Bio: Redmond, John (b. 1867)

Contact: Janet Schwarze


----Source: 1918 History of Clark Co., Wisconsin




John Redmond, 1867

JOHN REDMOND, the pioneer, and his wife, Livonnia (Boynton) Redmond, came to Clark County from Maine, in 1867, accompanied by eight children: Mary, Mareellus C., Greenleaf, Charles, Ellen, Elmer, Emma and Anna. There were two other children not of the party: George K., who was married and lived in Hudson, Wis., and Celestia, who had married in Maine, in which state she always resided. Ellen died in 1869, on the farm. Striking the Mississippi River at La Crosse, they took a boat from that place to Hudson, Wis., remaining there one year, then returning by boat to La Crosse, taking the train there to Sparta, thence, coming overland from Sparta to Clark County. For two years they resided at Weston Rapids and then, in April, 1869, came to York Township, where Mareellus secured forty acres of land on which the family made their home. Two years later he got forty acres more in section 32. All of it was wild land, there being not a tree cut. Neither were there any roads when they came, and they had to cut their way in. For their first residence they built a shanty of three rooms, that they covered with scoops. The second year they got a cow and a yoke of oxen, but their supplies had to be carried from Neillsville, the trip both ways being made on foot. Deer were plentiful, however, and furnished them with venison. Gradually the land was developed, new buildings were erected and the family became favorably known throughout the community. John Redmond died in February, 1902, at the age of 80 years, and his wife in 1904, at the age of 78. They were worthy people, who had performed a useful part in life, and gained the esteem of all who knew them.



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