Bio: Fuller, Harvey (1843 - 1940)

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----Source: Wisconsin Federal Census Records

1870 Federal Census Record, Brillion, Calumet County, Wisconsin

Harvey Fuller; white, single male; 26 yrs. (1843); birthplace: New York
Household Members
Levi Fuller M 46y New York
Louisa Fuller F 43y New York
Harvey Fuller M 26y New York
Elanore Fuller F 11y Wisconsin
Cora Fuller F 9y Wisconsin
Henry White M 69y Vermont

1880 Federal Census--Weston, Clark, WI

Harve Fuller @37, b. NY, Farmer, Parents b. NY

1930 Federal Census, Neillsville, Clark, Wisconsin

Harve Fuller; White widowed male; age: 80 (1843); birthplace: New York; father's birthplace: New York; mother's birthplace: New York

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Obit: Fuller, Harvey (1843 - 1940)

----Source: Clark County Press, February 1940


“Harv’s dead!”


That was the sympathetic comment which passed quickly through the city of Neillsville Thursday night.


It needed no further identification, for everybody knew Harvey Fuller.


With his old, green felt hat punched rakishly on the back of his head and a lock of gray hair hanging down over his forehead, for all the world like that of a kid. Harv was a familiar figure on the streets for many years.


His slow shuffling gait that of a man 96 summers gone by; was as much a part of the downtown as the buildings. As he shuffled slowly along in recent years, his gray chin whiskers generally moved as though he were muttering memories to himself.
Every morning, until he was taken ill four months ago, he made his rounds of the downtown. Frequently, he stopped people, likely as not strangers to him, to pass a remark in his low indistinct voice. Women viewed such meeting with alarm, for one never knew what Harv would say next. Of course, Harv didn’t much care.


Although his body kept pace with the passing years, Harv’s mind remained young and active. It was as recently as September 1938 that he took his first airplane ride in Charles Byse’s plane. Ernest H. Snyder was in the cockpit with him; but there was no need for the precaution. Harvey took to the air like a boy takes to ice cream. In fact, while high above the city he leaned over the side of the cockpit and took in the sights.


“There’s George Johnson,” he shouted above the roar of the motor.


Until a few years ago Harv had but one object in life. That was to outlive an old crony. A few years ago both were ill, Harv seriously so.


“I’m going to outlive him!” Harv told his friends. And it was his strong will that pulled him through. The crony died a few years later.


Besides being one of the well-known characters of Neillsville, Harv had the distinction of being the first person in Clark County to receive an old age pension. Three years ago when the first applications were considered, Harv’s was the first approved and after that his monthly check from the pension department was No. 1.

 

The Oatman Condensed Milk Company plant, established in 1916, located on the corner of Hewett and Eight Streets, bordered by O’Neill Creek on the north side. Oatman operated the plant until September 1919, when a subsidiary, Neillsville Condensed Milk Company deeded the property.


For slightly more than 32 years he worked and lived in Neillsville. He came here in 1907 from Brillion and for 18 years, up until four years ago, he was actively employed by the American Stores Dairy company and by their predecessors, the Oatman Condensery. He also had spent nearly 40 years in lumbering camps, also working for a number of years on rail-roads.

 


Harv was born August 14, 1843, in New York State. This date was arrived at through deduction made from his comment that he was “26 years old when the first census was taken.” The census referred to was taken in the spring of 1870.

 

 


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