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Thomas Massee

Posted: 4 Sep 2000 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 6 Nov 2002 4:37PM GMT
Surnames: Massee, Elting, McGhan, Ordemann
Source: Dunn County History (1925), page 498 &499

Thomas Massee, a worthy pioneer of Dunn County, now deceased, was a prominent representative of a family that gave its name to the locality originally known as the Massee Settlement, but later as Louisville, this county. He was born in the town of Western, Oneida County, N.Y., June 3, 1836. When 19 years of age, he, with his brothers, William and Fletcher, came west to McHenry County, Illinois and from there in 1857 to Dunn County, Wisconsin, settling, as already initimated, at Louisville in the town of Dunn, where several of his brothers and sisters also settled, thus giving their name to a locality. Here Thomas bought 80 acres of land and began farming. From time to time he added to his holdings until he had 200 acres which he devolped into a good piece of agricultural property, clearing and fencing the land and erecting a good house, barn and out-buildings. After following general farming successfully until 1898, he sold the place to his son, George E., and retired, buying a residence at No. 1208 Seventh Street, Menomonie, where he spent the last years of his life, dying Feb. 28, 1906.

Thomas Massee was married Nov 28, 1864, to Rachel E. Elting, who was born in Walworth County, Wisconsin, Oct. 7, 1842, when this state was still politically a territory, her parents being Davis S. and Eliza (Esterly) Elting. With them she came to Dunn County, the family settling on land in the town of Rock Creek, where Mr Elting was engaged in farming for the rest of his life, dying in 1870. He had been for some years a widower, his good wife having passed away in 1863. Their daughter Rachel, who became Mrs. Thomas Massee, was educated in the rural schools and in the Wesleyan Seminary in Eau Claire, Wis., and taught school for four years prior to her marriage. Mr and Mrs Masse had three children, Everett, George E. and Frank, of whom the following is a fuller record. Everett, born July, 1866, is now a surveyor and estimator of timber, residing at Beaverton, Ore. He first married Minnie McGhan, who died five years later. His present wife was in maidenhood, Eva Lalone, and their children are Helen, Madge and Virginia. George E., born Sept. 11, 1873, who is engaged in dray business in Menomonie, married Anna K. Ordemann and had two children, Ethel R. and Lewyllen W. Frank, born Aug 28, 1875, owns and conducts a large fruit farm at Hood River, Ore. He married Lenora Steves of the town of Dunn, Dunn County, and has one child, Theodore Marlin. Mrs Thomas Massee, still survives and occupies the residence at 1208 Seventh Street, Menomonie. Though 82 years old, she is still quite active and able to attend to household duties. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for many years has been an active member of and worker in the Women's Christian Temperance Union, having served as delegate to the state convention of that organization held at Milwaukee.
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