BENJAMIN B. ANDREWS, one
of the firm of Van Doren & Andrews, prominent lumber merchants at Birnamwood,
Shawano Co., Wis., was born at Whitehall, Washington Co., N. Y., September
29, 1849. He is the son of Benjamin M. and Ann (Lyons) Andrews, the former
being born in Danbury, Conn., September 5, 1820, and the latter in Rutland,
Vt., March 16, 1825. They were married in New York about 1847 and had a
family of eight children, as follows: Benjamin Burton; Mary, who died when
an infant; Mary Ann, who died when nineteen years of age; Annetta, now
Mrs. R. Lyons, of Oshkosh; Adella; Leverett Brainard, who died when four
years old; Emma Amelia, and Merton; the latter is an Episcopal minister
and resides at Oshkosh.
Benjamin M. Andrews, father of our subject, came to Wisconsin,
in 1850, and settled on a farm in Juneau, Dodge county. He remained there
some twelve years, then went to Beaver Dam and later to Oshkosh, where
he still resides. He was a carpenter by trade, although he has followed
farming the greater part of his life. His wife, Ann (Lyons) is also
Benjamin B. Andrews, the subject of this sketch, obtained his
education in the public schools at Juneau, and remained at home until he
was seventeen years old, learning, in the meantime, to run a stationary
engine. At the age mentioned he went to Milwaukee, and was employed on
the Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad for some two years, after which he
returned to Oshkosh and worked in a mill, taking full charge of the same
until the spring of 1884. At that time he came to Birnamwood, and in company
with Mr. Van Doren began the manufacture of staves and headings; three
years later they built a sawmill, and in 1892 an extensive mill. They also
carry on a general store, and are large owners of real estate, and Mr.
Andrews, being a practical millman, looks after that branch of the business.
He is a wide-awake, enterprising man, and has been very successful in all
his undertakings. Mr. Andrews was married in 1865, his wife being Miss
Agnes Parris, who was born in Canada of Scotch descent, one of a family
of five children. Her father was a baker in Canada. By this marriage Mr.
Andrews became the father of four children: James, who died when a child;
William Henry, who also died when an infant; Mary who married H. G. Deyer,
an attorney, of Shawano, and Harry, who died in 1894 at the age of twenty-one
years. The mother passed away December 14, 1874. The second marriage of
Mr. Andrews took place March 16, 1876, Miss Martha 0. Thorn becoming his
wife. She is a daughter of John and Sarah Thorn, natives of New York who
came to Wisconsin in 1854. Her birth took place in Jefferson county. N.
Y., March 6, 1852 and she was one of a family of ten children. Mr.
and Mrs. Andrews have four children: John Burton, Benjamin Burton, Bessie
and Helen Dare.
In politics Mr. Andrews is a Republican but has never been an
office seeker. He is a trustee of the village, a member of the Congregational
Church, and has been affiliated with the United Workmen for the past fifteen
years. He is a self-made man, one who has attained to his present standing
by industry, perseverance and straightforward methods of business, and
is respected as a worthy citizen, and one ready to assist in all matters
pertaining to the welfare of the community.