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    The State of  WISCONSIN    USA
Part 1 

25 Mar 2006 

Waukesha, Wisconsin 
{1-1-4} Charles A./son, 1885-1949
{1-1-1} Chester H./father/1854-1921
{1-1-3} Chester H./son, 1898-1943
{1-1-2} Kate M./mother, 1861-1947
{1-1-6} Mamie H./wife, 1894-1997
{1-1-5} Frank P./husband, 1892-1975

Census Scans


- WW1 Draft Card-Chester Hazelton Higgins, born June 23, 1898,
     Residence: Waukesha Pewaukee Twp,
     Physical Description: Medium Height, Medium Build, Gre  Eyes, Brown hair.
     is employed as a laborer at his father C. H. Higgins business

-1930 Census Extract-
1930 Census Wisconsin Waukesha Pewaukee District 35
Higgins, Mrs. Kate , F,W, age 68,Widowed,Born Kansas
          Both Parents born Pennsylvania Other census' state Wisconsin)
Higgins ,Chester, Son, M,W, Age 32,Single,Occupation
           Painter with Interior Decorating Company 

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10 Dec 2005
Higgins & McQueen Druggist
Main Street Marion Wisconsin
               HigginsAndMcQueenDruggistPostcard.gif (335602 bytes)


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 Francis M. Higgins 

    Francis M Higgins

Born: 10/15/1901
Died: 12/18/1974

Higgins was born in Portage County to John and Bridget Higgins. He was stricken with polio at the age of seven. The disease left him with a limp that he joked about by telling people, "I just have a distinctive walk."

Employed as a printer as a young man he joined the Four Wheel Drive (FWD) Company in Clintonville, becoming the Advertising Manager. Higgins was highly regarded by company management and co-workers alike. Travel was becoming nearly impossible for the rapidly expanding company, local roads were poor and rail service was declining. Something had to be done. FWD President Walter Olen did two things – he traded a company truck for a used Waco aircraft and then told Higgins, “We got an airplane but Lindbergh himself couldn’t use that field. See if you can do something about it.” So began Francis Higgins’ air
transportation career.

Do something about it he did. He worked with Waupaca County officials and using financial assistance from his employer he expanded the airport by 300 percent. The airport property went from 40 acres to 140 acres, two runways were developed and a hangar built. The Clintonville Chamber of Commerce Aviation Committee elected Higgins as their chairman.

The improved airport lead to increased air operations by FWD, so much so that another single-engine aircraft, this one a Howard DGA, purchased for $25,000, was added. Flying primarily to Chicago the two aircraft were kept busy in no small part to Higgins tireless efforts. Early in 1944 Olen decided that it was time to incorporate. On May 15, 1944 Wisconsin Central Airlines was created with Higgins elected as the airline’s president.

Higgins traveled to Washington DC in June 1944 to pursue an airline certificate. He found that 1600 other companies had similar ideas, 34 of those in direct competition with the proposed Wisconsin Central service area. Higgins persisted, using all of his skills of salesmanship, tact, patience and humor. It would pay off in the end. 

During March 1946 the Civil Aeronautics Board examiner issued an interim report recommending Wisconsin Central not receive airline certification. Higgins worked even harder at raising capitol by personally selling stock and visiting area banks. He sold the Howard and purchased two Cessna T-50 Bobcats, a twin-engine, five-passenger airplane and began scheduled, intrastate operations serving Madison, Milwaukee, Clintonville, Wausau, Rhinelander and Superior.

Finally, on December 31, 1946, the Civil Aeronautics Board issued its final decision, selecting Wisconsin Central Airline to serve the area with 1400 route miles and 43 area cities. For Higgins and the newly minted airline there was one major drawback with the CAB decision, FWD could own no part of Wisconsin Central. Struggling now even more for financing Higgins found an able assistant in Hal N. Carr. Together they worked building an airline with little but their own effort.

The airline moved to Madison with its superior facilities in late 1947 just as it began purchasing its first aircraft – three Lockheed 10A, Electra's. After years of struggling, Wisconsin Central Airlines was born, starting operations in February 1948, with mostly Wisconsin cities on the route.

Higgins left the airline, which had become North Central Airlines, in 1952 during a low point in the company's financial history when it moved its headquarters from Madison to Minneapolis. He moved to St. Louis and formed a public relations consulting service to Ozark Airlines while continuing as a consultant to North Central. North Central became one of the nation's aviation success stories and it was Francis Higgins' efforts and leadership that was instrumental in that success.

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11 Aug 2005
Erving, Burdick & Co's Milwaukee city directory, for 1857 & 1858
Higgins James,       laborer,           Main, near Menomonee.
Higgins Michael W., cabinet maker, 430 Milwaukee, E.
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  11 Aug 2005
List of persons, residents of the state of Wisconsin, reported as deserters from the military or naval service of the United States.
Publication date: 1867.

Reg't. Name                    Residence        Date
51 I Heggans, Jno..          Milwaukee..  Mar. 4, 1861
48 I Higgins, Thos. G.       Augusta..     Apr. 8, 1865
32 I Higgins, Geo. W..      Stockton..    Mar. 25, 1864
7 L A Higgins, Chas. A. J.  Milwaukee..   May..,1863

Name.                Residence.           Date
Higgins, W. .       Williamstown.. Nov. 20, 1863
Higgins, Pat..      Milwaukee....  Sept. 20, 1864
Higgins, J. C...     Milwaukee.    Nov. 15, 1864
Higgins, Joseph... Milwaukee..   Nov. 15, 1864
Higgins, Win. E..  Milwaukee...  Nov. 10, 1863
Higgins, Henry...  Summit......   Sep. 22, 1864
Higgins, Th..       Madison....... Nov. 13, 1863

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  06 Aug 2005
Clay and Norman counties. MN

Michael Higgins is a substantial farmer of Clay county and the owner of a fine farm of 200 acres in section 31 of Kragnes township, is a native of the old Buckeye State but has been a resident of this section of the Red River Valley since he was eighteen years of age, having come over here from Wisconsin in 1878. He was born of Johnstown Ohio in 1860 son of Michael and Anna (Hannay) Higgins who were the parents of six children of whom the subject of this sketch was the second in order of birth, the others being as follow: Mary wife of Con Keefe, a member of the Fargo police force; Maggie who is married and lives in Wisconsin; Martin, Patrick deceased and Thomas who is married and lives in Minneapolis.

Mr. And Mrs. Keefe have a daughter, Mrs. Anna McQuat who lives in Winnipeg. Mr. Keefe who has been a member of the Fargo police force for the past twelve years has resided in that city since 1881. His parents died at Detroit Minnesota. He was reared at Hastings, this state and there received his schooling, later becoming engaged in railroad service and was married to Mary Higgins at Fargo in 1884. Mrs. Keefe received her schooling near Ontario Wisconsin. Mr. Keefe has 4 brothers and 5 sisters. He is the owner of a fine bit of residence property in Fargo and is one of the best known men in that city. He is a member of the local council of the Knights of Columbus of the local aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and of the local branch of the Switchmen's Union of North America. The elder Michael Higgins was born in Ireland and died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Con Keefe of Fargo, in Aug. 1909, he then being 84 yrs. of age. His wife preceded him to the grave about four years, her death having occurred in Wisconsin when she was sixty five years of age. The elder Michael Higgins was twenty years of age when he came to this country from Ireland and for a time after his arrival here he worked on railroads in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He then moved to Johnstown Ohio and then to Steubenville OH and after some years of residence there moved to Wisconsin where he homesteaded a farm in the vicinity of Ontario and there spent the rest of the active days of his life. After the death of his wife he sold his farm and thereafter, until his death made his home with his daughter Maggie and his daughter Mrs. Keefe at Fargo.

The younger Michael Higgins was but a child when his parents moved from Ohio to Wisconsin and he grew up on the homestead farm in the latter state, receiving his schooling in the school in the neighborhood of his home in the vicinity of Ontario in Vernon county. When 18 yrs. of age in 1878 he came over to the Red River valley and located at Moorhead where for eighteen yrs. thereafter he was engaged in the employ of Lamb Brothers. He then bought a quarter of a section in section 31 of Kragnes township and on that farm established his home. He later bought an adjoining ‘forty’ and now has a well-improved and profitably cultivated farm of two hundred acres and a comfortable home where he and his family are very pleasantly situated. During the summer of 1917 Mr. Higgins had out 25 acres of potatoes on his place, in addition to the customary crops. He has a good stand of livestock and is doing well in his farming operations. During the time of his residence in Moorhead Michael Higgins was united in Marriage to Agnes Peterson who was born in the kingdom of Norway in 1862 and who came to America when 25 yrs. of age and who was married the year after her arrival here. To that union 7 children have been born, Alice, Myrtle, Francis, Mabel, Edna, Howard and Alta, all of whom are at home. The Higgininses are members of the Catholic Church and take proper interest in parish affairs. Mr. Higgins gives a good citizen’s attention to local civic affairs and is a director on the school board in district No. 78.


1880 Census Household:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

  Patrick H. LAMB   Self S Male      W 30 IRE Brick Manufacturer IRE IRE 
  William LAMB       Brother S Male W 24 CT Brick Manufacturer IRE IRE 
  -Among a large list of names there is-
  Michael HIGGINS Other S Male W 24 IRE Farm Laborer DEN DEN
  Source Information:
  Census Place Moorhead, Clay, Minnesota 
  Family History Library Film 1254617 
  NA Film Number T9-0617 Page Number 485D

View 1900 Census ND Scan    Cornel Keefe   age  39 
                         Includes    Rose Higgins   boarder 
Above is Best fit given available information

View 1900 Census MN Scan    Michael Higgins 
View 1910 Census MN Scan    Miken Higgins   age 56

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04 July 2005 

This is from "History of Manitowoc County Wisconsin
by Dr. L. Falge, 1911-1912, v.2, p.112-114.

Thomas Higgins, president and general manager of the Manitowoc & Northern Traction Company, owning the car lines in and between the cities of Manitowoc and Two Rivers, and vice president of the National Bank of Manitowoc undertook the building of the above roads in the year 1900, and started running cars May 1, 1902. Soon after that time he became a resident of Manitowoc, coming here from Neenah, Wisconsin, where he had lived for the past twenty-five years, and during his residence there, had been closely identified with the progress of that city, as the following clippings taken from the Neenah newspapers at the time of his departure  from that city will show. "The Times is very sorry to record the unwelcome news that our old and  esteemed citizen, Mr. Thomas Higgins, has leased a residence in Manitowoc and is removing his family to that city. The many friends of Mr. Higgins and his highly estimable wife will join us in our regret. Mr. Higgins came to Neenah over twenty-eight years ago, and inaugurated the local gas and electric light plant. He has held the office of mayor and is a man of independent thought and action, and has many friends accordingly. Mrs. Higgins will be missed from Neenah society circles, where she was known not only for her social virtues but for a heart warm, generous and impulsive for others’ welfare." -Neenah Daily Times (Democrat), October 23, 1902.
"Neenah loses, by the removal of the Hon. Thomas Higgins to Manitowoc, one  of its most valued families. Mr. Higgins has been, for a long term of years, closely identified with the progress of this city, and has helped forward all enterprises of value. He has served the city as mayor, and has  by appointment rendered valuable assistance in making the Neenah library the finely classified institution it is. Interested always in the conduct of large enterprises, Mr. Higgins has managed to find time to study public questions, and is a man of broad information and sound and careful judgment concerning the big questions that are stirring the world's heart to common fellowship at the present time. And when it comes to farming and stock—raising-—well, Mr. Higgins knows how. He is just the sort of citizen  that any city may be proud to find on its poll list. And the family is just as desirable. Mrs. Higgins is a woman of rare home grace, and most charming habit. The rule of her life binds her to kin, but her active interest in all things draws her into useful society and make her a most useful woman. The daughters, like their father and mother, are helpful and true, and just the sort to make society better. The only distress The News wishes the family is that they may not like Manitowoc better than Neenah, and that they will return to their beautiful home on Church street within a year.
—The Neenah Daily News (Republican). October 24, 1902.
Mr. Higgins is of Irish extraction, his father Thomas Higgins Sr., having been a farmer in County Roscommon, Ireland, who emigrated to America in 1849, just after the birth of the subject of this sketch, settling in Monmouth county, New Jersey, near the 0ld Monmouth battleground. In 1863, the Higgins family left New Jersey for the west, purchasing a farm of 
three hundred and twenty acres near Sterling, Illinois, where Thomas Higgins remained, assisting on the farm until his maturity. The old home is still well known as the Higgins homestead, its owner Thomas Higgins, Sr., having died in 1895, but the farm still remains in the family, being owned and occupied at this time by one of his children.
Mr. Higgins received his education in Dutch Lane school, near Freehold, New Jersey, and in the county school of his Illinois home, and later took a course in a Chicago business college. At the age of twenty-one, Mr. Higgins with his brother H. C. Higgins, engaged in railroad contracting, and at that early age was entering into very important contracts with such railroad companies as the Baltimore & Ohio and Pennsylvania Railroad Company. In 1877, the Higgins brothers built gas works at Dixon, Illinois, near their old home which they sold later, and in 1878 built gas works at Waterloo, Iowa, and Neenah and Menasha, Wisconsin. Mr. Higgins then took up his residence in Neenah and on November 6, 1879, was married to Mary Gaffney, daughter of Philip Gaffney, a merchant of that city, and continued his residence in Neenah until his removal to Manitowoc. During this time Mr. Higgins and his brother built gas works, electric light plants and street railways in many cities of this and other states, including the gas, electric light works and street railway in Marinette, Wisconsin, and the street and interurban railway in and between Manitowoc and Two Rivers. Mr. Higgins is a republican in politics, and has often been honored by his party, and has been urged on several occasions to stand for the nomination for representative in congress, but has always declined. The Oshkosh Times in commenting on Mr. Higgins’ administration as mayor of  Neenah said: "A man who succeeds and wins public approbation in the office of mayor must be a man of parts. Thomas Higgins, mayor of the city of Neenah, fills the above bill and therefore it is with sincere pleasure that The Times gives to the public of northern Wisconsin his characteristic
likeness. Mr. Higgins has never been a candidate for office until he ran for mayor of Neenah, but though his administration has been attended with unusual perplexities, he has proved the right man in the right place and his management of affairs has been highly businesslike. To the many difficulties and controversies which have arisen, Mr. Higgins has brought that sagacity and good judgment that has marked his own private business affairs and the results have been profitable and satisfactory."
06 Dec 2005 
1881 History of Northern Wisconsin Illustrated- Biographies 

Page 1174 - Thomas HIGGINS, of the firm of HIGGINS Bros., proprietor of the gas works; was born in Roscommon Co., Ireland, Nov. 9, 1848; came to the United States in 1850 with his parents; they located at first in New Jersey, but some twelve years later they moved to Sterling, Ill.; at the age of twenty-two years, the subject of this sketch engaged in railroad contracting in Illinois and Ohio; about 1876, he went to Florence, Ohio, and built gas works; had previously built works at Dixon, Ill., and at Waterloo, Iowa; the latter he sold; came to Neenah, Wis., in 1878, and opened gas works. He was married in Neenah Nov. 6, 1879 to Miss Mary GAFFNEY, of Neenah; they have one daughter - Eva M.

1880 Census Household:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

Phillip GAFFNEY        Self M Male    W 39 NY 
                               Merchant - Dry Goods IRE IRE 
Anna GAFFNEY        Wife M Female W 38 NY Keeping House IRE IRE 
Sarah Jane GAFFNEY Dau S Female W 17 WI At Home NY NY
William GAFFNEY       Son S Male    W 15 WI At Home NY NY 
Charles GAFFNEY      Son S Male    W 13 WI At School NY NY 
Ellen GAFFNEY          Dau S Female W 11 WI At School NY NY 
Thomas HIGGINS       SonL M Male  W 28 IRE Proprieter Gas Works IRE IRE
Mary HIGGINS          Dau M Female W 18 WI NY WI 

Source Information:
Census Place Neenah, Winnebago, Wisconsin 
Family History Library Film 1255452 
NA Film Number T9-1 

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Ricky D. Higgins

Ricky D Higgins, 39, of 1616 Superior Avenue, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, from injuries sustained in a fall.

Born September 6, 1963 in Fond du Lac, Ricky was a son of George and Genevieve Evans Higgins. He attended area schools. Ricky enjoyed fishing and snowmobiling and loved spending time with his faithful dog, Smokey.

Ricky is survived by his long time friend, Michelle Konz; their son, Davidson Higgins, and her daughter, Raeann Salzwedel; all of Sheboygan; his parents, George and Genevieve, Sheboygan; four brothers, Randy (special friend Loni) Higgins, Beaver Dam, Gary (special friend Debra) Higgins, Fond du Lac, Darwin (Dawn) Higgins, and Brian (Pam) Higgins, both of Sheboygan; a sister, Peggy (Don) VanDinter, Kaukauna, WI; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services for Ricky will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2003 at the Lippert-Olson Funeral Home, 1132 Superior Ave. The Rev. Gregory Whelton, pastor of St. John U.C.C. will officiate. Family and friends are welcome at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established in his name.

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11 July 2003
Wright's Directory of Oshkosh 1893. List of names; Neenah WI
Higgins, Thomas, resides N.E. corner Franklin Avenue & Church

Check the library's listing for added information 

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4th Wisconsin Volunteers

Soldier Detail 
Last Name: Higgins 
First Name: Begardus 
Company: C 
Rank at Enlistment: Private 
Rank at Discharge: Private 
Cause of Death: Died of disease 
Date: March 12th, 1862 
Where: Newport News 
Soldier Detail 
Last Name: Higgins 
First Name: James 
Company: K 
Rank at Enlistment: Private 
Rank at Discharge: Private 
Soldier Detail 
Last Name: Higgins 
First Name: James 
Company: F 
Rank at Enlistment: Private 
Rank at Discharge: Private 
Soldier Detail 
Last Name: Higgins 
First Name: Joseph E. 
Company: F 
Rank at Enlistment: Private 
Rank at Discharge: Private 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin Directory, 1889-90

Name Business Name Occupation Location 1 Location 2 City State Year

Alfred Weller; H. S. Weller; T. S. Higgins 
   American District Telegraph Co. president; secretary; mngr. 
   89 Michigan. Milwaukee WI 1889 
Catherine Higgins  (widow Benj.) 
                         r. 215 Greenbush. Milwaukee WI 1889 
Charles A. Higgins  oysters, fish and game 148 Mason 
                         r. Hotel Windsor. Milwaukee WI 1889 
George Higgins      brakeman r. 349 Florida. Milwaukee WI 1889 
George F. Higgins  clerk r. 853 11th. Milwaukee WI 1889 

Henry W. Higgins   brakeman r.343 Van Buren. Milwaukee WI 1889 
Hugh Higgins        laborer r. 241 Jackson. Milwaukee WI 1889 
John H. Higgins     flagman r. 1113 Clybourn. Milwaukee WI 1889 
John J. Higgins      clerk 14 New insurance building 
                          r.1113 Clybourn. Milwaukee WI 1889 
Kate Higgins          r. 1113 Clybourn. Milwaukee WI 1889 

Lawrence Higgins    laborer r. 203 Jefferson. Milwaukee WI 1889 
Lucius C. Higgins    student r. 853 11th. Milwaukee WI 1889 
Martin J. Higgins     Mil. & Whitefish Bay Ry. Co. 
                          superintendent 207 Wisconsin
                          r. 853 11th. Milwaukee WI 1889 
Nora J. Higgins      (widow Thomas) dressmkr 
                          r. 181 7th. Milwaukee WI 1889 
Richard H. Higgins bookpr 126 Sycamore r. 157 Huron. Milwaukee WI 1889 

Sarah J. Higgins    clerk r. 138 7th. Milwaukee WI 1889 
Timothy S. Higgins clerk 89 Michigan r. 1317 Clybourn. Milwaukee WI 1889 
Wm. A. Higgins      clerk 7 W. Water 
                           r. 615 Grand avenue Milwaukee WI 1889 
Alfred Weller; H. S. Weller; T. S. Higgins 
                          Holmes Electric Protective Co. 
                          president; secretary; mngr
                          89 Michigan. Milwaukee WI 1889 
W. H. Bradley; I. H. Lowry; Charles Behrens; M J. Higgins
                           Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay Ry. Co.
                           president; v.-president; secretary and treasurer;
                           superintendent 217 Wisconsin. 

A. Weller; H. S. Weller; T. S. Higgins 
                           American District Telegraph Co. president; secretary;
                            mngr. 89 Michigan. Milwaukee WI 1890 
Charles A. Higgins    oysters, fish and game 148 Mason 
                            457 Milwaukee. Milwaukee WI 1890 
George Higgins         brakeman 349 Florida. Milwaukee WI 1890 
Harry W. Higgins       brakeman 334 Cass. Milwaukee WI 1890 
Mrs. Honora J. Higgins dressmkr 181 7th same. Milwaukee WI 1890 

John H. Higgins         switchman 1113 Clybourn. Milwaukee WI 1890 
John H. Higgins, Jr.   clerk 19 church of Com. 1113 Clybourn. 
                             Milwaukee WI 1890 
Katherine J. Higgins (widow Benjamin) 215 Greenbush. Milwaukee WI 1890 
Lawrence Higgins     258 Van Buren. Milwaukee WI 1890 
Margaret A. Higgins (widow Martin G.) 853 11th. Milwaukee WI 1890 

Timothy S. Higgins Holmes Electric Protec. Co. 
                             mngr. 1112 Clybourn. Milwaukee WI 1890 
Wm. G. Higgins          laborer 1113 Clybourn. Milwaukee WI 1890 

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Roster of the 16th Connecticut 
The Men of Connecticut in the War of Rebellion
Higgins, Charles H.; Private, Company C; Residence,
Hartford, Connecticut; Enlisted August 11, 1862;
Mustered August 24, 1862; Captured at Plymouth, NC,
April 20, 1864; Paroled February 28, 1865; Mustered
out June 24, 1865. 

     see David J Higgins 



Also See:  Civil War Union Forces Part 8 Wisconsin 
               Greenbush Pioneers George Higgins & sister Miss Harriet 
                Wisconsin Resources Part 2  

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