Bio: Watson, Alexander R. (1881)

Surnames: Watson, Buffington, Buskirk

----Source: History of Northern Wisconsin (Eau Claire County, Wis.) 1881, page 336

ALEXANDER R. WATSON, Eau Claire, was born in Brownsville, Fayette Co., Pa., Sept. 29, 1840, and came west in 1857. He was cabin boy and cook on a steamer on the Mississippi for two seasons, and in 1858, came to Eau Claire; was cook in the woods the following Winter, and cook on a steamboat in the Summer of '59. He attended the seminary at Eau Claire during the Winter of 1860, and in 1861 worked Smith & Buffington's mill. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Co. I. 30th Wis. V. I., serving three years, and was discharged Sept. 25, 1865, and returned to Eau Claire, and has since been associated with Mr. Buffington and the Valley Lumber Co., in the woods Winters, and on the river selling lumber, until 1874, when he entered the office, where he has since continued. Mr. Watson was married in Eau Claire, Aug. 18, 1867, to Saluda Van Buskirk, who was born near Watertown, and died in Eau Claire, May 5, 1874. They had two children, George R. and Edith Saluda.



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