Frome, Louis A. (History - 1835)


Janet Schwarze





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

                          Mr. & Mrs. Louis Frome


LOUIS A. FROME, who is carrying on farming and dairying on a farm of 200 acres in section 23, Colby Township, was born in Sheboygan County, Wis., Dec. 30, 1878, son of Theodore and Mary (Beckfield) Frome. Theodore Frome was born in Germany Sept. 4, 1835, and his wife, Mar. 22, 1846, and both came to the United States when young, Theodore locating in northern Michigan, where he worked at the blacksmith's trade for three or four years. Later he followed his trade in Sheboygan County, Wis., until 1883, when he came to Clark County, buying 160 acres of land, now forming the greater part of the farm of his son, Louis. It was then raw land and he began its development by erecting a log cabin, the present house being built in 1893.


He and his wife are still residing here. They have reared a family of six children: Henry A., of Colby Charles, residing in Colby Mata, now Mrs. A. M. Steinwand of Colby Louis F.,. of Colby Hugo, who lives in Marathon County and Ida, who is the wife of John F. Tesmer, of Colby Township. Louis F. Frome has always resided with his parents and in 1912 he bought the farm from his father. He is milking twenty to twenty-five cows and is breeding into Holstein cattle, having a registered bull. He also raises Duroe-Jersey hogs, while his usual crops are hay, oats, barley and corn. He has a good silo of 110 tons capacity.


Mr. Frome is a stockholder in the Wausau Packing Company, and is president of the Colby and Southwestern Telephone Company, and also of the Clark County American Society of Equity now manager of shipping association.


He was elected to the township board in 1904 as clerk, and in the same year became a member of the school board, in both of which offices he is still serving. In politics he is a Republican. On Nov. 27, 1902, Mr. Frome was married to Hattie Radtke, who was born in Colby Township, Oct. 28, 1882, daughter of August and Otellia (Clickman) Radtke. Her parents are still living at Abbotsford, Wis. They had three children: Annie, Hattie and Edna. Mr. and Mrs. Frome have four children, who were born as follows: Verna, Sept. 6, 1903 Frederick, Oct. 17, 1907 Norma, Dec. 11, 1910 Willard, Feb. 27, 1914, and Wesley, July 20, 1917.



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