|Birth: ||Jun. 11, 1826|
New Brunswick, Canada
Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Green Lake, Marquette and Waushara Counties, Wisconsin,published 1890 by Acme Publishing Co., Chicago, Pages 380 and 383
Robert Boyle has for many years been numbered among the leading business men of Berlin, where he is now engaged
in dealing oils as a partner of Hollis Stedman. He was born in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, on the 11th of June, 1826, and is of Irish descent, his parents, Thomas and Catherine (Clark) Boyle, having both been native of Ireland.
His father was born in Londonderry, in March, 1796, and came to America in the early days of his manhood. His mother was born in Belfast, in June, 1796, and emigrated to New Brunswick at the age of eighteen years. They became acquainted and were married in New Brunswick and for some years Mr. Boyle was engaged as express messenger in transporting goods from Boston to St. Andrews and the surrounding towns. Later, he opened a general store and
engaged in merchandising for about eight years. The last days of himself and wife were spent in the home of his
son Robert in Berlin.
Our subject is one of a family of five children, four of whom, two sons and two daughters, are now living. He
attended the public schools when a young lad, but at the age of fourteen began earning the blacksmith's trade,
which he followed for thirty-five years. In 1849, having a short time previous to this married Rebecca Murphy,
of New Brunswick, Mr. Boyle removed with his bride to Manitowoc, Wis., where he engage in blacksmithing until
1852, which year witnessed his arrival in Berlin. He first built a small shop and in connection with blacksmithing
engaged in the manufacture of plows, cultivators and seed sowers, and so rapidly did his business increase that
it was not long before he was compelled to build a larger shop, in which he also had a planning mill to dress
lumber for doors, sash and blinds, which he manufactured quite extensively. He did a very flourishing business
in that line until ready-made goods became so cheap that he could not compete with them and so turned his attention to the manufacture of windmills and stump pullers. Again prosperity attended his efforts until 1875, when the firm of which he bought his supplies failed and caused him to lose heavily. His next venture was as a dealer in produce, in which business he embarked in 1876, as a partner of Hollis, Stedman, with whom he has since carried on operations. For the past two years they have been dealing in oil, Mr. Boyle giving the greater part of his time to that branch. They handled all the oils sold in Berlin. Two very energetic and capable business men comprise the firm of Boyle & Stedman and in consequence their business yields them a good income. They also own considerable property, including four business houses on block 16, on the south side of Huron Street, and one on block 14 at the corner of Huron and Capron Streets, besides residence property.
Mr. Boyle deserves no little credit for the success to which he has attained and may truly be called a self-made
man. He is numbered among the leading citizens of Berlin, and for eight years occupied the Republican party and
is a member of the Baptist Church.
Thomas Boyle (1796 - ____)
Catherine Boyle (1796 - ____)
Rebecca Murphy Boyle (____ - 1875)
Phylura Boyle (1851 - 1919)*
Hannah Boyle Brown (1853 - 1911)*
Green Lake County
Plot: Block 12, space 13, lot 4
Created by: humphreysetc
Record added: Dec 23, 2013
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