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FREDERICK E. PORTER -
Among the representative citizens of Shawano county, none is
more worthy of mention than the gentleman whose name here appears, and
who holds a prominent place both in public and private life in the county,
and in the village of Birnamwood where he makes his home.
Mr. Porter was born March 9, 1854, in Stockway Hollow, Allegany
Co., N.Y., and is the son of William and Persis (Crittenden) Porter, natives
of New York and of Scotch descent. They were the parents of eight
children, namely: Pliny A., Elery E., William A., Milo M., Claria T., Henry
F., Charles A., and Frederick E. The family removed to Michigan in the
fall of 1854, and settled in Flowerfield township, St. Joseph county, where
the father carried on farming and lumbering. In the fall of 186l they came
to Wisconsin and located in Waushara county where the father died in 1862.
He was a man of excellent character, and was respected by all who knew
him. The mother married again and died in 1890. The daughter Claria
T. married Edward Benjamin, and resides in Waushara county.
The subject of this sketch secured his education in the public
schools, his opportunities being limited, as his father died when he was
eight years old, and when he was fourteen years of age his elder brother
left home, the care of his mother thereby devolving upon him. He remained
at home devoting himself to this work, which he did faithfully and well
until he reached the age of twenty-five. At this time he was married, September
26, 1878, to Miss Susan Fuller, who was born in Waushara county, Wis.,
in 1858, the daughter of Amos and Rachel (Barlow) Fuller, and one of a
family of eleven children. Her parents were natives of New York and came
to Wisconsin in an early day. Both are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Porter
have two children, Lenora and Emery E.
In the spring of 1881 Mr. Porter came to Birnamwood, which was
then the home of only four families. Here he homesteaded a piece of land
which he commenced clearing, while in the winter he carried on lumbering.
On this place he remained thirteen years, working his farm and lumbering
every winter except one. In the spring of 1894 he removed to the village
and bought his present property, where he operates a hotel and has a delightful
home. Mr. Porter is a Republican in politics, and has always been
a leader in his party. He is a popular man as may be seen by the positions
of trust he has held—such as chairman of the town board four years; treasurer
one year; assessor two years; while at present he is supervisor and marshal
of the village and deputy sheriff of the county. He is a member of the
order of Modern Woodmen. He is a man of intelligence, enterprise
and integrity, and is well-liked in his community as a genial whole-souled
citizen. His devotion to his mother was a beautiful trait in his character,
and she returned to his house in her old age, passing the last seven years
of her life with him.