Dwyer, John (History - 1855)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1891 History of Clark & Jackson Co., Wis.,pg. 165 - 166

JOHN DWYER, one of Clark County's substantial and reliable farmers, residing on section 31, York Township, was born near Northport, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, September 21, 1855. He is a son of John h. and Catherine (Murray) Dwyer. The father was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1821, and was brought to America by his parents during his infancy they settled in Canada, and there he grew to manhood when he first came to the United States he settled in Michigan, and there resided a number of years in 1863 he came to Black River Falls, Wisconsin, but a year later settled at what was then known as Weston's Rapids, Clark County in two years we find him at Greenwood, Clark County, and soon afterwards on a farm in Grant Township, where he spent the remainder of his days his death occurred in 1882. He came to Wisconsin a poor man, and went through all the struggles and hardships of pioneer life, bearing his part courageously, and discharging his whole duty as a faithful citizen. When he first came to the county he traded a yoke of oxen for a tract of eighty acres of dense forest in Grant Township, and this he converted into one of the most desirable farms in the county. He was a Roman Catholic in faith, but was not connected with the church. Politically he was a stanch Democrat.

John Dwyer, the subject of this sketch, is one of a family of six children: Ann J., deceased, the wife of George Castner Julia E., wife of F. O. Northrup Lucinda, wife of William M. Farning, a notice of whom will be found on another page of this volume Alice, deceased, wife of Thomas Murray, and Franklin P.

From his fourth year Mr. Dwyer was reared in Clark County, and received his education in the common schools. He settled on the farm where he now lives in 1884 the place consists of 160 acres, well improved, with excellent buildings. He also owns 160 acres in Grant Township is also part owner of two sawmills, one in York and one in the town of Weston firm name is Dwyer Bros. Farning. He is a self-made man, having accumulated his property and attained his high standing in the community through his own exertions and his integrity of character.

Politically he is allied with the Democratic Party. IN 1886 he was elected Sheriff of the Clark County on his own ticket, although the county is strongly Republican. He is a member of Lodge No. 163, A. F. and A. M., at Neillsville, Wisconsin, and of Lodge No., 198, I. O. O. F. also of lodge NO. 39, K. of P., at Neillsville.

Mr. Dwyer was married July 4, 1883, to Miss Janie Parret, of Clark County, Wisconsin, born in June, 1860. She is a daughter of John L. and Maria Parrett, natives of France and Ireland, respectively. Her father died a soldier in the civil war, and the mother still survives.

Mr. and Mrs. Dwyer are the parents of two children: John M. and Jessie F.



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