Warner Township

Clark County, Wisconsin

Warner Township Pioneers

Clark County, Wisconsin

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

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VAN ALSTINE family, Warner township


1905 #61 Van Alstine, Edward Head W M 31 M Wisconsin Wisconsin Farmer 12 O M F  Estella Wife W F 27 M Wisconsin New York House Keeper  Leola Daughter W F 7 S Wisconsin Wisconsin


1906-1915 sec 10 residence E. N. Van Alstine (1920 = W. Nourse)

March 6, 1906: Mrs. Hans Nelson visited Mrs. Van Alstine Tuesday. HEMLOCK news

March 22, 1906: Mrs. Van Alstine and Lola visited her sister, Mrs. Benjamin of the West Side Wednesday. Greenwood Gleaner

Estella nee Goodwin Van Alstine was the sister of Ida May nee Goodwin Benjamin (Mrs. Wlm G. Benjamin). Their other sisters were Mrs. Bina Priestly and Mrs. Frank Halkney. The Goodwin family was from Omro, Wisc. The Edward Van Alstine family lived in Omro, WI in 1940. See the GOODWIN family, Warner township for more info.

December 24, 1914: Lola Van Alstine was a Greenwood visitor a couple days last week.

Greenwood Gleaner

January 15, 1915: Miss Lola Van Alstine called at Hugo Behringer's Sunday.

Hemlock news

No further info on this Van Alstine family, no Van Alstine cemetery records in CC.


VANDERHOOF family, Warner township

1905 #139 Vanderhof, Alva Head W M 24 M Michigan Wis/N.J. Day Laborer 10 Rental Nancy Wife W F 20 M Wisconsin Michigan Esther Daughter W F 2 S Wisconsin wis/Mich Sheldon, Frank Bother in law W M 24 S Wisconsin Michigan Day Laborer

Marriage Licenses from the Clark Co. Rep. & Press (1/1/1903): Alva Vanderhoof of Greenwood and Nancy Sheldon of Longwood (not on the CC marriage license lists) Note that the Dec 1903 obit of Frederick Sheldon, Nancy's father, does not list her married name.

Unable to connect Alva with the many other Vanderhoof families of Clark Co, no further mention of the Alva Vanderhoof family.


March 16, 1900: Nancy Sheldon drove to Withee one day last week. Longwood Locals

May 4 1900: Walter Carlon and Frank Sheldon are the proud owners of new bicycles.


SHELDON, Frederick J. (16 Oct 1839-8 Dec 1903)

Frederick J. Sheldon was born in Onondaga County, New York, October 16, 1839, the son of Frederick Sheldon a native of Connecticut, and soon after removed to near Detroit, Mich. with his parents. He served in the Civil War for three years in Company B, Second Michigan Volunteer Infantry.

He lived in Dearborn until July, 1867, when he went to Fulton, Illinois, and December 10 of the same year to Big Falls on Popple River, this county, settling one and one-half miles southwest of Longwood, where he has since resided. The first winter he was engaged in the pineries, and in July, 1868, he brought his family to this county, taking a homestead on the southeast quarter of the southwest quarter of section 27, Eaton Township, now Hixton (and later Longwood Township). He still owns 160 acres of this tract, fifty of which is cleared. Mr. Sheldon was married at Saginaw, Michigan, Nov 18 1864 to Ellen E. Clark, daughter of Brenton Clark, of Wheatland, Michigan who died Sept. 22, 1888 (born Feb 20 1848). They had six children, four of whom survive: Willie A., Albertis, Frank L. and Nancy M. The eldest son is married and lives in White Sulphur Springs, Montana. Mr. Sheldon has held the office of Justice of the Peace three years, School Clerk many years, and Town Treasurer six years. 1891 Biographical History Frederick J. Sheldon of Longwood died at his home on Dec. 8, 1903, after an illness of several months duration. He leaves four children, Wm. A., Albertis, Frank L. and Nancy M., and one sister (Mary), Mrs. P. F. Lantz. The funeral took place at Greenwood. (Frederick and Ellen Sheldon are buried Greenwood Cemetery)

1900 Longwood census residence #173 1880-1893 (two homes on prop.) sec 27 (1905= M.B. Henry)

Sheldon, Frederick Head W M 10/1839 60 W       New York
Frank Son W M 8/1880 19 S       Wisconsin
Nancy Daughter W F 2/1884 16 S       Wisconsin

Greenwood History 1853-1934: "..There are two stones in the (Greenwood) cemetery with earlier dates, but no one is buried under them. These stones were for two Sheldon children who died and were buried in the Hackett field (Stoller's). Later the father purchased headstones and wanted to move the bodies of the children but the graves could not be located, so the stones were set up in the cemetery here anyway.... Greenwood Cemetery: Robert L. Sheldon Aug 7 1868-Jun 27 1869 and Frederick E. Sheldon Dec 17 1871-Apr 6 1872. Burial note: this is Warner Township sec 2, Popple River runs through it. 1880 owned by A & P.C.; 1893 owned by W.H. Mead but no house on it; 1906 & 1915 owned by Hans Nelson; 1926 owned by John Stoller.

Greenwood History 1853-1934: "..At first there was no regular dentist in Greenwood but persons suffering with toothache, if they wished, could go to "Old Sheldon's" near Longwood and have the tooth removed. He was always found in his bare feet and pulled the tooth with a pair of pliers. This same Sheldon planted many pine trees along the main road near Longwood...."

"..Old Sheldon in Longwood pulled teeth with a pliers. Father of Nancy Sheldon. Always found at his place in his bare feet...." Memories of Theresa Funk (1888-1985)


VARNAK family, Warner township


1906 sec 23 no residence H. L. Varnak (1915 = J. B. Head property)

No CC info on any “Varnak" family


VARNEY family, Warner township

1875 census: Varney, H. W.; 3 male, 3 female

1885 Special Vet's census: Varney, H. W., Private, Co A, Reg't 19, Maine

1895 census, head of family: H. W. Varney

1893 sec 17 no residence H. M. Varney; 1906 sec 17 no residence H. M. Varney;

1893 sec 20 residence H. M. Varney; 1906 sec 20 residence W. H. Varney


Sept 6, 1901: See the ad elsewhere for H. W. Varney, who has taken the sole agency in Clark county for the Preservative compound which he advertises. It is highly recommended and ought to be a good thing to use on every farm. A piece of wood charged with the preservative has been on display in A. M. White's hardware store for some months. GREENWOOD GLEANER

HIRAM W. VARNEY, of section 20, Warner Township, was born in Somerset Co, Maine, June 23, 1836, the son of Levi and Harriet (Steward) Varney. The former died when Hiram was six years old, and the latter died on the old homestead in 1875. They were the parents of eight children, five of whom are now living: Harriet, Levi, Hannah, Elbridge and Hiram. One son, the next to older than our subject, Charles, went to California in 1849, thence to Australia the next year, and it was reported that he then started to Callao, South America, but as he was never heard from it is supposed that he was murdered for his money. The other two were Warren and Joseph the former died about 1846, and the latter in 1882 in Maine. In 1854  Hiram W. went, via Panama, to California, where he engaged in mining mostly until 1859, and in that year returned to his native county. He was a soldier in the late war, in Company A, Nineteenth Maine Volunteer Infantry, serving nearly three years. He was in the first battle of Fredericksburg was then detailed to the Ambulance Corps, and was afterward attached to the headquarters of the Rhode Island Heavy Artillery Brigade, driving the headquarters team with the hospital stores for the field. He accidentally shot the finger off his right hand while in service that was afterward amputated. He was also injured in the right foot by an ambulance wagon passing over it, and now draws a pension for each injury. After the war Mr. Varney came to LaCrosse, Wisc in Aug 1865, and remained until 1868, when he removed to Mitchell Co, Iowa, and was there engaged in farming two years, and also manufactured milk-safes and fanning-mills one year. In 1871 he returned to La Crosse, and in the spring of 1873 came to this county, settling on his present farm of eighty acres, forty-five of which is cleared. He was married July 13, 1861, to Cynthia E. Withee, who was born in Somerset County, Maine, on the same farm on which her father was born. Her parents were Zachariah and Polly (Longley) Withee, both natives of Maine. They had seven children, three of whom are now living: Hiram, Levi and Cynthia. One son, Niran, deceased, late of Longwood, owned large tracts of pine land in this county, which is now owned by the heirs. Mr. and Mrs. Varney have had nine children, seven of who still survive, namely: Charlie A. L., Alba F., Edith E., Louise A., Ralph L., Mabel F., and Maud B. Charlie A. L. was married November 27, 1890, to Nettie Van Airsdale, of Waupaca Co, Wisc, and is now living in Thorp, this county. Mr. Varney was the first Assessor of Warner Township and has also been a member of the School Board several years. He is a member of the G. A. R. and Masonic fraternities. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the latter is also president of the Women's Relief Corp, of Greenwood. In his political views Mr. Varney is a Republican. 1891 Clark Jackson Counties History ADDED NOTE: Hiram Varney married Cynthia Withee. That family came from Somerset County, Maine to Wisc in the 1800s. Cynthia Withee was a sister to Hiram, Niram, and Levi Withee, other early Clark Co families. A Hodnett

VARNEY, Hiram Warren (23 June 1836 - 25 Oct 1902)

With scarcely ten minutes warning and without a word death claimed one of Clark County's pioneers at about 11:30 Sunday morning when Hiram W. Varney was stricken down in death. The day before he had an attack of chronic diarrhea, with which he has suffered more or less since coming out of the army in the '60s. Sunday morning he arose as usual and built the fire and did the chores, feeling better than he did the day before except that he was weak and still suffering some from the attack of the day before. About nine o'clock, however, he was taken with a chill. He sat up to the fire to warm himself without much relief. Finally making up his mind that he had an attack of grip coming on he determined to walk up to Dr. Schofield's office. Mrs. Varney remonstrated against his going out feeling as he did and went up for him. On returning with medicine for grip she gave him the first dose at 10:45 and a halfhour later gave the second dose. He was feeling worse, though, before this and had been made easy on the lounge after going through a fainting spell in the chair. From the time of this spell until they had gotten him on the sofa all hands had been busy trying to help him. The patient expressed a desire to have the doctor come down and see him and one of the girls was making ready to go after him, when the patient showed signs of of the fast approaching crisis and only in a few moments, without any apparent suffering death had claimed its own. All signs of life were extinct when the doctor arrived.

H. W. Varney was born in Skowhegan, Maine, June 23, 1836, making him at the time of his death sixty-six years, four months, and three days old. In August of this year he moved off the farm with his family and has been living in Harry Hogue's house while building a cozy home of their own across the street. In only a few weeks more they would have been settled in their own new home, it now being in the hands of the plasterers. Deceased was father of nine children, two of whom died in infancy. The living are Charles A. L., living on his farm at Warner's corners, Alba F., living on the home farm, Edith E. teaching music at Medford. Mrs. Louisa A. Warner, Hemlock, Ralph L. of Lac du Flambeau, Mrs. Mabelle Lamont of Thorp and Maud B., who is attending high school here. The last two mentioned and Miss Edith, besides their mother were with their father at the time of his death, Mrs. Lamont having come down Friday for a visit. The funeral was held in Grace M. E. John A. Eaton Post G.A.R. also attended in a body. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the local cemetery. 

VARNEY, Cynthia E. nee Withee (17 Aug 1842 - 25 Oct 1915)

Mrs. Cynthia E. Varney passed away Oct. 25th, 1915, at Cheyenne, Wyo., where she had been making her home for the last two years. She was at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mabel Lamont, at the time of her death, which came without a moment's warning. She had been troubled for a few weeks with indigestion and was somewhat weaker than usual, but was feeling better and stronger each day, and at the time of her death she was in a happy, hopeful frame of mind, planning a trip to Helena to visit her son Ralph. At 3:30 o'clock p.m. she quietly passed away as one falls asleep. Mrs. Lamont was alone with her mother at the time, although two other daughters, Edith and Maud, were working in Cheyenne. The three girls took charge and brought the body to Greenwood, Clark Co, Wis. for burial, which took place in the Greenwood Cemetery. Services were held at the home of her oldest son, Charles A.L. Varney and at the M.E. Church. The three sons, Charles, Alba and Ralph, and three grandsons, Dale and Everett, sons of Alba, and Verne, son of Charles, were the pallbearers.

Mrs. Varney had lived to be 73 years of age. She was born Aug. 17th, 1842, at Norridgenock, Maine, the youngest of seven children to Zechariah and Polly Withee. Her schooling was completed at the Academy in Bangor, and she taught several terms before her marriage July 13, 1861, to Hiram W. Varney of Skowhegan, Maine. This was during stirring times and the Civil War interrupted their married life a year later, when Mr. Varney joined the 19th Volunteers, Co. A., until he was mustered out in July 1865. They left Maine the following month for Wisc and spent about four and a half years at La Crosse. Except for three years at Osage, Iowa, the remainder of her married life was passed in Clark Co, Wis., nearly thirty years of which she lived on the farm near Greenwood. The balance of her life was spent at Greenwood, where her husband's death occurred Oct. 25th, 1902. In the early seventies Mrs. Varney taught the school in the little log school house where what is now known as the Benjamin school. It is noteworthy that the body of Mrs. Varney was placed beside that of her husband on the thirteenth anniversary of his funeral. All the members of the family were present at the funeral, with the exception of the wife and two sons of Ralph, who are in Helena, Mont., and Forrest the eldest son of Charles Varney, who is in Washington, D.C.


VARNEY, Hiram Withee, Jr. (1879 - 11 Jan 1882)

Died in the town of Warner Jan. 11, 1882, of scarlet fever, Hiram, son of H.W. and Cynthia E. Varney, aged 2 years and 6 months.


VARNEY, Edith (27 Jan 1872- 5 April 1950)

Word had been received here by Mrs. George Einfeldt of the death of her aunt, Miss Edith Varney, 78, a former resident of Greenwood. Miss Varney (daughter of Hiram and Cynthia nee Withee Varney) died April 5, 1950 in Denver, Colo. She had been ill for a long time. Christian Science services were held. Burial was made in the family lot in the Greenwood Cemetery. Miss Varney was born Jan 27, 1872, and received her education here. She bacame piano and organ instructor and taught pupils from Withee to Neillsville. In 1912 she went to Cheyenne, Wyo., and five years later she moved to Denver, Colo. She lived there with a sister, Mrs. R. M. Lamont, until her death and she then lived with a niece, Miss Kathleen Lamont. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. C. D. Hussmire, Cheyenne, Wyo. Preceding her in death were four brothers and two sisters.

Nov 16, 1900: Ralph Varney married on Nov. 3 at Rhinelander to Miss Henrietta Bartlett, of Decatur, Ill. Ralph is teaching at Lac du Flambeau and came down to Rhinelander to meet his bride. On arriving home after the ceremony he found his friends had taken possession of his house, which he had already furnished, and had the fires lighted, and the table ready for them to partake of their wedding supper. Gleaner

VARNEY, Mabelle marriage 18 June 1902

Married, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Varney, June 18th, 1902, Mr. Ronald M. Lamont of Colby, Clark Co., Wis., and Miss Mabelle Varney of Greenwood. Ronald M., son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Lamont, town of Colby. He attended the public schools here and was graduated from our high school. He graduated from the elementary course of the Stevens Point Normal School and has been Principal of the Dorchester graded schools for the past three years. Miss Varney is the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Varney of the town of Warner.

She graduated from the Stevens Point Normal School and has been teaching the past two years at Dorchester. Mr. and Mrs. Lamont will visit Minneapolis, Wausau, Rhinelander and Hurley, and will be at home about the middle of July. Mr. and Mrs. Lamont will take up their home in Thorp, Clark Co. after Sept. 1st, where Mr. Lamont goes to be Principal of the Thorp High School for the coming year.

1895 census, head of family: CAL Varney (aka Charles)

1905 #74 Varney, Cal Head W M 40 M Maine Maine Farmer 8 O M F  Nettie Wife W F 36 M Wisconsin NY/Ohio House Keeper  Cynthia Daughter W F 13 S Wisconsin Wis/Maine  Forest Son W M 12 S N. Dakota Wis/Maine Verne Son W M 8 S Wisconsin Wis/Maine

1906 sec 11 residence; sec 15 no residence C. Varney

"In 1873, my parents moved into a new home 5 miles northwest of Greenwood and 1 mile west of our old home...." by Charles Varney Jan 1928

".Charles Varney, when a boy of eleven or twelve was sent horseback from La Crosse county to Hemlock so the horse might work in the woods. He walked back, alone, through dense woods with few settlers and only a blazed trail part of the way. The trip back took three days...." The Hub of Clark County (1853 - 1934)

" On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died, killed by an assassins bullet. Ten days later, on April 25, Charles Varney was born. Intense excitement over the assassination no doubt prompted the grand mother to ask that the boy be named, Abraham Lincoln. The mother not satisfied with the arrangement prefixed Charlie making the name, Charlie Abraham Lincoln Varney. On May 8 1873, I arrived at Greenwood, Wisconsin, and met the few people living in this vicinity; pioneers in the full sense of the word. Very few of those are in the land of the living today after 64 years. A few weeks ago I decided to get as many as I could of those together for a pioneer party at my home, and selected the date April 24, Saturday at noon. 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, Washington: Cassie Steele Tipson, Medford, Oregon, and Amass Markham Marion, Montana, requesting them to send greetings. The Honor Guests were, Herman Schwarze, August Noah, Wm. Vollrath, Peter Peterson, Edward Buker, Julia Markham Churkey, Villa Drinkwine Gruwell, Eliza Steele Rusch, Ida Steele Richelieu, Belle Andrews Burch and Chas, Varney.

Saturday morning (fell down) dreary, dismal and raining, however arrangements were make to serve a pioneer dinner to those who could be present. The honor table was set in the sitting room, tin plates, iron knives, and forks, tin cups for coffee, tin pan of potatoes boiled with jackets on, beans in the stone jar they were baked in, six quart pan of applesauce with long-handled spoon to dip with, pound of butter on big tin plate, baker sheet of raised biscuits, tin coffee pot (help yourself), pan of cabbage salad, baker sheet with meat loaf, tin pan of fried pork, and old fashioned silver Castor with bottles of pepper, salt, mustard and two of ketchup for beans, A beautiful bouquet of flowers from Irene Varney of Ft. Atkinson. While around the table was a assorted, array of chairs, stools, including a three legged block of poplar stove wood, arm chair, high back and no back. The calf ox yoke was in evidence. After this course was disposed of the table was cleared of the crude tools and modern equipment provided. A very pretty birthday cake presented by Margaret Einfeldt ornamented with colored icing “Grandpa 72".

Another big pyramid cake from the Einfeldt's with 1865 on the top, and covered with 72 blazing candles was a beautiful sight, Ice cream was served and the cakes put to their practical use. Another table was set in the dining room for the company with the best of everything we had and modern service. The two rooms opened into practically one large room, put us all in one company. It was necessary to be present to realize how much this was enjoyed. Every one entered into the spirit of the occasion. This was followed by reminiscing, incidents and experiences of the olden times. Reading of greetings from those in the west and in important one from Mrs. Burch who like several others was too ill to be present. Mrs. Burch had, provided for each of the oldsters a small token, an address book, in which to preserve the names of those present and otherwise. They were very much appreciated. One cause for regret was the absence of those who could not be present, Mrs. Burch, Mrs. Gruwell and Herman Schwarze were ill and Mr. and Mrs. Noah did not dare attempt the trip in the storm. The Steele girls of Abbotsford did not get here. The fifteen that were here expressed their regrets but could not be sad. All were kept amused by the description of old memories that came back to us as each related his or her experience. At 4:00 o'clock Julia had to leave us, to get home near Owen for chore time and at 5:00 the others departed, expressing the thought that the day would long be retained in the memory of each one...." By Chas. A. Varney April 1937

Charlie A. L. Varney, a dealer in fresh and cured meats at Thorp, Clark Co, was born in Norridgewock, Maine, April 25, 1865, the son of Hiram W. Varney. The latter emigrated to La Crosse Co, Wisconsin, in July, 1865, remaining four years, then went to Mitchell Co, Iowa, two years later to La Crosse, thence to this county in 1873, settling in Warner Township, where he still resides. Charles A. L., our subject, was educated in the common schools of Warner Township and also attended school one year at Neillsville. He worked in the pineries in the winters and farmed and cleared land in the summers, until August 1890, when he came to Thorp and engaged in his present business. He has a large trade, and keeps all kinds of fresh, salt and cured meats. Mr. Varney was married November 27, 1890, to Miss Nettie Vanairsdale, who was born near Saxeville, Waushara Co, Wisc, September 15, 1869, the daughter of Garrett Vanairsdale, of Saxeville. Mr. Varney is a member of the Modern Woodman, and in his political views is a Republican. 1891 CLARK JACKSON CO. BIO HISTORY

VARNEY, Charles Abraham Lincoln (25 April 1865 - 4 Oct 1940)

Charles J. Varney

         Charles Varney.

A five weeks illness caused by a heart ailment resulted in the death Oct 4, 1940 of Charlie Varney, 75. Funeral at the Varney home, and service at Grace Methodist Church. Burial was made in the Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. Varney was born (son of Hiram and Cynthia nee Withee Varney) in Skowhegan, Maine, April 25, 1865 and came to Greenwood, Clark Co, with his parents when he was seven years old. He had been county supervisor from the City of Greenwood, a member of the School Board, and a trustee of Grace Methodist Church, holding each office for several years. He was married Nov. 27, 1890 to Miss Nettie Van Airsdale, who died Jan. 8, 1926. On June 23, 1930, he married Miss Lydia Einfeldt. Surviving are his wife, two sons, Forest Varney, Sacrameto, Calif and Verne Varney, Madison, assistant State 4-H Club leader; two daughters, Mrs. George (Cynthia) Einfeldt, Greenwood, and Miss Irene Varney, Fort Atkinson; one brother, Ralph Varney, Great Falls, Mont. four sisters, Miss Edith Varney, Mrs. Mabel Lamont and Mrs. Maud Huffmire, all of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Mrs. Louisa Warner, Deeth, Nev.

June 23, 1928: Mr. Chas. Varney and Miss Lydia Einfeldt (daughter of Fred and Caroline Einfeldt, sister of George 1880-1956) Einfeldt) were united in marriage at the home of David McAdam at Beloit, Wis., in the presence of a few friends. After the ceremony a bounteous dinner was served by Mrs. McAdam. The wedding cake, made and sent from Montana by her (Mrs. McAdam's) daughter, came delayed, but arrived just in time for the meal, it was thoroughly enjoyed. Mr. and Mrs. Varney will visit friends for a few days before returning to their home at Greenwood, Clark Co.

Einfeldt, Cynthia Elizabeth nee VARNEY (1891 - 1 May 1956)

Funeral Rites were at Grace Methodist Church here for Mrs. George Einfeldt, 64, Greenwood High School teacher and active church worker and clubwoman. She died of a heart attack Tuesday night, May 1, 1956 at her home. Burial was made in the Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs. Einfeldt, the former Cynthia Elizabeth Varney, was born in Thorp Aug. 14, 1891. She was a year old when her parents (Charles and Nettie nee VanAirsdale Varney) came to Hemlock, north of here, and later moved to Greenwood. On June 17, 1916, she was married to Mr. (George 1880-1956, son of Fred and Caroline Einfeldt) Einfeldt. The couple lived north of this city until 1942 and then moved into the residence that had been occupied here by her late parents. Since residing in this city, Mrs. Einfeldt has taught at the Downing and Edgar high school and since 1945 she has been a member of the Greenwood faculty, teaching mathematics and geography. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Edward (Elizabeth) Grimm, Mount Prospect, Ill. and Mrs. Harold (Margaret) Dillenbeck, Greenwood one sister, Mrs. Oscar (Irene) Metke, Fort Atkinson two brothers, Verne Varney, Madison, and Forrest Varney, Salonika, Greece.

VARNEY, Irene E. marriage 14 Oct 1944

On Oct. 14, 1944 Miss Irene E. Varney of Ft. Atkinson, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Varney, and Oscar Metke of Lomira, were united in marriage. Miss Helen Metke, sister of the groom, was maid of honor. The groom's attendant was Verne Varney, brother of the bride. The bride is a graduate of the Greenwood High School class of 1928, and of the University of Wisconsin, and at the present is librarian of the Dwight Foster Public Library at Fort Atkinson. The groom is employed at Delevan, Wis.

Metke, Irene E. nee VARNEY (c1920 - 28 April 1983)

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar (Irene E. Varney) Metke, Fort Atkinson, were killed around noon on Thursday, April 28, 1983, in a car-truck accident in Texas. The fatal crash took place on U.S. Highway 59, about six miles north of Atlanta, Texas. Police said the car being driven by Mrs. Metke had passed a truck loaded with pumpwood and apparently cut in too soon, striking the left front fender of the truck. The truck then rolled over the Metke car, killing them both instantly. In their retirement years, the Metkes had divided their time between Wisconsin and Texas. Mr. Metke, 78, was born in Lomira on July 13, 1904, the son of August and Alvina Metke. He graduated from Lomira High School and Milwaukee School of Engineering. He had served at Dwight Foster Library as janitor from 1959 - 1968. Before that he was employed at Fort Atkinson Post Office after a brief term of service in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Fort Atkinson American Legion Post. There will be a memorial service at the First Methodist Church at fort Atkinson on May 17, after cremation in Texas.

1905 #7 Varney, Alba T. Head W M 35 M Iowa Maine Farmer 12 Rental  Belle M. Wife W F 32 M Wisconsin Verm/Ohio House Keeper Lyman Son W M 11 S Wisconsin Iowa/Wis. Everett Son W M 8 S Wisconsin Iowa/Wis. Hiram Son W M 4 S Wisconsin Iowa/Wis. Donald Son W M 2 S Wisconsin Iowa/Wis. Mildred Daughter W F 2/12 S Wisconsin Iowa/Wis.

May 4, 1900: Alba Varney took the train Friday morning for a short stop at Waupaca. From there he started Monday with his wife for Skowhegan, Maine, where he goes to take charge of his uncle's farm. His uncle was here a couple of years ago and has wanted Alba to go East ever since. It will likely be a long time before they will get back this far. Gleaner

April 8, 1908: Ancil Withee quietly passed away on the 8th of April, 1908 at the home of Alba Varney. He was born in Maine May 1, 1830, where he leaves a sister and a daughter. He was a member of the free Will Baptist Church for many years. He was much sought after in his earlier years as a singer, in which capacity he had made himself very proficient. His funeral service was conducted from the Methodist Episcopal Church.

VARNEY, Alba Forrest (2 Dec 1869 - 28 Dec 1924)

Alba Forrest Varney, third son of Hiram and Cynthia (nee Withee) Varney was born in Mitchell Co, Iowa, Dec 2, 1869, and died at his home at Marshfield, Wis., Dec 28, 1924. In May 1872 he came with his parents to a back woods home in the town of Warner, Clark Co, Wis., where he grew to manhood, and in July 1893 he was united in marriage to Belle C. Van Airsdale to which union five sons and one daughter were born, namely Lyman Dale of Wausau, Everett E. died in France Oct. 19, 1918, buried at Marshfield in Flanders Field, June 4, 1921; Hiram Lynn and Donald Gatrett of Stevens Point, Irvin Neal and Mildred Madge at home with their parents. Mr. Varney worked as a carpenter and on Oct. 25, 1924, he fell from a scaffold, breaking a leg at the ankle. For treatment he was taken to the hospital and was getting along nicely until Dec 16, when small pox set in. He was moved to his home Dec 19 where he passed away Dec. 28, 1924. Two brothers and four sisters, Chas. of this city, Ralph of Helena, Mont., and Edith, Louisa, Mabel and Maud of Cheyenne, Wyo., survive him. The disease from which he died prohibited any funeral service. Interment was made in the cemetery at Marshfield. Public funeral service will be held when conditions have righted themselves so that such may be safely done.

VARNEY, Dale Marriage -21 Oct 1919

Mr. Dale Varney and Miss Marian Hodge, a prominent young couple of Greenwood, Clark Co, Wis., were married Oct. 21, 1919.

VARNEY, Everett L. (? - 19 OCT 1918)

Mr. and Mrs. A.F. (Alba and Belle VanAirsdale) Varney, Marshfield received a telegram stating that the body of their son, Lieut. Everett L. Varney, who made the supreme sacrifice in France in the world war, was being returned to this country and was due to arrive in Hoboken, N.J., June 2 (1921). The parents are arranging to have the body forwarded to Marshfield and to hold a service there in memory of the heroic young man, after which it will be brought to Greenwood, the former home of the Varney family, for reburial in the Greenwood Cemetery (buried Marshfield per father's obit). Everett died Oct. 19, 1918 from wounds received in the Argonne drive. He served with Co. A., Marshfield, through the Mexican border campaign.

After his return home from the border he attended an officers' training school and received a commission as second lieutenant. For some time in France he was connected as an officer with Co. E., 127th Infantry, 32nd Division.

"..Four families moved in three miles southeast of Columbia in the late 1890's. Andrew Lindner, John Levi, and Frank Aichinger were from Chicago, Illinois, and Charles Varney was from Preston, Minnesota. On joining farms they cleared the land and built homes... The Varneys stayed on the farm until his death. There were seven children: Roy, Bertha, Ethel, John, Earl and Lillian, all who attended the Dewhusrt and Columbia schools. (School photo captions list: Helenda, Lloyd, Arvin, Ethel and John Varney) They were active socially. Roy, the oldest, was an enthusiastic and active Modern Woodman. After Mr. Varney's passing, Mrs. Varney and the children moved to Rhame, North Dakota, where she took out a claim on a homestead. Bertha Varney married (6 Dec 1906) a Levis boy, Bill Struebing and they settled in Montana. Lillian's whereabouts was unknown. John had a large ranch in North Dakota. Several times he returned to Columbia for the annual Old Timers Picnic. He liked to reminisce about his days spent in Columbia. He passed on in 1970. Dr. Fred Scherman, Sr., bought lots at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago moving here in 1897. He built a nice home in Columbia where he also had a dentist chair and practiced evenings... Dr. Scherman sold the home to L.B. Varney... L.B. Varney of Minneapolis, came to Columbia about 1905. Mrs. Varney was s sister to Mr. Bliss and Mrs. McKinney, of Columbia. In a short while Mr. Varney passed on. Mrs. M.A. McKinney was a widow from Fennimore ...She came in 1902 with three sons and two daughters... The son, Frank, came to live with his mother. He had been an actor and talented in the Arts. Often he wrote home talent plays to fit the characters. He also did painting. Mrs. Varney had been very active in club work, being a delegate to conventions all over the U.S.A. They returned to Minneapolis about 1915... On June 26, 1913 was Dad and Mother Schlender's silver wedding anniversary. On that morning their daughter, Mabel; Emma Moser who was clerking in the store; and Anna Larson Moser, who was helping in the home, decided they should have a surprise celebration that evening. In haste, the girls solicited the help of the mailman so he could tell his patrons close to town. The teacher sent notes home with school children. The girls baked cakes all after noon. They even phoned for flowers from the Marshfield nursery. Frank Varney took the one o'clock train to Neillsville. He bought a gift of silver crumb tray - - from the neighbors. It was intialed and dated 1888-1913. Charles Baxter was another Civil War Veteran. He came from Nebraska in 1894 and homesteaded 60 acres a half mile north of town. His wife was an Indian decent. In addition to farming he worked in the sawmill. Their three children were: Clara, Dora and Loyal... Dora married Charles Varney of Columbia. They lived out their lives in North Dakota and Idaho where they raised two children..."

There were other Varney families, apparently unrelated to Warner township Varney family, that settled for awhile in the village of Columbia, located in sec 35 of Hewett township. The Columbia families, including the Varney families, are chronicled in “Recollections of Columbia" by Mabel Schlender Jonkel. The following is excerpts regarding the Varney families from Mabel Jonkel's writings.

VARNEY, Daniel Castle (20 Dec1858 - 1 April 1899)

Daniel Varney, aged 40 years, died at his residence in Levis, of Typhoid pneumonia. His funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Chapel. Buried Levis cemetery. Wife was "Jennie" Parents were Thomas and Columbia nee Ward Varney.

Levis cemetery records:

Columbia nee Ward Varney 31 Jan 1831 - 8 July 1903

George T. Varney 1868 - 1903

William Varney 1863 - Sept 1907

Unmatched marriage: 14 April 1871 Sarah Varney and R. W. Wescott

VINE family, Warner township

1875 census: Vine, John; 8 male, 1 female

1880 Warner census: John T. Vine Self M Male White 44 New York Farmer England England Eliza Vine Wife M Female White 38 England House Keeping England England Gustavus Vine Son S Male White 18 New York Laborer New York England" Matilda Vine Daughter S Female White 21 New York New York England" Milo vine Son S Male White 16 New York Laborer New York England" Flora I. Vine Daughter S Female White 13 Wisconsin New York England

1895 census, head of family: J. T. Vine 1 male, 1 female

1880 sec 22 residence J. T. V. (Vine); sec 23 no residence Jno. T. Vine

         sec 26 residence Jno. T. Vine; sec 27 no residence Jno. T. Vine

1893 sec 26 residence J. T. Vine

1906 sec 26 residence John Vine

Nov 24,1881: John Vine is preparing to do an extensive business lumbering this winter.

"May 12, 1882: J. C. Vine is back from Dakota. He had a severe attack of sickness while there, but is somewhat recovered now. He has abandoned his stave bolt job which he commenced two miles west of our village. Greenwood - Neillsville Times

"Aug 11, 1882: J. T. Vine has gone to Dakota. Greenwood - Neillsville Times

VINE, John Thomas (25 Sept 1833-15 Mar 1905)

John Tomas Vine was born at Buffalo, Erie County, NY, Sept 25 1833, the son of Thomas and Mary Vine. In May 1859 he was united in marriage to Eliza Mary (nee Billings; 20 Nov 1840 - 15 Feb 1908) Vine. Five children were born unto this union, being Matilda (22 May 1859 - 6 Aug 1905), Augustus (18 Oct 1862 - 22 Aug 1918), Milo (22 Dec 1863 - 23 Jan 1893), Flora (14 Sept 1866 - 28 April 1886) and Clara (born, died prior to 1886? no CC record). Early in the 1860's he moved from NY to Wisc and settled near the present site of Neillsville. When the call for soldiers was made during the Civil War Mr. Vine was drafted but on account of the serious illness of his wife he was unable to go to the front. After leaving his first Wisc home he went to Black River Falls where he was employed as foreman in a brickyard, operated by the late D. J. Spaulding, he afterwards ran a logging camp for his employer and finally became a partner. In the first of the 1870's he moved to Greenwood, Warner Township, Wis. He dealt extensively in the lumber cut from his place until the last ten years when he devoted his time entirely to farming. He remained in his own home until his death, March 15, 1905, when he was laid to rest in the Greenwood City Cemetery.

Besides his wife and children he leaves three brothers to mourn his loss who are Benjamin of Buffalo, NY, Thomas of Greenwood and Frank of Rice Lake. At the time of his death, his wife and two children, Mrs. Andy (Matilda) Anderson and Augustus were at his bedside. The funeral services where held at the Greenwood M. E. church. Three years later, November 20, 1905, his wife, Eliza was laid by his side.

VINE, Milo (22 Dec. 1863 - 23 Jan. 1893)

A young man named Milo Vine (son of John T. and Eliza nee Billings Vine) living near Greenwood fell from a load of logs near Westboro and was caught under the sleigh beams and when found life was extinct, as he was alone at the time no one knows the exact cause but as he was subject to fits, it is supposed *** Note: The rest of the article was cut off and was not available at the time of transcription. Milo's birth and death dates are from the Greenwood City Cemetery Index, Eaton Twp. Clark County, Wisconsin.

VINE, Matilda L. marriage 6 April 1881

Married, April 6, 1881, by Rev. C. C. Swartz, at the M.E. Parsonage, Greenwood, Mr. Andrew Anderson to Miss Matilda L. Vine, both of Warner, Clark Co, Wis.

Anderson, Matilda Ann nee VINE (25 May 1859 - 6 Aug 1905)

The death of Matilda Ann Anderson which occurred Aug. 6, has brought sorrow to a wide circle of friends. Mrs. Anderson was the oldest child of the late John T. and Eliza Vine. She was born in the state of New York, May 25, 1859, and married to Andy Anderson April 6, 1881. Six children came into their home, the oldest dying in infancy. Her husband and five children Mila, Alvin, Florence, Hazel and Merril, ranging in ages from 18 to 6, are left to mourn her loss. At an early age she came to Wisconsin, and with the exception of three summers spent in Dakota, her home has been at this place. Mrs. Anderson suffered with stomach trouble and two month ago was taken to the hospital at Marshfield in the hopes that an operation might bring recovery. Besides her husband and children Mrs. Anderson leaves her mother and one brother to mourn her loss. The funeral was held from the M. E. church. Interment was made in the Greenwood cemetery.

VINE, Flora (14 Sept 1866 - 28 April 1886)

Died, at her home in the town of Warner, of that much dreaded disease, consumption, Miss Flora Vine, aged 19 years, 7 moths and 14 days. Miss Vine was born at Black River Falls, but moved to Clark Co in early childhood with her parents, where she has lived until her death. Her fond and loving parents  (John Thomas & Eliz Mary Vine) have lost a dutiful daughter her brothers a kind and affectionate sister, and her only sister, Mrs. (Matilda) Anderson, has lost not only her companion through childhood's happy days, but her infant son, her only child, who died April 26, 1886. Double is the grief that falls on this bereaved family. Their funerals were held at the M.E. Church in Greenwood and were largely attended by sympathizing friends and neighbors. One solemn feature of the funeral was the twelve young ladies dressed in black and white with beautiful flowers, following the hearse to the cemetery where the coffins were lowered, and just before the burial service was read the young ladies passed around the grave and cast their flowers in, that being the last they could do for their departed friends.

1895 census, head of family: Augustus Vine 1 male, 1 female

1905 #132 Vine, Augustus Head W M 43 M New York NY/England Farmer 11 O M F  Elizabeth Wife W F 33 M Wisconsin Canada House Keeper Algee Son W M 9 S Wisconsin NY/Wis Leroy Son W M 7 S Wisconsin NY/Wis  Nina Daughter W F 6 S Wisconsin NY/Wis Benny Son W M 4 S Wisconsin NY/Wis  Esther Daughter W F 1 S Wisconsin NY/Wis

1893 sec 27 residence A. C. Vine; 1906 sec 27 residence A. C. Vine 

"March 6, 1906: The old and young people of the surrounding country gathered at Gus Vine's Saturday night and spent an enjoyable evening. HEMLOCK Greenwood Gleaner

VINE, Elizabeth nee Smith (25 Feb. 1871 - 6 Oct. 1966)

Services were conducted at the Grace Methodist Church here for Mrs. Elizabeth Vine 94, a former Greenwood resident, who died Oct. 6 at the Caraville Home for the Aged in Janesville where she had resided for the past five years. Burial was made in the Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers, all grandsons, were Bernard Vine, Jerome Vine, Robert Vine, Richard Abel, Alfred Marvin and Kenneth Marvin. The former Elizabeth Smith was born Feb. 25, 1871, at Black River Falls, and later moved to Greenwood with her parents (Robert and Elizabeth nee Herse Smith), who settled on a farm in the town of Warner. Her marriage to August Vine (born 18 Oct 1862, son of John Tomas and Elizabeth nee Billings Vine), who preceded her in death Aug 22 1918, took place, April 22 1892, at Greenwood. After their marriage, the Vines lived on a farm north of Greenwood, where Mrs. Vine resided until 1943 when she moved to Janesville with her son, Harley, and family. She also lived with other sons, Roy and Chester, until 1961, when she was admitted to the Caravilla Home. Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. William (Esther 1903-1992 obit) Marvin and Mrs. Edwin (Fern 1910-2003 obit) Abel, Greenwood; and Mrs. Edwin (Nina 17 Jan 1899 - 2 Dec 1979 CA death index) Noah, Oilsdale, Calif.; five sons, Harley (c1911-1969 obit) and Roy (1897-1987 obit) Vine, Evansville; Chester (1908-1989 obit) and Hugh (died after 1971, prior 1989) Vine, Janesville; and Algie (1895-1971 obit) Vine, Milwaukee; She was preceded in death by a son, Benjamine (born 16 Jan 1901, living in Owen in 1937, died prior 1966); four sisters and four brothers.

VINE, Algie (9 Sept 1895-4 Sept 1971)

Funeral rites were conducted at the Grace United Methodist Church here for Algie Vine, 75, Milwaukee, a former Greenwood resident, who died Sept 4 1971 in a Milwaukee hospital. Burial was made in the Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. Vine was born Sept 9 1895 (parents = Augustus & Eliz Smith Vine) in Greenwood, and never married. Blind since the age of 16, he was graduated from the School for the Handicapped in Janesville when he was 20 years of age. He was employed at a factory in Wauwatosa until his retirement 12 years ago, when he went to reside at the school in Janesville. He entered the Sunrise Nursing Home in Milwaukee four years ago and had since resided there. Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Hugh (Esther) Christie and Mrs. Edwin (Fern) Abel, both of Greenwood and Mrs. Edwin (Nina) Noah, Oildale, Calif. three brothers, Roy Vine, Evansville, Ill. and Hugh and Chester Vine, Janesville. He was preceded in death by two brothers.

VINE, Roy Charles (2 Sept 1897 - 10 April 1987)

Roy Charles (aka LeRoy) Vine was born at Greenwood, Clark Co on Sept. 2, 1897 to Augustus and Elizabeth (Smith) Vine. He married Percis Hefner in 1918 and they farmed in Clark and Green Counties. They later divorced. He married Florence Whipple and they retired from farming to live in Albany, Wis. where he died on April 10, 1987. He is survived by his wife a daughter, Ilene Disch of Monticello, a son Bernard of Albany, three step-daughters, Mary Babler of Cambridge, June Schneider of Albany, Betsy Vandertrink of Santa Ana, Calif, a brother, Chester of Janesville, two sisters, Esther Christie and Fern Abel of Greenwood. He was predeceased by four brothers and one sister. Services were held at the Stuessy-Sharer Funeral Home, Albany, with burial in St. Patrick s Cemetery in Albany.

VINE, Irene V. marriage 15 Nov 1938

Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Irene Velda Vine, Monroe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Vine, Monticello, former residents of Greenwood (Clark Co., Wis.), and Willis John Disch, Monticello, which took place on Nov. 15, 1938 in the parsonage of the Evangelical Reformed Church in Monticello. The double ring ceremony was used. Miss LaVerne Noah, Janesville, cousin of the bride, and Raymond Hauser, New Glarus, cousin of the bridegroom, were the couple's only attendants. Following the ceremony a wedding dinner was served at the bride's home. In the evening a reception and dance were held at Karlen Hall, Monticello. Mr. Disch and his bride left on a wedding trip through northern Wisconsin, visiting Greenwood, Owen, and Tioga. After Dec. 1 they will make their home on a farm, two miles northeast of Monticello.

Christie, Esther nee VINE (2 Aug 1903 - 14 June 1992)
Esther Christie, 88, Greenwood, Clark Co, died June 14, 1992, at Neillsville Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church, Greenwood, and burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery. Esther Vine was born Aug. 2, 1903, in the town of Warner, to August and Elizabeth (nee Smith) Vine. She received her education at Hemlock School, Greenwood. She married (20 Sept 1924) Alfred Marvin "(1898-1939, son of William Seward Marvin 1858-1946 and wife Henrietta nee Fravert Marvin). He preceded her in death in 1938. She married (14 July 1945) William Marvin (1900-1963, brother of Alfred Marvin). He preceded her in death in 1963. She married Hugh Christie, May 3, 1969. He preceded her in death in 1980. She lived and farmed in the town of Eaton all her life. She moved to the city of Greenwood in 1979. Survivors include two sons (of first husband, Alfred), Alfred, Jr. (1933-2005) of Junction City and Ken of Greenwood; one sister, Fern Abel, Greenwood. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, six brothers, and one sister.

VINE, Chester Lee marriage 31 July 1937

Announcement is made of the marriage of Hilda Mary Price, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Price of Unity to Chester Lee Vine, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Vine of Owen (Clark Co., Wis.), which took place at the Grace Lutheran Parsonage at Monroe, July 31, 1937. The couple's attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Vine. Mrs. Hugh Vine, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid. Mr. Vine is now employed at the L. Ranch near Monroe. Those from away who attended the ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. Harley Vine, Mrs. Elizabeth Vine and Ben Vine, all of Owen.

VINE, Chester L. (15 Oct 1908-12 April 1989)

Chester L. Vine, 80, Janesville, died April 12 1989 at Rock Haven, Janesville. Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church with burial in the town of Rock Cemetery.

Chester Vine was born Oct. 15, 1908, at Greenwood, to Augustus and Elizabeth (Smith) Vine. He married Hilda Price, of Unity, in Monroe, Wis., on July 31, 1937. He had farmed in Monroe, Rockton, Ill., and the Janesville area until retiring in 1956. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and has served on the town of Rock Cemetery Board. Surviving him are his wife, Hilda; one daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Milly) Burhans of Janesville; two granddaughters, Mrs. Tom (Michelle) Garetson of Deerfield, Wis., and Lynda Trimble, Janesville; two sisters, Esther Christie and Fern Abel, both of Greenwood. He was preceded in death by his son, Gary in 1955; five brothers, Algie, Roy, Ben, Hugh and Harley; and one sister, Mrs. Ed (Nina) Noah.

VINE, Hugh marriage 30 Aug 1933

The marriage of Miss Frieda Price, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Price, town of Green Grove to Hugh Vine, son of Mrs. Elizabeth (nee Smith) Vine, Greenwood, was solemnized August 30th at the home of the bride's parents. Miss Hilda Price, sister of the bride was maid of honor, and Chester Vine, brother of the groom was best man. Supper was served to Mrs. Elizabeth Vine, Chester Vine, Harley Vine of Greenwood; Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Price, Hulda Price, Ernest Price, Verena and Grace Price all at home, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kovatch and son Kenneth of Omega; Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Abel, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Noah and daughter LaVerne, all of Greenwood and Mrs. Merle Bushnell of Owen. In the evening a wedding dance was held at Merry Ol' Gardens. After a short wedding trip to the southern part of the state the newlyweds will be at home to their many friends on the groom's farm north of Greenwood.

VINE, Harley marriage 14 May 1937

A very pretty wedding was solemnized at West Beaver Chapel May 14, 1937 when Miss Clara Stowe, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Stowe was united in marriage to Harley Vine, youngest son of Mrs. Elizabeth (nee Smith) Vine. The bride's maid was Miss Marjorie Stowe. The best man was Mr. Francis Herr. From the Chapel about thirty went to the Stowe home and partook of the wedding dinner. Mr. Ben Vine and Miss Laverne Noah of Brodhead were guests from away who attended both the wedding and reception.

VINE, Harley (c1911 - 8 Aug. 1969)

Funeral services were held at Racine for the former Greenwood resident, Harley Vine, 58, who died at a hospital at Racine following a week's illness. Survivors include four daughters and a son; four brothers, Algie Vine, Milwaukee; Roy Vine, Evansville; and Hugh and Chester Vine, both of Janesville; and three sisters, Mrs. Ed Noah, Oildale, Calif.; Mrs. Ed Abel and Mrs. Hugh Christie, both of Greenwood.

Flesher, Darlene nee VINE (15 Oct 1939  - 24 Dec 1982)

Mrs. Darlene Flesher, 43, of Albany, died Dec. 24, 1982, of injuries suffered in an automobile accident east of Albany. Darlene Vine was born on Oct. 15, 1939, in Greenwood, Clark Co. She attended Evansville High School. She and Raymond Flesher were married on June 3, 1961, in Evansville. She had been employed by Oaktron Industries in Monroe, and most recently at the Edgewater Cafe in Albany.

She was a member of Albany United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband a daughter, Lisa Ann and two sons, Lawrence and Todd, all at home her mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Kane of Orfordville her grandmother, Mrs. Otis Stowe of Abbotsford, one brother, Jerome Vine of Racine three sisters, Mrs. Alvin (Beverly) Briggs of Deerfield, Mrs. Alvin (Jacquelyn) Trawicki of Evansville and Mrs. Bruce (Linda) Bell of Janesville and six step-brothers, Dennis Kane of Orfordville, Douglas Kane of Fairbanks, Alaska, Edward and Thomas Kane, both of Beloit, Gary Kane of Madison and Steven Kane of Janesville. Services were held in Albany United Methodist Church. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Preceding her in death was her father, Harley Vine, on Aug. 8, 1969.

Abel, Fern E. nee VINE (18 July 1910 - 5 May 2003)

Fern E. Abel, 92, Greenwood, died May 5, 2003, at the Neillsville Memorial Home. Funeral service at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Greenwood City Cemetery. Fern Eva Vine was born on July 18, 1910, in the town of Warner, to Augustus and Elizabeth (nee Smith) Vine. She was raised on a farm and educated in rural Greenwood. She married Edwin Abel on Sept. 25, 1929. They farmed and raised four children. She resided in the Greenwood area until entering the Neillsville Memorial Home in November 2001. Survivors include one son, Richard (Donna) Abel, Willard; three daughters, Shirley (Gordy) Christopherson, Greenwood, LaVerne (Tim) Martens, Milwaukee, and JoAnn Koivisto, Iron River, Mich. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Ed, on July 11, 1974; six brothers, Algie, Leroy, Benjamin, Hugh, Chester and Harley; and two sisters, Nina and Esther.

VINE, Thomas R. brother of John Thomas Vine

1875 census: Vine, Tho.; 3 male, 3 female

1880 Beaver township census: Thomas R. Vine Head M Male White 34 New York Farmer England; England; Emma Vine Wife M Female White 29 New York Keeping House England; New York Edward C. Vine Son S Male White 8 Wisconsin New York New York Earnest R. Vine Son S Male White 5 Wisconsin New York New York Jerrimiah Vine Son S Male White 3 Wisconsin New York New York" William Smith Other S Male White 20 Canada Laborer Canada Canada Hickford Peterson Other S Male White 19 Norway Laborer Norway Norway

1885 Special Vet's census: Vine, Thos., Private, Co I, Reg't 14, WI

1895 census, head of family: Thomas Vine 4 male, 2 female

1905 Warner township census #86 Vine, Thomas Head W M 61 M New York England Farmer 2 O F  Emma Wife W F 56 M New York New York House Keeper  Ernest son W M 31 M Wisconsin New York Farm Laborer 8"  Rannie Daughter in law W F 24 M Norway Norway House Keeper  Emma Grand Daughter W F 5 S Wisconsin Wis/Norway"  Orpha Grand Daughter W F 3 S Wisconsin Wis/Norway  Price son W M 13 S Wisconsin New York Farm Laborer

1893 sec 25 residence Thos. Vine

1906 sec 25 residence Thos Vine; 1906 sec 25 residence E. Vine

"..Others who, came in the 60's were Tom Vine in 1862, who enlisted in the Union Army in 1863 at Neillsville, returning to Greenwood at the close of the war...." The Hub of Clark County (1853 - 1934)

"July 14, 1882: Thomas R. Vine, after a continued effort of seven years has succeeded in obtaining a pension at the rate of $2 per month from Oct. 10, 1865 to Dec. 10, 1881, and $4 per month up to the extent of over $600. Partial deafness is the grounds for which pension was secured. We are glad to see our nation's defenders receive a reward for their services. Greenwood-Neillsville Times

July 1908: Thomas Vine, an early settler, was in Neillsville this Monday. Vine and his wife, of Greenwood, were returning home from attending the Veterans Homecoming in Black River Falls last week. He first came to Neillsville in 1861. He worked for Moses Clark in the spring of that year, rafting lumber from the mouth of Cunningham Creek down Black River to La Crosse. They met with disaster on the run and lost $20,000 cribs of lumber. Vine served in the army for three years. A homecoming is planned to be held at Neillsville next year, and Vine is hoping four members of his Company in the 14th Wisconsin will be able to attend. The four members are: James Ferguson, W. S. Covill, E. P. Houghton and Joe Ives, all now living on the Pacific coast. Clark County Press

Thomas R. Vine, of section 25, Warner Township, Clark Co, was born in Buffalo, New York, June 17, 1846, the son of Thomas Vine, deceased, a native of England, but who came to the United States when a young man. Thomas R., our subject, spent the first sixteen years of his life in Buffalo, where he attended the city schools. In 1862 he came to this county, and in the spring of 1863 enlisted in the Union army at Neillsville, in Company I, Fourteenth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He served over two years, and participated in the battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Nashville, Tupedo, skirmish on White River, march from Brownsville to Pilot Knob, campaign against Montgomery, the Missouri campaign, Lookout Mountain, Red River campaign, Spanish Fort, Fort Blakely, Fort De Russa, and many others. After the war Mr. Vine returned to this county, and since that time has worked twenty-two years in the woods. He settled on his present farm of eighty acres in the spring of 1873, and has since cleared thirty acres of this tract. When he came he had no means excepting a cow. He kept himself busily employed, in the woods in the winter and on the farm in the summer. His hay he had to carry up by hand, with the aid of his wife, using poles, until he was able to secure a team, nine years afterward. He was married October 19, 1868, to Emma E. Marvin, a daughter of Matthew Marvin, of Greenwood, Wisconsin, and they have five children: Edward C., Ernest R., Jeremiah T., Alcie E. and Pricy G. Mr. Vine is a member of the G. A. R. and I. O. O. F., and in his political principles is a Republican

VINE, Tom (17 June 1843 - 24 Nov 1920)

A letter received this week by Ted Huckstead brought the news that Tom Vine had died in Idaho. He lived here (Neillsville) for many years, going to Idaho several years ago. Lani note/May 2006 Upon further research at Ancestry.com I found the following information: Thomas R Vine was born June 17,1843. He died at St Maries, Benewah Co, Idaho on Nov 24,1920. Death certificate # 032133

VINE, Emma E. nee Marvin (26 April 1852 - 10 Oct 1944)

Mrs. Emma Vine, nee Emma E. Marvin, was born (to Mathew 1817-1902 and Clara Miria 1849-1915 nee Walters Marvin) in the State of New York on April 26, 1852. Later she moved with her parents to Greenwood, and on Oct. 19, 1868 was married to Thos. R. Vine of Greenwood, a Civil War Veteran. Mr. and Mrs. Vine were old timers around Greenwood, and very well known in this vicinity, as they used to reside on what is now the Leonard Johnson farm, about two and one-half miles northeast of Greenwood, for many years. Five children were born to this union, namely: Edward C. of Birchwood, Wis.; Ernest R. and Alice, now Mrs. Bert Monroe, both of Elk River, Idaho; and Jerry T. and Percy L. of Vida, Montana, all of whom survive. The Vines continued to reside at Greenwood, Wis. until 1910, when they moved to Vida, Montana and took up a homestead. After proving up on their land, they with their son Ernest and family later moved to Elk River, Idaho, where “Grandma" as she was familiarly known, lived to the ripe age of ninety two years, and was tenderly cared for at the home of her son, where she passed away on Oct 10 1944. She was laid to rest in Moscow, Idaho, and all of her children were present at the funeral, excepting the eldest son, who lives in Wisconsin.

VINE, Ernest R. marriage 23 Aug 1899

Ernest R. Vine and Miss Rannie Johnson, both of Greenwood, were married at that place the 23 by Rev. Paul Hull.

Ernest Vineand wife, who have been in Northern Wisconsin for the past few months, returned home Friday night. Gleaner 3-1-1901

1907                     1907-1908 List of Pupils for District No. 1 School; Beaver Township, Clark Co., WIThis School was known as "Christopherson." It was located in the town of Warner and some students from Beaver Township also attended it. Frances Vine, Myrtle Vine, Candace Vine, Emma Vine, Pricy Vine, Orpha Vine

VINE, Mary Alida nee Swenson (24 April 1889 - 26 July 1980)

Mary Alida Vine wrote several accounts of homestead days in northeastern Montana, which are now at the University of Montana Archives at Missoula. She was a newspaper correspondent for Faith Lutheran Home, where she had lived since 1976, until several months ago when ill health forced her to stop. She died July 26, 1980, in Williston, N.D. hospital. She was 91. She was born April 24, 1889 at Dodgeville, Wis., a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Swenson. In 1902, the family moved to Greenwood, Clark Co, where she was raised. When she became 21, she moved west to Montana to homestead nine miles northeast of Vida. She taught rural schools in that area for some years. She married Pricy Vine on June 30, 1915 at St. Paul, Minn. and they made their home near Vida. He died in 1970. She was interested in plants, beadwork and music, in addition to her writing. She is survived by a son, John of Vida. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Blanche Vine Ness and a son Floyd. Services for Mrs. Vine were at Clayton Memorial Chapel. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery at Wolf Point.

Stabnow-Monroe, Alice nee VINE (c1884 - ?)

Carl Albert Stabnow born May 1, 1970, in Freedom, Sauk Co, Wis., died near Greenwood, Sept. 5th, 1906, being 36 years, 4 months and 5 days of age. He was the second son of Seigfred and Wilhelmina Stabnow...

In 1898 he came to Clark Co, Wis., purchasing a farm in the town of Beaver. On Sept. 2, 1903 he was united in marriage to Miss Alice Vine of the town of Greenwood... After this union he and his bride moved onto the farm two miles northeast of Greenwood, where they have resided until his death... On Wednesday, Sept. 5th,, 1906 Mr. Stabnow came to a sudden death by colliding with a gravel train at Kelley's crossing on the Foster R.R., within a few rods of his home, his youthful wife witnessing the whole scene. His little daughter Beatrice 19 Aug 1904 - 5 Sept 1906), aged two years and fourteen days, was with him in the wagon and was so badly injured that she lived only a few hours... Mrs. Stabnow returns to the home of kind parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Vine, even to the home of her childhood.... Alice nee Vine Stabnow was the daughter of Thomas (1843-1920) and Emma (1852-1944) nee Marvin Vine. Alice nee Vine Stabnow next married Bert Monroe and in 1944 lived in Elk River, Idaho.

1906 sec 25 Jerry Vine residence

VINE, Jerry T. marriage 17 June 1900

Married at the residence of Ole Johnson June 17, 1900, Mr. Jerry T. Vine of the Town of Warner, Clark County, and Miss Julia Johnson of Greenwood. The latter is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ole Johnson and the groom is the son of Thomas Vine and wife. Both parties are well known in this section, having been born and raised here.

VINE, Julia nee Johnson (c1881-12 April 1916)

Mrs. Julia Vine, wife of Jerry Vine, and formerly of this vicinity, died at their home in Poplar, Mont., Apr 12 1916, at the age of thirty five years. Mrs. Vine was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Johnson, well known by residents here (Greenwood). During the last winter, she visited here for a short time, returning to her home by way of Rochester, Minn., where she sought medical aid, but failed to gain relief. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, four children, her parents, four brothers, three sisters. While her death was not entirely unexpected, it was a shock to everyone.

1895 census, head of family: Edward Vine 1 male, 3 female

1905 #87 Vine, Edward Head W M 36 M Wisconsin New York Farmer 9 O F  Marian Wife W F 31 M Wisconsin Canada House Keeper  Myrtle Daughter W F 10 S Wisconsin Wisconsin  Ella Daughter W F 7 S Wisconsin Wisconsin  Candace Daughter W F 5 S Wisconsin Wisconsin Alice Daughter W F 2 S Wisconsin Wisconsin  Harlow, Marian Mother in law W F 74 W Canada Canada"      

"Harlow, Mariam (21 July 1829 - 15 Jan 1929)

"Mariam Hubble was born July 21, 1829 at Roddin, Ontario, Canada, and died Jan. 15, 1929 at Marshfield, Wis., at the age of 99 years 5 months and 24 days. She spent her girlhood days in Canada and was married to Francis M. Harlow of Canada. They came to Greenwood, Clark Co, Wis. and were among some of the first settlers of that place. Mr. Harlow died in 1891. Deceased leaves one son, George Harlow of Perkinstown, Wis. One son, William, died in 1927 at Shelton, Wash. And one daughter, Mrs. Ed Vine died in 1913 at Stone Lake, Wis. Grandma Harlow was a good Christian woman, always willing to help others. Funeral services were held at the home of her nephew, W.E. Hubble. The body was laid to rest in the Greenwood Cemetery.

VINE, Myrtle marriage 25 Oct 1916

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1916, at the home of Ed Vine at Stone Lake, Wis., occurred the marriage of his daughter, Miss Myrtle, to Mr. Raymond Byrne of that place. The bride is well known in Greenwood. Myrtle was my grandmother and this was her first marriage. No one in the family had any information on this marriage. I lost both my mother and grandmother at an early age. Thank you for this information. Judith Stanley

VINE families, Grant township

In 1920, Ted Huckstead of the Grant township Vine families gave notification of the death of Tom R. Vine of the Warner township Vine families. Both the Warner township and the Grant township Vine families were from Buffalo, NY although their parentage differs. John Tomas Vine and Thomas R. Vine of Warner township were sons of Thomas Vine. Fred J. Vine and George Vine of Grant township (refered to as brothers in various writings) were sons of John/Robert Vine. Warner township John Thomas Vine's bio lists three brothers, Benjamin of NY, Frank of Rice Lake, and Thomas R. of Greenwood. More than likely the first Vines to settle in Warner and Grant townships were cousins, their fathers being brothers. Many of the Grant twship Vine family are buried in the Grant cemetery. There is also a wealth of info on this website regarding the Grant township families, the following a sample.

"FRED J. VINE" was born in Buffalo, New York, November 10, 1844, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Vine, natives of Sussex County, England, who came to America in 1844 and located in Buffalo. Mr. Vine was the youngest of their family of four children... He came to Wisconsin in 1864 and located in Clark Co, where he bought forty acres of land... As the years went by he prospered in his undertakings and is now the owner of a half section of land, sections 9 and 16, in Grant Township... Mr. Vine was married in Buffalo, in 1864, to Mary Buss, who was born June 1, 1844. Her Parents were also natives of England. They have seven children: Etta A., Arthur, Fred, Elsie, Frank, George and Edna... ADDED NOTE: Elsie, daughter of Fred and Mary Vine, married Arlo Huckstead.

"Vine, Fred J." (10 Nov 1844 - 10 Feb 1917)

Fred J. Vine, who died at his home in Crandon Feb. 10, 1917, was born at Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 10, 1844. He grew to manhood there, and there was married in 1864 to Miss Mary Buss... He leaves to mourn his death his wife and seven children: Mrs. Henry Carter, Mrs. Arlo Huckstead, Fred, George and Frank, all living in the town of Grant; Arthur living in Crandon, and Mrs. Fred Major in Michigan. The funeral took place at Pleasant Ridge Church.

Vine, John George (6 July 1850 - 10 March 1930)

John George Vine, one of the old residents of the town of Grant, died at his home there on March 10, in his eightieth year. He was born at Buffalo, New York, July 6, 1850, being the son of Robert and Etta Ann Vine. The family moved from Buffalo to Jamestown, N. Y., in 1861. His father having died and the mother being married again to Thomas Huckstead, the family moved west traveling overland in a covered wagon. After stopping a year at Portage they settled at Neillsville in 1862... He was married to Miss Clara Payne, Feb. 17, 1874 and together they moved on the land which they developed into a good farm and which has been their home ever since. Besides carrying on his farm for several years Mr. Vine followed carpenter work and brick laying... He leaves his wife, one daughter, Mae, Mrs. Herbert Harriman of Alden, Michigan, and one son Clayton on the home farm. A son Robert died several years ago at the age of 16 years. He leaves a sister, Elizabeth Benedict of Neillsville and two half-brothers, Arlo A. Huckstead and Alonzo T. Huckstead of the town of Grant. The funeral was held in the Pleasant Ridge church. Burial took place in Grant Cemetery. *Preceded him in death: Huckstead, Edward Henry (1856 - 1930)





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