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Isaac Shauger

Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 278 - 283

Isaac Shauger, one of the old settlers of the town of Plymouth, was born in Morris County, N. J., January 9, 1828, being a son or William and Sarah {Lyon} Shauger, natives respectively of New York State and New Jersey, but who were married in Morris County. The father worked at coaling until, on account of a white swelling, he was rendered incapable of following such work any longer. He then turned his attention to the trade of shoemaker, at which he continued as long as he could work.

Young Isaac had very poor educational advantages. His home locality being an iron district, he drove a team for the greater part of the time until he came to the West. In 1849, his father and mother, with their family of eight children, four sons and four daughters, moved to Sheboygan County, Wis. The father bought forty acres of timbered land in the town of Plymouth, on which he erected a pioneer log house. At that time the wood were inhabited by Indians, and deer, wolves and many other wild animals were numerous; so plentiful were they, that deer could be shot from the window of their cabin home, the father being the marksman. He was not able to chop, but his boys cleared and improved the land. The father made that town his home, the remainder of his life being spent there. Both parents were worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the father, who was a staunch Democrat, was a Justice of the Peace for a number of years. His death occurred October 18, 1886. His wife survives, and makes her home in Outagamie County, Wis., having now reached the advanced age of eighty-seven years.

Isaac Shauger was twenty-one years old when he came to this county. Having worked for wages some two years, he bought forty acres of land where he now lives. He erected a frame house, which has been him home up to the present, though he is now {1893} building a fine new house.

On October 28, 1855, Mr. Shauger and Miss Mary S. Grant, a sister of Mrs. B. O. Coon, were married. Mrs. Shauger was born in Prospect, Waldo County, Me., March 13, 1835. Of this marriage, one child was born, Aurilla M., whose birth occurred on November 10, 1860. She was reared on the farm where she still lives, and where she was married December 26, 1882, to John Mayer, a farmer of the town of Plymouth. They have two children, Ernest J. and Mary K.

Mr. Shauger has been a successful farmer, owning his own home since early manhood. February 1, 1886, he was called upon to mourn the death of his wife. Mrs. Shauger was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, appreciated for her many excellent traits of character. Mr. Shauger is a Democrat, having cast his first vote for Pierce.

On October 21, 1864, our subject became a member of Company I, Sixth Wisconsin Veterans. His company was called to Virginia, and participated in the battles of Hatchie's Run, Danby's Mills, Gravelly Run and Five Forks. Mr. Shauger was never wounded or taken prisoner, and was discharged near Jeffersonville, Ind., July 14, 1865, whereupon he returned to his farm. In connection with farming he has operated a threshing machine for a number of years. Mr. Shauger has been a resident of this county for some forty-four years, and is esteemed both as a citizen and soldier.

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