Source: History of Northern Wisconsin: Containing an Account of Its Settlement, Growth, Development, and Resources, an Extensive Sketch of Its Counties, Cities, Towns and Villages, Their Improvements, Industries, Manufactories, Biographical Sketches, Portraits of Prominent Men and Early Settlers, Views of County Seats, Etc. Chicago: Western Historical Co., 1881. p. 70
THOMAS BARDEN, real estate, Ashland was born in Maysville, Mason Co., Ky., Oct. 22, 1848, and came to Superior City in 1857, with his parents, who live there now. In 1872 he was engaged in one of the engineer corps on the survey of the North Pacific Railroad from Lake Superior to Red River, under Gen. Spaulding. At about the same time he became interested in the local department of the Superior Times. In 1872 he moved to Ashland, and opened a real estate office; also taught school, the firt in what is called new Ashland. He bought the Superior Times in 1876, and is now its proprietor. He is also interested in lumbering. He has been on the Democratic Central Committee, and held the position of Deputy United States Marshal.
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