Marcus Hinman Barnum

Marcus Hinman Barnum

Birth
Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Death 31 Jul 1904 (aged 70)
Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 86498766 · View Source
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Marcus Barnum was born in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York on March 14, 1834, the son of Marcus and Elizabeth (Lounsberry) Barnum, and came to Fond du Lac County, WI in 1855. From the very beginning his knowledge of the Bible, his ability as a public speaker, and his belief in Christianity, he became one of this area's most active religious worker. He conducted services at the Methodist church when they were without a pastor and was known to deliver masterful sermons. M.H. Barnum was a man of mature years and varied experiences, well-qualified to entertain guests. He was an enthusiastic sportsman with rod or gun who knew the best places to fish or to find a deer.
Marcus Barnum was elected District Attorney of Marathon County in 1857 to serve the 1858-1859 term.
Mr. Barnum enlisted and fought in the Civil War until he was injured, at which time he returned to Wausau, set up his law practice, and entered the newspaper business when he published a new paper called "The Torch of Liberty." He later sold that paper to local businessman Edgar T. Wheelock, who changed the name of the paper to the Wausau Record. Years later, this paper consolidated with the Herald and became the Daily Record. In 1872 he was once again elected District Attorney of Marathon County and served throughout that year.
M.H. Barnum was the owner and sole proprietor of The Pines, a modest summer hotel located on Lake Shishebogama, one of the prettiest of the lakes that dotted the landscape of picturesque northern Wisconsin. Shishebogama is an Indian word for "wandering waters" or the "lake of many bays." About half of the lake was within the Lac du Flambeau Indian reservation, very close to the principal village of the Chippewas. Other lakes in the area of The Pines were Gunlock, Marion, Mercer, Fence, Crawling Stone, White Fish, Squirrel, and the Flambeau chain of lakes.
The Pines was located on higher land between two bays and was situated so that one always had a view of the lake from any room. Pure water from the Waukesha Springs furnished The Pines. The lake produced finely-developed fish including muskies, bass, pike and others. The Pines had its own garden supplies, its own farms for milk and eggs, and only the finest cooks and waiters were hired for the staff.
Mr. Barnum was elected to the Wisconsin state assembly for the 1897 - 1898 term. He was married in Wausau to Miss Phoebette Reynolds.
Marcus Barnum passed away on July 31, 1904. He is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau, WI.


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  • Created by: Bill Hart
  • Added: 9 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86498766
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marcus Hinman Barnum (14 Mar 1834–31 Jul 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86498766, citing Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Bill Hart (contributor 47578214) .