"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Bennett, Ellis George a well known representative of the agricultural interest of Lincoln County, who is operating and developing a good farm in Sections 25 and 36, town of Bradley, was born on a farm near Mayville, Dodge County, Wis., April 3, 1861, son of George and Sarah (MARTIN) BENNETT. The father was a native of England who came to the United States in 1842, locating in Ohio. Thence in 1846 he came to Wisconsin and settled on a farm near Mayville, which he cultivated besides following the trade of a millwright. His wife Sarah was born in the state of New York and came to Wisconsin with a family by the name of MAY, after whom the town of Mayville was named. It was there they were married and spent the remainder of their lives, which were prolonged to old age, Mr. BENNETT passing away at the age of 88 years and Mrs. BENNETT at that of 80. They had six children, four of whom are living, namely: Charles, Clarence, Ida and Ellis G. Ida married Howard BLANCHARD and lives at Ladysmith, Wis. The two who died were Frank and Marie. Ellis George BENNETT was reared on his parents' farm near Mayville, where he attended school. He worked on the farm until 18 years old and then with an enterprise beyond his years went to Nebraska, where he bought 160 acres of railroad land, costing $3.00 an acre, a bonus of $40 being allowed if 20 acres were broken the first year. After remaining on that place from 1879 to 1882, young Bennett went to Dakota and took a claim in Clark County, which he proved up, breaking 20 acres. He then sold it and returned to Nebraska, sold his land there, and came back to Mayville, Wis., where he farmed until 1917. In that year he came to Lincoln County, making Tomahawk his objective point, and here bought 520 acres of land in Sections 35 and 36, town of Bradley, 80 acres of it being within the limits of the city of Tomahawk. The place had been improved to some extent, but Mr. BENNETT has cleared more land and now as 150 acres under cultivation. He also has 60 acres of virgin pine timber. His buildings include a good modern barn of 36 by 100 feet with two silos; one frame house of two stories and basement, 34 x 38 feet, and a frame tenement house of six rooms. Both houses are supplied with running water and furnace heat and are electrically lighted from Mr. BENNETT'S own Delco light plant, as his other farm buildings are also. He does general farming and dairying, keeps a herd of 43 pure bred Holstein cattle and operates a milk route in Tomahawk. His industry and business sagacity have placed him high in the rank of Lincoln County farmers, and his farm is one of the largest in the county, with good prospects for future development. Mr. BENNETT was married at Mayville, Wis., in 1885, to Hattie HANSON, daughter of David and Emily HANSON, the parents being natives of New York State and early settlers of Mayville; both are now deceased Mr. and Mrs. BENNETT have had seven children, namely, Olive, Ervin, Morton, Wesley, Elton, Emily and Merrill. Olive married Lester PETTERSON of Sheldon, Wis. Emily married, Reinhold THIESON of Juneau. Merrill is deceased. Wesley was inducted in the United States' service in 1917 and served in an infantry division in France, having the rank of sergeant in his regiment. He was in the Argonne and at Chateau Thierry, and returned to the United States and was discharged in 1919.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 598; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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