Portrait and Biographical Album Gratiot County, Mich.
General Books, Mar 6, 2012 - 372 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 Excerpt: ...in years, they remained but a short time, and returned to "Das Vaterland." Mr. Wiseman remained in the State of New York six years, engaged as a farm assistant. He went in 1854 to Indiana, whence he returned, after spending one season there, to the Empire State. In the fall of 1855, he came to Michigan and fixed upon Gratiot County as favorable to his hopes and aspirations. He bought 160 acres of unimproved land on section 28, Newark Township, where he at first erected a "shanty" to shelter his small household until he could make arrangements for something better. Not long after he built a log house, which was their home until 1874, when he erected the fine frame house which is now the family home. In 1880, he built one of the best barns in the township, 40 by 60 feet in extent. Of his original acreage, he has placed 85 acres under cultivation. Mr. and Mrs. Wiseman are among the earliest settlers in Gratiot County, and have undergone all the pioneer experiences incident to the period of their location. Among them, they passed through the memorable "starvation period" of 1857, when corn bread was a luxury almost beyond reach. The oldcountry industry and energy which Mr. Wiseman has expended on his farm mark him as having met the success he has merited. His farm and its arrangement, fixtures and buildings, amply testify to his thrift, perseverance and good management. He is a Republican in political connection. In addition to his fulfillment of the duties of local citizenship, Mr. Wiseman furnished incontrovertible proof of his entire adoption of the country and its interests by enlisting as a soldier when they tvere in peril. He enrolled Aug. 5, 1862, in the 26th Mich. Vol. Inf., and was in the service two years and four months....
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