Samuel Stuart Vaughn

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. pp. 73-74

SAMUEL STUART VAUGHN, merchant, Ashland, was born in Bereir, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, Sept. 2, 1830. He went to Eagle River, Mich., in 1849, and worked in the mining district. Leaving there with his brother they went to La Pointe, Aug. 4, 1852, where he engaged in fishing and fur trading with the Indians till 1855, when he went to Cleveland, Ohio, and attended commercial college. He returned to La Pointe and resumed his trading, which he carried on till 1856, when, in the Fall, he came to Ashland and took a claim, or pre-empted 160 acres, and then opened a store in Bayfield, one of the first there, which he carried on till 1872. In 1869 and 1870 he was elected and served in the Assembly, representing Burnett, Polk, Barron, Douglas, Ashland and Bayfield; was Postmaster at Bayfield eight years; Chairman County Board Ashland and Bayfield counties several terms. In 1870 he was appointed director of the Central Railroad, but when the company re-organized he retired. On coming to Ashland he built docks, warehouses and a store. In 1872 laid out Vaughn's division of Ashland, and at present is somewhat interested in lumber, putting in 10,000,000 of logs in the Winter, 1880-82. In 1864, he married Miss E. Patrick, of Ohio. William S. is the only son.



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