|Birth: ||Apr. 10, 1836|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 21, 1921|
Fond du Lac County
Charles Haseltine was born in Canasaraga, Madison County, NY, on April 10, 1836, the son of Ebenezer and Mary (McClary) Haseltine. He received his early education at the Chittenango Academy, a few miles from his birthplace. In 1854 he migrated to Lockport, Illinois, working on a farm and studying surveying and civil engineering with A.J. Mathewson. He later obtained an engineering position in southern Illinois until the Civil War broke out.
Mr. Haseltine enlisted as a private in the Chicago Mercantile Battery on August 7, 1862, and was soon made a non-commissioned officer. He served with this battery through all of its battles and campaigns up to and including the siege and capture of Vicksburg, in which he was injured. He served for a time as engineer and draftsman on the staff of General Carr, and on August 6, 1864, was promoted to first lieutenant and assigned to the 97th U.S. Colored Infantry. He later rejoined his battery and took part in the Red River campaign. He was again assigned to duty with the engineers and was sent to Texas to build forts, and continued this work until the end of the war in 1865.
Returning from the war in 1865, Mr. Haseltine went to Schofield to enter the milling and lumber industry. He owned a planing mill and a shingle mill until the fall of 1877 when he moved to Wausau. His business partner was his sister, William Scholfield's wife Mary. In 1882 he purchased the interests of Ms. Schofield and became sole owner.
In 1871 Charles Haseltine was united in marriage in Lockport on September 13, 1871 to Ella Gooding of Lockport. Her father was chief engineer of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Together they had four children.
Mr. Haseltine was president of the Marathon County Bank from 1875 until he disposed of his interests at Schofield in 1883. He was appointed postmaster of Schofield in 1875 and continued in that capacity for several years. In 1882, he erected the first Bell telephone line of any consequence to connect his Wausau home to his office in Schofield.
In 1883, due to health problems, he sold all his lumber interests to the Brooks & Ross Lumber Company to be able to spend two winters in New Mexico. He returned to the area in 1884 and lived in Minneapolis until 1890, purchased the Oakwood Hotel in Green Lake, WI, and moved with his family to Ripon, WI. He lived there until his death on August 21, 1921, at age 85. He is buried in Hillside Cemetery in Ripon, WI.
Bio by Bill Hart
Ella Frances Gooding Haseltine (1847 - 1935)*
Anne Haseltine Wright (1872 - 1951)*
William Ebenezer Haseltine (1874 - 1963)*
Adelaide Norton Haseltine Carter (1881 - 1914)*
Fond du Lac County
Created by: Claudia Ellsberg
Record added: Sep 13, 2011
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