Colby, Daniel G. (History - 1864)







From the History of Clark County, Wisconsin compiled by Franklin Curtiss Wedge, 1918, pages 483 - 484

DANIEL G. COLBY, who is engaged in the flour and feed business at Thorp, also dealing in building material, was born in Easton, Adams County, Wis., April 3, 1864. His parents were Thomas P. and Louisa (Goodwich) Colby, the father, a native of Topsfield, Maine, and the mother of Somerville, N.Y. They came to Wisconsin when young, and Thomas P. Colby is still living, being now engaged in mercantile business at Easton. They made their home in Easton, Adams County, with the exception of about seven years, which they spent in Clark County. Mrs. Louisa died in 1891. She was twice married, Mr. Colby being her second husband. Her first husband was a Mr. Burdick, and of that union there were three children-Marco, who is now dead Edward Walker, a farmer in Easton, and Henry Samuel, who is a banker at Grand Marsh, Wis. The children by her marriage with Mr. Colby were: Francis E., Clara, A., now Mrs. A.H. Greenwood, of White Creek, Wis., Daniel G., of Thorp, and Charles Leonard, a miller of Easton. Daniel G. Colby was educated in Easton, attended the common school. At the age of 25 he took up his residence with his brother, Francis, with whom he lived for fifteen years. In 1886, Francis, who was a carpenter, came to Thorp to work at this trade, and a few years later, in 1893, Daniel came here also, living with his brother until his marriage.


On Daniel's arrival in Thorp the two brothers established the present milling business, doing sawmill work, and for the past twenty-four years they have supplied the material for every house built within a radius of seven miles from Thorp. They are now figuring on an extension of their present mill building. In 1909, Francis Colby bought the first fruit land in Marion County, Fla., and for the past three years has made his home at Osceola, that state, where he is raising oranges, pecans, figs, grapefruit and lemons. Daniel G. Colby, in addition to his milling business, also has an interest in his father's store.


He was married June 28, 1909, to Lotta Gertrude Marks, who was born in South Boston, Mass., Oct. 16, 1884, daughter of B. Charles and Mary B. (Kennedy) Marks. Her father was a native of Maine, and her mother of Nova Scotia. The former was a member of the Boston police department for some twenty-four years before his death, which occurred Oct. 9, 1897. Mrs. Marks died May 17, 1897. Their family consisted of the following children: Alice A., born Jan. 7, 1867, who died in 1905 Augustus, born Sept. 15, 1869, now a resident of Dorchester, Mass., which former suburb is now a part of Boston Margaret E., born July 15, 1872, residing at Winthrop Beach, near Boston Charles W. born Jan 2, 1873, deceased Mary E., born June 30, 1874, also deceased, Florence Marie, born Jan. 17, 1880, now residing in Stoughton, Mass. Lourette F., born March 11, 1882, residing in Boston Lotta Gertrude, wife of Daniel G. Colby, of Thorp and Arthur, born Dec. 31, 1887, now a resident of Dorchester, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. Colby are members of St. Bernard's Catholic Church.



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