Biography of Levi C. Wilder
Winona County, MN Biographies

LEVI C. WILDER, farmer, is a descendant of Thomas Wilder, whose widow emigrated with her two sons from England to America, in 1638. Levi Wilder, the father of this sublect, was born in Massachusetts; he married Berenice Bates, of the same state, and settled on a farm in Waitsfield, Washington county, Vermont, where the junior Levi was born April 30, 1824. He assisted his thther in farming operations, receiving the limited education afforded by the district schools of' his native town. On arriving at majority, he engaged in operating his father's farm in partnership with a brother. On November 2, 1853, he married Miss Orinda Holmes, who was born at Waterville, Vermont, August 21, 1820; her parents, James and Mehetable (Webster) Holmes, were natives of New Hampshire. The elder Wilder died in 1855 at the ripe age of eighty three. On the settlement of his estate, L. C. Wilder removed to Richland county, Wisconsin, where he purchased land and engaged in farming. In 1858 he purchased 160 acres of land on Sec. 16, in St. Charles township, on which he now dwells, in partnership with a brother, whose interest he afterward acquired. Two years later he sold his Wisconsin property and removed here with his family, and has ever since dwelt here. Mr. Wilder has been an active, public spirited citizen, and has been called upon to serve the town in some capacity nearly ever since his residence therein ; he was a member of the board of supervisors in 1870-1, 1874-5, and was chairman of that body from 1878 to 1881 inclusive. In 1882 he resigned the latter office to accept the appointment of assessor, in order that the town might not be without such officer, and was elected to the same position this year. His political principles are republican, but of late he has joined the greenbackers, as has also his son. Mr. and Mrs. Wilder are members of the St. Charles Congregational church. They have one child, Ossian L., born February 18, 1855; he was married December 7, 1876, to Miss Tilla Persons, daughter of George and Eliza Persons, of this township. A daughter, christened Effie O., came to bless this union July 12, 1882. Father and son reside together on the farm, which affords a pleasant home and is one of the best in the fine agricultural town of St. Charles. One of the most interesting objects to be found in their pleasant parlor is a large and neatly printed volume giving the genealogy of the Wilder family from a very early period of English history.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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