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.
EW. BENNETT. While some men's lives quietly and peacefully are spent within the influences of a home, others meet with adventures in the course of their career which read almost like a romance. Bold and adventurous, they penetrate into unknown lands and meet. unknown dangers. Among the latter class is the subject of this sketch, whose name is given at the opening of this article. He is one of the early pioneers of Waupaca county, arriving here in 1854 and settling near the present site of the town of Clintonville.
Mr. Bennett is a native of the Empire State, being born in Allegany county,in 1822, and is a son of Andie, and Rachel (Alcott) Bennett. The father was a farmer by occupation, and. served in the war of 1812. His death occurred in New York, and his wife died in the same State at a very advanced age. The paternal grand father, Cromwell Bennett, was born in Connecticut, and became a soldier of the Revolutionary war. He was of English descent. In the family of which our subject is a member-were six children, as follows: Sophronia, who died in New York in 1886, was the wife of Amasa Clark; Bushnell died at the age of sixty-three years; Sophia is the widow of Nelson Hammond, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Hardin died in New York at the age of twenty-one; Charles is a farmer of Crawford county, Wis.; E. W. is next in order of birth; and Jeannette died when seventy-two years of age.
In the schools of Allegany county, N. Y., Mr. Bennett received his education, and there he also engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1854, in that county, he led to the marriage altar Eleanor Emeline Knowlton, who was a native of Rhode Island, and was descended from an old New England family. After his marriage Mr. Bennett came to Waupaca county, Wis., settling in the woods when there were only five or six families in the county, and having to go on foot to New London, Wis., for supplies. He came to his present farm in a canoe, and has there passed through all the hardships and privations incident to life on the frontier. His wife passed away in 1880, leaving a family of eight children: George Victor, the first child born in Clintonville, Wis., still makes his home at that place, and is engaged in the lumber business; Andie, also a resident of the same place, is exploring for the Chicago & North Western railroad; Charley resides in Clintonville; Rachel is the wife of Stephen Gifford, of Crandon, Wis.; Emmett also lives in Clintonville; Frank is at home; and Alice Abbie Magnolia completes the family. Our subject was again married in Clintonville, in 1890 to Mrs. Martha Collins.
After his arrival in Wisconsin, Mr. Bennett engaged in exploring pine lands, traveling all through Northern Wisconsin and :Michigan, journeying on foot through the entire Lake Superior country, carrying his provisions and pack. He aided in surveying a large amount of land in this State, and prospected and found homes for many of the early settlers. For a time he was employed by the Lake Shore railroad, prospecting from Clintonville to Gogebic Range and to Ashland, Wis., and is thoroughly familiar with every section of that line of what is now the Chicago & North Western railroad,. being in their employ for eight years. He severed his connection with the railroads in 1887, and has since carried on farming, in which he is meeting with excellent success.
In politics Mr. Bennett is a Democrat, and has served as justice of the peace and town treasurer of Larrabee township, and was also assessor. In his social relations he is a member of Clintonville Lodge, No. 197, F. & A. M:, and was, a charter member of that order at New London and at Shawano, Wis., and also at Clintonville. In New York he held membership with the Masonic fraternity.
Mr. Bennett enlisted in Clintonville, in 1863, for the Civil war, becoming a member of Company K, Third Wisconsin Infantry, and was mustered into service at Madison, Wis., serving until the close of the war with the Twentieth Army Corps. He was with Sherman on the march to the sea from Savannah, participated in the battles of Murfreesboro and Jonesboro, and engaged in the Carolina campaigns. He took part in the review at Richmond, Va.,, and also in the grand review at Washington, D. C. On July 18, 1865, he received his discharge and returned home, having served as a faithful and valiant soldier. He is one of the well known men of this section of Wisconsin, And is now engaged in agricultural pursuits on a fine farm of eighty acres near the city , of Clintonville. He has seen the entire development of this region, and has been' largely instrumental in promoting its welfare and advancement, and his name deserves an honored place in the records of Waupaca county.