|Birth: ||Nov. 4, 1805|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 11, 1880|
San Joaquin County
Morris Walrod was born on November 4, 1805 in Montgomery County, NY, the son of Peter W. and Mary (Wayt) Walrod. On September 5, 1828, Morris was married to Anna Horning. Mr. & Ms. Morris Walrod arrived in Big Bull Falls (now Wausau), Wisconsin, having left Corning, New York, with a three-year stop in Chicago where they operated the Sauganish Hotel. Shortly after, Mr. Walrod partnered with D.R. Clements and opened a general merchandise store on the corner of Main and Washington streets.
In 1849, Mr. Walrod and Tim Soper bought the west half of the Stevens mill and built a house on Plumer Island, cutting the timber west of the Wisconsin River to Rib River.
Morris Walrod was elected Marathon County Treasurer in 1850 and served just that year. He holds the noted distinction of bringing the first chickens to Marathon County in 1850. As tame as that sounds, it nearly resulted in murder as Joe Quilmette, a half-breed Potowotomie Indian, killed eight chickens and took them to Kollock & Maur's saloon to be cooked up for the bar patrons. When Mr. Walrod discovered this, he challenged Mr. Quilmette, finally settling with him for $1.00 per chicken. A bit later, Mr. Quilmette, having taken his share of liquor, found Mr. Walrod and threatened to do bodily harm. Mr. Walrod told him to go away, but Mr. Quilmette, sensing that Mr. Walrod was afraid, tried to hit him. Mr. Walrod, who had been whittling and had his knife out, used it with serious results. Although it was first thought that Mr. Quilmette was dead, he later recovered.
The Walrods were only in Marathon County for ten years, but they earned high esteem as they did much to advance the growing village of Wausau. They left here in 1858 for New York, later moving to Stockton, California where they purchased a large ranch. Mr. Walrod died there on July 11, 1880 and is buried in the Collegeville Cemetery in Collegeville, San Joaquin County, California.
Duwain M Walrad (1845 - 1910)*
San Joaquin County
Created by: Bill Hart
Record added: Mar 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86080442