Joseph Jule Duquette

Born: July 13, 1874

JOSEPH JULE DUQUETTE. The story of the pioneer would be incomplete if the hardships and trials of those first settlers were not set down. The Duquette family was one of the first of the settlers in Antigo. Joseph Jule Duquette, a prominent Antigo merchant of this day, was born on July 13, 1874, at Norton Mills, Vermont, the son of Joseph Jule and Melvina Duquette. When five years old he moved with his parents to Freemont, Wisconsin. He attended school at Freemont, leaving that place with his parents for Menasha when still a boy. A year later, in 1882, the family moved to Antigo, then a little village with but few settlers. The father secured employment at the J. H. Weed mill, which had just began operations and young Joseph Jr., the subject of this sketch, attended the Gowan school (named after Charles Gowan). Three years later the family moved to Rolling township where they settled on a farm. The Duquette family then moved to Ramsay, Michigan, from where two years later they went to Rhode Island and after six months residence there they moved to the native home, Norton Mills, Vermont. They returned to the middle west, again locating at Ramsay, Michigan, from where they moved back to Antigo, and have since resided here.

Mr. Duquette was united in marriage on June 5, 1900, to Miss Carrie Anderson, to which union six children were born, five of whom are living. Those living are Aloysius, Gladys, Everen, Gean, and Robert.

Joseph Jule Duquette was for eighteen years in the retail liquor business in Antigo, sixteen years an associate of Charles Tuma and two years alone in the soft drink business, which he sold in 1921. He purchased the N. D. Neilson grocery on March 26, 1921, at 100 Superior street, took possession on April 2, 1921, and has since been successfully conducting that business. He has made extensive improvements in his business, which has resulted in an increase in his patronage.

Mr.Duquette is a member of the Eagles and the Catholic Order of Foresters of Antigo.

p.275. History of Langlade County Wisconsin Dessureau. Berner Bros. Publishing Co. 1922.