Bio: Stocking, H. M. (1881)


Surnames: Stocking, Brown

----Source: History of Northern Wisconsin (Eau Claire County, Wis.) 1881, page 333

H. M. STOCKING, lumber and real estate business, Eau Claire. Born at Canton, St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., in 1845. His father removed to Grand Rapids. Mich., in 1848. Served several terms as Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff of Kent Co., and was one of the leading men of the city. In 1858, he came to Galesville, Wis. Here the subject of our sketch attended the college for a time; was apprenticed as printer in the Transcript office for two years; came to Eau Claire in 1863, and with a brother, purchased the Eau Claire Free Press; they published it till 1870; sold out, and in 1874, bought an interest again in its stock. Entered the U. S. service as captain of Co. I, 48th Wis. V.; was mustered out with the regiment in 1865. In 1869, was appointed Receiver of the U. S. Land Office of this district, holding till 1873. In 1876, he represented Eau Claire County in the Assembly. Was champion of the famous Delles Bill, which for several years played a prominent part in the history of the Legislature. The bill passed by a vote of 77 to 15. The passage of this bill is said to be one of the greatest victories ever obtained in the Wisconsin Legislature, when it is considered that the opposition contested every inch of ground, from first to last. In 1868, Mr. S. married Gussie Brown, of Minneapolis, Minn., who was born in 1847, in Baldwin, Me. Their children are three Edith, Edgar and Frank. Mr. Brown went to St. Anthony's Falls, Minn., in 1853. He was one of the prominent pioneers of Minneapolis, Mr. S. is now engaged in lumbering, farming and dealing in real estate.



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