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George Witter of Marathon County

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From the Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin Counties, J.H. Beers & Co., 1895, Page 613

George W. WITTER, one of the most prosperous dairy farmers in Marathon county, owns a pleasantly located home in Maine township, two and one-half miles from Wausau. He was born in Madison county, New York, August 10, 1839, son of Josiah and Calista (LANGWORTHY) WITTER, natives of New York and of English extraction. Josiah Witter had a fmaily of nine children,seven of whom at this writing survive, as follows: Jeremiah, a resident of Grand Rapids, Wis.; Sarah, wife of D. R. COON, of Auburndale, Wood County, Wis.; Hattie, wife of J. E. INGRAHAM, of Grand Rapids, Wis.; Lucy M., wife of F. J. KNAPP, of Nortonville, Kansas; Adelaide S., wife of William BILLINS, of Boulder, Colorado; Gertrude, wife of Gilbert JOHNSON, of Nortonvile, Kansas; and George.

When a boy of eleven years, in 1850, George W. WITTER emigrated with his father's family from New York to Waushara county, Wisconsin, where he attended the public schools. He was a ready pupil, and received a fair education. His school days over, he followed the pursuits of farming and school teaching for several years. In August, 1862, at the age of twenty-three years, he enlisted in Company G, Thirtieth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, which was in active service. He was discharged from the Thirtieth, and in August, 1864, was commissioned in the Forty-third Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, serving to the close of the war, and was mustered out at Milwaukee July 9, 1865. Mr. WITTER returned to agricultural pursuits in Waushara county, where he remained until 1874. His popularity was amply attested by his election to many offices during that period. In 1874 he rmeoved to Marathon county, where he has since been a continuous resident.

Mr. WITTER was married at Grand Rapids, Wisconsin in 1868, to Miss Emma COON, daughter of Elijah and Prudence (BOWLER) COON, natives of Rhode Island and of English ancestry. They have one child, Harry E., born January 15, 1869. They have also an adopted daughter, Mary Virginia. Mr. WITTER and family are members of the Seventh Day Baptist church, and in his political views he is a Republican. In his agricultural pursuits Mr. WITTER is one of the progressive type of farmers, ever ready to test feasible improvements, and give his support and adherence to whichever proves the best. Agriculture, the first and most important of all industries, is thus raised to a scientific basis, and the men who are receptive to new ideas and methods become public benefactors.

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