Theodore E. Emling, 1862

stan@wiclarkcountyhistory.org on Thu, 15 Feb 2001

Surname: EMLING, MILLING, GOULD, RABBE, KAYHART

Source: 1918 History of Clark Co., WI, by Franklyn, Curtiss-Wedge
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Mr. and Mrs. Theodore E. Emling

THEODORE E. EMLING. Among the many fine farms of Clark County, there is none, perhaps, that has finer soil, is better situated or is more carefully looked after, than Pleasant View Farm in Sections 10 and 15, of which Theodore E. Emling is the proprietor. Mr. Emling was born in the village of Saylesville, Dodge County, Wis., Oct. 3, 1862, son of George and Hannah (Milling) Emling. The father was a native of Germany who came to the United States when a young man, landing here after a voyage of forty four days in a sailing vessel. locating in Mayville, Dodge County, Wis., he there learned the trade of wood turner. He was married in Milwaukee to Hannah Milling, who came from Germany at the age of 5 years with her parents, they settling near Milwaukee at an early day when that now fine city was an insignificant village. Later the Millings moved to Boyd, Chippewa County, making the journey with an ox team, and there they died.

George Emling, father of the subject of this sketch, died in Clark County, spending the last three years of his life on the farm of his son Theodore. His wife died during the winter of 1915-16 in Chicago. Their family numbered nine children. Theodore E. Emling, who was the second born child of his parents, in his boyhood attended school in Saylesville, Wis. As soon as he was old enough he began working out for farmers, and later bought a tract of improved land, containing forty acres, in Rubicon Township, Dodge County, in which township Saylesville is situated. The money for the purchase of this land he had earned by logging and cooking for six winters in the woods of Chippewa County.

About the time he started on this farm he was married, in 1881, to Ida Gould, of Rubicon Township, Dodge County, whose father, Rensselaer D. Gould, was a farrner and a pioneer of Wisconsin in 1840, settling in the woods near Oconomowoc. Later, he removed to Dodge County, spent a number of years there, and finally came to Clark County, the last seventeen years of his life being spent at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Emling. The latter came to Clark County after residing on their forty-acre farm in Dodge County for seventeen years. Six children were born to them there: Fred, Harry, Sadie, Addie, Ned and Laura; while in Clark County three others were born, Eva and Eda (twins) and Irene. In Dodge County Mr. Emling had followed dairying largely, and was also a leader in the cheese-making industry there.

As a Republican, he took some part in local politics and served two years as township clerk. On arriving in Clark County, Mr. Emling bought 280 acres of land in Sections 15 and 10, Sherman Township. About fifty acres of this tract were cleared, but the buildings-an old house and barn-were in very poor condition. He at once began to make improvements, building a large frame house and a barn, 36 by 100 feet. He was also one of the first to erect a silo in this part of the county, putting up two-one 14 by 30 and the other 14 by 24 feet in size. From the first Mr. Emling intended to give his chief attention to dairying, and for that purpose he helped to organize the creamery. He now has 140 acres of his land cleared,
which work was accomplished by his own hands. The soil is very good and produces the best corn in the county, Mr. Emling taking pains to keep it up to its hightest productive power. There are many people, indeed, who consider his farm to be the best in the county, all things considered, or, at least, to have no superior. He raises shorthorn cattle, having fourteen registered head, both of the dairy and beef type; and he also raises a good grade of horses and Ohio Improved Chester hogs. Mr. Emling's farm is finely equipped with implements and machinery, including a good threshing out-fit, with which he goes out over the neighboring section. He farms about 200 acres, with general rotation of crops, and is also a stockholder in the Citizens State Bank of Loyal, and the Citizens State Bank of Spencer.

Mr. Emling is a member of the Masonic order, belonging to Lodge No. 224 of Marshfield, and also to the Beavers lodge at Loyal. He has served on the district school board ever since coming to the township, has been treasurer of the township board several years, and is now chairman of the board, serving in his second year.

Of his children, who have been already mentioned, Fred married Dora Rabbe and resides at Girard, Mont., where he is engaged in farming; Harry H. H., who is in the dray business at Osceola, Wis., married Mayme Kayhart, and has one child, Norman, and Addie is now Mrs. Ray Lintner of Clark County, and has two children, Howard and Virginia.

 

 


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