H. D. Weed
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. 74
H. D. WEED, druggist, Ashland, was born in Oswego Co., N.Y., Sept. 9, 1829. At four years of age he was taken to Pontiac, Livingston Co., Ill., where his father took a claim. In 1840 his father took some heavy contracts on the old Illinois Central Railroad and was ruined; he died in 1842. H. D. Weed attended school in Pontiac, and in 1839, went to Binghampton, N.Y., attending school there and at the Ithaca Academy. In 1844 he entered his uncle's drug store in Utica, N.Y. In 1850 he went to California, via Isthmus of Panama. On arriving he engaged in mining and came back in 1851 with $5,000. He engaged in the drug business in Milwaukee and moved from there to Chicago, where he remained three years. He then went to Rock Island, and from there to Minneapolis, where he opened a grocery. In 1859 he started for Pike's Peak, going on to California, where he stayed till 1863, when he returned to Minnesota. He then went to Montana, and while there was elected in 1865, to the Territorial Legislature. In 1866 returned home on a flat boat, down the Yellow Stone and Missouri rivers. He opened a drug store in Rushford, Minn., and moved to Winona in 1870, and thence to Ashland in the Spring of 1872, and opened a drug store. In 1854 he married Miss Cole, of Waukegan, Ill.; lost wife and child in 1856. He married Miss Benjamin in 1868, of Prophetstown, Ill. They have a daughter, Fannie H. Mr. Weed was elected Town Treasurer for Ashland in 1876, and was United States Enumerator in 1880.
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