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Misc. Wisconsin News Papers

~Perkins Research~


1847: Jan. 5th - Wisconsin Free Democrat

At Oak Grove, Dodge Co., WI, by Silas Streeter Esq, Pliny M. Perkins, of Burlington, Racine Co., to Miss Ellen A. Conkey, formerly of Clinton Co., N.Y.

1854: Nov. 25th - Daily Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI

Stevens Point: Sat. Nov. 11th, fire broke out at the home of Martin Perkins, just east of the public Square. The family were away from home, except two young children who were with difficulty extracted from the flames. In less then 20 minutes, the house and contents were ashes.


1859: Nov. 11th - The Manitowoc Pilot - Manitowoc, WI

Mrs. William H. Perkins has just recovered $5,000 damage against the New York Central Rail Road for killing her husband who was riding on a free pass at the time of the accident that caused his death.


1861: Aug. 23rd - Galesville Transcript - Galesville, WI

Mr. C. E. Perkins & R. A. Odell sell a fluid which saves all the hard labor in washing, the rubbing being entirely dispensed with except garments that should be very dirty. It injures the fabric far less then the wear of the washboard. The cost is trifling. We make this note unsolicited for the benefit of our readers and vendors, having tested the value of the compound.


1880: Aug. 20th - Neillsville Republican Press - Neillsville, Clark Co., WI

Daniel Chapman Perkins: Died, on or about June 6th, 1880, in the town of Sherwood Forest, Clark County, Wis., Mr. Daniel Chapman Perkins, aged 65.
(Milwaukee Sentinel please copy)

Mr. Perkins was born in Chittenden County, Vt., and came to Wisconsin in 1836. He enlisted in the Third Wis. Battery in 1861. He had lived in Clark County about seven years. Having been married in 1831, Mr. Perkins leaves a family to mourn his loss. Brave in battle and faithful at home, he was loved and honored by all who knew him. The circumstances of his death were sad. He started from home June 5th for Milwaukee, to attend the soldiers reunion, undertaking to walk as far as Scranton, on the G. B. M. R. Finding high waters, with the bridges gone, he turned toward home, when he was again hindered by the rising flood. Unable to proceed on his journey or return to his home, he appears to have gone to a high ridge and laid down on the ground with his satchel for a pillow, when he went to sleep. This sleeping proved to be his last, for friends found him there on his pillow, looking just as if he were asleep. But he was dead. There, unattended and alone, he passed to his reward, and now, at this late day, we pay the tribute to his memory, so that his comrades in arms may know concerning the old soldier who perished in his attempt to meet them at the great reunion.


1889: Nov. 1st - Thorp Courier - Thorp, Clark Co., WI

William H. Perkins b. May 9th 1848 - d. Oct. 29th, 1889

Wm. H. Perkins, an employee of the Sterling Lumber Co. at Sterling, Clark County, Wis. for the past year, died quite suddenly on Tuesday morning about nine o'clock of heart disease, having been troubled more or less with that complaint for the past fifteen years. Mr. Perkins had enjoyed fair health all summer, though feeling somewhat depressed in spirit the week previous to his death, nothing serious was entertained. Being a member of an Odd Fellows Lodge at Eau Claire some twelve members of the Thorp Lodge escorted the remains to the train on Tuesday evening and two of the members, H. F. Sargent and H. Leobole, accompanied them to Eau Claire, where his own lodge took charge of the remains. The interment took place at Augusta on Wednesday. Mr. Perkins's kind and quiet manner gained him many friends who sincerely regret his untimely death. He was born at Cornwall, C. W., on May 9, 1848, and was therefore 41 years of age, being the oldest of a family of eight children, four boys and four girls, who have all resided in the States for a number of years. His father is dead, but his mother still resides at the place of his birth in Canada. Besides the above mentioned relatives he leaves a wife and two small children, who are left to mourn his death and to whom the sympathy of the entire community is extended in their loss of husband and father.

1895: Dec. 20th - The Marshfield Times - Marshfield, WI.

Mr. Sanford S. Perkins, aged 65, died Saturday. He was a former member of the Michigan legislature.

1895: May 31st - The Evening Times - Monroe, WI.

Mr. E. D. Perkins, of Suisun, Calf, has been in the city visiting his sister, Mrs. John Grinnel. Together with Miss Edith Grinnel, he went to Milwaukee yesterday afternoon.

1884: Aug. 10th - Milwaukee Sentinel - Milwaukee, WI.

Dr. D. W. Perkins died at his residence, corner of Ninth and Cedar Streets, in this city, at 5 o'clock this morning, after a long and painful illness. He had been ailing since November last. At first it was supposed by himself and family that he was suffering from dyspepsia, and the real nature of his sickness - an organic trouble - did not develop until late last spring. For the ten weeks immediately preceding the end, he was confined to the house, suffering the most excruciating agony except when under the influence of morphine, which his physicians administered in hypodermic injections. On Thursday last he sank so low that his survival until the next day was deemed improbable, but his strong constitution rallied beyond expectation. During the last two days of his illness all of his children were at his bedside. Morphine kept him unconscious during the last thirty-six hours, so that his family have the satisfaction of knowing that during that time he did not suffer. David W. Perkins was born at Rome, Oneida County, N.Y., in 1816, being the third son of Zebulon W. Perkins. His father as accounted by those who knew him to be a man of more than ordinary intelligence. His mother also possessed great natural force of character. In the last twelve years of his life, Zebulon Perkins was blind, and he died leaving no legacy to his children. David, having had the benefit of attendance at the common schools until he was ten years old, went at that age to the employ of a land surveyor. He began by bearing the flag. By constant fidelity to his duties, and application in his odd moments, he acquired a mastery of the profession. In 1836, barely 20 years of age, he received from the state of New York appointment to membership in a corps of engineers. This position he held for four years, when the public works throughout New York state were suspended, throwing him unexpectedly upon his own resources for employment. Almost contemporaneously with this he lost all his earthly accumulations by a fire which destroyed his office. Undaunted by mischance, he determined to enter upon a new profession, and in May, 1840, returned to his native village where he determined to support himself by school teaching, while he mastered the elements of medicine. Having grounded himself in this science he attended courses of lectures in the medical college at Albany. He then applied himself especially, to dentistry, acquired the degree of D.D.S., and in 1844 established himself in practice as a dentist at Rome, N.Y., marrying two years later. In 1857, his wife's health having become delicate, and her physician having advised change of climate, he removed with his family to Milwaukee, arriving here in October of that year. He practiced dentistry here continuously from that time until May last, when compelled to desist by the illness which ended his life. He stood in the front rank of his profession, and was probably during the entire period of his residence here the best-known dentist in the state. A self-taught man, he acquired a high degree of scientific, literary, and artistic culture. He loved books and pictures and his house is a treasury of one of the finest collections of literary and artistic objects in the city. He united himself with the Presbyterian Church in early life, and was always known as an earnest worker in evangelical and benevolent enterprises. He was prominently identified with the Milwaukee Bible Society, the Y.M.C.A., the temperance movement, etc. He was an abolitionist, and a life long Republican. He was ever ready to help with money or influence any deserving person needing aid. Many an organized benevolence had its origin in his old office on Wisconsin Street. By his first wife, JANE H. FITCH, of Sheldon, VT, to whom he was married in 1846, he had six children, one of whom, a daughter, died in youth. The others - all living are; Walton P. Perkins of Chicago, Ill; Dr. James S. Perkins of this city; Mrs. Charles Skinner of this city, Miss Fanny Perkins and Joseph Perkins, of Chicago, Ill. His first wife died eight or ten years ago. In June, 1882, he married Miss MARY H. KUMMEL, of this city, who survives him. The funeral will take place at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from his residence.

1886: Jan. 15th - Hartford, Washington Co., WI

Cynthia (Wickham) Perkins, died at her home in the Second ward in this city, on Wednesday, Jan. 6th, 1886. She had for a long time been a sufferer from paralysis which coupled with the infirmities of old age, finally resulted in death. Deceased was born in New York state, February, 1803, and was at her death nearly 83 years of age. She was married twice. By her first husband she was the mother of three sons, Harrison H. Wickham of this city with whom she was living at the time of her death, and Sumner Wickham and Danforth Wickham, both of whom were early day residents of Hartford. By her second husband MARVIN PERKINS, who died in this city thirty years ago, there was no issue. With her last husband she came to Wisconsin in 1843, and settled at Beloit, where they remained three years and in 1846 removed to Hartford. They first settled upon the farm where Patrick Hayes now resides, two miles south west of this city, which was then owned by her son Sumner Wickham Mr. Perkins being a mason by trade, they soon gave up farming and moved into this city, where deceased has since resided. Although a resident of Hartford for forty years, being of a retiring disposition, she had but very few intimate acquaintances. She preferred the quietude of her home, to which she was greatly attached, rather than the busy haunts of society life. She was a good neighbor, a prudent house keeper and a kind mother. She was buried on Thursday of last week in the South side cemetery, by the side of her husband who preceded her in death some thirty years ago.

1900: Nov. 15th - The Monroe Weekly Times - Monroe, WI.

Mr. Thomas Perkins, a prominent hardware merchant of Dodgeville, WI, dropped dead in his store while waiting on a customer. The cause of death was heart failure.

1902: July 16th - Grand Rapids Tribune, Grand Rapids, WI.

John Albee, one of the oldest settlers of the town of Rudolph, died on Friday of last week from the effects of paralytic stroke, which he suffered last September. Mr. Albee was 73 years of age, having been born on the 16th day of Jan., 1830, at Windsor in the state of Maine. While he had been comparatively helpless since last September, he was enjoying his usual health up to within a few minutes of his death. His wife hand just put him to bed that night, about nine o'clock, and a few minutes afterward he was dead. Mr. Albee came to Wood county in 1856, and being an engineer and millwright he assisted in building and afterward in operating the Clark & Scott mill in Rudolph. He has also worked in other mills in this vicinity since that time, and always led an active and industrious life. He was widely known all about this section, especially to the old settlers. He is survived by his wife, who resides in the town of Rudolph, and a stepson, W. A. Johnson, of this city. He has also a sister and brother living in Maine, they being Mrs. Ellen Perkins and Benjamin Albee.

1900: Aug. 2nd - The Monroe Weekly Times - Monroe, WI.

Mr. Joseph Perkins, Jr., died at Dodgeville, WI at the advanced age of 83 years and seven months. He came to Dodgeville, WI when quite young and had always made that city his home. He was the head of perhaps the largest family in Iowa County, the children, grandchildren and great-grand children number about 100. He was the father of E. J. Perkins, superintendent of the Iowa County insane asylum.

1908: July 28 - Unknown Paper - Hustisford, WI

John O. Perkins, a former well known Juneau, WI boy and nephew of Thomas P. Perkins (*see 1918 obit below), of the town of Hustisford, WI. died at his home in Ravenswood, ILL, Tuesday July 14th, 1908 at the age of 41 years. He is survived by a wife and two children. In accordance with the wishes of the deceased, the remains were cremated and the ashes were interred in the Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, IL, last Friday, under Masonic auspices.

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1909: Jan. 28th - Waupaca Republican Post - Waupaca, WI

John B. Perkins, an old resident of this city died in Chicago Monday night of stomach trouble. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins left a few days before Christmas for Chicago where Mr. Perkins received treatment and at first seemed to be improving. The deceased was born in Allegheny county, New York state in the year 1845 and was therefore little more than sixty-three years of age. For the past fifty-six years he has been a resident of this city. Mr. Perkins was a soldier of the Civil war and was a member of Co. B, 38th regiment. On Sept. 18, 1867, Mr. Perkins was married to MARY TOWNSEND and seven children were born to them, Evan Perkins, Will Perkins, Sidney Perkins, Frank Perkins, Blanche Perkins, Ray Perkins and Arthur Perkins, all of whom now live in Chicago. Besides his sorrowing widow and children he leaves one brother, Wm. Perkins and sister, Mrs. Stinson of this city. The remains were brought to this city Wednesday for burial which took place this forenoon under the auspices of the I.O.O.F. order, of which Mr. Perkins was a member, Rev. Millar officiating. The bereaved family has the sympathy of all friends.


1912: Feb. 25th - Waupaca Republican Post - Waupaca, WI

Sunday, February 25, 1912, Harvey Jackson Perkins died at his winter home in Biloxi Miss., after an illness of less than two weeks of chronic cystitis in the eighty-third year of his age. Deceased was born May 12, 1829, and on reaching his majority in 1850 he came to Waupaca and has resided here ever since, except that for years he has spent the winter months in the south. His death has claimed the last of those who settled at Waupaca so early as 1850. The remains were brought to this city Wednesday morning for interment in Lakeside cemetery in the old family lot. Deceased leaves his wife who could not accompany the remains on account of the rigorous climate, and one son Jay Perkins who resides in New York and who came to accompany the remains to their last resting place. Weston Levisee of Clintonville, a brother of Mrs. Perkins and Mrs. Weir a daughter-in-law and her sister, both of Dale came to attend the short service at the cemetery. Deceased had many relatives at Cashton though none were present at the services.

Thus passed the last of the few settlers of Waupaca who came in 1850 and who was a well-known resident of this city for over sixty years.

1912: Oct. 7th - La Cross Tribune - La Cross, WI

Mr. Eugene G. Perkins, Superintendent of the Southern Minnesota division of the Chicago & Milwaukee railroad, died at his home Saturday night. Mr. Perkins who is sixty-four years old, was born in New York state. When a child, he and his parents migrated westward, finally settling at Houston, MN. Mr. Perkins leaves a widow (Alice V.) and three sons; Willis D. Perkins of Sudden, CA; Capt. George T. Perkins of Fort Adams and Robert Perkins of La Cross, WI. He also leaves two brothers, Darius Perkins of Huron, S. D. and Edgar Perkins of Bertha, MN.

1912: Oct. 11th - La Cross Tribune - La Cross, WI

Mr. E. G. Perkins funeral was held this afternoon. Mr. Perkins was a Superintendent of the Southern Minnesota Rail Road.


1912: Nov. 12th - The Daily Commonwealth - Fond du lac, WI.

Ex-Governor William Larrabee of Iowa, a brother of Mrs. E. L. Perkins of this city, is ill at his home in Clermont, IA.

1918: June. 21st - Unknown - Hustisford, WI

Thomas P. Perkins - It is our sad duty this week to chronicle the passing away of Thomas P. Perkins on Saturday evening, aged 71 years, 1 month and 13 days, after a lingering illness. Deceased was born May 2nd, 1817, in Cornwall county, England: When he came to America in 1864 he settled immediately in Hustisford, WI. Later he resided for six years in Iowa. On April 20th, 1871, he married RACHAEL BAKER, at Neosho, WI, who preceded him in death May 15th, 1918. Up to 1901 the family resided on a farm near here but since have lived in this village retired. Six children were born of whom two survive: Mrs. Gustav Seefeldt of here and William Perkins in the army service of the United States, two dying in infancy. In 1902 he was candidate for the legislature but his most important public work was along the lines of school expansion. In the course of years he figured prominently in public life and was justice of the peace, and notary public for a large number of years. In his retirement he could look back on an active life, connected always with lasting, useful and honorable things, and could rest in the consciousness of worthy work well done. Yesterday afternoon the funeral services were held at the Union Church. Rev. James Lugg of East Troy, WI and Rev. W. J. Corr of Juneau, WI officiating. The body was laid to rest in the Hustisford, WI Cemetery.

1918: Dec. 18th - The Marshfield Times - Marshfield, WI.

Word has been received in this city Tuesday, of the death of Frank Perkins, former Mayor of the city of Medford, WI and well known here.  The funeral will be held at Medford, WI today. Mr. Perkins was one of  Medford's most prominent business men. He owned the automatic telephone exchange and flour mill, he was also prominent in lodge circles, being a 32nd degree Mason.


1920: Sept. 18th - Iowa County Democrat , Mineral Point, Iowa Co., WI

John Perkins was born in England, January 11, 1842, and when three years of age he came with his parents to America and settled in Iowa county. For many years Mr. Perkins lived at Dodgeville, later coming to Mineral Point. In the days of the Civil War he enlisted in Company C, 31st Wisconsin Infantry and was in active service nearly three years. After the war he became a member of George Legate Post no. 125 G.A.R. Dept. of Wisconsin.. Mr. Perkins was married twice, his first wife died in 1884; in 1904 he was married to Mary Ann Arthur, who survives. He also leaves one daughter from his first marriage, Mrs. Edith Harris of this city; three brothers, W. H. Perkins and E. J. Perkins of Dodgeville and R.P. Perkins of Iron Mountain, Mich., and three sisters, Miss Ellen Perkins and Mrs. Elizabeth Murgy of Michigan and Mrs. Caroline Lockwood of Black Earth, Wis. Mr. Perkins passed from time to eternity on Wednesday, September 10, 1919. Funeral services were held from his late home on Saturday afternoon, Rev. A.H. Schoefeld officiating. Twenty-two Civil War veterans gathered about the grave of their departed comrade and very touchingly bid him farewell by the use of the simple but impressive G.A.R. burial rites. Mr. Perkins was a quiet, home-loving man, a good citizen and faithful Christian, being a member of the M.E. Church and active in it's councils so long as health permitted but for the past five years his lot was to suffer much from a cancerous affliction but he bore it all with patience and resignation. Burial was made in Graceland. The following comrades from George H. Legate Post were present at the funeral: Commander J. J. Humbert, S. E. Shepard, J.P. Harris, Calvert Spensley, B. T. Prideaux, W.W. Williams, James B. Prideaux, George G. Cox, George H. Reynolds, George Harris, Jonathan Evans, Henry Pitts, John S. Williams, George Nicholson, Joseph Arthur. Also the following comrades from Williams Post, Dodgeville: Commander Jesse P. Smelker, Orville Strong, Benjamin Thomas, J. H. Carwright, M.J. Briggs, A.S. Hearn, Henry Spicer.

1920: Appleton Post Crescent - Appleton, Wisconsin.

J. K. Perkins, 45 years old, a resident in Grand Chute until about eight years ago, died Sunday at his home in Canandaigua, N.Y.. His sister, Mrs. Dayton Rounds of Milwaukee, WI, and a brother, E. A. Perkins of Appleton, WI, were with him when he died. Other survivors are two brothers, J. A. Perkins of Spooner, WI and Z. M. Perkins of New York.

1921: Unknown Newspaper - Oshkosh, Wisconsin


Mrs. Leah Perkins of Oshkosh, WI, mother of Charles Perkins of this city, passed away in death at her home on Monday evening at 6:30 o'clock, following a lingering illness. The deceased whose maiden name was Miss Leah Gilbert, was born in England and had attained the age of 89 years. She came to America with her parents when she was a small child. The family came directly to Wisconsin, settling at Oshkosh, where they have since resided. She was united in marriage to George Perkins many years ago. They have always resided in Oshkosh. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins were the parents of eight children, three daughters having preceded their mother in death. The children living are: Fred Perkins of Minneapolis; George Perkins of Oshkosh, Mrs. Joseph Hayes and Edw. Perkins of Oshkosh and Charles Perkins residing in this city. Mr. Perkins preceded his wife in death about thirty years ago. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at Oshkosh, interment taking place in that city. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Perkins and son Robert Perkins of this city attended the funeral. The children have the sympathy of their many friends in their sad loss.


1936: Sept. 10th.  Superior Evening Telegram - Superior, WI

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Perkins and son Junior, were weekend guests of Mrs. Perkins' parents, Mr. and Mrs. Palmer at McGrath, Minnesota last week.

1948: May 14th - Unknown Newspaper - Oshkosh, WI


Funeral services for Charles Perkins, 67, of Oshkosh were held Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock by Dr. Earle G. Lier at Trinity Episcopal church. Mr. Perkins died May 5th at Mercy Hospital after a lingering illness. He was born in Oshkosh, Jan. 8th, 1881, the son of George and Leah *(Gilbert) Perkins and had lived there practically his entire life, except for 13 years at Hartford from 1915 to 1928. Foreman at the Oshkosh Trunks and Luggage, Inc., until he became ill last June. Mr. Perkins was married to Miss MAUDE EVANS, December 26th, 1906.. He was a member of the Appolo Male Singers for 13 years up until his illness and was a member of the Trinity Episcopal church. He was a church choir member since the age of 10 years. Survivors are his wife, a son, Dr. Robert D. Perkins, Moline, Ill; a sister,  Mrs. Joseph Hayes; a brother, Edwin Perkins, both of Oshkosh; and two grandchildren, Mary A. Perkins and Robert D. Perkins, Jr., both of Moline, IL.