Nathaniel R Babcock

Born: January 20, 1868

NATHANIEL R. BABCOCK, Real Estate Dealer, was born in the town of Clayton, Winnebago County, January 20, 1868, the son of Malinda and Marvin Babcock. He received a common school education after which he attended the Marshfield High School. His school days ended, young Babcock began to meet the vicissitudes of life. He engaged in employment with a stave factory for two years at Marshfield, following which he was employed by the Vollmar & Krause general store. At this time, June 27, 1887, Marshfield was destroyed by fire. Mr. Babcock then went to Warren, Minnesota, where he farmed for one year, 1888. He returned to Marshfield, working a year in a hotel. Thirty-three years ago, 1889, he drove a number of horses up to Langlade for Charles Larzelere and Charles McFarland. John Gibson was then mail carrier on the Military Road. He came to Antigo from Langlade when much of the intervening country was a vast wilderness. Returning to Marshfield Mr. Babcock advised John Holley, G. H. Maxwell and others interested, to locate the stave mill (of the Antigo Manufacturing Co.) they contemplated, at Antigo, which they did in 1892. He was in their employ until 1896-he assisted in clearing the land for the mill site-then associated with Jos. Duchac and Webster, of Chicago, Ill., in real estate business.

Many settlers have been located in the country through his activities.

He was married to Miss Ellethra Beattie, Clayton township, Winnebago County, September 6, 1893. One child, Orpha, was born to this union. Miss Babcock is a graduate of the Antigo High School, 1918, Whitewater Normal, 1920, and is now a teacher in the Appleton High School commercial department. The Babcock home is at 232 Field street. Mr. Babcock has served as Alderman, five years on the Board of Education, as Chairman of the Building Committee of the present High School, and is now a member of the Park and Cemetery Board of the City of Antigo.

P.330 History of Langlade County Wisconsin Dessureau. Berner Bros. Publishing CO. 1922.