Oscar Northrup

Transcribed by Janet

Source: 1918 History of Clark Co., WI, by Franklyn, Curtiss-Wedge, pg. 380.

Oscar Northup, supervisor of York Township, where he is successfully engaged in general farming, was born in the log cabin of his parents in section 31, Aug. 31, 1871. The parents were Thomas and Esther (Gribben) Northup, the father being a native of Juneau, Dodge County, Wis., where he grew to manhood and was married. After their marriage they came to Clark County, journeying by stage to Sparta, and thence to Neillsville, and finally settling in section 31, York Township. Their place, which was covered with timber, was reached by a tract through the woods, but on it stood an old barn and house, and they took up their abode in the latter. Thomas was more fortunate than some of the pioneer settlers, as he had a team of horses, and with them he began the task of clearing his 40 acres of land. This task was never completed by him, however, as he died about 1883, at the age of 46 years. His wife survived him thirty-three years, dying in 1916, at the age of 68. Their children, all of whom were born on this farm, were: Charles, Mary, Oscar, Thomas and Martin, of whom Mary and Martin are now deceased.

Oscar Northup attended district school in York Township and grew up on his parents' farm. When old enough he began work at logging in the woods, spending about twelve winters in that occupation, and being on the drive several springs. In the meanwhile he continued to make his home with his parents, except when he was working out, and during the summers he continued the work of clearing the home farm, his father having made but small progress with it, when called away by death. This work he finally completed, also building a house and barn, and he is now conducting a profitable farm, raising Holstein cattle of good grade, and a good breed of horses, besides other stock. As already mentioned, he is a member of the township board, at present acting as supervisor. He is a member of the Woodmen's Lodge and attends the Methodist Church. Mr. Northup was married Mar. 12, 1893, to Nellie Hannah, who was born in Christie, Clark County, Wis., daughter of Charles and Mary Ann (Boon) Hannah. He and his wife have four children, Jessie, now the wife of Wm. Plummer, of York Township Alton, Leland and Ruth, all of whom reside at home.




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