Draper, Fred W. (History - 1868)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

                        Mr. & Mrs. F. W. Draper and Daughter


FRED W. DRAPER, whose record as educator, business man, agriculturist and public official, is well and favorably known, not only to the inhabitants of Loyal Township, where he resides, but in general throughout Clark County, was born in Dundee, Fond du Lac County, Wis., July 22, 1868, son of Horace and Lucia (Clement) Draper. He was but a child of 4 years when he accompanied his parents to this township and county. His elementary education was acquired in Loyal, and was supplemented by a course of mental training at Oshkosh Normal School, which he attended in 1887 and 1888. Previous to this, however, in 1885, he had begun to teach, and he continued to do so after leaving the normal school in various townships of Clark County, the Withee village school and the Granton school, of which he was principal for two years. His career as a teacher covered in all some twelve years. In the meanwhile, in 1893, he married Amy Kayhart, daughter of Charles Kayhart, of the town of Weston, and then took up farming. It was while residing on his farm in Loyal Township that he first entered public life, being elected as town clerk, in which office he served from 1898 to 1900, finally resigning in order to take the position of clerk of court for Clark County. As such he served acceptably for ten years.


In 1910 he was elected to the State Assembly, in which he served one term, declining re-election. He then gave his attention to farming on his father's old homestead, which he is now operating, together with a forty-acre tract adjoining. He has a fine herd of Guernsey cattle, in which he takes justifiable pride, and the farm is being conducted on a profitable basis. While a resident of Neillsville, Mr. Draper was a director of the Commercial State Bank, and since coming to Loyal has served in the same capacity in the Citizens' State Bank of this village. Here he has also identified himself with the affairs of local government, having served four years as supervisor, and the last six years as a member of the school board. He is now serving on the exemption board of his district. His fraternal society affiliations are with the Blue Lodge and Chapter of Royal Arch Masons at Neillsville, and the Modern Woodmen of America, also of that place. Religiously he belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, and during his residence in Neillsville was superintendent of the Sunday school there. Of the Loyal church he has been trustee since coming here, and has also taught men's Bible class. He and his wife have one child, Bernice E., who is a senior in the Appleton (Wis.) University.



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