Hannah, William Henry (History - 1879)


Janet Schwarze





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

WILLIAM HENRY HANNAH, proprietor of the old Hannah homestead, in Section 14, Weston Township, was born on his parents' farm in Section 4, this township, Oct. 7, 1879, the place being known as the Rob Ross Farm. The parents, Charles G. and Mary (Boon) Hannah, had settled there in 1869, coming from Canada. The father was a lumber contractor, working some years for his maternal uncle, Robert Ross, later securing eighty acres, which in time, through much hard work and subsequent purchases, he developed into the estate of 240 acres now known as Cottonwood Farm.


William Henry Hannah was 5 years old when his parents moved to the farm on which he now resides, but which then was merely a tract of wild land. The nearest school was at Neillsville, but he had no chance to attend it and his education has been self acquired. In his youth he worked in lumber camps for his father, and later ran his own camp one winter on Collie Creek. Later he took up farm work, and seven years ago his father having died in 1907-took over the old home farm, which he is now conducting, and which now contains 280 acres of land. He is engaged in general farming, raising polled Durham cattle, a good grade of horses and Poland hogs. The barn, 40 by 50 feet, built by his father, he has enlarged to the size of 40 by 84 feet, and has also built a silo, 16 by 14 by 24 feet. He has also put up machine sheds, hog pen and chicken house, raising Rhode Island Red chickens.


He was a stockholder in the Christie Creamery before it was sold to Mr. Hauser.


For six years he has served as school clerk, his fraternal society affiliations are with, the Modern Woodmen and Beavers, and he is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Hannah was married to Elma Neverman, of Neillsville, daughter of William Neverman, her father being a pioneer of Clark County.



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