From "Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin Counties: Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano" by Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co. 1895.
HEZEKIAH S. SCOVILLE is one of the honored pioneers of Waupaca county who has experienced the vicissitudes and hardships inseparable from the early stages of civilized colonization. He was among the earliest settlers of the Upper Wisconsin Valley, and like many of his hardy and determined confreres he was compelled in extremity to resort to many expedients to keep the phantom wolf from his cabin door.
Mr. Scoville was born in Onondaga county, N. Y., July 9, 1813, son of James and Lydia (Hall) Scoville, who in an early day migrated with one child from Connecticut, their native State, and opened up the large farm in Onondaga county, N. Y., which in subsequent years it became their lot in life to clear and till. James and Lydia Scoville had sixteen children, of whom the following grew to maturity: Hiram, Timothy, Joseph and Benjamin (twins), Salinas, Hezekiah S., Julia, Lydia, Mary Ann, Harriet, and Athelreid. During the years 1812 to 1814 James Scoville kept a tavern near his farm, but afterward returned to the homestead, where many years later he and his wife passed away.
Hezekiah Scoville was reared on the farm and educated in the common schools, afterward taking two terms in an academy. In 1834 he was married in Onondaga county to Elizabeth Alderman, and after his marriage engaged in farming for a few years, subsequently keeping a public house in New York, and later was proprietor of a small store. In 1854 he came west, settling on a farm seven miles distant from Waupaca, which he paid for, but was soon compelled to mortgage it for fifty dollars in order to pay for the transportation of his goods from Sheboygan to his farm. After getting settled he again ran out of money, and he then made baskets which he sold for groceries. He was a natural mechanic, and built a shop where he manufactured axe helves and sleighs, in the meantime clearing up his farm. For fifteen years he manufactured cigars, and traveled through the country selling them. He tried raising hops, but the experiment was a failure, and he finally sold his farm and purchased a home in Waupaca City, where his wife died in 1888. They had three children: George, who died in Minnesota in 1888; Clark L.; and a daughter who died at the age of two years. Mr. Scoville now lives with his son Clark L., a sketch of whom follows. He has been an honest, hard?working pioneer, and bears an unblemished name. In politics he is a stanch Republican, and for fifty years he has been a steadfast and consistent member of the M. E. Church.
CLARK L. SCOVILLE, son of Hezekiah S. Scoville, is the popular landlord of a popular hotel, the "Scoville House," of Waupaca. He was born, January 10, 1849, in the town of Oran, Onondaga Co., N. Y. , and was but five years old when his father, in 1854, came to the pioneer home in the wilderness of Wisconsin. He remained on the farm until he was eighteen years old, assisting in the farm work and attending the district schools at intervals, excepting four months, when; at the age of fourteen years, he clerked in a store. He next engaged in manufacturing cigars, also running a small grocery store, and continued thus for about ten years, when he resumed farming life, clerking at intervals, however, as his health would permit, until 1888, when the farmhouse burned. Mr. Scoville then resolved to change his business. Coming to Waupaca he opened a boarding house, and found that as a landlord he was a decided success. He gradually enlarged the house, until it has today grown into one of the leading hotels of the city, containing fifty rooms and enjoying an active and lucrative trade.
In February, 1873, Mr. Scoville was married to Lydia Saxton, who was born at Ithaca. N. Y., daughter of Garwood T. and Ruth (Brown) Saxon, both natives of New York, who in 1859 migrated to Portage county, Wis., where they now live. They
had four children: John, who died at the age of eighteen years; Lydia, Gilbert and Margaret. Garwood T. Saxton was one of a family of nine children, of whom we have mention of Margaret, Gilbert, Wheeler, Maria, Loretta, John and Garvin. The maternal grandfather of Mrs. Scoville, John Brown, was a native of New York, and was a colonel in the war of 1812; he married Nancy Jones, and to them a family of nine children were born, as follows: Mary, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Edward, Ruth, Lydia, and three who died young. Clark L. and Lydia Scoville have two children: Winnie and Burton. They are members of the M. E. Church, and active in Church work. Mr. Scoville is a Republican in politics, arid while deeply interested in the success of the party is not a politician, though he has filled the office of supervisor. Socially he is a member of the Masonic Lodge and Chapter at Waupaca.