George H. (1888)
Contact: Glen Salter
Surnames: SALTER ENGELHARD ENGELHARDT KING KAISER
----Sources: History of Wood County - 1923
George Harold Salter, a prominent business man of Pittsville, well known throughout Wood County through his record of business activities and public service, was born in Colby, Clark Co., Wis., March 17, 1888. The parents, Richard B. and Sarah E. (Engelhardt) Salter, were natives of Washington County, this state, and were married at West Bend, that county, soon after which they moved to Colby. There Richard B. Salter became a prominent lawyer and judge, serving as county judge from 1890 to 1898, and as district attorney from 1905 to 1907. He was also engaed in the lumber business there. Though he resided in Clark County until his death on May 28, 1914, on two occasions he became an active factor in the business development of Pittsville; first in 1904, when he was one of the organizers of the Pittsville State Bank, and secondly in 1908, when he established the R.B. Salter & Sons general store. His wife is still residing in Colby, Wis. They have five children: Hortense, now Mrs. Charles Freeman, Jr., of Menomonie, Wis.; Richard G., who is cashier of the Colby State Bank; Jessie, Deceased; George Harold of Pittsville, and John F., also of this city. George H. Salter acquired his literary education in Colby, being graduated from the high school there in 1905, after which he took a commercial course in Wisconsin University. In 1908 he came to Pittsville to become manager of the R.B. Salter & Sons general store, which was first located in the Dixon block. This enterprise proved successful and in 1913 the proprietors erected their present store building, a one story brick structure, 40 by 80 feet in dimensions, with full basement, it being the finest store building in the city. All kinds of general merchandise are handled except hardware. Besides attending to his duties as manager of this store, Mr. Salter is secretary and treasurer of the Wood County Grocery at Wis. Rapids. He is also vice president of the Pittsville state bank and a member of the Brown Bros. Construction Co. of Pittsville. At times he has taken a useful part in local government, having formerly served two terms as alderman and being now a member of the Wood County Common School Committee. He is fraternally affiliated with the Lodge of Elks in Wis. Rapids and with the Odd Fellows Lodge in Pittsville. At Hillsboro, Wis., on Sept, 18, 1917, Mr. Salter was united in marriage to Bernice King, daughter of Fred C. and Anna (Kaiser) King. Her father is now deceased and the mother is a resident of Marshall, Wis. To Mr. and Mrs. Salter two children have been born: Marjorie, July 26, 1918, and Richard B., March 19, 1921.
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