Edward Daskam

Born: March 14, 1843

EDWARD DASKAM. Man has been endowed with reason, will and physical power, and it is by patient industry only that he can open up a pathway to the enduring prosperity of a community. The fittest survive, and, in writing biographies of individuals like our subject, it is a pleasure to meet with such striking examples of industry and integrity.

Mr. Daskam is a native of New York State, born March 14, 1843, in Caton, Steuben county, a grandson of Nathan Daskam, Jr., who was of Connecticut birth and a soldier in the Revolutionary war, in which struggle he had a brother among the slain. Nathan Daskam, Sr., great grandfather of Edward Daskam, was one of the associates of the Old Hartford Bank, known as the "Daskam and Barsley Bank," and the Daskams furnished "sinews of war" to the war of 1812. The grandparents of our subject were of Welch and English descent, their ancestors having many years ago settled in Connecticut where Nathan, Jr., and his wife, as well as his parents, all pass their entire lives. Nathan Daskam, Jr., and his wife had one daughter, Ann, now Mrs. Sydam (whose son, Hiram Sydam, is a prominent business man of Geneva, N. Y.) and three sons, John (a farmer), Nathan and Robert, the latter of whom was born at Hartford, Conn., in 1801, and became a mechanic. He (Robert) married Miss Maria A. Wheeler, who was born in Connecticut, in 1807, of German and Irish ancestry, her father being of Mohawk-Dutch lineage (his parents were among the early settlers of the Mohawk Valley), her mother of Irish. They were farmers, and died in Ontario county, N. Y., each at the age of about ninety years, the parents of four children: William H., Jerry, Jane and Maria A. To Robert Daskam and his wife were born ten children, a brief sketch of whom is as follows: William H., the eldest, enlisted in the Fourth Wis. V. I., and died in August, 1862, of wounds received, leaving a widow but no children (he was also a soldier in the Mexican war, having enlisted in Chicago); Lucinda married Richard Ardell, a shoemaker, and resides in Waupaca county, Caroline is now the wife of William Sidney, a farmer of New York State; John W. is a farmer in Langlade county, (he was a soldier in the First Wis. V. C., and served one year); Elizabeth A. is now the wife of George Gelder, a farmer in Michigan, near Kalamazoo; Mathilda is the deceased wife of Stephen Hibbard; Edward is the subject of this sketch; Louisa is now Mrs. Hudson Gelder, and resides in New York State; Robert L. (1) died when seven years old; Robert L. (2) is a farmer of Calumet county, WI., Charles W. is a resident of Ashland, Wis. In 11857 the family came to Wisconsin settling on a farm in Callumet County, where the father died November 25, 1882. He was self-made, self-educated, a great reader, and well posted in the affairs of his time; public-spirited and liberal-minded, he was a man of broad ideas, and highly respected by all who knew him.

Edward Daskam, whose name introduces this sketch, was reared on a farm, and enjoyed the advantages of a common-school training. At the age of seventeen, on September 15, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, Fourteenth, WI. V. I. re-enlisting December 11, 1863, as a veteran, at Vicksburg, Miss., and was discharged at Mobile, Ala., October 9, 1865, as first sergeant. His war record is an enviable one, and the same courage displayed in the field of battle has since characterized his walks in civil and political life. He participated in the battle of Pittsburg Landing, was at the sieges of both Corinth and Vicksburg, was with Sherman at Atlanta, present at the affair at Nashville, and took part in the siege of Spanish Fort which lasted fourteen days. With the exception of a short time he was in the hospital sick with the measles he was always with his regiment, never missing and engagement. On his return from the army in October, 1865, he engaged in farming a couple of years, during which time he took up the real-estate business to which he then turned his attention exclusively, at first dealing in farm land, later handling city and village property. In March, 1882, he came to Antigo, Langlade county, which was then a collection of shanties, at once invested in vacant lots, and has since been actively engaged here in the real-estate business, which he does not confine to city and town property in the county and state, for he has extended his interests in that line into the Dakotas, Montana, Michigan and other states. He also carries on a general brokerage business, and upon the reorganization of the Bank of Antigo, he was appointed vice-president. In the building up of Antigo he has been a prominent factor, has platted three additions known as the "Daskam Additions," and further interested himself in the erection of several brick blocks, a foundry and machine shop, besides other manufacturing plants; as soon, however, as he saw each of these industries on its feet, he would sell out , preferring to confine himself to the open precincts of real-estate dealing, of which by his natural acumen, shrewdness and sagacity he has made a pronounced success.

On January 2, 1871, Mr. Daskam was married to Miss Henrietta J. McMullen, by whom he had children, as follows: Thomas E., assistant cashier of the Bank of Antigo; Mary L., living at home, and two that died in infancy. The mother of these passed away to the "better land" in 1883, and September 7, 1885, Mr. Daskam wedded Miss Osca Bemis, daughter of George W. Bemis, register of deeds, Antigo, and by this union there are three children: Edith, Edward, and Bemis. Socially our subject is prominent in Masonic circles, having attained the thirty-second degree; he is a member of Antigo Lodge F. & A. M. No. 231, of Wausau Commandery No. 19, of Milwaukee Consistory, and of the Mystic Shrine, Milwaukee; he is also a member of the G. A. R., taking a lively interest in the affairs of each fraternity. Politically he is a Republican, and has served as assessor and on the county board. In his religious views he is liberal, giving freely of his means to all denominations, and takes a deep interest in the public schools, in fact in all educational projects. As a business man he has been exceptionally successful, and certainly seems worthy of being placed on the list of the wealthiest men of Antigo, his career being proverbial for honest, straightforward, fair-and-square dealings with all with whom he has had business transactions of any kind. He is a man, take his for all in all, of whom everybody always speaks well, and who has not, and does not deserve to have a single personal enemy.

Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin, J. H. Beers & Co. 1895. pp. 14, 15, 16.