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Dwight McGlachlin

Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 376 - 377

This gentleman will need no introduction to the people of Sheboygan County, as his reputation as an auctioneer is well established, not only in his home county, but in those adjoining as well. Mr. McGlachlin was born in Lewis County, N. Y., November 13, 1837, being the third in a family of nine children, one of whom died in infancy. The living are: Alexander, who carries on a prosperous business as a blacksmith in Oconto, Wis.; Dwight, who is the next; Edward, editor of the Steven's Point Journal, being also Postmaster at that place; Dighton, Superintendent of Elevators at Bismarck, N. Dak.; George, who resides in Lowville, N. Y.; Henry, a farmer of Port Leyden, of the same State; Camelia, now Mrs. Ferguson, also of Port Leyden; and Eliza, at home. The father of this family, Ephraim McGlachlin, was born in Johnstown, Montgomery County, N. Y., and subsequently removed to Lewis County. For a companion on life's journey, he chose Miss Lura {sic} Fox.

Until sixteen years of age Dwight McGlachlin remained under the parental roof, working on the farm in the summer season, and in the winter attending the old-time district school, where he acquired sufficient education for all practical purposes. Having reached the age of sixteen, he began to fight the stern battles of life on his own account. His first money was earned by working on a farm at $8 per month, which would now be considered very small wages for one able to do a man's work. In 1855, young Dwight turned his face toward the setting sun, and in due time reached Sheboygan County, where he hired out on a farm at $12 per month. Having spent about three years in the county, he returned to his Eastern home, remaining a year. Attracted by the superior advantages of the West, he again came to Sheboygan County, which has been his home ever since.

On the 20th of October, 1859, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. McGlachlin and Miss Minerva Farvour, daughter of Squire Farvour, who is still living at the age of ninety-three years, being a hale and hearty old gentleman.

After traveling on the road for about four years, Mr. McGlachlin embarked in the grocery business in Sheboygan Falls, continuing the same without interruption till 1873. In that year he was made Deputy-Sheriff, holding that position for some eight years. For many years he has held the office of Justice of the Peace. He has also served as Collector.

Politically, Mr. McGlachlin has always been a reliable Republican, having cast his first Presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln. His home is on his farm of forty acres, situated ten miles from the Chair City, and four miles from Sheboygan Falls. Everything about the place betokens homelike comfort and hospitality. Though Mr. McGlachlin superintends his farm, he devotes most of his time to his calling. As an auctioneer he stands among the first in the State, having been engaged in that line of business for the past twenty-six years. During that time he has held some of the largest sales in this part of the State. He possesses a happy faculty for keeping a crowd in good humor and getting the highest price for the goods he sells, while his veracity and candor inspire confidence. The natural ability and extended experience of Mr. McGlachlin have made him a most popular salesman, his services being much sought throughout this section of the State.

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