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William Henry Packard
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Birth: Dec. 24, 1828
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Apr. 18, 1899
Bayfield County
Wisconsin, USA

William H. Packard

Father of Charles H. and James L. Packard Dies at Washburn

Charles H. and James L. Packard received a telegram Tuesday stating that their father, William H. Packard, died at his home in Washburn that forenoon at 11:20 o'clock, after an illness of about six months with calarrbal and stomach troubles.

William H. Packard was born at Springfield, Mass, December 24, 1828. When seven years old he removed with his parents to York, Madina county, Ohio, finally coming to Wisconsin in 1850. In 1853 he came to Stevens Point. He was a millright and was engaged most of the time in constructing mills in Portage and Marathon counties until 1858, when while rafting lumber down the river he suffered the loss of one leg. In 1858 he was elected register of deeds and retained that office until 1867. Soon after leaving that office he was appointed clerk of the circuit court and served in that position until 1872. He was re elected register in 1870, so that for two years he held the office of register and clerk of the court simultaneously. While holding the office of register he was also at one time city clerk and under sheriff, virtually performing all the duties of sheriff. In 1861 and 1862 he was deputy county treasurer. While he was register and clerk of the court he was also deputy clerk of the board of supervisors. When the county seat was at Plover he also held the offices of assessor and chairman of the board of supervisors of that town.

His long career about the court house and his intimate connection with the court gave him a good incite into law, which was supplemented by study, and he was admitted to the bar in 1872, and was in partnership with J. O. Raymond for four years. He was first elected district attorney in 1874, again in 1878 and re-elected in 1880.

Mr. Packard married Miss Elizabeth A. Beach at Oasis, Wis., February 28, 1853. The family left here thirteen or fourteen years ago and have since resided at Hayward and Washburn. He has been district attorney of Sawyer and Bayfield counties, and at one time was candidate for circuit Judge, but was defeated by a small majority.

The deceased is survived by a wife and eight children. The latter are George A, who is postmaster at Bayfield, Chas. H. and James L. of this city, Mrs. E. J. Palmer of Chemainus, British Columbia, Mrs. E. E. Bell of Crookston, Minn., Mrs. Wm. Bigler of Hayward, William of Bayfield, and John, a lad of 17 who lives at home.

Mr. Packard was among the pioneers of Stevens Point and had many times been highly honored by the people of the county. He was a Republican, and for more than three decades took an active part in every political campaign. All of the old residents will learn of his death with deep regret.

Printed in the Stevens Point Journal, Page 1, Saturday, April 22, 1899

From Source: "Wisconsin Its Story And Biography 1848-1913" By Ellis Baker Usher, Volume 5 & 6, 1914 - Transcribed and Submitted to Genealogy Trails by Friends for Free Genealogy

...George A. Packard was born at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, March 8, 1855, the oldest of seven children, whose parents were William H. and Elizabeth Packard, the former native of the state of Massachusetts, and the latter of Vermont.

William G. Packard is one of the pioneers of Wisconsin. His youth was spent in Massachusetts, and when he started out for himself the west afforded him the field of opportunity. On arriving in Wisconsin, he located in Stevens Point, in Portage county, and there started to work at his trade of millwright, a vocation which he had learned in Massachusetts. He helped to build some of the mills in that vicinity and was naturally drawn from mechanical work into the one leading industry of Wisconsin, that of lumbering. As an expert in the driving of logs, and river man, William H. Packard for a number of years had few superiors, if any, along the Wisconsin River. That was one of the most dangerous occupations connected with lumbering, as all who are familiar with the industry know, and one of the frequent accidents which befell the river men caused him the loss of a leg in 1858. This misfortune instead of making him lose his ambition, put new courage into his endeavors, though it changed the course of his career. In the same year he was elected county treasurer of Port age county, and gave an excellent administration of that office. In the meantime his attention was turned to the study of law, and from the time of his admission to the bar his achievements were of a progressive order. In 1864 he was elected district attorney of Portage county, holding that office several terms. His home was in Stevens Point, and the later years of his life-were spent in Bayfield county. In 1892 he located in Washburn, where he practiced law and was one of the leading citizens until his death at the age of sixty-one years. His widow is still living, and six of their children are also alive...

Family links: 
  Elizabeth A Beach Packard (1835 - 1915)
  George A. Packard (1855 - 1965)*
  Charles H Packard (1856 - 1932)*
  James L Packard (1860 - 1906)*
  Addie E Packard Bell (1862 - 1943)*
  Hattie J Packard Biegler (1862 - 1948)*
  Mary Elizabeth Packard Palmer (1864 - 1950)*
  Clark Packard (1873 - 1873)*
  William H. Packard (1875 - 1942)*
  John Adams Packard (1882 - 1971)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Cemetery
Stevens Point
Portage County
Wisconsin, USA
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William Henry Packard
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