Harriman, Albert M. (History - 1838)


Janet Schwarze





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

ALBERT M. HARRIMAN, an esteemed resident of Neillsville, where he is living retired after a long career of prosperous industry, was born at Clinton, Me., Feb. 9, 1838, son of James and Mary (Brown) Harriman. His paternal grandfather, also named James Harriman, was one of three brothers who came to this country from England and participated in the Revolutionary War. The second, James Harriman, father of Albert M., became a resident of Windsor, Me., where in early days he followed the occupation of a lumberman, also becoming a land owner and farmer. In 1858 he sold out and came West as far as Illinois, locating about eighty-five miles southwest of Chicago, but, not liking the prairie country, he removed to Green Bay, Wis., where he engaged in shipbuilding, a trade he had learned in his native state. Later, he went to Dodge, Wis., and was there a short time on a farm.


After that, he became connected with the lumbering industry, going up the Nesida, or Yellow River, where he kept a boarding house for the McDonald Company, who had a logging camp on that river. This work he gave up to come to Neillsville, starting a lumber yard on the corner where Mr. Condit now lives, though then there were no fine residences on Hewett Avenue. Although so variously occupied from time to time, James Harriman longed to get back to the farm, and finally located on a farm at Melrose, Wis., Jackson County, where the latter part of his life was spent. He died, however, in Neillsville, at the age of 83 years. He was a Methodist in religion, and while living in Maine belonged to the Order of Sons of Temperance. His wife died in Neillsville at the age of 87.


Their children, eight in number, were: James W., Elizabeth, Albert Mary, Martha, Julia, Sarah and Nellie. Albert M. Harriman, in his boyhood, attended school at Clinton, Me., and Le Center, Illinois. Subsequently, he was associated with his father in shipbuilding at Green Bay, and also on the farm in Dodge County, Wis. Returning to Maine on a visit to relations, he was there when the Civil War broke out, and fired with that patriotic feeling that swept through the North when the news came of the attack on Fort Sumter, he enlisted in April, 1861, in Company G, Third Maine Infantry, his regiment being assigned to Heintzelman's Corps. Mr. Harriman took part in five battles, including Bull Run, Yorkton and Williamsburg. After serving one year and eight months, he was discharged for disability, and returned home to Wisconsin. He was already a married man, having been united in 1860 to Seville D. Barott, who was born Oct. 11, 1843, in Oswego, N. Y., daughter of Morison Barott. He and his wife located in Dodge County, where they resided on his father's farm for three years, moving from there to Lake Crystal, which latter place was their home for seven years. Then, about 1873, Mr. Harriman came with his family to Neillsville and accepted a position lumbering at Christie for the Al. Brown Company. Subsequently, he bought a farm at Melrose for himself and father, which they operated together until the latter's death. Mr. Harriman then bought out his mother's interests and conducted the farm two years longer, when he sold out. He then rented a hotel at Warren, which he conducted for a while until he finally came to Neillsville, which place has since been his home. Here for a while he did some farming, but is now retired, living comfortably in a neat residence, tastefully set out with evergreens. While residing at Lake Crystal, on Crystal Lake, Mr. Harriman held the office of township clerk, and was later chairman of the township board and postmaster at Christy. At Warren he was justice of the peace. For many years he has been interested in the temperance cause and has been a hard worker for it. He is also a member and secretary of the Methodist Church. Five children have been born to him and his wife-Albert C., who is a hardware merchant at Glenwood City, Minn. Alice Maud, who is the widow of William Weller, and resides at Glenwood City Grace M., wife of Louis H. Callender, a farmer of North Dakota Harry W., who is an attorney at Milwaukee, and William O., who is in the forest service in the State of Oregon. All Mr. Harriman's children have been given a good education, and are fitted to occupy honorable positions in the world. Mrs. Harriman is a member of the Relief Corp of the Grand Army of the Republic.


1880 Federal Census--Weston, Clark, WI

Albert Harriman @42, b. ME, Postmaster, Father b. NH, Mother b. ME

Wife: Levilla @37, b. NY, Parents b. NY

Son: Albert C. @19, b. WI, Laborer

Dau: Alice M. @16, b. WI

Dau: Grace M. @7, b. MN

Son: Harry W. @5, b. Mn

Son: Lee O. @3 mo., b. WI

Other: Jenna Hitchcock @24, b. NY, Servant Girl, Parents b. England



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