Bio: Paddock, M. E. (1914)


Surnames: Paccock, Warner, Opheim, Curran, Schroeder, Horrell, Thompson


----Source: History of Eau Claire County, Wisconsin (1914) pages 811-812


M. E. Paddock is a native son of Wisconsin, was born in Eau Claire county, April 18, 1880, and is one of a family of six children, born to Edgar Alfonso and Adelia (Travis) Paddock, and grandson of Anson Paddock, the pioneer of the Paddock family in this country. The others are E. B., who is on the home farm; Clara, wife of C. W. Warner, of Augusta; Earl, who resides in Elkhorn, this state; Bessie, wife of Harvey Horrell and Jessie, wife of Alfred Thompson. Anson Paddock, a native of Messina, St. Lawrence county, New York, came west to Wisconsin, first settling on Beef River in 1856, and thence in 1861 moved to Eau Claire county and settled on a farm in Bridge Creek township near the present homestead of the Paddock family. He had four children: Bradford, deceased; Lucinda, who became the wife of Henry Curran; Edgar Alfonso, father of our subject, who died in 1890, at the age of 42, and Myron was accidentally burned to death in infancy. Anson Paddock, as well as his son, Edgar Alfonso, were men of thrift and progress, and did their full share in helping to transform Eau Claire county from its wild state to one of productive farms and pretty homes. They took a prominent part in the affairs of the county, were enterprising and industrious, and at their death, left the most valuable of all inheritances, that of an honored name.


M. E. Paddock was raised on the homestead farm, obtained his education in the public schools and helped in the farm work. He married in 1903 Miss Minnie Schroeder, and by her has three children: Marjorie, Marion and Edgar. Mr. Paddock, associated with his brother, E. B., under the name of Paddock Brothers, are operating the home farm of 320 acres of choice land which is in a good state of cultivation and improved with a modern residence, barns and other outbuildings. They carry on general farming, stockraising and dairying, using in their operations the most up-to-date methods. They have a fine herd of 56 full blooded Holstein cattle, 20 head of which are milch cows. They make a specialty of breeding and raising Percheron horses, and have in their stud some fine imported specimens. Their hogs, of which they raise large numbers, are of the Poland-China breed, while their sheep are of the Cotwell variety. While Mr. Paddock is among the younger class of farmers, he is considered good authority on many branches of farming industry, and occupies a place of prominence in the community where he resides. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, while in politics he is a Republican.





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