Bio: Hilsteadt, Edward B. (1914)


Surnames: Hilsteadt, Yelmo, Hill, Yogland, Conlon, Green, Eads, Hall, Stultz

----Source: History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin (1914) pages 729-730

Edward B. Hilsteadt, electrician and stationary engineer of Eau Claire, is the son of Olaas and Gertrude (Yelmo) Hilsteadt, natives of Christiania and Bergen. Norway. They were married in the state of New York in the middle fifties and came to Wisconsin, locating in St. Croix county, and were numbered among the pioneers of that section. He followed milling and farming there until 1870, then moved with his family to Clay county, Minnesota, where he farmed until his death, January 7, 1873. During the last year of the civil war he enlisted for service in the Union army, but after reaching St. Louis the war was declared over and he returned home without seeing service. He was the father of five children, as follows: Betsey married James W. Hill; Edward B.; Caroline married Andrew Yogland; Christiana married Thomas Conlon, and Louis, deceased.

Edward B. Hilsteadt was born in St. Croix county, Wisconsin, October 8, 1863; he was reared in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Dakota, and attended the public schools; served four years' apprenticeship as machinist and mechanical engineer in Minneapolis, Minn., and has since followed that vocation in various shops of the country, and since 1909 has been electrician and engineer for the Eau Claire high school. Previous to this he spent three years in the employ of the McDonough Manufacturing Company and one year with the Northwestern Steel & Iron Company, and has been a resident of Eau Claire since 1904.

He married in 1889 Miss Nettie Green, daughter of Erastus and Antoinette (Eads) Green, of Minneapolis, and they had three children: Jennie; Clara married Rufus Hall; and Benjamin. His present wife, whom he married at Downsville, Dunn county. Wis., was Nellie Stultz, daughter of Jacob Stultz, and they have three children, viz: Elizabeth, Dorothy and Mary. Mr. Hilsteadt is a member of the Episcopal church, and fraternally is a member of Eau Claire Lodge, No. 112, A. F. & A. M., the Beavers and the Fraternal Reserves.



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