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William Searle "Bill" Abbey was born April 12, 1853, in Hope Twp., Durham Co., Canada West, and died Saturday, June 22, 1935, at his home in Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI, at age 82. Buried in Section 4, Lot 1/4 7, Block A, Eastside Cemetery, Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI. He is the son of Charles Oliver Abbey of Hope Twp., Durham Co., Upper Canada, and Phoebe Elizabeth Searle of Bodmin, County Cornwall, England.

Ida Elmira Blake was born September 17, 1858, in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI, and died Monday evening, October 6, 1941, in the hospital, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, at age 83. Buried in Section 4, Lot 1/4 7, Block A, Eastside Cemetery, Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI. She is the daughter of Simon Simpkins Blake of Martinsburg, Bedford (Blair) Co., PA, and Mary Magdalena Ambrose of Westmoreland Co., PA.

William Searle "Bill" Abbey (age 21) and Ida Elmira Blake (age 16) were married on October 1, 1874, in Grant Co., WI.

William Searle "Bill" Abbey and Ida Elmira (Blake) Abbey had eight children:

  1. Erwin William Abbey: Born May 11, 1876, in South Byron, Fond du Lac Co., WI; Died December 26, 1941, in Odessa, Ector Co., TX (age 65). Buried in Ector County Cemetery, Odessa, Ector Co., TX. Married September 6, 1908, in Sapulpa, Creek Co., OK, to Edna E. Hyde: Born February 8, 1889, in Neosho Falls Twp., Woodson Co., KS; Died November 28, 1972, at a nursing home in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV (age 83). Buried in Ector County Cemetery, Odessa, Ector Co., TX.
  2. Iva May Abbey: Born March 26, 1879, in Norton Center, Aldine Twp., Norton Co., KS; Died December 15, 1976, in Parkview Terrace Nursing Home, Platteville, Grant Co., WI (age 97). Buried in Eastside Cemetery, Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI.  Married March 29, 1899, in Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI, to Cyrus Lorin Mayfield: Born August 12, 1877, in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI; Died November 7, 1960, in the Iowa County Hospital, Dodgeville, Linden Twp., Iowa Co., WI (age 83). Buried in Eastside Cemetery, Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI.
  3. Mary Maude Abbey: Born December 10, 1881, in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI; Died September 30, 1986, in the Riverside Nursing Home, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI (age 104). Buried in Eastside Cemetery, Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI. Married August 12, 1903, at the Methodist Episcopal Church, Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI, to George Washington Stratman: Born October 3, 1876, in the Village of Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI; Died November 24, 1918, in Monroe, Green Co., WI (age 42). Buried in Monroe, Green Co., WI.
  4. Emma Jane Abbey: Born February 22, 1884, in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI; Died March 31, 1985, at Pine Ridge Manor, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI (age 101). Buried in Salem (Old Swede) Cemetery, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Married September 6, 1911, at Wesley Methodist Church, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, to Almo Joshua Larson: Born June 29, 1885, on the family farm in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI; Died November 19, 1962, in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI (age 77). Buried in Salem (Old Swede) Cemetery, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.
  5. Truman Fremont Abbey: Born May 19, 1886, in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI; Died July 1, 1977, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX (age 91). Buried in Mission Burial Park, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. Married (1) March 6, 1916, at Christ Episcopal Church, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX, to Alva Allison (Franks) Robert: Born July 7, 1889, in Dryden, Pecos Co., TX; Died September 4, 1919, in Del Rio, Val Verde Co., TX (age 30). Buried in Westlawn Cemetery, Del Rio, Val Verde Co., TX. Married (2) December 27, 1924, in Tampico, Mexico, to Dollie Ola Evans: Born August 12, 1902, in Austin, Travis Co., TX; Died July 30, 1972, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX (age 69). Buried in Mission Burial Park, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.
  6. Ruth Elizabeth Abbey: Born October 31, 1888, in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI; Died September 22, 1894, in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI (age 6). Buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI.
  7. Edna Blake Abbey: Born March 19, 1895, in Dodgeville, Dodgeville Twp., Iowa Co., WI; Died February 14, 1962, in Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI (age 66). Buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI.  Married March 17, 1915, at the home of the bride's parents, Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI, to Louis Herman Anderson: Born May 11, 1890, in Highland Twp., Iowa Co., WI; Died September 29, 1970, at Luther Hospital, Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI (age 80). Buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI.
  8. Glenn Allan Abbey: Born June 11, 1898, in Dodgeville, Dodgeville Twp., Iowa Co., WI; Died January 28, 1962, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX (age 63). Buried in Mission Burial Park, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX. Never married.



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Ontario was known as: "Upper Canada" from December 26, 1791, to February 10, 1841; "Canada West" from February 10, 1841, to July 1, 1867; and "Ontario" after July 1, 1867.


William Searle "Bill" Abbey and Ida Elmira (Blake) Abbey are buried in Section 4, Lot 1/4 7, Block A, Eastside Cemetery, Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI. There are two gravesites here for which a $25 perpetual care fee was paid under the name William Abbey. The two gravesites were purchased from Richard W. Parry.  A nearby grave contains Ida's brother, Sylvester Fremont Blake, located in Section 1 Lot 34 Block Bdr.


The 1851 Census/Assessment for Hope Township, Ontario, Canada shows Charles Abbey living on Lot 27, Concession 3, Total of 4 in Family. The Charles Abbey family lives in a Shanty, which includes both Allice Sarl (age 17) unmarried, and George Sarl (age 1). Allice is likely the sister of Elizabeth (Searle) Abbey.

About 1853, Charles, Phoebe, Lucinda and Isaac Abbey removed from Lot 27, Concession 3, Hope Twp., Durham Co., Canada West, to Clarke Twp., Durham Co., Canada West.


William Searle Abbey was born April 12, 1853, in Hope Twp., Durham Co., Canada West.


   

There was no official birth certificate at time of birth, but a delayed birth certificate was created to document his birth. This document was needed by the widow, Phoebe Elizabeth (Searle) Abbey, so she could include him in her Civil War Widow pension request.


The 1855 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1855, shows Simon Blake is the Head of Household and is living in Richmond (later Orion) Twp., Richland Co., WI. Living in the household; 1 Male, and 1 Female.

Ida Elmira Blake was born September 17, 1858, in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI.

In 1860 Charles, Phoebe, Lucinda, Isaac, William and Mary Abbey removed from Clarke Twp., Durham Co., Canada West to Oak Grove Twp., Dodge Co., WI.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on July 5, 1860, shows Charles Abby (age 35) born in Canada with personal estate valued at $100 is a Farm Laborer living in Oak Grove Twp., Dodge Co., WI. Living with him is Elizabeth Abby (age 34) born in England. Also living there are four children, all born in Canada: Lucinda Abby (age 12), Isaac Abby (age 9), William Abby (age 7), and Mary J. Abby (age 1). Charles and Elizabeth Abbey cannot read or write. Elizabeth Abby's father was living in the adjacent house: William Surl (age 60) is a Farmer born in England with real estate valued at $800 and personal estate valued at $400. Living with William is his wife Abigal Surl (age 69) born in Connecticut. Also living there are their children: Thomas Surl (age 25) born in New York and indicated as insane; and William Surl, Jr. (age 11) born in Canada. William, Abigail and Thomas Searle cannot read and write.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on June 19, 1860, shows Simon S. Blake (age 30) born in Pennsylvania is a Farmer living in Richmond Twp., Richland Co., WI with real estate valued at $1,000 and personal estate valued at $140. Living with him is his wife Mary M. Blake (age 24) born in Pennsylvania. Also there are their children: Sylvester F. Blake (age 4) and Ida Blake (age 2), both born in Wisconsin.

About 1861 the Charles Abbey family removed from Oak Grove Twp., Dodge Co., WI to South Byron, Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI.

By August 10, 1861, Charles and Phoebe were living in South Byron, Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI, when Charles Washington Abbey was born.

On December 9,1861, Charles Oliver Abbey, as a resident of Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI, enlisted in the Wisconsin Volunteers 14th Regiment Infantry Company A, along with his cousins Isaac Abbey and Wellington Abbey.

Charles Oliver Abbey was killed in action from a gunshot wound in the stomach on May 22, 1863, before the fortifications during the siege of Vicksburg, MS, at age 37. His body is not listed as being buried at the National Cemetery at Vicksburg. A marker would eventually be placed in Union Cemetery, Milladore, Wood Co., WI, alongside his wife, upon her death in 1903.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on August 3, 1870, shows William Abby (age 18) born in Canada of foreign-born parents and having attended school within the past year is an unmarried Farm Laborer living in Oakfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI. He is staying with a farmer family of Jackson Lurvey.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on June 7, 1870, shows Phebe Abbie (age 44) born in Canada West to foreign-born parents with real estate of $600 is Keeping House and is living in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI. Also living there are the following: Lucinda Abbie (age 22) born in Canada West, who is Keeping House;  Isaac Abbie (age 20) born in Canada West, a Farm Laborer; William Abbie (age 17) born in Canada West, a Farm Laborer; Mary Jane Abbie (age 10) born in Canada West, At School; and Chas. Washington Abbie (age 8) born in Wisconsin, At School.

Please note that William Abbey was listed at both residences in 1870.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on August 3, 1870, shows Simon Blake (age 41) born in Pennsylvania is a farmer living in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI with real estate valued at $2,000 and personal estate valued at $556. Living with him is his wife Mary Blake (age 34) born in Pennsylvania. Also there are their children: Sylvester Blake (age 14), Ida Blake (age 11), Viola Blake (age 9), Estella Blake (age 7), and Salome Blake (age 5). All children were born in Wisconsin.


The Republican, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI, Thursday, September 3, 1874

HOME MATTERS

Wm. Abbey, one of the young men who drilled Blake's deep well, in the town of Orion, had a "tame rattlesnake" that bit him on the left forefinger Tuesday. With a threshing party desirous of witnessing his manipulations of the beautiful pet, he proceeded to show, with the result stated. The injury is threatening, but it is hoped that he may speedily recover.


William Searle "Bill" Abbey (age 21) and Ida Elmira Blake (age 16) were married on October 1, 1874, in Grant Co., WI.

The 1875 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1875, shows Wm. Abbey is the Head of Household and is living in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI. Living in the household: 1 Male, and 1 Female.

Their first child, Erwin William Abbey, was born May 11, 1876, in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI.

By March 26, 1879, the William Abbey family was living in Norton Center, Aldine Twp., Norton Co., KS, when their second child, Iva May Abbey, was born.

By the first week in May, 1880 the William Abbey family had rented their Kansas land and planned to return to Richland Co., WI.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 23, 1880, shows William Abbey (age 27) born in Canada to Canadian and English-born parents is a Farmer living in Aldine Twp., Norton Co., KS. Living with him are: Ida Abbey (age 21) born in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania-born parents; Irwin Abbey (age 4) born in Wisconsin with a disability named billious fever; and Ivey Abbey (age 2) born in Kansas. 

In the fall of 1872, a rival town was started one mile further up the creek, called Norton Center. Mills, stores, shops, etc., were established, and for a time the village had a boom and seemed like a formidable rival of Norton, but within two or three years it collapsed, the best buildings were removed to Norton, and the scheme of building a large town at Norton Center collapsed. Nothing remains there but cellar holes and a few relics of the old mill.


The Observer, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI, Thursday, April 22, 1880

RICHLAND COUNTY CORRESPONDENCE

William Abbey, Sylvester Blake, Marty. Brenaman and Mr. Crouch, minister, have each located a "claim" in Norton county, Kan. Mr. Crouch is preaching on that circuit, and will not return to Wisconsin this year as he anticipated. Mr. Blake has rented his place for the year and will return home first week in May. The above claims are quarter sections and are first-class land.


By December 10, 1881, the family of four was already back living in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI, when Mary Maude Abbey was born.

On April 13, 1884, William Abbey and Ida E. Abbey his wife deeded 60 acres of land for the amount of $655 to Martina and Ferdinand Bender: The NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4, and the East 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 17, T9N (Orion Twp.). This is 60 acres of the 80 acres that Simon Blake owned in 1874.

The 1885 Wisconsin census for Richland County:

    Abbey, William: Orion Twp.; 2 Males, 4 Females

    Blake, Simon S.: Orion Twp.; 1 Males, 6 Females

    Blake, Sylvester: Orion Twp.; 1 Male, 1 Female


The Republican and Observer, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI, November 9, 1893

Following is the report of Oak Ridge school, district no. 5, town of Orion, for the term ending October 28, 1893:

First month - No. enrolled, 26; No. days taught, 19; whole No. days in attendance, 363; average daily attendance, 18; neither absent nor tardy, Kate and Jennie Kane, Emma Abbey, Ed. and Frank Sherman, Sarah and Austin McClaren; absent but not tardy, Ada Demmer, Tempest, Arthur, Oscar, Irvin, Rose, Ella and Bertha McClaren, Maud and Truman Abbey, Carrie Sherman, Fred Kellar and Willie Wilson.

Second month - No. enrolled, 19; No. days taught, 21; whole No. days in attendance, 342; average daily attendance, 16; neither absent nor tardy, Kate and Jennie Kane, Sarah, Austin and Ella McClaren, Ed. and Frank Sherman, Maud and Emma Abbey; absent but not tardy, Ada. Demmer, Art McClaren, Everett Miller, Leonard Frye and Dolly Wilson; tardy but not absent, Ralph and Jimmie Miller.

There are only 150 minutes lost by tardiness during the term and an average absence during the last month of 3. This speaks well for the punctuality and attendance and I can say that the deportment of the scholars was fully as good.   CHAS. HENRY, Teacher  


The 1895 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 20, 1895, shows Wm. Abby is living in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI. There are 3 Males and 5 Females living there: 7 born in the United States, 1 born in British America.

On the 1895 Plat of Orion Twp., Wm. Abbey is listed as the owner of 80 acres of land in the Eastern 1/2 of the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 17, T9N (Orion Twp.).

By June 11, 1898, the William Abbey family had removed from Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI, to the City of Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI.


   

William Searle "Bill" Abbey and Ida Elmira (Blake) Abbey, about 1898.


William Searle Abbey Family, about 1898


The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 26, 1900, shows William Abbey (age 47) is a farm laborer born April 1853 in Canada of English and Canadian-born parents, and renting his home in Dodgeville, Dodgeville Twp., Iowa Co., WI. Living with him are his wife of twenty five years, Ida Abbey (age 48) born September 1858 in Wisconsin of Pennsylvania-born parents. All of their children (except for Iva who had married and Ruth who died) are living in the household in the city of Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI. Irwin Abbey (age 24) born May 1876 is a traveling stationery salesman; Maude Abbey (age 18) born December 1881 is a dressmaker; Emma Abbey (age 16) born February 1884; Truman Abbey (age 14) born May 1886; Eda Abbey (age 5) born March 1895; and Allen Abbey (age 2) born June 1898. All of the children were born in Wisconsin. 


William Searle Abbey Family 30th Wedding Anniversary, 1904


The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Wm. Abby (age 53) born in Canada to England and Canadian-born parents is a Farmer Owning his own home with a mortgage and living in the City of Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Ida E. Abby (age 47) born in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania and Indiana-born parents. Also living there are his five unmarried children, all born in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania and Indiana-born parents: Wm. A. Abby (age 29) a Traveling Salesman; Emma J. Abby (age 21) a Housekeeper; Chas. T. Abby (age 19);  Edna B. Abby (age 10); and Glen A. Abby (age 7).

The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Emma Abbey (age 21) born in Wisconsin to Canadian and Wisconsin-born parents is an unmarried Servant in the William F. Ferguson household and living in the 6th Ward, City of Madison, Dane Co., WI.


The Grand Rapids Tribune, Grand Rapids, WI, August 1, 1906

SHERRY.

The Sherry Christian Endeavor Society have elected the following officers for the ensuing year: President, Otto Paulson; Vice-Pres., Thomas J. Williams; Secretary, Miss Hazel Putney; Treasurer, Miss Luella Whitney; Organist, Mrs. John Lounsbury.

Our little burg has for the past few weeks been busy getting settled after the event of the establishing of the Northwestern Collegiate Institute here which brings several families to reside here and causing many moves to be made, and houses are now very scarce and competent carpenters are in demand.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 21, 1910, shows William Abbey (age 57) born in Canada to Canadian and English-born parents and emigrating in 1860 and a naturalized citizen is a Farm Laborer owning his home in the 1st Ward, City of Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI. Living with him are his wife of 35 years, Ida Abbey (age 51) born in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania-born parents with 7 of her 8 children still alive. Also at home: their unmarried daughter, Edna Abbey (age 25) born in Wisconsin; and unmarried son, Allen Abbey (age 11) born in Wisconsin.

About 1915, William and Ida Abbey are living near Sherry Twp., Wood Co., WI.


The Grand Rapids Tribune, Grand Rapids, WI, Wednesday, October 20, 1915

SHERRY.

Mr. Herman Jantz assumed the management of the N. C. I. farm on Monday. Mr. Abbey is assisting him. They are getting the fall plowing done and preparing for winter.

Leigh Larson note: N. C. I. stands for the Northwest Collegiate Institute.


The Grand Rapids Tribune, Grand Rapids, WI, Wednesday, June 2, 1915

SHERRY.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Anderson of Fairchild came by auto Saturday for a brief visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Abby.


The Grand Rapids Tribune, Grand Rapids, WI, February 16, 1916

SHERRY.

Mrs. Abby has gone to Dodgeville to visit her children. She has had the grip and it is hoped the change will do her good.


The Gazette, Stevens Point, WI, May 24, 1916

SHERRY.

Isaac Abbey of Superior is visiting his brother Wm. Abbey.

Dick Schidell was injured last week by a falling log while working at the Abbey farm.


The Gazette, Stevens Point, WI, June 14, 1916

SHERRY.

Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Anderson and daughter Ruth of Rothschild are visiting Mrs. Anderson's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Abbey. Allen Abbey, who was graduated from the High school at Dodgeville last week, returned here Saturday.


The Gazette, Stevens Point, WI, December 14, 1916

SHERRY.

Allen Abbey who has been in the hospital and has been recovering from an operation, went to Fairfield with his sister and her husband on Monday, where he will remain until he has fully recovered, before returning to his home.


The Marshfield Times, Marshfield, WI, Wednesday, January 31, 1917

SHERRY.

Sherry,  January 29. - It is reported that William Abbey has sold his farm to a Mr. Gilbertson from Dodgeville.


The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI, Saturday, March 9, 1918

DODGEVILLE.

Dodgeville, March 9. - Mr. and Mrs. William Abbey have gone to Elk Mounds, where they expect to remain for a year.

Leigh Larson note: Elk Mound is a Township and also a small village located in Dunn Co., WI.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 25, 1920, shows William Abbey (age 66) born in Port Hope, Canada, to Port Hope, Canada, and English-born parents and emigrating in 1859 and naturalized in 1900 is a Farmer living on Menomonee Road, Spring Brook Twp., Dunn Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Elmira Abbey (age 61) born in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania and Indiana-born parents. Also living with them is their grandson, Dallas Stratman (age 15) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents.

By 1921 the William Abbey family was living in Dodgeville, WI.


   

William Searle "Bill" Abbey and Ida Elmira (Blake) Abbey, about 1924.


William Searle Abbey Family 50th Wedding Anniversary, 1924


The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 9, 1930, shows William Abbey (age 77) born in Canada emigrating in 1858 and a naturalized citizen, married at age 21 and retired, is living in his own home at 406 West Spring Street, Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Ida Abbey (age 71), married at age 16.


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Shown above: Ida (Blake) Abbey and William Searle Abbey, about 1934


William Searle Abbey died on Saturday afternoon, June 22, 1935, at his home in Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI, at age 82. Buried in Section 4, Lot 1/4 7, Block A, Eastside Cemetery, Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI.


The Dodgeville Courier, 1935

Obituary

WILLIAM ABBEY DIES AT HIS HOME ON SATURDAY

William Abbey, age 82, died at his home in this city Saturday afternoon. Born at Port Hope, Canada, he came to Wisconsin when a youth and had been a resident of Dodgeville for the past thirty-five years. Several years ago he suffered a broken hip which had confined him to his home. A kind, industrious and honorable man he is survived by his bereaved wife; three sons, Erwin of Breckenridge, Texas; Truman of San Antonio, Texas; and Glenn Allen of Caracas, Venezuela; four daughters, Mrs. Cyrus Mayfield of Chicago; Mrs. Maude Stratman and Mrs. Almo Larson of Waupaca and Mrs. L. H. Anderson of Eau Claire, also many grandchildren, great grandchildren and other relatives. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the Lulloff funeral home with Rev. A. R. Klein of the Methodist church officiating. Burial was in East Side cemetery.


Stevens Point Daily Journal; Stevens Point, WI, Wednesday, April 7, 1937

Oakland Briefs

Oakland, Farmington, April 6 - Mrs. Abbey, Dodgeville, who has spent the winter with his daughter, Mrs. Almo Larson, leaves Wednesday for Eau Claire to visit another daughter before returning home.

Wilbur Larson of Ironwood, Mich., called on his parents, Mr. and  Mrs. Almo Larson, Friday on his way to Milwaukee.

Mrs. Almo Larson is entertaining her club Friday afternoon.


In March, 1939, Ida Elmira (Blake) Abbey as a widow moved from the City of Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI, to Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Almo Larson.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 18, 1940, shows Almo Larson (age 54) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 1 year of College, is a married Farmer of a Farm, and who owns his farm worth $2,000 and is living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife, Emma Larson (age 56) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 8 years of School; his unmarried son, Royal Swenson (age 16) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Waupaca Co., WI, and with 2 years of High School; his daughter, Deloros Swenson (age 14) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Waupaca Co., WI, and with 1 year of High School; his son, Donald Swenson (age 11) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Waupaca Co., WI, and with 5 years of School; his son, Robert Mathewson (age 14) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Waupaca Co., WI, and with 1 year of High School; his widowed mother-in-law, Ida Abbey (age 82) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI, and with 8 years of School; and an unmarried Hired Hand, Richard Johnson (age 19) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Waupaca Co., WI, and with 8 years of School, a Farm Hand. Leigh Larson note: The four children that the census taker listed Almo's, were not his natural children, but may have been foster children. The Almo Larson home housed numerous foster children and wards of the court.

Ida Elmira (Blake) Abbey died Monday evening, October 6, 1941, at the hospital, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, at age 83. Buried in Section 4, Lot 1/4 7, Block A, Eastside Cemetery, Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI.


The Capital Times; Madison, WI, Wednesday, October 8, 1941

Dodgeville Woman Dies at Waupaca

DODGEVILLE, Wis. - Mrs. Ida Blake Abbey, 83, Dodgeville, died at a hospital at Waupaca Monday night. A resident of Wisconsin for 80 years, Mrs. Abbey had lived here for the past 44 years. Survivors are three sons, Erwin Abbey, Odessa, Tex., C. P. Abbey, San Antonio, Tex., and Glenn Allen Abbey, U. S. counsel general at London, Eng.; four daughters, Mrs. Cyrus Mayfield, Cicero, Ill., Mrs. Mauda Stratman and Mrs. Elmo Larson, both of Waupaca, and Mrs. Louis Anderson, Eau Claire; four sisters; 16 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren. Services will be Thursday at 12:30 at the Lulloff funeral home here. The Rev. Dean Irsh of the Methodist church will officiate. Burial will be in the East Side cemetery here.


The Dodgeville Courier; Thursday, October 9, 1941

Obituary

MRS. IDA B. ABBEY WILL BE BURIED HERE TODAY

The funeral for Mrs. Ida B. Abbey, who died Monday evening in a Waupaca hospital, will be held this Thursday afternoon at 12:30 o'clock from the Lulloff Funeral Home, with Rev. Deane W. Irish officiating. Mrs. Abbey, who was 83 years of age last Sept. 17th, was a splendid mother and citizen and appeared and acted much younger than her years. For 35 years she was a resident of Dodgeville and left here two years ago last March to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Almo Larson at Waupaca. Surviving are three sons: Erwin of Breckenridge, Tex.; Truman of San Antonio, Texas and Glenn Allen of the diplomatic corps in London, England; four daughters, Mrs. Cyrus Mayfield of Chicago; Mrs. Almo Larson and Mrs. Maude Stratman of Waupaca and Mrs. L. H. Anderson of Eau Claire. There are also many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Burial will be made in East Side Cemetery beside her husband, William Abbey who preceded her in death, June 24, 1935.


Leigh Larson visited the Dodgeville High School on June 1, 2005, and found a ledger listing of graduates in the early years of the high school. Only two of the Abbey children, Truman Abbey (Class of 1906) and Allan Abbey (Class of 1916) are listed. None of the other Abbey children are recorded as having graduated.


        

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Abbey Picnic at the Andersons, Eau Claire, WI, about 1951

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Abbey Picnic at the Andersons, Eau Claire, WI, about 1951

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Abbey Picnic at the Andersons, Eau Claire, WI, about 1951