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Re: Albert Bunn of Buena Vista, WI & LeRoy Bunn of LaCrosse, WI
Posted by: Linda Benson Cox (ID *****9699) Date: October 14, 2006 at 09:08:54
In Reply to: Re: Albert Bunn of Buena Vista, WI by Michael Collier of 214

Hello Michael;

I sincerely appreciate your response. Teaches me not to type in the middle of the night and to use a Word Doc instead of my FTM to add information to. Here is a spell-checked copy and also some info on the lumber company. I will check at Oneida County - thank you for that tip also.

LeRoy Bunn, a valued employee of the Sawyer & Austin Lumber Company, and one of the highly respected pioneers of La Crosse County, was born at Dix, New York, in 1843. He is a son of Samuel D. Bunn and Sarah (Griswold) Bunn, who were also natives of the Empire State. The father was a carpenter by trade, and in the year of the birth of our subject immigrated to Dane County, Wisconsin; there he purchased land, which he cultivated and improved for a period of twelve years; at the end of that time he sold his property and removed to Richland county where he purchased another farm. He resided on this land until 1861, when he again sold out, moving thence to Monroe county; there he bought land, which he held until 1868, when he sold the farm and homesteaded 160 acres on Buffalo river in Trempealeau County; there he lived the remainder of his days, his death occurring when he had attained the good old age of eighty-six years. The mother sold the farm in 1889, and with a son and daughter moved to Seattle, Washington; she is now seventy-two years old. They reared a family of four children, of whom Leroy is the oldest; the second, Emeline, is the wife of Samuel Cox, a resident of Washington. They have five children: Ida married C. C. Chamberlain, Mayor of Augusta, Wisconsin, and has one daughter; Ora J., the fourth of the family, married Miss Maggie Hislop, and they are the parents of two children.
Leroy Bunn attended the common schools a short season each year until he was eighteen, when he enlisted in the Sixth Wisconsin Battery. His father objected and took him home, putting him at farm work, which he continued to do until February 24, 1864, when he again enlisted in the Twenty-fifth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He was in the engagements at Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Dallas, Dalton, and Peachtree Creek; he marched through the Carolinas and on to Washington, where he took part in the Grand Review in June, 1865; the men of his regiment who enlisted in 1864 were transferred to the Twelfth Wisconsin Veteran Reserve, and this reserve was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, in July, 1865. After the cessation of hostilities he returned to Wisconsin and engaged in agricultural pursuits in Trempealeau county, which he followed until he entered the employ of the Sawyer and Austin Lumber Company.
Mr. Bunn was married in 1870 to Miss Sarah C. Streeton, a daughter of William and Sarah Streeton, old and valued residents of Burns Township. Mr. Streeton is now seventy-six years of age and his wife is seventy-two. They are the parents of five children, Mrs. Bunn being the oldest. Jabez married Miss Lillie Hulbert of Burns Valley, and they have two children; Jacob lives with his parents; Anna, deceased, was the wife of William Mack, and died in 1884, leaving one daughter; Enos married Miss Lillie Jones. Mr. and Mrs. Bunn are the parents of one son, Irving J., who is a member of Robert Hughes Camp, No. 42, Sons of Veterans; a member of John Flynn Post, No. 77, G. A. R., and his wife belongs to the Relief Corps, No. 25, attached to the above post. He is a lifelong and earnest Republican. The family belong to the Baptist Church. From: Biographical History - LaCrosse, Monroe & Juneau Counties, Wisconsin. Chicago, The Lewis Pub. Co., 1892

The Sawyer and Austin Lumber Company is one of the largest lumber firms in the city. The mill is at North La Crosse, conveniently situated along the Black River. The cut is at present twenty-five to thirty millions annually and will be considerably increased when the improvements now in course of construction are finished. A band saw is being added to their already complete equipment. They employ two hundred and fifty men in the summer season. Their trade extends over Wisconsin, Minnesota, Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. The capital stock of the company is $340,000. It was organized in 1886 to succeed Sawyer and Austin, who began business in 1872. The president of the company, the Honorable David Austin, who began business, came here in 1872 from Cleveland, Ohio. He has been in the lumber business all his life and since April 1887, he has been Mayor of La Crosse and gained the entire respect and confidence of the people. Mrs. A. T. Sawyer is vice president, and her son, W. E. Sawyer, secretary. They took Mr. Sawyer's interest in the business upon his death in 1886. The Sawyers are interested in many other enterprises. From: The Industries of La Crosse, Wis., 1888, Spicer & Buschman, 1888

While lumber was being forested from the Black River pineries near Black River Falls as early as 1839 the height of the lumber boom in northern Wisconsin occurred in 1899. By this time in La Crosse, it was the beginning of the end of the lumbering trade. Many sawmills had been constructed along the shoreline in a stretch from Onalaska north of La Crosse south to Isle la Plume on La Crosse's Southside. However, most were located on the north side of the city near the confluence of the Black and Mississippi rivers. La Crosse County History - Brief History of La Crosse County, 1841-1905

Thanks again, Linda

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