"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.


Plugh, Byron T. a respected citizen of Rhinelander, and a Civil War veteran, was born in Tioga County, New York, June 16, 1843, son of John and Diana (HYLARD) PLUGH. The parents came west in 1855, settling first near Westfield, in Marquette County, Wis., where they engaged in farming. Later they removed to Adams County, where the father, John PLUGH, who was born Jan. 6, 1807, died Nov. 24, 1894. The mother, born Nov. 21, 1804, died April 6, 1895. Byron T. PLUGH acquired his education in Springfield, Marquette County, Wis. On Aug. 15, 1862, being then a little over 19 years old, he enlisted for military service from Westfield, that county, in an independent company of heavy artillery that afterwwards became Company A fo the First Wisconsin Regiment of Heavy Artillery. He saw active service in only one battle, assisting to repulse General EARLY'S attach on Washington. Mr. PLUGH was a member of the regimental band, and still has the born which he played during war days-a most interesting souvenir worthy to be preserved. He received an honorable discharge at Alexandria, June 27, 1865. On his return home he entered college at Milwaukee, and was a student for two years until his eyes failed, when he took up farm work in Marquette and Adams counties, Wisconsin. In the spring of 1887 he sold his farm and came to Rhinelander, entering the employ of the Brown Bros.' Lumber Company, and for several years working both in their yards and in the woods. Later he worked 16 years for Wixson & Bronson as night watchman and engineer, and after that was with the Frank Robbins Lumber Co. until he retired from active work in 1912. While living in Adams County he took some part in public affiars, holding county office. Mr. PLUGH was married Jan. 24, 1881, at New Chester, Adams County, Wis., to Ella J. BRIGHAM, who was born Jan. 24, 1859, daughter of Hiram N. and Amanda (HORN) BRIGHAM. Her parents were natives of New York State who came to Wisconsin in 1870, settling in Adams County, where they farmed for awhile. Later they moved to Marathon County, locating near Mosinee, where they spent the remainder of their lives, the father dying June 22, 1912, at the age of 83, and the mother Aug. 19, 1900, at the age of 76 years. To Mr. and Mrs. Byron T. PLUGH two children were born: Nellie D., March 6, 1882, who is now Mrs. L. Roy GAGE of Lincoln, Neb.; and Mildred A., born Sept. 24, 1896, who is the wife of Alvin WILLIS of Beach, N. D. Mr. PLUGH'S fraternal affiliations are with the G. A. R. Post; also with Rhinelander Lodge No. 242, F. & A. M., and Oneida Lodge No. 48, I. O. O. F. Though now in the evening of life, he has lived during an interesting period of the world's history, abundantly tinged with romance, and has taken part in some stirring events, and through all he has maintained an honorable character and earned the respect of his fellow men.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 324-325, 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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