Israel E Bucknam

Born: March 28, 1830

ISRAEL E. BUCKNAM, proprietor of the leading shoe store in Antigo, and one of the most highly respected citizens of Langlade county, is a native of Maine, born in Falmouth, Cumberland county, March 28, 1830, a son of Israel and Mary E. (Morse) Bucknam, of the same nativity. John Bucknam, father of Israel Bucknam, Sr., was also born in Maine, and was a farmer by occupation. Israel Bucknam, Sr., was a common laborer, and he and his wife, Mary Bucknam, both died in Maine, the parents of four children, namely: Israel E., William H., and Elizabeth E. and Mehitabel E. (both now deceased).

Israel E. Bucknam commenced as a section hand on a railroad in the East when but eighteen years old, followed railroading in all some thirty years, and rose to the position of roadmaster. He married Sarah J. Badger, who was born in Maine in February, 1830, and they had two children: Louis E., of whom special mention will presently be made, and Charles, who died at the age of two years; they have also an adopted daughter, Alice A., now the wife of Daniel Sweeny. The parents of Mrs. Israel E. Bucknam, Samuel W. and Mary Badger, the former of whom was a farmer, were both born in Maine, and had a family of twelve children. In the spring of 1855 Mr. Bucknam moved west, followed agricultural pursuits for a short time near Minneapolis, Minn., and in 1858 came to Wisconsin, settling at Watertown, where he engaged in railroad work. In August, 1864, he enlisted in Company L, First Wisconsin Artillery, served in the forts about Washington, and was discharged in 1865. On account of his health he was obliged to give up railroading in 1884, at which time he came to Antigo, where in June, 1885, he established his present business. In politics he is a Republican, and was a member of the city council one year; socially, he is affiliated with the K. of P. and I. O. O. F.

LOUIS E. BUCKNAM, cashier of the Bank of Antigo, Antigo, Langlade county, is a native of Wisconsin, born in Kenosha, October 19, 1869. He received a liberal education at Fort Howard High School, also at Green Bay Business College, where he graduated in 1885, in which year he came to Antigo, where for some twelve months he worked as a common laborer. In the spring of 1886 he entered the Langlade County Bank as bookkeeper, filling that incumbency until 1891, at which time the Bank of Antigo having been reorganized, he associated himself with that institution as a stockholder, and soon afterward was appointed cashier, his present position.

On March 6, 1889, Louis E. Bucknam was united in marriage at Antigo with Miss Marian McDonald, who was born near Prophetstown, Ill., daughter of Charles D. and Elsie (Briggs) McDonald, and a bright little daughter, Margaret, has come to cheer their home. Politically Mr. Bucknam is a Republican, and is chairman of the county committee, as well as its secretary. Socially, he is a member of the F. & A. M., and secretary of the Chapter; is also a member of the Antigo Fire Department. He is a representative, pushing young business man, self-made, and his present responsible position is evidence sufficient of what pluck, ambition and honest endeavor will accomplish.

Pg. 85 Upper Wisconsin Commemorative Biographical Record