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Ephraim Burby, lumberman, Rice Lake, Barron county, was born in eastern Canada, April 14, 1833, a son of Roman and Marcellem (Duby) Burby, and is the second of fifteen children born to them, thirteen of whom are living. He came to the United States in 1858, and located at Dunn county, where he engaged with the Knapp, Stout Lumber Company at Menomonie. August 14, 1862, he enlisted in Company K, Fifth Wisconsin volunteer infantry, and was placed with the Sixth army corps. He participated in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Brandy Station, battle of Sailors' Creek, and was wounded int he hand at Gettysburg. He was discharged in June 1965, by general order, returned to Wisconsin, and again began work for the Knapp, Stout Lumber Company, with whom he has since remained. Mr. Burby was married November 16, 1863, in Menomonie, to Miss Alice Heazly, a native of Pennsylvania, of Dutch ancestry. They have two children: Laura, wife of D. R. Widner, and Nellie. The family are members of the Roman Catholic church. Politically, Mr. Burby is a republican, and is a member of the G. A. R. Post at Rice Lake.
-Transcribed from the "Historical and Biographical Album of the Chippewa Valley Wisconsin, 1891-2", pages 548-549.