"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.


Ostrander, Clayton now living retired in Tomahawk after a long career in the building trade and other mechanical employments, was born at Mayfield, Fulton County, N. Y., Sept 26, 1854, son of Alva and Phoebe Ann (TURNER) OSTRANDER. The parents were natives of New York State, where they lived for many years both before and after their marriage. Later they moved to Michigan, where Alva OSTRANDER died in 1857. After that event Clayton went to live with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel R. TURNER and his mother taught school. The grandparents came to Wisconsin soon after-in the same year in fact-settling first at Blue Mounds, Dane County, and later in Vienna Center in the same county, where they homesteaded land. After residing with them until 12 years old Clayton began to contribute to his own support, working on farms in summer and doing chores in winter for his board and the opportunity to attend school, which he did until he was 20 years old. In 1867 he attended the Poynette High School and at the same time began to learn the carpenter's trade, which he later followed there, also working in the lumber yard of Jamison Bros., and subsequently he managed a farm of 400 acres owned by Scott & Wilson. In 1890 he came to Tomahawk, which place had been started three or four years previously and was being rapidly built up. Here he helped to build the Mitchell Hotel, after which he returned to Columbia County and for two years was a resident of Lodi. In 1892 he moved his family to Tomahawk where he helped to build the Tomahawk Bank and many residences and store buildings, besides a number of rural schoolhouses. He also operated a wood-working shop for making extra-sized doors, screen frames, etc. In 1920 he sold his business to his son Ervine and has since lived retired. His mother, after the death of her first husband, Alva OSTRANDER, married W. S. KNAPPEN, by whom she had one son. She was later married to a third husband, Asa CLOSE, but is now deceased. Clayton OSTRANDER was married at Poynette, Columbia County, Wis., July 3, 1878, to Martha KERSHAW, daughter of Isaac and Mary KERSHAW, her parents being farmers of English descent, who were early settlers of Poynette. Both are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. OSTRANDER have five children living: Ervine C., William W., May Belle, Jennie and Martha. May Belle married A. C. ANDERSON of Tomahawk; Jennie is the wife of John BOGIE of Medford, Wis., and Martha is the wife of Ward FULCHER, a paper maker with the Pride Paper Co. Mr. OSTRANDER has a good public record, having several times served as alderman from the First Ward, as county supervisor and as assessor for the city of Tomahawk. He is a man of many friends and his wife and children are equally esteemed.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 675; 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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