Biography of Erastus Vilas
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Vilas, Erastus, Ogdensburg, was born in Antwerp, Jefferson county, October 13, 1824. His ancestors, originally from England, settled in this country early in the seventeenth century. His father, Nathaniel Vilas, jr., was born in Alstead, N. H., June 19, 1795, and died in Wisconsin, August 19, 1880. Erastus Vilas first married Emma Lake of Sterling, Caynga county, May 22, 1853, by whom he had two children: Calvin E. and George B. His second wife is Sarah P. Ballard. Mr. Vilas has been for forty three years engaged in the tanning business, during forty of which he has conducted the business either as owner or as manager. He has served as a member of the board of education, as water commissioner, as superintendent of the Poor, and in various other capacities, but of late years his business interests have required his entire attention. He is a Republican in politics. His uncle, Erastus Vilas, built the tannery in 1828. The eldest son, Calvin E. is in Seattle, general manager of the Washington National Loan Association; and George B. has been connected with the Northwestern Railway Company for five years, being now agent at Kenosha, Wis.

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