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Alfred C. McComb
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Birth: Feb. 29, 1857
Outagamie County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Oct. 28, 1939
Winnebago County
Wisconsin, USA

A.C. M'Comb Dies
Here Today After
Extended Illness

Pioneer Oshkosh Lumberman
and Realtor Passes Away.
Funeral Rites to Be
Held Monday

Alfred C. McComb, pioneer
Oshkosh lumberman and realtor,
died at his home at 35 Mount
Vernon street at 3:30 o'clock this
morning after an extended period
of failing health. He was 82 years
of age.
Born at Hortonville in Outa-
gamie county, Feb. 29, 1857, the
son of Mathew and Mary Jane
McComb, he was reared on a
farm and obtained his prepara-
tory education at the Hortonville
High school. He qualified as a
teacher, and engaged in that
profession while earning his way
through Lawrence college, Apple-
ton, graduating from that insti-
tution in June 1878.
Following his graduation from
college, he continued in the teach-
ing profession in the capacity of
principal and superintendent in
several Wisconsin city schools and
as superintendent of the Bozeman
academy at Bozeman, Mont.
In 1892 he came to Oshkosh and
engaged in the real estate busi-
ness, creating two additions, one
of 40 and one of 25 acres, sub-
dividing and improving the prop-
erty. These additions now com-
prise the Sixteenth ward.
Mr. McComb early invested in
timber lands and farms, at one
time owning in full fee title, over
100,000 acres. He was reputed to
be one of the largest individual
timberland owners in Wisconsin,
holding tracts in Michigan, Mis-
souri, Florida, Arkansas, Michi-
gan and Oregon. He engaged in
real estate activities in Wisconsin
Rapids, Bozeman, Mont., Rib Lake,
Helena, Ark., and Clover Leaf
lake resort, in addition to Osh-
Always a public spirited citizen,
the deceased contributed gener-
ously during his lifetime to va-
rious philanthropic and civic
causes. A lover of music he con-
tributed to the promotion of local
bands. Although his personal re-
ligion was largely that of the
"Golden rule" he donated fre-
quently to local religious institu-
tions of all denominations.
One of his best known civic con-
tributions was his sponsorship in
1926 of the movement that
brought the mortal remains of
Chief Oshkosh from their original
resting place in the Keshena In-
dian reservation to a place of
honor at the foot of Trentanove
statue in Menominee park. He
financed the entire project at a
considerable cost to himself.
Another phase of his desire to
promote the beauty of the commu-
nity was the construction of a
towering granite monolith in Riv-
erside cemetery.
He was twice nominated for the
office of state senator from the
Nineteenth senatorial district, and
for five years was a trustee for
Lawrence college, Appleton. For
many years he was a member of
Kiwanis and Oshkosh Elks lodge,
No. 292.
June 13, 1894, he married Ella
G. Wilson of this city. She pre-
ceded him in death some years
The survivors are: Two daugh-
ters, Mrs. G. M. Watterson. of Chi-
cago, and Mrs. Harold Zaug of
New London; one granddaughter,
Suzanne Zaug of New London, and
a sister, Mrs. Ina Reineking of
Funeral services will be held
Monday afternoon al 2:30 o'clock
at the Mallory & Arhelger funeral
home. Burial will be in Riverside
—Oshkosh Daily Northwestern; Saturday, October 28, 1939


Alfred McComb
Dies at Oshkosh

Wealthy Lumberman Was
Lawrence Graduate,
Former Trustee

Alfred C. McComb, 82, wealthy
Wisconsin lumberman, and a grad-
uate and former trustee of Law-
rence college, died at Oshkosh Sat-
Many years ago, McComb pre-
dicted his death would come in 1934
and he erected a 55-foot monolith
in Riverside cemetery at Oshkosh.
Queried recently about his pre-
diction going wrong, he said "It
must have been a bad guess."
He was graduated from Law-
rence college in 1878 and was a
trustee from 1909 to 1912. He at one
time said he owned 100,000 acres of
timberland in Wisconsin, which
made him the state's largest land
He financed a project in 1926 in
which the body of Chief Oshkosh
was brought from the Keshena In-
dian reservation and interred un-
der a monument in Menominee
park at Oshkosh. Twice Mr. Mc-
Comb was nominated state senator.
Survivors are two daughters,
Mrs. G. M. Watterson, Chicago; Mrs.
Harold Zaug, New London; one sis-
ter, Mrs. Ina Reineking, Horton-
ville; one granddaughter.
Funeral services were held today
at Oshkosh, with burial under the
monolith he erected at Riverside
cemetery in that city.
—Appleton Post-Crescent; Monday, October 30, 1939


Oct. 28 A. C. McComb, a prominent figure in Wisconsin life of lumber business, died at Oshkosh at age of 82. Mr. McComb was at one time principal of the Centralia [now Wisconsin Rapids] schools. While here he platted the McComb addition - now of record - The old school in which he taught was torn down and replaced by the present Lowell.
—Tom Taylor book 
Family links: 
  Matthew McComb (1820 - 1898)
  Mary J. Stewart McComb (____ - 1891)
  Edwin B. McComb (____ - 1864)*
  Isaack N McComb (1850 - 1938)*
  Alfred C. McComb (1857 - 1939)
  Emma A. McComb Lewis (1859 - 1938)*
  Ina V. McComb Reineking (1867 - 1948)*
*Calculated relationship
A.C. McComb
Riverside Cemetery
Winnebago County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: West of US 45 and Winchester Ave.
GPS (lat/lon): 44.04485, -88.56556
Created by: Keith
Record added: Aug 23, 2010
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Alfred C. McComb
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