Herbert W. Fradette, 1878

Posted by Stan Schwarze


----Source: History of Clark County, Wisconsin (1918), by Franklyn, Curtiss-Wedge

HERBERT W. FRADETTE, a progressive farmer of York Township, born in Warner Township, in a log shanty one and a half miles west Greenwood, Clark County, Wis., April 27, 1878, son of Augustus and (Fuzee) Fradette. The parents were both born in Canada, the April 27, 1833, the mother Jan. 23, 1846. Augustus Fradette, on coming to Warner Township, Clark County, homesteaded forty acres of wild land located in the woods, and on which there was no building. The Indians were close neighbors, and had a sugar-bush on this tract. Putting up some log buildings, he began the work of developing a farm, residing there twenty-three years, at the end of which time he retired and moved to Greenwood. He made use of oxen up to the last few years of his career, and worked in the woods during the winters up to the age of years. His religious affiliations were with the Methodist Church. His death occurred in Greenwood, Dec. 12, 1911. By his first marriage, Mary Hubble, he had two children, Samantha and Sarah. By his second wife, Mary, mother of the subject of this sketch, he had eight: Adelaide, Edith V., Herbert W., Charlotte L., James H., Bessie M., Ella and Martha. The son, James, taught school for eighteen years and two, of daughters were also teachers, Bessie for two years and Adelaide for four. All the daughters were members of the Methodist Church.

The mother, Mrs. Mary Fradette, is now living with a son near Withee. Herbert W. Fradette, the direct subject of this memoir, grew to manhood on his Parent’s farm in Warner Township, in his youth attending the Greenwood school, and began his industrial career in the lumber camps. As a lover of horses, he took pleasure in driving a four or six horse team in the camps, and gave his animals excellent care. About twenty-nine years of his life were spent in the vicinity of Greenwood, during some twelve years of which he was employed in the woods. Mr. Fradette then bought forty acres of wild land near Christie, which he cleared and improved by erecting good buildings. In 1891 he came to York township and bought a tract of eighty acres in Section 33, it being a partly improved place. On this he has made extensive improvements, having among other things, built an eight-ton silo, besides clearing up the unimproved land. He has a good herd of Jersey cattle, mixed with Holstein, of his own raising, in which he takes justifiable pride, and as a farmer is doing a successful business.

Mr. Fradette was married on Sept. 23, 1908, to Edna Virginia Raymond, who was born in Weston Township, Clark County, Wis., Jan. 13, 1876, being a daughter of Eben Delos and Charlotte M. (Tuttle) Raymond. On the paternal side her grandparents were Luther and Julia Ann Raymond, who brought the family to Wisconsin from New York State, locating at or in the vicinity of Waukesha. Thence two years later they removed to Fond du Lac County, securing a tract of wild land, from which Luther Raymond developed a farm. Eben Delos Raymond was born at Manlius, N. Y., July 19, 1834, and in his boyhood resided in Erie County, that state. When 9 years old he accompanied his. parents to Waukesha County, Wis. At the age of 21 he was married in Fond du Lac County, Sept. 27, 1855, to Charlotte M. Tuttle. It was in the year 1870 that they removed to Clark County, locating on a tract of wild land Weston Township residing there until about 1910 or 1911. Mr. Raymond then retired and moved to Granton, where his death occurred Jan. 20 ' 1916. When he first came to Weston Township there was only a foot path to his land, and the Indians were plentiful in the vicinity. It was two years before he and his wife got a cow. He became a prominent citizen of his township and served as school officer.

His wife, Charlotte, was born in Euclid, Ohio, Feb. 10, 1836, and at the age of three years removed with her parents to Licking County, Ohio. She was 18 when the family moved to Fond du Lac County. She now resides with the subject of this sketch, Mr. Fradette. For many years she has been a faithful member of the Methodist Church, as was also her husband. Her parents were Rensselear and Clarissa (Crozier) Tuttle. Mrs. Edna Fradette, like her mother, is a member of the Methodist Church, which she has served as deaconess and as a teacher in the Sunday school. She was graduated from the Christi school, also attending school at Neillsville, and was a teacher for four years in Weston Township and Hewitsville, Clark County. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Fradette are: Clare Wesley, born June 15, 1909; Carol Idele, born Aug. 14, 1911; Herbert Raymond, born June 6, 1913, and June Rose, born June 15, 1916. All were christened in the Methodist Church.



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