Biographical Sketch of
James M. Solomon
Transcribed by Sandy Boudrou
Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Green Lake, Marquette and Waushara Counties, Wisconsin, published 1890 by Acme Publishing Co., Chicago, Pages 548 - 549 James M. Solomon, a practical farmer and one of the representative citizens of the town of Oxford, Marquette County, residing on section 23, has made his home on his present farm since 1872, but has been a resident of Wisconsin since 1849. He is a native of the Empire State, having been born in the town of Ridgeway, Orleans County, March 27, 1825. His father Martin Solomon, was also a native of New York and in the city of Albany learned the trade of shoemaking, which he followed for many years. He married Adeline Salsbury, who was also born in New York, and is a daughter of James Salsbury, who died in Orleans County, only a few days previous to his one hundredth birthday. Mr. Solomon and his wife began their domestic life in the town of Worchester, Otsego County, removed thence to Orleans County, and in 1851, emigrated to Wisconsin. He settled in the town of Waterloo, Jefferson County, but after two years removed to the town of Dell Prairie, Adams County, where he died in 1855. His widow afterward married John Folmsbee, and is still living in the town of Dell Prairie. Martin Solomon was the father of fourteen children, three born of his first marriage, and eleven by the mother of our subject, who was the eldest of that number. James M. Solomon passed his early life in much the usual manner of farmer lads, attending the district school and assisting in the cultivation of the land owned by his father until he began life for himself. In the autumn of 1849 he became a resident of the town of Lake Mills, Jefferson Co., Wis., and on December 31, following, was united in marriage with Miss Charlotte A. Carr, daughter of Esek and Wealthy (Jenks) Carr. The lady was born in Massachusetts, and when eight years old removed with her parents to Buffalo, N. Y., and in 1846 came with the family to Milwaukee. After two years they removed to Waterloo, Jefferson County where the father died in 1851, but the mother is still living and resides in Jefferson County, Wis., at the age of eighty-one years. Six children grace their union, four of whom are yet living. Julia, wife of Joshua Dawson of Chisago County, Minn., Ezra S., who is living in Lake Mills; Mrs. Solomon; and Esek J., with whom the mother makes her home. Persis E. died in Nebraska at the age of fifty-three years, and Loriston Hall died in infancy. Mr. Solomon and his bride began their domestic life in the village of Grandville, Wis., which was then situated in Marquette County, but now lies within the borders of Green Lake County. In the fall of 1851, they settled in Jefferson County, and four years later became residents of the town of Dell Prairie, Adams County, where Mr. Solomon purchased a farm, devoting his energies to its cultivation until Sept. 7, 1861, when he responded to his country's call for troops, and enlisted among the boys of blue of Company E, 12th Wisconsin Infantry, for three years. He served with his regiment for about fifteen months, and was then discharged on account of disability from which he has never yet fully recovered. On his return home he at once resumed farming, which he followed in Adams County until 1872, which year witnessed his arrival in Marquette County. Mr. and Mrs. Solomon have a most pleasant home on section 23, in the town of Oxford, where hospitality abounds, and where many of the comforts and luxuries of life administer to their happiness. Their son, Eugene M., who was born in 1851, is living on a farm adjoining that of his father, and Herbert J., the younger child, who was born in 1860, is still with his parents. Mr. Solomon is an intelligent and valued citizen, who keeps himself well informed on all the leading issues of the day. He casts his ballot with the Republican party and both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Church. It is their daily endeavor to live in harmony with their professions and they are zealous workers in the Master's cause. Whatever tends to elevate or upbuild the community receives their hearty support and co-operation, and their aid is never sought in vain for the advancement of any worthy enterprise. In the temperance cause Mr. Solomon is especially active, never tiring of his warfare against the liquor traffic. Widely and favorably known, he and his wife rank among the best citizens of the town of Oxford and are held in high esteem by all.
Transcribed by Sandy Boudrou
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