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GEORGE W. CAMERON
Source: Newspaper unidentified
Sent in by a researcher/see contributors page
George W. Cameron of Vernon was married to Miss Elizebeth Ann Downing of Eagle, on Saturday evening Oct.25, 1890 by Rev.Clendening at the home of Mr. Nelson K. Churchill in North Prairie. Witnesses were Mr. Nelson Churchill and wife. The last of the Cameron family are now married.
Source: Waukesha Freeman (Waukesha, WI) 14 March 1895
Key D. Camp manager of the Mystic Bicycle Factory of Mukwonago was married here Tuesday to Miss E. Krooke of Slaughton by Rev. J. G. Blue. They will reside at Mukwonago.
Submitted by a researcher/see contributors page Key Camp's wife was named Emma; do not know if her maiden name of Krooke is accurate. She was undoubtedly from Stoughton, rather than Slaughton, but the name has not been located there.
Key & Emma's son, Everett, is listed in early WI birth records as having been born in Waukesha Co. but surname listed as COMP instead of CAMP.
The Key Camp family apparently didn't remain in Waukesha Co. for very long.
Source: The Daily Freeman and Republican. Waukesha Wisconsin, June 18, 1890
There was a wedding at the residence of Mr. George W. Brown on Wednesday of last week, the contracting parties being Miss Elsie, the sixth daughter and youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Brown, and Mr. Campbell, of Milwaukee. [Brookfield]
MISS GRACE MARIE CARLETON
Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 47 page 446
. Daughter of the American Revolution DAR ID # 46955 Born in Waukesha, Wis. Descendant of Hon. Roger Sherman. Daughter of George Willard Carleton and Hattie Sherman, his wife. Granddaughter of Henry W. Sherman and Martha Watson, his wife. Gr-granddaughter of Charles Sherman and Jennet Taylor, his wife. Gr-gr-granddaughter of John Sherman and Rebecca Austin, his 1st wife. Gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of Roger Sherman and Elizabeth Hartwell (d. 1760), his 1st wife, m. 1749. Roger Sherman (1721-93) was a member of all the important committees of the Continental Congress for the prosecution of the war, army, navy, and treasury. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Connecticut. He was born in Newton, Mass.; died in New Haven, Conn. Also Nos. 4868, 6755, 11054, 22600, 28889, 34427.
MRS. HATTIE SHERMAN CARLETON
DAR Member Descendant of Hon. Roger Sherman and of Lieut. John Sherman Roger Sherman b. 1721 Newton, Mass. d. 1793 New Haven, Conn. m: 1749 to: Elizabeth (Hartwell), his first wife Roger Sherman was a member of all the important committees of the Continental Congress for the prosecution of the war, army, navy and treasury. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Connecticut. Child of Roger and Elizabeth (Hartwell) Sherman: John Sherman b. 1751 in New Milford, Conn. d. 1801 in Canton, Mass. to: Rebecca (Austin), his first wife John Sherman served as paymaster, Continental army, 1777-80. Child of John and Rebecca (Austin) Sherman: Charles Sherman to: Jennet Taylor, his second wife Child of Charles and Jennet (Taylor) Sherman: Henry W. Sherman to: Martha Watson Child of Henry W. and Martha (Watson) Sherman Hattie Sherman
Source: American Freeman, Waukesha, Wis., Wednesday Apr 7 1847
Married , Also, by Eld A. Minder on the 30th alt. Mr. John Carpenter to Miss Ann Earl of this place.
MRS. VESTA WESTOVER CHANNON
Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 111 page 25
Daughter of the American Revolution DAR ID # 110073 Born in Oconomowoc, Wis. Wife of Harry Channon. Descendant of Thomas Woodruff, as follows: 1. George Frederick Westover (b. 1834) m. 1868 Elizabeth Q. Miller (1848-1911). 2. Charles Smith Miller (1806-71) m. 1828 Vesta McLaren (1801-75). 3. Thomas Miller (1769-1859) m. 1792 Sarah Smith (1772-1842). 4. Samuel Miller (1746-77) m. 1767 Elizabeth Woodruff (1749-1832). 5. Thomas Woodruff m. 1st Mary ? (1714-53). Thomas Woodruff (1722-1804) was a member of the Committee of Correspondence for Essex County, N. J. He was born and died in Westfield, N. J.
WILBUR T. CHURCHILL
Source: "Historical and Biographical Album of the Chippewa Valley Wisconsin 1891-2. Page 750
Wilbur T. Churchill, merchant, Rock Elm, Pierce county, was born in Brookfield, Waukesha county, Wis., January 22, 1857. His grandfather, David Churchill, was a native of England, and had three sons: David, Harvey and Otis. Otis Churchill was born in Boston, January 12, 1805, and when seven years old, removed with his parents to New York. May 31, 1831, he married Mary Russell, who bore him five children: Eliza, David H., Mary J., Ruth A. and James. Mrs. Mary Churchill died May 10, 1842, and Mr. Churchill afterward married Belinda Russell, who bore him seven children: William O., Wesley R., Mary S., Sarah J., Harriet M., Franklin B., and Wilbur T. Mrs. Belinda Churchill died June 18, 1859, and Mr. Churchill again married, December 17, 1862, the lady of his choice being Mary L. Pomeroy. In 1856, Mr. Churchill came to Brookfield, Wis., where he kept a store. In 1863, he sold out, intending to move to Nebraska, but on reaching St. Joseph, Mo., he found public sentiment unfavorable to northern people and went to Vineland, N. J. In 1864 he returned to Milwaukee, Wis., and in 1867 came to Rock Elm, and purchased a farm, where he resided until his death, September 16, 1886. He had been a member of the Methodist church since his twenty-second year. At the age of ten years Wilbur T. came to Rock Elm township, Pierce county, which was then a wilderness. The family had but four dollars in cash when they arrived here, and flour then cost ten dollars per hundred weight. Our subject worked on the farm, and later on the C., M. & St. P. R. R. as fireman and baggage-master. In 1886 he opened a store at Rock Elm, which he still carries on. October 7, 1886, Mr. Churchill married Miss Jennie Whipp, and they have two children, Forrest W. and Harold O. In politics he is an enthusiastic republican and has held the office of postmaster since July, 1889.
MRS. ELIZABETH HOOKER MONTAGUE CLAFLIN
Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 62 page 267
Daughter of the American Revolution DAR ID # 61761
Born in Summit, Wis.
Wife of Price Colby Claflin. Descendant of Capt. Moses Montague, Major-Gen. Jabez Huntington, Brig.-Gen. Jedediah Huntington, Robert Ogden, Timothy Edwards, Gov. Jonathan Trumbull, and Samuel Coit.
Daughter of Rev. Enos Jones Montague (1820-86) and Faith HuntingtonHooker (1824-1904), his wife, m. 1846.
Granddaughter of David Montague (1786-1864) and Lovisa Jones (1792-1876), his wife, m. 1816; Rev.
Edward William Hooker (1794-1875) and Faith Trumbull Huntington (1796-1850), his wife, m. 1821.
Gr-granddaughter of: Peter Montague (1751-1822) and Mary Smith (1754-1815), his wife, m. 1778; Rev. Asahel Hooker (1762-1813) and Phebe Edwards (1768-1848), his wife, m. 1792; Jabez Huntington (1767-1848) and Mary Lammon (1773-1809), his wife, m. 1792.
Gr-gr-granddaughter of: Moses Montague and Sarah Graves (1726-1810), his wife, m. 1848; Timothy Edwards and Rhoda Ogden (1736-1822), his wife, m. 1760; Jedediah Huntington and Faith Trumbull, his wife; Peter Lammon and Sarah Coit (1743-1826), his wife, m. 1764.
Gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of: Robert Ogden and Phebe Hatfield (1720-96), his wife, m. 1736; Jonathan Trumbull and Faith Robinson (1718-80), his wife, m. 1735; Jabez Huntington and Elizabeth Backus (1721-45), his wife, m. 1741; Samuel Coit and Sarah Spaulding (1711-76), his wife, m. 1730.
Moses Montague (1724-92) commanded a company, 3rd regiment, Massachusetts militia. He was born and died in South Hadley, Mass.
Jabez Huntington (1719-86) was a prominent member of the Committee of Safety when he was appointed major-general of militia, 1776. He was born and died in Norwich, Conn.
Jedediah Huntington (1743-1818), a graduate of Harvard, was an early member of the ?Sons of Liberty.? He commanded a regiment, 1775, was promoted brigadier-general, 1777, and brevetted major general at the close of the war. He was born and died in Norwich. Also No. 29769.
Robert Ogden (1716-89) was a member of Committee of Correspondence and Safety of Elizabethtown, N. J., where he was born and died.
Timothy Edwards (1738-1813), a graduate of Princeton, was a member of the Committee of Safety of the Governor's Council and, 1778, was elected judge of probate for Berkshire County, Mass. He was born in Northampton; died in Stockbridge. Also Nos. 19340, 56783.
Jonathan Trumbull (1710-85) was Governor of Connecticut during the entire war; was considered the leader of the Whigs in the New England States. His correspondence with Washington shows the high esteem in which he was held by the Commander-in-Chief. He gave liberally of his fortune to the cause and retired after having held public office for fifty-one years. He was born and died in Lebanon, Conn. Also No. 4162.
Samuel Coit (1708-92), who had served as colonel in the early wars, gave civil service in the Revolution. He was born in Plainfield; died in Preston, Conn. Also No. 23642.
Source: The Daily Freeman and Republican, Waukesha Wisconsin, June 19, 1890
-- To be Married To-Day --
At 4 o'clock this afternoon, at Pewaukee, occurs the wedding of Mr. Henry Clarke and Miss Louisa Swain, the Rev. H. P. Haylett officiating. They will take a wedding trip to Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, and will be absent about ten days.
Source: History of Vernon County, Wisconsin: Together with Sketches of Its Towns, By Union Publishing Company, Union Publishing Company
John Collins is a native of Ireland, born in county Clare in 1829. When thirteen years of age he left his native land for America. He landed in New York city, from whence he went to Buffalo, where he spent two years in school thus acquiring an education that has since been useful to him. He then came to Wisconsin, settling in Milwaukee, where he remained until 1849, at which tie he went to Richland county in the employ of Ira Harelton, with home he remained one year. He then returned to Wisconsin, locating in Waukesha. He was there married, Jan. 2, 1852, to Mary Ann McMahon, born in county Meath, Ireland, in May, 1832. She came to America with her parents when thirteen years of age. In 1854 Mr. Collins came to Vernon county and entered land in the northeast quarter of section 21. He afterwards returned to Waukesha county, remaining there until 1856, at which time he came with his family and settled on his land in Vernon county, where he commenced to improve his farm. He now has 120 acres on section 21, and eighty acres on section 4. Mr. and Mrs. Collins have nine children. Mr. Collins has taken a prominent part in town affairs, and has held offices of trust. He is also clerk of the district, having served in that capacity for several years.
DR. WILLIAM P. COLLINS
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Born Providence, RI. 1 Apr 1820, a descendant of Henry Collins of London and Lynn MA. who emigrated in 1634.
Dr. Collins married Mary Cassey in Providence 1 Apr 1850. In 1856 the couple with three small children moved to WI. They lived at Prospect two years, then on solicitation of a Dr. Nash, moved to Mukwonago and built a home where they had three more children.
Source: History of Winneshieck and Allamakee Counties Iowa, by W.E. Alexander, Sioux City, Iowa, Western Publishing Company 1882
E. W. Constantine, proprietor of sample room; was born in Waukesha Co., Wis., in 1861; came to Calmar in 1877, and established his present business. He married Elizabeth Sullivan, who was born in McGregor.
Source: History of Winneshieck and Allamakee Counties Iowa, by W.E. Alexander, Sioux City, Iowa, Western Publishing Company 1882
J.H. Constantine, Manufacturer and dealer in harness, saddles, whips, etc., was born in Waukesha, Wis., in 1855; came to Io. in 1875, and the following year located in Calmar and established his present business. He married Mary Bends, a native of Iowa.
MAJOR JOSIAH CRANE
Source: Waukesha Freeman on April 29, 1862
Major Josiah W. Crane was among the earliest casualties of the Civil War from the Waukesha area.
The Late Major Josiah W. Crane
Major Crane who was killed at the battle of Pittsburg Landing, was a resident, for many years of this place and Milwaukee and it is here that his family at present resides. It has scarcely been four weeks since Major Crane’s Regiment (the 18th) left the state; and but three weeks last Sabbath since he met his noble death while steadying his brave boys against terrible shocks of the enemy.. Dispatched in the utmost haste to the scene of conflicted, the Eighteenth Regiment only arrived at Pittsburg Landing the evening before the battle; and inexperienced and undisciplined as they were, they were placed in the van of the army, to be cruelly and needlessly sacrificed, in consequence of criminal neglect of the chief officers to guard against surprise. Early in the day Col. Alban and Lieut. Col. Beall were both wounded, and the command devolved upon Major Crane. That he fought bravely and well, and managed the immortal “Eighteenth” with consummate ability, until his body was pierced with balls, is the concurrent testimony of all, who were spectators of the terrible encounter. Lieut. Colonel Beall, in a letter to the widow, full of generous sympathies, thus speaks of the soldierly qualities of the deceased:
Savannah, Tenn., April 10, 1862
Mrs. Josiah W. Crane. Waukesha, Wis.
Dear Madam; It has become my painful duty to inform you that the Eighteenth Regiment arrived at Pittsburg on Saturday, and on Sunday morning was attacked by the rebels, being part of the advance.— Your husband, our noble Major, did his duty like a man and an officer. The Colonel and Lieut. Colonel were both wounded, and the Major was left in command in the afternoon—and between five and six in the evening he was also shot down. He had eight balls through his body.
We all feel his loss terribly, and mourn with you his loss.
I was wounded in the thigh about 4 p.m. of the same day. A number of the officers and many of the men were also killed and wounded on that eventful day.
The State of Wisconsin has no need to be ashamed of its Eighteenth Regiment and the Regiment mourns its gallant Major.—We buried him at this place, and have the grave marked for future reference.
Allow me to present to you the kind regards and sympathies not only on myself but of the whole Regiment. I indite this from my bed by an amanuensis.
Most respectfully, truly you friend,
Saml. W. Beall, Lt. Col. 18th.
The body of Major Crane was taken up and placed in a metallic coffin and forwarded by Adams’ Express to Indianapolis, Ind., where it was taken in charge by the American Express Co. and brought to this place free of charge, except $11 advanced by them to the Adams’ Express Co.., before receiving the body. [Corporations are said to have no souls, but this does not hold true with the American Express Co.
On Friday lst, the body of deceased was brought to this place under escort of a half escort of half-a-dozen of the old Milwaukee Light Guard, and a large concourse of our citizens followed the remains to the family residence—where after a few appropriate remarks by Rev. O. Park, the remains were removed to the sexton’s office in our village burying ground, and on the following morning re-interred, with much solemnity, in their final resting place.
Major Crane was 41 years and 6 months of age. For a number of years he had been connected with the Insurance business of Milwaukee, and had a large circle of friends and acquaintances. He leaves a most interesting family—an accomplished wife and five children—in staitened circumstances, and with no legacy but that of glorious deeds which encircle his brow as a staunch defender of our National flag. We believe, however, that there was an insurance of $1,000 on the life of the deceased; and that prior to leaving the State he made application for a ‘war permit’, which was granted, and received the day of the battle. The Company are generally considered holden for this amount, and we trust that they will esteem it a pleasure and a duty to see that it is promptly paid.
The original headstone is in Prairie Home Cemetery and is in poor repair. An application has been submitted for a replacement.
Source: Milwaukee Daily Sentinel, Monday, March 26, 1866; Issue 71; col COn Friday forenoon, while the wife of Daniel Crowley went to call him to dinner, his house caught fire and burned to the ground. A child six weeks old was burned to death. They lived a short distance from Mukwonago.
WALTER BRADLEY CUSHING
Source: The Ancestors of Ebenezer Buckingham, who was born in 1748 and of his descendants; compiled by James Buckingham; 1892
Walter Bradley Cushing, born June 23, 1796, at Paris, N.Y., son of Judge Zattu and Rachel (Buckingham) Cushing; married February 24, 1820, in Fredonia, N.Y. to Eloisa Ransom, who was born Nov. 28, 1797, in Buffalo, N.Y., daughter of Amasa Ransom, of Buffalo, N.Y.
Mr. W.B. Cushing died October 6, 1856, in Brookfield, Wis., and Mrs. Eloisa Cushing died March 28, 1888, in Brookfield, Wis., and both are interred in Wauwatosa, Wis.
Mr. W.B. Cushing's early life was spent in Fredonia, N.Y.; there he learned the hardships of early settlers in a new country. Was educated in the Fredonia Academy; for some years followed the mercantile business. In May, 1840, moved to Delafield, Wis. April 20, 1842, removed to Brookfield, Waukesha Co., Wis., where he spent the last years of his life.
He was a man of sterling qualities, and in advance of many of Wisconsin settlers in business ability and strong convictions of right, one of the men whose influence lives after them.
KELLOGG DAVIS CUSHMAN
He attended Waukesha public schools and Carroll College in Waukesha. He graduated from the Unversity of Michigan in 1857 and studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Waukesha.
During the Civil War he served as first lieutenant in the Twenty-eighth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, in 1861 and 1862; assistant adjutant general 1862-1864; moved to St. Paul, Minn., in 1865; member, State house of representatives 1867; United States district attorney 1868-1873; Governor of Minnesota 1874-1875; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1886; re-elected in 1892 and again in 1898 and served from March 4, 1887. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1887 and again in 1893 as a Republican. In that body, he served as Chairman, Foreign Relations Committee, 55th Congress. He wrote "The Law In Shakespeare." He served until his death on November 27, 1900; chairman, Committee on Pensions (Fiftieth through Fifty-second Congresses), Committee on Territories (Fifty-fourth Congress), Committee on Foreign Relations (Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses); member of the commission which met in Paris, France, in September 1898 to arrange terms of peace after the war between the United States and Spain; died in St. Paul, Minn.; interment in Sect. 2 Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myer, Va.
His wife, Anna Agnew Doll Davis (the subsequent wife of Hunter Doll) is buried with him.
PETER NEWCOMB CUSHMAN
Source: New England Historical Society
Sunset Press and Photo Engraving Co., San Francisco, CA 1903
The Kelloggs in the Old World and the New
by Timothy Hopkins
Member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
Peter Newcomb Cushman settled in Henderson, N.Y. about 1807; remained there until about 1837 to Waukesha. He was a man of great industry and enterprise. WHen he arrived in Henderson, he had but a single York shilling, and his other property consisted of a pair of horses and a sleigh. In Wisconsin he was a large farmer, having one hundred and sixty acres of cultivated land in one field, and was reputed to be the best farmer in that State. He was President of the Board of Trustees of Carroll College, Wis.
Children: Levi Kellogg Cushman b. 1 May 1805 Plainfield d. unmarked grave in Henderson 3 Apr 1826 Cynthia Marie Cushman b. 26 July 1807 Plainfield d. 5 Aug 1843 Cleveland Ohio m: Danford Newton Barney of New York 8 Oct. 1833 Peter Newcomb Cushman b. 3 Dec 1809 Henderson m. 31 Mar 1841 to Harriet B. Hollister residence 1903 Waukesha Sally Cushman b. 13 Jan. 1812 d. 1 Oct. 1816 A Daughter b. July 10, 1814 d. 12 Aug. 1814 Clarissa Fanette Cushman b. 10 Nov 1815 m. 28 Aug 1837 to: Horatio Nelson Davis of Henderson Isaac Chauncy Cushman b. 12 Mar 1819 in Henderson d. unmarked grave Feb. 1840 Nathaniel Gustavus Cushman b. 1 Sept 1821 in Henderson d. Unmarked grave Sarah Sophia Cushman b. 11 Sept 1824 d. 20 Aug 1826
MORRIS D. CUTLER
Source: Waukesha Dispatch March 29, 1895
PIONEER OF PIONEERS
INTERESTING INCIDENTS RELATED OF MORRIS D. CUTLER, FOUNDER OF THE VILLAGE
THE ORIGINAL SETTLER
Interesting Biographical Sketch of Waukesha'a Earliest Settler - The Tedious Horseback Journey of the CUTLER Brothers from Indiana to Waukesha - The First Crop Demonstrates the Productiveness of the Soil - Mrs. DUNLAP the Only Surviving Guest at Mr. CUTLER's Wedding - A Man of Remarkable Physical Endurance - His Strength of Character and Peculiarities - Sites Generously Donated for Public Buildings - The Final Disposition of His Homestead Property
In a low, old-fashioned frame house, surrounded by a quaint, natural garden of about nine acres, close to the heart of Waukesha village, lives our oldest inhabitant, the venerable Morris D. CUTLER. We pass his doors, many of us, every day, and sometimes we catch a glimpse of the snowy head, the faded cheek and broken frame, but few ever pause to remember that he is the founder of our beautiful village, the man who has, from its beginning, watched its growth and progress for more than sixty years, and who, not unnaturally, looks upon its inhabitants, in a vague sort of way, as his descendants.
Morris D. CUTLER was born in Canada, June 13, 1810. His parents, Leonard and Mercy CUTLER, were natives of Vermont, but removed to Canada about 1807. Soon after Morris was born, they returned to Vermont, where they remained but a short time, going from there to Michigan, and later to LaPorte, Ind. Mercy CUTLER died while Morris was yet a child, but his father lived to the great age of one hundred and two years. Leonard CUTLER was never a wealthy man, and in early life Morris was taught to work. Perhaps his boyhood was a hard one; certain it is that he received no great amount of schooling, and it was with the hope that he might better his circumstances that, in the spring of 1834, he started on horseback, in company with his brother, Alonzo, and a hired man, for the promising fields of Wisconsin, reaching Milwaukee about the 7th of May. After a day's journey to the westward, from Milwaukee, they were greeted with a view of this lovely valley, with it's stretch of fertile prairie, its boundary of low-lying hills, and here and there an Indian village, from whose wigwam fires the smoke curled upward toward the evening sky. The dusky inhabitants were inclined to be friendly, and bade their white visitors welcome. The CUTLER brothers at once blazed their claims on the east bank of the Pishtaka (Fox) river, and put in potatoes and buckwheat to ascertain the productiveness of the soil. It is unnecessary to state that the experiment was satisfactory. The next step was the erection of two claim shanties - one not far from where BLAIR's foundry now stands, and the other near the site of Morris CUTLER's present residence.
The land, before being cleared, was thickly covered with hazel-brush and small trees, with only here and there a large oak. Alonzo CUTLER's shanty was finished first, and a few days later that of Morris was completed' thus the two brothers became the first settlers in Waukesha county. The honor, however, of being the pioneer settler belongs chiefly to Morris, for, while his brother remained in the county but a short time, he has resided upon his first claim for sixty years, and has taken part and interest in the growth of the village, and in everything pertaining to its welfare, during its entire history.
In the winter of 1841, the CUTLERs returned to Indiana, and came back to Waukesha the following spring, bringing with them farming implements, stock, and several more settlers. To say that Morris CUTLER endured great hardship during the first few years would in deed be putting it lightly. For several years he went bare-footed and bare-headed during the summer, and frequently had no boots in winter, in place of which he wore moccasins made by his own hands, and he often worked all day in the open air in the coldest winter weather with no warmer clothing than a pair of overalls and a shirt. Thus he gained the reputation among the pioneers of being "tougher than a biled owl."
On the 8th of April, 1845, Mr. CUTLER was married to Miss Ruth HEAD, a school teacher, and an English lady of culture and splendid character. She died Feb. 20, 1863, leaving only her husband to mourn her loss. Of the guests who attended Morris CUTLER's wedding, only one is now living, that is Mrs. Sophia DUNLAP. Mr. CUTLER is a wealthy man, and he asserts proudly that not a dollar of his property has been dishonestly obtained. He never speculated, never "run chances," and never "took advantage of his fellow men, even when he had a good chance." He bought a vast tract of land from the government at $1.25 per acre, platted it into village lots, and at first sold them at a low price, often receiving no pay at all in advance, only requesting the promise that a building would be erected on the lot sold. In this way many a poor man was enabled to make for himself a home, who otherwise could not have done so. No one can say that Mr. CUTLER ever took advantage of his position to distress his debtors; on the contrary, he has often been imposed upon because of his leniency. It is said that Mr. CUTLER never foreclosed a mortgage on property which he sold, though some purchasers never paid either principal or interest, and the property reverted to its original owner lawfully.
Mr. CUTLER has been accused of penuriousness by those who are not well enough acquainted with him to understand his motives. He has doubtless given more to the poor in Waukesha, and done more real good financially for the village than any two men together. He gave the lots upon which many of the first churches were erected; two lots on which the old academy building was established; the lots on which the Court House is located; has made valuable donations to Carroll College, and only his most intimate friends have any idea as to how many poor men can testify to his generosity. To those who are honest and prompt, Mr. CUTLER is always ready to favor and help, but to those who deceive him, he is stern, though not unforgiving.
Mr. CUTLER has always been noted for his strong individuality and original character. He has an opinion of his own on all subjects; thinks for himself, and acts for himself. Visitors are always welcome at his residence, and to them he offers an old-time courteous hospitality, which is very charming. Nearly every pleasant day in the summer Mr. CUTLER may be seen showing strangers about his park, and talking to them about the old times in Waukesha. The Indians and their works are subjects upon which he delights to converse. There are three Indian mounds in the park, in which, Mr. CUTLER says, Old Chief Waukesha and his two squaws are buried. He has a large collection of curious rocks, and tells an interesting tale about each. His home is very handsomely furnished in an old-fashioned, comfortable, home-like sort of way that is very inviting. He is passionately fond of music, and has two very fine instruments - a piano and an organ - in his parlor. Strangers sometimes ask the old gentleman what he intends doing with his lovely home, and he usually replies, "Oh, I don't know whether I shall sell it, or get a nice young wife and stay here." During the winter just passed, Mr. CUTLER has been sick a great deal, but with the advent of bright, spring weather his strength seems to be coming back, and he promises to be about as well as ever, this summer. He comes of a long-lived family, and his habits in regard to eating, drinking and sleeping are correct, so there is no doubt he will live many years yet. We sincerely hope he may, for the old men and women, with their experiences and tales of long ago, are the vignettes.