Bio: Hubbard, Eldred (1914)


Surnames: Hubbard, Dighton, Pride, Tifft, Edington, Barka

----Source: History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin (1914) pages 739-740

Eldred Hubbard, one of the public spirited and representative farmers of Otter Creek township, Eau Claire county, is the son of Alfred and Mary A. (Dighton) Hubbard. He was born in the town of Elgin, Ontario, Canada, July 16, 1854, and is descended from English ancestry. His remote ancestors having emigrated from England to the United States and settled in an early day in Connecticut. Martin Hubbard, grandfather of Eldred, settled in Jefferson county. New York, and there his father was born. Grandfather Hubbard emigrated with his family to Canada, where he became a successful lumberman and manufacturer. He died in 1855 at the age of fifty-five years, when Eldred was eight years of age. The latter came to Wisconsin with his parents from Canada, who located on a farm in Bridge Creek township, Eau Claire county, in 1865. In later years his parents moved to the city of Eau Claire where the father died, May 6, 1908, at the ripe age of 82. The mother of Mr. Hubbard passed away March 31, 1910, at the age of 84. They were the parents of four children, as follows: Martin B., (whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume); Amanda, who married M. V. Pride; Eldred, our subject, and Elva, now Mrs. J. H. Tifft.

Eldred Hubbard was reared on the farm and his boyhood was spent in much the same manner as most farmers' boys, attending the district school and assisting in the farm work. He has followed farming during his whole life, and by hard work, thrift and economy, has succeeded in accumulating a substantial fortune. His farm, which is known as "The Fair Oaks Farm," contains 400 acres of well improved land. His modern and up--to-date residence, which is so beautifully located, affords a commanding view of the surrounding country. His barns and outbuildings are commodious and substantial, and his place is equipped with many of the latest labor-saving devices. He carries on general farming, stock-raising and dairying, and has a fine herd of blooded Holstein cattle. A few years ago Mr. Hubbard met with an accident which incapacitated him from manual labor and he practically lives retired on the farm, the management of which has fallen to his son, Alfred.

In 1879 Mr. Hubbard married Eliza Edington, and they have two sons, Earl, who married Emma Barka, and Alfred, who lives at home, assisting in the operation of the farm. Mr. Hubbard is of pleasing personality, which has made him many friends in his community. Affiliated with the Republican party, of whose principles he is a staunch advocate, he thoroughly believes in discharging his duties as a private citizen in all matters of political importance, but has had no desire for public office. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen and one of the leading men of his town.



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