanora F., Georgia A., Harrison B. and Mattie. Mr. Markham's eldest daughter, now deceased, married George Morris, who subsequently died, leaving two children Bessie A. and Haven P. She was again married, to William McMullen, and they had two children, only one of whom is still living, George W. Mr. Markham lost another grown daughter, Julia P., who died at the age of twenty-one years. His grandaughter, Bessie A. Morse, married Arthur Sischo, of this town.

 Mr. Markham was a soldier in the late war, in Company A, Thirty-fifth Regiment Wisconsin (Actually was Indiana) Volunteer Infantry, serving nearly a year. He was assigned to the Pontoon Bridge Brigade, but was taken sick and lay several weeks in the hospital. He was then detailed as a nurse, and served until the close of the war. He was disabled in the army, and will soon draw a pension. He is a Republican politically and a member of the G. A. R. Post, and also of the Methodist Episcopal Church. "Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties" 1891

March 1, 1901: Fire destroyed the house on the Haffner farm north of town Wednesday afternoon, destroying nearly all of the property of Curtiss Markham and family who were living there and working the place. The family, with what little stuff was saved, have moved in with their daughter, Mrs. Langley. A pitiable thing about the fire was the fact that the Seyler dog known as "Snap" refused to leave the burning building and held its position on a chair while it was burned to ashes."  Gleaner "C. W. Haffner who used to reside here but has been in Iowa for the past year, has been circulating among Greenwood friends for a few days and looking after business matters. He expects to locate in Dubuque soon in the merchant tailoring business, which he has been following since leaving here." Gleaner 3-9-1900

Markham, Curtis ? 6 1 1845 (parents) Sarah Mitchell Sallie & Curtis Markham Sr. Civil War--Co. A, 35th IN Inf., Pvt.; b. Wayne Co., NY (source) t/n Greenwood Cemetery

Markham, Sarah born 12 Nov 1814, died 12 April 1891, wife of Curtis Markham (Greenwood Cemetery)

June 17, 2006: About 75 people gathered to pay tribute to the Civil War Veteran, Curtis Markham, at the Greenwood City Cemetery. The American Legion sponsored the event with help from Karen Fleischman and this Internet Library site. Numerous family members were in attendance and Karen laid a beautiful wreath on the marker during the tribute. The Prayer and graveside service was held beneath a pine tree which is believed to have been planted over the grave of Curtis Markham. Markham, Curtiss Greenwood City cemetery Sec. 3, Lot 25, Sec B EATON 1845 - ?; Co. A, 35th IN Inf., Pvt; Mrs. Dean Wllis & Mrs. Art Sischo-g.g. grandchildren

"My husband is the great-great-grandson of Curtis Markham. Sarah (Anna) Markham Morse McMullen, daughter of Curtis & Sarah, is his great-grandmother. I am somewhat confused, Curtis died on Sept. 11, 1908 at the Western Branch Hospital (National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers) in Topeka, KS. His next of kin is listed as Harriet Langley, daughter living in Joplin, MO. All of this information is in his Civil War Pension file. Did they transport his remains from Topeka, KS for a 637 mile journey to Greenwoods, WI for burial? Also, back in 2000, the Greenwood Cemetery Index only listed his first wife, Sarah Markham as being bured there. Now he is listed as being buried there too. Only his date of birth on the cemetary index page is listed as June 1, 1845, which is wrong. June 1, 1845 was the date Curtis & Sarah were married. His date of birth is February 2, 1822. Where is he actually buried? I would appreciate information explaining some of these inconsistencies." By Anita Reeb Sept 14, 2006

"Anita, I am also a great-great granddaughter of Curtis Markham and Sarah Markham. All the information we recieved is also in a Civil War file. I am not sure what is going on. My great-grandmother Bessie Morse Sischo was present at his burial as far as the paperwork we have knows. I saw an article in a local paper dated a year before his death that said that his house burned to the ground. We thought he stayed with a daughter in Loyal, WI. My great-grandmother was present at his burial so we figured he was buried here.

This is truly a mystery. I will contact the Veteran's office and get copies of what we have here and I can email them or send them by regular mail to you. Which do you prefer? Please let me know. Thanks." Karen Fleischmann Neillsville, WI

Langley, Harriet Adelia nee MARKHAM (2 June 1853 13 May 1909)

Mrs. Harriet Langley died at the home of her niece at Christie May 13, 1909, at the age of nearly 56 years. The funeral took place and the remains being laid to rest in the Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs. Harriet Adelia Langley was born in Indiana on June 2, 1863, and was a daughter of Curtis and Sarah Markham. She came to Wisconsin at the age of twelve years, remaining until she was twenty years old. She then went back to Indiana where she was married two years later to William A. Langley, who died eight years ago. Of this union seven children were born, one son and six daughters, only three of those being able to attend the funeral. About three years ago last February she went to Missouri to take care of her father, his wife having died in October. She stayed there until Mr. Markham died last September, when she returned here. She had been living with her niece at Christie, Clark Co, Wis. for some time. Her health had been very poor since coming back to Wisconsin and she grew steadily worse, and suffered a great deal until death came to her relief May 13, 1909. LANGLEY, William Andrew (23 April 1854 - 29 Jan 1901) Last Thursday night, after performing his usual day's work, running the well drill engine for E. Derby at Chas. Smazel's place this side of Alton's, and retiring at about nine o'clock, in his usual health. Wm. Langley was taken about midnight with severe pain in the head so that his groanings awoke Mr. Derby who was sleeping with him. Dr. B. P. Churchill was at once sent for and arrived about 3:30 p. m. Mr. Langley died without his regaining consciousness. The body was at once taken in charge by Undertaker Bishop who brought it to the home in town that night. The funeral was held from the M. E. church. The remains were laid to rest in the Greenwood cemetery. William Andrew Langley was born in Ohio nearly 47 years ago. He was married to Harriet Adelia Markham, daughter of Curtis Markham, Sr., and his first wife and came to Greenwood twenty-one years ago, settling on the farm now owned by Herman Schwarze, on the West Side. About nine years ago the family moved into town. After leaving the farm, Mr. Langley has been a common laborer, though for a number of years was in the employ of the Hutchinson Cooperage Co. here. He was the father of seven children, who with the mother, survive him. The eldest, Alice, is the wife of Z. E. Sanford and lives west of town. Georgia Chapman, the second daughter, lives in Minnesota, and was the only one of the children not present at the funeral. The other married daughter, Elnora Garvin, is living near West Superior, and is remaining at home with her mother for a few days. Harry B. is the only son and on him now falls the burden of the support of the family, as unfortunately deceased carried no insurance. Mattie, Hazel and Velma are the younger children, who with Harry, live at home.

MARSH family, Warner township

1906 sec 3 residence S. M. Marsh (SE corner, 40 acres 1893 W. H. Mead)

1897: B. L. Montgomery has sold his farm in Levis to S. M. Marsh of this city.... Clark County Press

March 1899: The Harry Mead farm in the Town of Warner is now for sale. The farm, of 160 acres is one of the best in Clark County. Also for sale, is the W. L. Nichols farm, 111 acres, about 4 miles northeast of Loyal. For details, call S. M. Marsh. Clark County Press

August 1917: S. M. Marsh, formerly of Neillsville, was appointed Superior Judge of San Diego County by the governor of California. Clark County Press

MATTHIAS family, Warner township

See Schoenwetter, Thorson family, Warner township

McCUMBER family, Warner township

1895 census, head of family: Geo McCumber 6 male, 3 female


Clark County Republican and Press Page 1+, Thursday July 2, 1903

McCumber S.M. G, 48th WI Augusta, WI

Obit of Oldham, Bessie (June 21, 1884 - June 6, 1961): "...People from away, here for the service were; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Banta, Richland Center; Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Grim and Arthur Grim, Richland Center; Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Carter, Holmen; Mr. and Mrs. Chester McCumber, Viola; Fay Savage, Richland Center...."

Nothing further found on any "McCumber" in CC records.

McMILLAN, Warner township

1880 sec 28, 30, 31, 32, no residences A. & D. D. McMillan (sec 28 O. Christianson; sec 30-32 C. L. Colman in 1893)

February, 1869: The Annual Meeting of the Black River Logging Association was held at the Clark County Court House recently. W. T. Price was chosen chairman, and D. D. McMillan, Secretary. Members present were: G. C. Hixon, Robert Ross, Alex McMillan, W. W. Crosy, L. L. Nevins, H. A. Bright, A. Gile, Levi Withee, M. B. Holway, W.T. Price, D. D. McMillan, R. McDonald, N. H. Withee, James Hewett, O. S. Woods, C. L. Colman, D. J. Spaulding, G. M. Bowman, Timothy Atkinson, J. S. Keator, and C.C. Washburn. Clark County Press

"...Among the La Crosse loggers were: C. L. Coleman, G. C. Hixon, C. C. Washburn, Alex McMillan, D. D. McMillan, Ruel Weston, S. L. Nevins, Abner Gile, N. B. Holway, Levi Withee, John Paul, N. H. Withee, W. C. Root, W. C. Bussell, W. W. Crosby, Hiram Goddard, and others...." History of Clark Co.

October 19, 1889: Judge Dewhurst, J.D. McMillan and Fred Huntzicker started last Monday for the Albia, Iowa coal mines. Republican and Press

McMAHON Brothers, Warner township

1893 sec 5, 6, 7, 18 no residences McMahon Bros. (sec 5 John Warner; sec 6 Henry Decker; sec 7 Wlm Franz; sec 18 Geo. Mueller in 1906)

Most likely the "McMahon Brothers" were Thomas and Eugene, sons of John and Bridget nee Fahey McMahon.

".... A year later (1886) a forest fire started in John (Wohush Johnnie) McMahon's land among old pine stumps. It spread rapidly and ran into John Bowerman‚'s oat field of about four acres, which it burned, spreading rapidly, northeast across what is now Dahl's, Opdycke's, and Gus Swanson's farms, causing fear and apprehension lest it get into the village. John McMahon was sued by Bowerman for setting the fire, but could not prove his charge, so he was out his crop and the cost of the trial... John Stewart came in 1866, and John McMahon, who settled four miles south at "McMahon's Corners," also owned what is now the Eugene McMahon property... The Hub of Clark County (1853 - 1934)

August 18, 1882: One day this week, Thom McMahon (son of John and Bridget McMahon) fell into the water at the Hemlock where it was the some ten feet deep, and not being able to swim came very near losing his grip upon life. As he was sinking for the third time and his head having gone beneath the water, a friendly log floated past the spet and touched his hand, which he seized and managed to keep his face above water until help reached him. He was in a terribly exhausted condition. Greenwood news

McMAHON, John, Sr. (24 June 1823 - 26 Dec 1895)

John McMahon died suddenly at his home in Greenwood Dec. 26th, 1895. He was born in County Claire, Ireland, June 24, 1823, and came to Canada with his parents in 1833. He came to Clark Co 24 years ago. The remains were interred in the Catholic Cemetery in this city (St. Mary‚'s, Neillsville) A wife (Bridget), two sons, Thomas of Arizona, and Eugene of Greenwood, and five daughters, Mrs. John Stewart, Mrs. John Shanks and Mrs. Jerry Sullivan of Greenwood, and Mrs. H. M Root and Mrs. George Mead of this city, mourn the loss of a loving husband and father. (Son John J. McMahon, Jr. born 1861, died 1888)

McMahon, John Co. C, 14th Wis. Inf. (questionable connection to the Civil War and/or a particular regiment.)

McMAHON, Bridget nee Fahey (16 June 1827 - 9 Jan 1913)

Mrs. John McMahon passed away at the residence of John Shanks, where she has made her home for a number of years on Jan. 9, 1913, at the old age of eight five years, five months and twenty four days. Bridget Fahey was born in Portnumna County, Galloway, Ireland, on June 16, 1827. She immigrated to Canada with her people in 1840, where she lived a good number of years. In 1846 she was married to John McMahon, and later, in 1871, with her husband moved to Clark Co and settled in the forests four miles south of Greenwood at what is still known as McMahon's corners. Here the family lived and cleared a farm that will long be known as the McMahon place. The family resided here until the death of her husband some few years ago, since which time she had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. John Shanks. Grandma McMahon, as she was familiarly known, was a friend of those in need and was beloved by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance.

Two sons and five daughters survive her. Their names are Mrs. John (Margaret Ann 1847-1928) Shanks of Greenwood; Mrs. H. M. (Mary Jane 1849-1927, first married Jacob Huntzicker, then Root) Root of Neillsville; Mrs. John (Clarissa, died 1924) Stewart of Portland, Oregon; Mrs. Geo. (Agness) Meade of Prescott, Ariz; Mrs. Jerry (Theresa A. 1866-1915) Sullivan (both buried Dorchester mem. Cemetery) of Westboro, Thomas of Prescott, Ariz. and Eugene of Greenwood. Funeral services were held in St. Mary's Catholic Church. Interment was made in St. Mary's Cemetery, Neillsville.

McMAHON, John James (10 Jan 1861 - 24 Oct 1888)

Died, at the residence of Mrs. Jacob Huntzicker (his sister, Mary Jane nee McMahon), Oct. 24, 1888, after a lingering illness, "Jay" McMahon, in his 28th year. Jay was born in Canada, Jan. 10, 1861. He came to Clark Co with his parents (John and Bridget nee Fahey McMahon) in 1871. His wife (Mary) died little more than a year ago. He leaves one child (Mary Grace) 16 months old. He has been foreman for the firm of Huntzicker Dewhurst for a number of years past. (Buried Greenwood cemetery)

McMAHON, Mary nee White (22 April 1863 - 29 Sept. 1887)

Died on Sept. 29, in this village of Thorp, Mary, wife (married 4 July 1883) of "Jay" McMahon, in the 25th year of her age. She had taken a trip up to Thorp to visit relatives, and while there was attacked with typhoid fever and was sick only about a week. She leaves a little child (Mary Grace born June 2) four months old. Her death was a great shock to us all, and no one but those who suffered such grief can realize the mental suffering of Mr. McMahon so suddenly left alone with a little motherless baby. She was brought to this place for burial. (Buried Greenwood cemetery)

McMAHON-SHANKS, Mary Grace (2 June 1887 - 16 April 1916)

The sad news has reached this city that Miss Mary Grace McMahon Shanks died on the 16th of April, 1916 in a hospital at Phoenix, Az. She was born in Greenwood, Clark Co, Wis. June 2, 1887, the only daughter of John James and Mary (nee White) McMahon. When Grace was but three months of age, her mother was taken home, and about one year from that time, her father died. She was legally adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John (her aunt Margaret Ann nee McMahon) Shanks, and has made her home with them. Mr. and Mrs. Shanks always bestowed upon her as much care and tenderness as they would one of their own children (they had no other children), giving her every advantage of which they were capable. When Grace grew to girlhood, she attended High School here, but before finishing her course, she was forced by ill health to give up her work, and upon the advice of physicians, went to Arizona. She returned to this state once, and remained for nearly two years, but was again advised to return to the west. While in Arizona, she completed her school work. The funeral and burial took place in Phoenix.

McMAHON, (unable to find first name) nee McKenna (c1856 - 8 Aug 1922)

The wife of Thomas McMahon passed away on the 8th day of August 1922 after a lingering illness. She was 66 years of age. Deceased leaves her husband and two sons, Fredrick of Prescott, Ariz and Leo of California. She also leaves five sisters, one at Prescott, Ariz. and four in London, Canada. Mrs. McMahon was a sister of the late John McKenna of Greenwood, Clark Co.

Mr. McMahon is a brother of Eugene McMahon and Mrs. Margaret Shanks of this city, Mrs. H. M. Root of Neillsville, Mrs. Stewart of Portland, Ore. and Mrs. Agnes Mead of Berkeley, Cal. The McMahons lived in Greenwood about 30 years ago, owning what is now the John Schwarze residence and will be remembered by many older settlers.

McMAHON, Mary nee Johnson (28 Nov 1873 - 15 July 1948)

Mrs. Mary McMahon, who was in poor health for the past several years, died July 15, 1948 at her home in Greenwood. She underwent a major operation at Rochester, Minn., in April. Mrs. McMahon, nee Johnson, was born (of Swan E. and Martha Johnson) Nov. 28, 1873 in Sweden and came to the United States with her parents when a small child. She received her education in Greenwood and was married there 46 years ago (16 Jan 1901) to Patrick Eugene McMahon, who died Jan. 4, 1942. She lived in Greenwood the entire time since her marriage with the exception of 10 years in Menomonie and Eau Claire. She was a member of Grace Methodist Church. Surviving are two sons, John and Morrell McMahon, Eau Claire, and three daughters, Miss Arlene McMahon, Chicago Mrs. Oliver (Margaret) Curre, Eau Claire and Miss Lucille McMahon, Honolulu. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Anna Steiner, who lives in the West and two brothers, Johan and Olaf Johnson, both of Greenwood. Another brother, Peter, died in April of this year. (Both Patrick Eugene and Mary nee Johnson McMahon buried in Neillsville City Cemetery)

MEAD family, Warner township

Harry Meads Cabin

                                     Harry Mead's Cabin

1875 census: Mead, W. H.; 8 male, 6 female

1880 Warner, Clark Co., Wisconsin Federal Census

W. H. Mead Self M Male W 46 New York Farmer New York New York Julia A. Mead Wife M Female W 37 New York Keeping House New York New York Frank A. Mead Son S Male W 18 Wisconsin New York New York Clara Mead Dau S Female W 15 Wisconsin New York New York Hellen Mead Dau S Female W 12 Wisconsin New York New York Harry Mead Son S Male W 10 Wisconsin New York New York Angus Mead Son S Male W 5 Wisconsin New York New York Philo Mead Son S Male W 2 Wisconsin New York New York Betsey Smith Mother-in-Law M Female W 73 New York New York New York

1893 sec 36 Longwood township

1900 census residence #205 1905 Longwood sec 4 & 5 1915 = Josienskie & Brandt properties



Mead, William H. Head W M 11/1833 66 M 38     New York

Julia Wife W F 5/1842 58 M 38 7 6 New York


Augus L. Son W M 8/1875 24 S       Wisconsin

1895 census, head of family: W. H. Mead 7 male, 3 female

1880 sec 3 no residence Moses Mead

1880 sec 4 no residence Mead & Holloway

1880 sec 1 no residence, sec 2 residence, sec 3 residence,

         sec 4-6, 8, 11,24-25, no residence W. H. Mead

1893 sec 2 no residence, sec 3 residence W. H. Mead (W. H. M.); sec 25 no residence W. H. Mead

W. H. Mead and Wife

               Harry & Julia (Smith) Mead.

MEAD, William Harrison "Harry" (19 Nov 1833-6 Mar 1911)

Harry Mead, a resident of Clark Co, Wis. since 1865, died at his home in the town of Longwood on March 6, 1911. (...Last home contained 224 acres in sec 4 & 5 and was the property of Mrs. Mead, he passed the rest of his life, a period of four and a half years.) Mr. Mead had been ill for about a week with the grippe and pneumonia. He was born in Duchess Co., N.Y., on Nov. 19, 1833, (the son of Van Renslear and Margaret (Marshall) Mead, both natives of NY) and came to Watertown, Wis. with his parents in 1845. July 4, 1861, he was united in marriage with Julia A. Smith, who, with five children, Clara (m. Allen Armstrong of Greenwood), Frank, Harry, Angus and Philo, survive him. The funeral took place at Greenwood, the Masons conducting the same.(Burial in Greenwood cemetery). Other children: Hugh 8-14-1882/12-18-1883 and Helen O., (who died in 1902). Sec 3 Warner adjoins sec 34 Longwood on which there were no houses in 1893.

For more bio information on the Mead families of Clark Co see "Longwood township Pioneers". Also see 5 Jan 2008 "Update" for Marla Zwakman‚'s research and original Real Estate Deeds.

MEINHARDT family, Warner township

1905 #58 Meinhardt, Maritz Head W M 37 M Wisconsin Germany Day Laborer 11 O M F  Caroline Wife W F 32 M Wisconsin Germany House Keeper  Horn, Charolette M in-Law W F 77 W Germany Germany

1906 sec 20 residence Oscar (bother of Moritz) Meinhardt (1915 Conrad Loos, 1926 Harry Gordee)

MEINHARDT, Ernestine nee Mueller (c1847 - 1936)

Mrs. August Meinhard, Sr. died last Monday at the age of 88 years. She was born in Germany and came to America at the age of nine. She lived near Sheboygan until five years ago, when she moved to Owen to make her ome with her son. Her husband, to whom she was married for 55 years, preceded her in death 15 years ago. She was the mother of nine children, five of whom are living: Moritz (1867 - 1938) and Otto of Greenwood, Oscar of Colfax, August (1884 - 1950) of Owen, and Emily of Bradley, Ill. Her body was taken to Sheboygan for burial.

MEINHARDT, Moritz G. (11 June 1867 - 23 Sept 1938)

Moritz G. Meinhardt was born June 11, 1867 at Centerville, Manitowoc Co, Wis, the son of August Meinhardt and Ernestine Mueller. On May 23, 1889 he was married to Caroline Horn at Manitowoc. The couple lived on a farm in the Town of Newton for two years, in Kaukauna for twelve years and in Sheboygan for two years. In 1903 the family moved to the Town of Warner, Clark Co, settling on the present (the Gordee) farm site (Warner sec 20). In 1905 the farm was purchased by him (by his brother Oscar per plat map). He was a charter member of Trinity at its organization in 1908 and its last charter member at the time of death. To this union were born two sons, Moritz August at Kaukauna and Norman here at Greenwood. The older boy died at the age of three years. On Oct. 1, 1932 he suffered the loss of his faithful wife (Caroline, born 13 Sept 1872), from a heart disease of long standing. Since then father and son lived a lonely life. The deceased was afflicted with colitis for many years. He passed away peacefully Sept. 23, 1938, the immediate cause of death being dropsy. He reached the age of 71 years, 3 months and 12 days.

He leaves to mourn his departure his son, Norman, a sister, Mrs. Wm. Dressler of Bradley, Ill., and three brothers, Oscar of Colfax, Otto of Greenwood and August of Owen. The body was laid to rest in the Braun Settlement Cemetery (Forrest Hill) beside that of his wife. Funeral services were conducted at the Trinity Lutheran Church and at the grave.

MEINHARDT, Norman (5 Dec 1910 - 14 June 2000)

Norman, son of Moritz and Caroline nee Horn Meinhardt married on 18 May 1946 to Martha Lutch, b. 26 May 1920, d. 14 May 2000. (Riverside cemetery records)

"...Trinity Lutheran Church was begun as a mission by Rev. Otto Neuman, then of Fairchild, in 1908, and organized June 14th of that year with eight charter members: Robert H. Steffen, Simon Schwarze, Julius Voigt, M. Meinhardt, Mr. P. W. Gullord, Herman Froelich, Ferdinand Kuehn, G. H. Kaddatz. The old Baptist church building (now the City Hall) was rented for $10 for one year. The first resident pastor was Rev. C. F. Schrein. The permanent church home was erected in 1913. The parsonage was bought in 1911...." The Hub of Clark County (1853 - 1934)

HORN, Charlotta Wihelmina nee Mueller  (25 Nov 1829 - 29 Sept 1908)

After a lingering sickness for seven weeks at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Moritz Meinhardt, where she made her home, Mrs. Charlotta Wilhelmina Horn closed her eyes in her last sleep Sept. 29th, 1908. She was a loving mother, kind neighbor and always ready to lend a helping hand and was like by all who knew her. Although her sickness was very painful she bore it with patience. She leaves to mourn her death, two daughters, Mrs. Moritz (Caroline) Meinhardt and Mrs. Charley Kessler of Marinette, Ws. She was born (to Henry and Dorada Mueller) in Randersdorf, Germany in November 1829, and reached the age of 78 years, 10 months and 5 days. (Buried Forrest Hill cemetery)

MEINHARDT, Otto marriage 27 Dec 1911

A pretty wedding was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Meinhardt (brother of Otto ?) on Dec. 27, 1911 at 2 p.m., when Miss Marie Sundermeyer and Mr. Otto Meinhardt were joined in wedlock. The bride was attended by Florence Richmond and Sula Sloniker, the groom by Earl Sloniker and George Speich. After the ceremony a bountiful supper was enjoyed by the guests. After the supper was served the guests departed for Hemlock hall where they took advantage of the music of the Volk Brothers‚' orchestra.

December 12, 1914: Mr. Oscar Meinhardt has been sawing wood for the neighbors, the past week. Greenwood Gleaner

April 2, 1942: Mrs. Anna Speich, Mrs. George Vollrath, Jake Speich, and daughter, Violet, returned home Thursday after spending a week at Osnistota, S. D. they were accompanied on the trip by Oscar Meinhardt of Colfax. The Clark County Press 





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