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Berton Jenkins "Higgie/Jinks" Higgins was born March 22, 1887, in Fairfield Twp., Sauk Co., WI, and died December 23, 1978, at Jefferson Meadows Nursing Home, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, at age 91. Buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. He is the son of Berton Higgins of McHenry Co., IL, and Harriet Jane "Hattie" Harmon of Greenfield, Sauk Co., WI.

Clarissa Belle "Clara" Abbey was born August 14, 1887, in Fond du Lac Co., WI, and died October 24, 1966, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, Wood Co., WI, at age 79. Buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. She is the daughter of Charles Washington Abbey of South Byron, Fond du Lac Co., WI, and Cora Adella Armstrong of Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI.

Berton Jenkins "Higgie" Higgins and Clarissa Belle "Clara" Abbey were married August 9, 1911, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Bump, Mound Street, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Both are buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Also buried there are their two children and Clarissa's sister, Phoebe E. Abbey, as well as other Higgins family members.

Berton Jenkins "Higgie" Higgins and Clarissa Belle "Clara" (Abbey) Higgins had two children:

  1. Evelyn Arlene Higgins: Born November 22, 1915, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI; Died May 16, 1916, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI (age Infant). Buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery (Baraboo Cemetery), Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI.
  2. Lloyd Eugene Higgins: Born October 18, 1918, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI; Died March 2, 1963, in a two-car accident seven miles west of Green Bay, Brown Co., WI (age 44). Buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery (Baraboo Cemetery), Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Never married.



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Leigh Larson visited Walnut Hill Cemetery on September 17, 2008. Both sides of the same gravestone are shown.

Walnut Hill Cemetery (Baraboo Cemetery)
Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisconsin

Abbey, Phoebe E., b. Aug 20, 1896, d. Dec 20, 1918, s/w Berton Higgins, Section K

Higgins, Berton J., b. Mar 22, 1887, d. Dec 23, 1978, s/w Phoebe E. Abbey, Section K
Higgins, Clarissa B., b. Aug 14, 1887, d. Oct 24, 1966, s/w Berton Higgins, Section K
Higgins, Evelyn A., b. Nov 22, 1915, May 16, 1916, s/w Berton Higgins, Section K
Higgins, Lloyd E., b. Oct/Nov 18, 1918, d. Mar 2, 1963, Wis. Sgt., Inf, WWII, s/w Berton Higgins, Section K
 


Berton Jenkins "Higgie" Higgins was born March 22, 1887, in Fairfield Twp., Sauk Co., WI.

Clarissa Belle "Clara" Abbey was born August 14, 1887, in Fond du Lac Co., WI.

The 1895 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 20, 1895, shows Burton Higgins is Head of Household living in Fairfield Twp, Sauk Co., WI. There are a total of 5 Males and 5 Females living there, all born in the United States.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 6, 1900, shows C. W. Abbey (age 38) born August 1861 in Wisconsin to English Canadian and English-born parents is a Laborer renting his home and is living in Milladore Twp., Wood Co., WI. Living with him is his wife of 17 years, Cora Abbey (age 33) born September 1866 in Wisconsin to English Canadian and New York-born parents, with all six of the children born to her still alive. Also living there are his five children, all born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents: Maud Abbey (age 14) born June 1885; Samual Abbey (age 7) born August 1892; Phebe Abbey (age 5) born August 1894; Ida Abbey (age 3) born January 1897; and Orin Abbey (age 9/12) born October 1899.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 5, 1900, shows James P. Barber (age 41) born June 1858 in Wisconsin to Ohio and English Canadian-born parents is a Farmer owning his farm with a mortgage and is living in Eau Pleine Twp., Portage Co., WI. Living with him is his wife of 14 years, Mathilda Barber (age 31) born August 1868 in Wisconsin to German-born parents, with one of the two children born to her still alive. Also living is his son, Evin Barber (age 12) born February 1888 in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents. Also living there: a Boarder, John Norton (age 56) born August 1843 in New York to English Canadian-born parents, an unmarried Day Laborer; and a Servant, Clara Abba (age 12) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents, a House Keeper.

The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Chas. Abbey (age 45) born in Wisconsin to English-born parents is a Drayman renting his home and living in the 1st Ward, City of Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Cora Abbey (age 38) born in Wisconsin to New York-born parents. Also there are his six unmarried children, all born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents: Sammy Abbey (age 12); Oran Abbey (age 5); Maude Abbey (age 19); Clara Abbey (age 17); Phoebe Abbey (age 10); and Ida Abbey (age 7).

The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Hattie Higgins (age 43) born in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania-born parents is a widow renting her farm and is living in Fairfield Twp, Sauk Co., WI. Living with her are her 8 unmarried children, all born in Wisconsin to Illinois and Pennsylvania-born parents: Myrtle Higgins (age 21) a Student; Charles T. Higgins (age 19) a Farm Hand; Burton J. Higgins (age 18) a Farm Hand; George Higgins (age 17) a Farm Hand; Irene Higgins (age 15); Roy Higgins (age 13); Ethel Higgins (age 6); and Carl Higgins (age 8/12).

In 1906 Charles removed to Beulah, ND, and farmed south of the city. He was one of the pioneer settlers of Beulah.


The Evening News, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, January 15, 1907

AT THE ALTER OF HYMEN

Miss Clara Abbey of this city, has received a letter from Glen Ullin, N. D., announcing the marriage of her sister Maude, to Orin Sovereign on Dec. 30. The Abbey family went to Dakota some months ago where the bride took up a claim. Her husband also has a claim in that state.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on May 4, 1910, shows Charles Abbey (age 48) born in Wisconsin to English-born parents is a Farmer owning his farm free of a mortgage and is living in Twp. 142, Mercer Co., ND. Living with him is his wife of 26 years, Cora Abbey (age 42) born in Wisconsin to New York and Canadian-born parents, with all six of the children born to her still alive. Also there are his five unmarried children, all born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents: Clara Belle Abbey (age 22), who works in a Woolen Factory; Samuel Abbey (age 17), a Farm Laborer on the Home Farm; Phoebe Abbey (age 15); Ida Abbey (age 12); and Oran Abbey (age 10). Leigh Larson note: His daughter, Hellen Maude, was crossed off the census entry, since she had moved away and married H. Oriel Sovereign. Clara B. Abbey (age 22) is a duplicate entry shown living in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, on April 20, 1910, as a Lodger in the Charles Burdick household. She is a Drawer in a Woolen Mill.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 20, 1910, shows Clara B. Abbey (age 22) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents is an unmarried Lodger and is living at 533 Third Avenue, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, a Drawer in a Woolen Mill. There are five others in the Charles Burdick household.

Berton Jenkins "Higgie" Higgins and Clarissa Belle "Clara" Abbey were married August 9, 1911, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Bump, Mound Street, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI.


The Evening News, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, August 10, 1911

BARABOO COUPLE ARE WEDDED

Miss Clara Abbey and Berton J. Higgins United.

Card of Thanks

Last evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Bump, Mound street, the wedding of Miss Clara Abbey to Berton J. Higgins took place. Rev. C. S. Knight officiated and the couple were attended by Corey Norton, Miss Hazel Gerofski, Roy Higgins and Miss Pearl Goude. About twenty of the nearest relatives and friends were present. After the ceremony an elaborate repast was served. Mr. and Mrs. Higgins left on passenger train No. 11 last night for Superior, Duluth and various points in North Dakota. They will make their home in North Dakota where the bride's parents now reside. The bride has been making her home with Mr. and Mrs. George Holmes, Third avenue, and the groom is a son of Mrs. Bert Higgins of Fairfield. At the station last night they were met by a crowd of young friends and showered with rice.


Evelyn Arlene Higgins died May 16, 1916, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, at age 5 months. Buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery (Baraboo Cemetery), Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI.


The WWI Draft Registration Report dated 1917 or 1918 shows Berton J. Higgins is a married Traveling Salesman for Humane Stanchion Works and is living at 327 8th Avenue, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 9, 1920, shows Berton J. Higgins (age 32) born in Wisconsin to Illinois and Wisconsin-born parents is a Barn Equipment Traveling Salesman renting his home and is living at 327 8th Avenue, 1st Ward, City of Baraboo, Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Clarissa Higgins (age 31) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents. Also living there is his son, Lloyd Higgins (age 1-2/12) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents. Also living there is Berton's unmarried brother-in-law: Oran Abbey (age 20) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 11, 1930, shows Burtin Higgins (age 42) born in Wisconsin to United States-born parents and first married at age 24 is a Barn Equipment Contractor owning his home worth $3,500 and is living at 821 Summit Street, 1st Ward, City of Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Clarissa Higgins (age 41) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents and first married at age 23. Also living there is his son: Lloyd Higgins (age 11), born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 22, 1940, shows Burton Higgins (age 53) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 1 year of High School, is a Salesman of Barn Equipment who owns his home worth $3,360 and is living at 821 Summit Street, 1st Ward, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Clarissa Higgins (age 50) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 2 years of High School. Also living there is his son, Lloyd Higgins (age 21) born in Wisconsin,  and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 4 years of High School, a Surveyor Helper for the State Highway. Also living there is an unmarried Roomer, John T. Garner (age 32) born in Wisconsin and with 2 years of College and 5 years ago was living in Bloomington, Grant Co., WI, a Farm R. R. Supervisor for the Dept. of Agriculture.

Lloyd Eugene Higgins died March 2, 1963, in a 2-car accident seven miles west of Green Bay, Brown Co., WI, at age 44. Buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery (Baraboo Cemetery), Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI.


Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Monday, March 4, 1963

Former City Resident Is Crash Victim

Lloyd E. Higgins, 44, Marshfield, a former Wisconsin Rapids resident, died in a Brown County accident Saturday afternoon which snuffed out the lives of all four persons involved. They died in a head-on crash of two autos at the intersection of Highways 29-32 and a town road, seven miles west of Green Bay, at 4:15 p.m. Higgins was alone in his car. Victims in the other vehicle were all members of a rural Oneida family - Eastman Skenadore, 53, his wife, Lucille, 49, and a son, Gordon, 7. Funeral Tuesday. Funeral services for Higgins will be held at the Hansen Funeral Home in Marshfield at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Douglas P. Oyan officiating. Interment will be in the Walnut Hill Cemetery at Baraboo. Higgins was born at Baraboo Oct. 18, 1918, and graduated from high school there in 1938. He entered the armed forces in 1940, serving four years, after which he was employed at Badger Ordinance Works. He  moved to Wisconsin Rapids in 1949, working at the Montgomery Ward Store. Since moving to Marshfield in 1956, he had been employed as an insurance claims adjuster. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Higgins of Marshfield.


   

The Military Gravestone Request for Lloyd Eugene Higgins.


Clarissa Belle "Clara" (Abbey) Higgins died October 24, 1966, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, Wood Co., WI, at age 79. She is buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI.


The  Marshfield News-Herald, Marshfield, Wood Co., WI, Tuesday, October 25, 1966

Local Resident Is Dead at 79

Mrs. B. J. Higgins, 79, of 608 S. Ash Ave., died at 2:45 p.m. Monday in St. Joseph's Hospital following a lingering illness. Services will be conducted at 1 p. m. Wednesday at the Hansen Chapel here with the Rev. Virgil E. Taylor, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be made in the Walnut Hill cemetery at Baraboo. The body will repose at the funeral home from 2 p.m. today until the time of services. The former Clarissa Abbey was born in Fond du Lac County on Aug. 14, 1887, and at an early age moved to Milladore and then to Baraboo where she received her education. Her marriage to Berton J. Higgins took place Aug. 9, 1911, at Baraboo. After their marriage, the couple made their home in Baraboo until March 15, 1941, when they came to Marshfield. Mrs. Higgins was a member of the Circles of the First Presbyterian Church, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary, and was active in the Grey Ladies, Home Nursing and the Royal Neighbors. In addition to her husband, survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Ira (Ida) Miller, Bonduel; and Mrs. Helen M. Sovereign, Los Angeles, Calif. She was preceded in death by a son, Loyd on March 2, 1963; a daughter, in infancy; two brothers and a sister.


The  Marshfield News-Herald, Marshfield, Wood Co., WI, Thursday, October 27, 1966

Rites Held for Mrs. Higgins

Services were conducted on Wednesday afternoon at the Hansen Chapel for Mrs. B. J. Higgins, who died Monday. The Rev. Virgil E. Taylor, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiated, and burial was made in the Walnut Hill cemetery at Baraboo. Pallbearers were John Carpenter, Dr. Fred Farley, Al Kohs, Ronald Hupe, Glenn D. Tinkham and Louis David. Mrs. John F. Lueck, accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Glenn D. Tinkham, sang "The Lord's Prayer." Attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. Ira Miller, Bonduel; Carl Higgins, George Higgins, Gary Higgins, Ralph Higgins, Mr. and Mrs. Wendal Higgins, Charles Hackett, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Allen, Mrs. Clarence Zuehlke, Mrs. Everett Davis, Mrs. Jesse Von Wald, Walter Schacht, Dr. and Mrs. F. E. Wood and Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Frisch, Baraboo; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Harman and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Tritz, Portage; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Galston, Black River Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Finnegan and Charles Higgins, Reedsburg, and many other relatives and friends from Baraboo, Marshfield and the surrounding areas.


Berton Jenkins Higgins died December 23, 1978, at Jefferson Meadows Nursing Home, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, at age 91. He is buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI.


The  Baraboo News Republic, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, Tuesday, December 26, 1978

Berton J. Higgins

Mr. Berton J. Higgins, age 91, of Baraboo died early Saturday morning, December 23 at Jefferson Meadows after a long illness. He moved to Marshfield in 1941 where he was employed as a salesman for Berg Farm Equipment Company for 15 years. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Marshfield. Survivors include one brother, Carl of Baraboo; one sister, Ethel Steele of Riverside, California and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by one daughter; one son; four brothers and three sisters. Funeral services were held today at 2 p. m. Pastor Ronald Larsen officiated. Burial was made in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Baraboo.


The  Marshfield News-Herald, Marshfield, Wood Co., WI, Wednesday, December 27, 1978

Berton J. Higgins

Word has been received of the death of a former Marshfield resident. Berton J. Higgins died early Saturday at Jefferson Meadows Nursing Home, Baraboo. Death followed a lengthy illness. He was 91. The funeral was Tuesday in Baraboo. Burial was in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo. Mr. Higgins came to Marshfield in 1941 and worked for Berg Farm Equipment Company for 15 years. While in Marshfield he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He is survived by a brother, Carl of Baraboo; and a sister, Mrs. Ethel Steele of Riverside, Calif.


U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 Record Lloyd E Higgins
 

Name:

Lloyd E Higgins

Birth Year:

1918

Race:

White, citizen

Nativity State or Country:

Wisconsin

State:

Wisconsin

County or City:

Sauk

 

 

Enlistment Date:

15 Oct 1940

Enlistment State:

Wisconsin

Enlistment City:

Baraboo

Branch:

Infantry

Branch Code:

Infantry

Grade Code:

Corporal

Component:

National Guard (Officers, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)

Source:

National Guard

 

 

Education:

3 years of high school

Civil Occupation:

Actor (Motion picture actor. ) or Director, Motion Picture (Motion picture director.) or Entertainer

Marital Status:

Single, without dependents

Height:

66

Weight:

125