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Biograpies and Stories of People - Surnames starting with Letter B

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Men of Progress. Wisconsin. (pages 316-350) A selected list of biographical sketches and portraits of the leaders in business, professional and official life. Together with short notes on the history and character of Wisconsin.

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BACH, James Anthony, M. D., an accomplished physician of Milwaukee, is the son of Matthias Bach, a farmer in moderate circumstances, who was one of the early settlers of Washington county, Wis. Mr. Bach, by industry, economy and a wise use of the means at this disposal, worked himself up to a position of comfort, in spite of the many disadvantages which he had to encounter. He is now robnat and hearty at the age of eighty-three years.

His wife, Anna Mootz, Dr. Bach's mother, is a woman of exceptional executive ability, considering the limited opportunities which she has had for culture and for the exercise of her talents. She, too, is still living at the age of seventy-seven, in the full possession of all her faculties. The grandparents of the doctor were successful merchants in a small way, near Luxemburg, Germany.

Dr. Bach was born in Washington county, Wis., on the 13th of October, 1860. He attended the public schools in his native town and Milwaukee, and afterward was a student in the Oshkosh Normal school. From 1878 to 1880 was devoted to teaching the public school of his district. He then pursued a special course in the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor. After that he entered the medical department of the university, and, taking the regular course, was graduated in 1884 with the degree of M. D. After receiving his medical degree, he began the general practice of his profession in Milwaukee, and continued it for three years, meeting with marked success. He then went to Europe, where he spent two years in a course of study relating more especially to the eye, ear, nose and throat. On his return from Europe he took up practice in the line of his specialties, the eye, ear, nose and throat, and has built up a large practice in those departments of the profession. Dr. Bach is professor of ophthalmology and otology in the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons, besides being connected with several hospitals and institutions.

Dr. Bach is an Independent in politics, and a Catholic in religion. He belongs to several Milwaukee clubs and medical societies, and to the State and National Medical associations.

June 24th, 1896, the doctor was married to Catherine E. Pick, daughter of John Pick, a prominent merchant of West Bend, Wisconsin. Mrs. Bach is a graduate of the West Bend high school and later took a post- graduate course at Long Wood, Chicago, giving particular attention to the study of music and painting, in which she has become very proficient. Dr. and Mrs. Bach have one child, a son.

The doctor has four brothers and four sisters, all of whom are in good circumstances.

Samuel S. Barney

The Blue Book of the State of Wisconsin Compiled and Published under the direction of Wm. H. Froehlich, Secretary of State 1901. page 723.

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Sheboygan, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties, and the 10th, 13th, 20th and 21st wards of the city of Milwaukee, and the towns of Granville, Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, and the villages of North Milwaukee, East Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay, and the city of Wauwatosa, In Milwaukee county. Population in 1900 - 159,701.

SAMUEL S. BARNEY (Rep.), of West Bend, Washington county, was born Jan. 31, 1846, at Hartford, Wis. He received his education in the public schools and at Lombard University at Galesburg, Ill. He taught at Hartford from 1869 to 1872, when he commenced the study of law with the late attorney general, L. F. Frisby, and was admitted to practice in 1872. He has ever since practiced law at West Bend, and is now senior member of the firm of Barney & KuecheDmelster. He edited the Washington County Republican, now the Hartford Press, at West Bend, in 1872 and 1873; was superintendent of schools of Washington county for four years, beginning Jan. 1, 1876. He was elected to the house of representatives in 1894, 1896, 1898 and again in 1900, receiving 23,089 votes against 18,066 votes cast for Charles H. Welsse (Dem.).

Mrs. Albert Brown

Hartford Times, Undated
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Mrs. Albert Brown, living west of Germantown station, on a small farm, has just fallen heir to $35,000. Her sister, Mrs. Schuckmann, who died in Milwaukee last November allotted this amount to her in the will and also willed about the same amount to her daughter, Katie, who she had adopted and who by the way is the daughter of Mrs. A. Brown. The maiden name of the two women was Gettelman, who owns extensive brewery interests in Milwaukee. Mrs. A. Brown is a widow who lived on the old Mayer farm many years when Albert Brown, her husband, owned the farm. Mr. Brown was one of the heaviest men in Washington county and died four years ago and left the mother to support the family. John and Hattie. Mrs. Braun's (sic) first husband was Mr. Geo. Zaun, who died over twenty years ago. The union was blessed with three children, Jacob, Lizzie and Katie who has been already referred to.

G. A. Buckstaff

Men of Progress. Wisconsin. (pages 49-81) A selected list of biographical sketches and portraits of the leaders in business, professional and official life. Together with short notes on the history and character of Wisconsin.

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G. A. Buckstaff was educated in the public schools of Oshkosh, the University of Wisconsin, and in the Columbia Law School of New York. He speaks of the educational influence of Dr. John Bascom, president of the university when he was there, and of Dean Theodore Dwight of the law school, as more powerful than any other which he has experienced. The former was aggressive, had no tact or policy--he hewed to the line and expected every one else to do the same. Prof. Dwight, he says, was the greatest teacher of law that this country has ever had. His fine exposition of law questions and the principles underlying all law were impressive, and had much to do with shaping the young man's views of many of the vital questions of life. Mr. Buckstaff took a two years' course in the state university. Graduating from this, he went into the law department and completed that course in 1886, and thence to Columbia Law School, where he finished the course the same year.

Upon leaving college he became connected with the Buckstaff-Edwards company, which is engaged in the manufacture of furniture, etc., and in this business he is still engaged.

He is also interested in dairy farming.

Mr. Buckstaff is a Republican, but never held an office until he was elected to the Wisconsin legislature, in 1894, from the Third district of Winnebago county. The last reapportionment put him into the First district, from which he was returned to the assembly for the session of 1897. He received the Republican nomination for speaker over a number of other able men, and was elected, the Republicans having the largest majority ever sent to the legislature. His interest in legislation is general, but educational, municipal and the game bills have received his special attention.

He is a Mason, a Knight of Pythias, a Hoo Hoo, Elk, and of the college society Phi Delta Theta. He was married to Florence Tyng Griswold of Columbus, Wisconsin, May 8th, 1888, and they have three children. Mrs. Buckstaff graduated from the Wisconsin University in 1886, taking the first honors. She afterward took post-graduate work at Harvard College, and was awarded the degree of M. A. by the University of Wisconsin.