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Alva M Markham
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Birth: Aug. 13, 1848
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 10, 1930

Born in New York as were his parents, Hiram J.and Emilie Sharpe Markham. He came to Dunn County with his parents in 1858.
Children; Berthie July 1882,Racey 1885,
Cleel October 1890,and Earl c.1891. Married 28th March, 1876. "Alvre" used on one census record.
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[Source:"History of Dunn County, Wisconsin"
Curtiss-Wedge, F.; Jones, Geo. O., Editor
H.C. Cooper, Jr. & Co., 1925 pages 455-456]

Alva Markham was a man of pioneer experiences. He was born in New York State, Aug. 13, 1848, son of H. J. and Emily (Sharpe) Markham, and came west with his parents in 1853, the family settling first in Dodge County, Wisconsin. In 1858 they came to Dunn County and for four years H. J. Markham was engaged in farming in the town of Peru. Then selling out there, he came to the town of Menomonie, settling on government land two miles north of Menomonie Junction. After remaining there for several years they left Alva and went to the state of Washington, making their home near Spokane, where they both passed away.
Alva Markham acquired his education in the district school, and remained at home assisting his parents until he was 28 years old. He then bought 40 acres of railroad land in Section 3 in the town ot Menomonie. It was heavily covered with timber and there were no buildings nor other improvements, so that the task of converting a farm out of it was a considerable one; but he set to work, made a clearing, built a small house, and then began the arduous work of cutting the timber, grubbing out the stumps and breaking the soil. As soon as possible he began general farming, which he kept up on his original place, and then rented and worked another 40 acres adjoining. Thus was he occupied for many years or until 1914, when he temporarily retired, renting our his farm and moving to North Menomonie, where he bought a house which he and his wife lived in for four years. He then returned to his farm, which he operated for another four years, or until 1922. In that year he finally retired and resumed his residence in North Menomonie, renting the farm to his son Earl C.

As clerk of School District No. 2 he rendered useful service for 21 years. Naturally, he is a man very well known, and for many years was one of the leading men of his town and his record is one to which the fellow townsmen can point with pride. Alva was a stockholder in the New Hudson Road Creamery. He served for 25 years as assessor. For six years he was not only a member but chairman of the town board, which made him a member of the county board, and as such he had a hand in shaping the destinies of Dunn County.

Alva Markham was married March 28, 1876, to Emily Racey, who was born in London, England, Nov. 9, 1849. For 48 years she has been his faithful friend and companion, and in less than two years they will be able to celebrate their Golden Wedding. They were the parents of seven children, five now living, namely: Lily Belle, Alice, Bertha, Racey and Earl C.

Lily Belle is now Mrs. Arthur Finley of Menomonie and the mother of three children, Inez, Ethel and Jeanette.
Alice has been twice married; first to Anton Schneider, by whom she had two sons, Roland C. and Alva A., both living. She is now the wife of Albert Larson of the town of Menomonie.
Bertha, who is the wife of George Miller of Seattle, Wash., has one child, Henry.
Racey, a farmer in the town of Menomonie, married Lena Coonley and has one child, Agnes.
Earl C. is now operating the home farm and married to Emma Maves. 
 
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 Parents:
  Hiram J Markham (1820 - 1907)
 
 Spouse:
  Emily Racey Markham (1849 - 1930)
 
 Children:
  Lilly Belle Markham Finley (1877 - 1949)*
  Emily Alice Larson (1879 - 1929)*
  Racey Alva Markham (1885 - 1958)*
  Goldy Markham (1887 - 1887)*
  Earl C. Markham (1890 - 1950)*
 
 Siblings:
  Charlotte Markham Beare (1843 - 1889)*
  Rebecca Jane Markham Hoisington (1844 - 1901)*
  Alva M Markham (1848 - 1930)
  Almer Seth Markham (1855 - 1918)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Highland Cemetery
Menomonie
Dunn County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: 17B
 
Maintained by: Aavedt
Originally Created by: James Seidelman
Record added: Apr 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50629080
Alva M Markham
Added by: James Seidelman
 
Alva M Markham
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Rest In Peace, Alva...
- James Seidelman
 Added: Apr. 9, 2010
 
 
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