Bio: de Vos, Alfred Liebert (History - 1886)



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

ALFRED L. DEVOS, a prominent lawyer of Clark County, now city attorney of Neillsville, was born in Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 27, 1886, son of John L. and Elizabeth (Soulen) Devos. He is a grandson on the paternal side of John W. Devos (or Devoss, as he spelled the family name), who came to the United States from Holland late in the fourth decade of the last century and settled in Milwaukee. John W. Devos was at that time a single man, but he was subsequently married in Milwaukee to Sarah Liebert, who, like him, had come from Holland. He became one of the successful and prominent citizens of the important community in which he settled, engaging in the milling business, in which he was a proficient, and in time becoming owner of the Northwestern Mills, the first built in that city and the largest there for a number of years. He and his wife had four children, of whom one died young, the others growing to maturity. John L. Devos learned the milling trade under his father's direction, but subsequently abandoned it to turn his attention to real estate, in which business he is still engaged in Milwaukee. He was formerly a member of the old Legion of Honor of America. His wife, Elizabeth, was born in Milwaukee, a daughter of John and Nellie (Dunck) Soulen, natives of Holland, who came to this country in the thirties with their parents. John Soulen was a carpenter by trade, but devoted considerable time to local politics. He was foreman of his ward some ten or twelve years, served seventeen years on the police force and was deputy sheriff and keeper of the jail. Both the Devos and Soulen families of Milwaukee were affiliated religiously with the Presbyterian Church. Mr. and Mrs. John L. Devos had three children: Alfred L., of Neillsville John J., now engaged in law practice in Milwaukee, and Reuben, who is employed in the city engineer's office in that city.

Alfred L. Devos acquired a good education, graduating from the graded and high schools of Milwaukee, and subsequently, in 1911, after a six-years' course, from the law school of Michigan University at Ann Arbor. In September of that year he came to Neillsville and from that time until January, 1914, was associated in practice with S. M. Marsh. He then opened an office in the post office building and has since practiced his profession alone, having up to the present time met with good success. He has served four years as justice of the peace and was elected city attorney in 1916. Aside from these activities, he has further identified himself with local interests by serving as secretary of Clark County Fair Association.

Mr. Devos was married at Neillsville, June 23, 1913, to Alta Rand, a native of Clark County, and daughter of Martha Radd. He and his wife are active members of the Methodist Church, which he is serving as treasurer and as superintendent of the Sunday school. His fraternal society affiliations are with the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commandery of the A. F. and A. M., and the Odd Fellows' Lodge at Neillsville, Mrs. Devos being a member of the Eastern Star.


1900 Federal Census, Milwaukee city Ward 19, Precinct 6, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States


Alfred Devos, 14 yr. old white single male
Father's Birthplace Wisconsin
Mother's Birthplace Wisconsin

Household Members

John L Devos Head M 38 (May 1862) Wisconsin, both parents b. Holland
Elisabeth Devos Wife F 37 (Sep 1863) Wisconsin, mother of 5 - 3 living, both parents b. Holland
Alfred Devos Son M 14 (Nov 1886) Wisconsin
John Devos Son M 12 (Aug 1888) Wisconsin
Reuben Devos Son M 10 (Jan 1890) Wisconsin

1917-1918 Draft Registration, Clark County, Wisconsin, United States

Alfred Liebert Devos, 30 yr. old Caucassian male Male Lawyer with no military experience
Nationality: United States-Natural Born on 27 Nov 1886 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Medium height and build, brown eyes, brown hair - slightly balding. No disablements
Address: Clark County, Wisconsin, United States
Nationality: United States, natural born
Birth: 27 November 1886, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Occupation: Lawyer, Neillsville, Wisconsin
Contact: Wife
Signed by himself as Registrar for 2nd ward, Neillsville, Clark, Wisconsin, 6/5/1917

Signature of A. L. Devos




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