Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 543 - 544
U. J. Tibbitts is the efficient photographer of Hingham, Wis., and is therefore well acquainted with the citizens of
the central part of Sheboygan County. He is a rising young man in his profession, full of energy, and every thing
points to his still greater success in the future.
A native of this county, Mr. Tibbitts was born June 28, 1864, and is the only son of Lemuel and Sarah (Dunn)
Tibbitts, prominent citizens of Lima Township, whose biography may be found in another part of this volume. Our
subject was reared to manhood in this county, and received a liberal education in the public schools of Hingham, and
the High School at De Pere, Wis. He is a graduate of the Chicago Ophthalmic College, of Chicago, Ill., having
completed his studies in 1892, being one in a class of twenty. He is a finished artist and photographer, having
mastered all the details pertaining thereto. When he first took up this work he was for two years under the
instruction of Prof. W. M. Lockwood, of Ripon, Wis. During this time he spent one summer at Green Lake in taking
views. He next went to Oshkosh, Wis., where he remained only a short time, and then permanently located at Hingham,
where he has a well-equipped studio. His lenses are of the best finish, being the work of Voigtlander & Sohn, of
Wien, Germany, and are fitted in Anthony's Climax Imperial Camera. Any one who is an adept in the art of photography
will speedily recognize from these facts that Mr. Tibbitts spares neither pains nor money in accumulating the best
and most modern appliances of his art. He is an expert in fitting glasses, and as an optician has laid the
foundation for a large and lucrative practice. His case is a valuable one, and is well fitted out with all kinds and
styles of fine lenses.
The marriage of Mr. Tibbitts and Miss Lizzie C. Rhodes was celebrated September 16, 1890. She is the daughter of
Henry and Deborah (McConkey) Rhodes, and was born May 26, 1867, in Sheboygan County. To this happy union have been
born a little son and daughter; Armand R., aged two years, and Ellen. The mother passed her girlhood in Holland
Township, and acquired her education in the Hingham schools, after which she became a teacher and met with good
success. Her father was a native of England, and was born in March, 1825. In early life he sailed the high seas, but
after his marriage, in 1844, settled down on the farm, and became one of the leading agriculturists of Holland
Township. He left his native land at the age of nineteen years, haying been liberally educated, and he came to a
strange land without any means, but by industry acquired a competency. His wife is still living on the old
homestead. He died in July, 1891.
The right of franchise is exercised by Mr. Tibbitts in favor of the Republican party, and he cast his first
Presidential vote for Benjamin Harrison. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and though not
belonging to any religious organization, our subject is a respecter of all religious teachings. They are young
people prominent in social circles, and we are glad to place their life records in the annals of Sheboygan County.
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