R. E. WEDGWOOD is one of
the leading farmers of Waukechon township, Shawano county. He was
born in Canada, March 20, 1855, and is a son of David and Henrietta
(Weir) Wedgwood, who were from the State of Maine, and from Haldimanp county,
Ontario, Canada, respectively.
David Wedgwood was a blacksmith by trade, and a successful man.
He lived single until about fifty years of age, when he married and had
a family of five children, as follows: David, now a farmer at Little Suamico,
Oconto Co., Wis., who has a wife and six children; William, a farmer in
Waukechon township; R. E., the subject of this sketch; and two that died
in infancy. David Wedgwood, Sr., came to Wisconsin in 1860, and his death
occurred at Little Suamico in 1867. His widow died here in Waukechon township,
March 17, 1892, at the age of sixty-eight years.
R. E. Wedgwood was reared a farmer boy, and had somewhat limited
opportunities for an education. His father died when he was only twelve
years of age, after which he cared for his widowed mother, and they lived
together for the remainder of her life. As soon as he was old enough he
shouldered his axe and started out. In 1873 he came with his mother to
Waukechon township, and here bought 211 acres of land in Section I, fifty
acres of which were already cleared, and there were buildings on the place.
For some years he had kept a hotel at Little Suamico, but since that time
he has been engaged in general farming, and he now has 120 acres of cleared
land. Mr. Wedgwood is a lifelong Republican in politics, and he has served
as town clerk and treasurer for five years in succession. He is a third-degree
Mason, a Master Mason, and was a member of the I.O.O.F.