William H. FURBISH

Male 1848 - 1927  (78 years)


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  • Name William H. FURBISH 
    Born 28 Aug 1848  Freeman, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Jun 1927  Kelso, Cowlitz, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens, Kelso, Cowlitz, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1870 Census: WI: Waupaca: Mukwa: p. 107a:
      Ferbush, William, 24, laborer, born in ME (living in a hotel).

      1880 Census: WI: Waupaca: Mukwa, p. 3 of 22: Village of Northport, ED#174:
      Furbish, William, age 32, laborer, born in ME, father and mother born in ME;
      Electa, age 28, wife, keeping house, born in NY, father and mother born in NY;
      Frank H., age 3, son, born in WI, father born in ME, mother born in NY;
      Charlotte, age 1, daughter, born in WI, father born in ME, mother born in NY;
      William, age 1/12, Apr., son, born in WI, father born in ME, mother born in NY.

      1900 Census: p. 10 of 20: WI: Waupaca: Other Townships: Mukwa, Northport Precinct: ED#134:
      Furbish, William, head, born Aug. 1848, age 51, married for 16 years, born in ME, father and mother born in ME, farmer;
      Electa, wife, born Dec 1851, age 48, married for 26 years, had five children all living, born in nY, father and mother born in NY;
      Frank, their son, born Sept. 1876, born in WI, father born in ME, mother born in NY, riverman;
      Birt, their son, born Apr 1874, born in WI, father born in ME, mother born in NY, farm laborer;
      Clair, their son, born Mar 1886, born in WI, father born in ME, mother born in NY;
      Isla, their daughter, born April 1887, born in WI, father born in ME, mother born in NY.

      1910 Census: p. 10 of 24: WI: Waupaca: Other Townships: Mukwa, ED#86:
      Furbish, William H., head, age 63, married for 36 years, born in ME, father and mother born in ME, farmer, general farm;
      Electa, his wife, age 58, married for 36 years, had five children all living, born in NY, father and mother born in NY;
      Clare E., their son, age 24, single, born in WI, father born in ME, mother born in NY, apprentice, real estate office.
      Edmonds, Elrena, sister-in-law, 81, wd., has had 4 children, 3 still living, born in NY, father and mother born in NY.


      1920 Census: WA: Cowlitz: Kelso: ED#44:
      Furbish, William, head, age 72, born in ME, father and mother born in ME;
      Electa, his wife, age 68, born in NY, father and mother born in NY;
      Jakeway, Charles, son-in-law, age 36, born in WI, father and mother born in WI, RRStation agent;
      Isla, their daughter, age 32, born in WI, father born in ME, mother born in NY, clerk, dry goods store;
      Marion, their granddaughter, age 12, born in MI, father and mother born in WI.



      From: "Standard History of Waupaca County, Wisconsin" Edited by John M. Ware 1917.
      WILLIAM FURBISH. A companion of the wilderness of Waupaca County and a sharer in the prosperity unfolded by the zeal and understanding of its tireless workers, William Furbish is now residing on his well cultivated farm in Mukwa Township. More than a half a century has rolled by since he migrated to this county from his home in New England, and for thirty-five years his sturdy labor was devoted to the lumber woods, in which he became one of the best known managers in this section of the timber country. He has resided on his present farm since 1886, and since forsaking the woods has carried on general farming and dairying.
      William Furbish was born on a farm in Freeman Township, Franklin County, Maine, August 28, 1847, being a son of Abraham and Nancy (Petersen), Furbish. His father, who was born near the City of Bath, Maine, was a lifelong farmer of Franklin Countty, a man of quiet industry who gave his whole attention to the tilling of the soil. His death occurred in 1901. His first wife, who was a native of Maine, was the mother of seven children: Abraham and Charles, twins; Anna, Viola, William, Warren and Frank. Mr. Furbish was again married, his second wife being a Mrs. Kelly, and they had two children.
      Seated on a bench in a log schoolhouse in Franklin County, Maine, William Furbish acquired the rudiments of an education and mastered the mysteries of the "three R's." In the years that have followed he has added to his knowledge through reading, observation and coming into contact with men, so that today he possesses a good education and is accounted a well informed man generally. As a lad he worked with his father on the home farm, where the hard work gave him a splendid physique, and when he was only eighteen years old he signified his self-reliance by leaving the parental roof and striking out for himself, his choice of locations being the lumber woods of Waupaca County. Arriving here in the fall of 1865, he took up his residence at Northport and soon found employment with one of the numerous lumber camps. His employers found him strong, willing and faithful, and as he acquired a reputation along these lines he was advanced to better positions, until he was finally made general manager for the great Conley Lumber Company of Oshkosh, and at one time had the management of four camps, with as many as from 150 to 200 men under his control. Mr. Furbish remained with the Conley Lumber Company for nearly twenty-two years, but in 1886 returned to the occupation of his youth, farming, securing a tract of sixty acres of good and productive land in section 4, Mukwa Township, where he has continued to be engaged successfully in general farming and dairying. From the time when he assisted in the building of the Lower Post Lake Dam, and put the first logs through, he has witnessed a great development in the county, and has shared largely in the work that made this development possible. He has donone his share, also, of public service, having been for two years a member of the county board as chairman of his township and acted four or five years in the capacity of supervisor. His political tendencies make him a democrat, and his fraternal connection is with the Masons.
      Mr. Furbish married Miss Electa Edmonds, a daughter of James Edmonds, and they have five children, namely: Frank, Charlotta, Burt, Clair and Isla.
    Person ID I272  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2015 

    Father Abram FURBUSH,   b. 14 Feb 1811, Sabattus, Androscoggin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1888, Freeman, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Nancy PETERSON,   b. 10 Jul 1817, Jay, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1861 and 1865  (Age 43 years) 
    Married Jun 1836  Freeman, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F93  Group Sheet

    Family Electa EDMONDS,   b. 23 Dec 1853, Elmira, Chemung, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1935, Kelso, Cowlitz, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Frank Henry FURBISH,   b. 17 Sep 1876, Northport, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1958, South Gate, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +2. Charlotte A. FURBISH,   b. 8 Jul 1878, Northport, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1957, Richland, Benton, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +3. Bertrand William FURBISH,   b. 28 Mar 1880, Northport, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1960, Kelso, Cowlitz, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +4. Clare Edmonds FURBISH,   b. 10 Mar 1886, Northport, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1976, Marinette, Marinette, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    +5. Isla V. FURBISH,   b. 18 Apr 1887, Northport, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1969, Stanislaus Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F292  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Aug 1848 - Freeman, Franklin, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Jun 1927 - Kelso, Cowlitz, Washington, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens, Kelso, Cowlitz, Washington, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    Correspondence. Furbush, Electa Edmonds.  Letter to brother, Frank Furbush.
    Correspondence. Furbush, Electa Edmonds. Letter to brother, Frank Furbush.
    Written 3 July 1927. Announced the death of Electa's husband and Frank Furbush's brother, William H. Furbish.