Biography of John Dwyer
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JOHN DWYER, one of Clark County's substantial and reliable farmers, residing on section 31, York Township, was born near North port, Wanpaca County, Wisconsin, September 21, 1855. He is a son of John H. and Catherine (Murray) Dwyer. The father was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1821, and was brought to America by his parents during his infancy; they settled in Canada, and there he grew to manhood; when he first came to the United States he settled in Michigan. and there resided a number of years; in 1863 he came to Black River Falls, 'Wisconsin, but a year later settled at what was then known as Weston's Rapids, Clark County; in two years we find him at Greenwood, Clark County, and soon afterwards on a farm in Grant Township, where he spent the remainder of his days; his death occurred in 1882. He came to Wisconsin a poor man, and went through all the struggles and hardships of pioneer life, bearing his part courageously, and discharging his whole duty as a faithful citizen. When he first came to the county he traded a yoke of oxen for a tract of eighty acres of dense forest in Grant Township, and this he converted into one of the most desirable farms in the county. He was a Roman Catholic in faith, but was not connected with the church. Politically he was a stanch Democrat.

John Dwyer, the subject of this sketch, is one of a family of six children: Ann J., deceased, the wife of George Castner; Julia E., wife of F. O. Northrup; Lneinda, wife of William M. Faming, a notice of whom will be found on another page of this volume; Alice, deceased, wife of Thomas Murray, and Franklin P.

From his fourth year Mr. Dwyer was reared in Clark County, and received his education in the common schools. He settled on the farm where he now lives in 1884; the place consists of 180 acres, well improved, with excellent buildings. He also owns 180 acres on section 33, York Township, and 160 acres in Grant Township; is also part owner of two saw mills, one in York and one in the town of Weston; firm name is Dwyer Bros. & Faming. He is a selfmade nam, having accumulated his property and attained his high standing in the cornmunity through his own exertions and his Integrity of character.

Politically he is allied with the Democratic party. In 1886 he was elected Sheriff of Clark County on his own ticket, although the county is strongly Republican. He is a member of Lodge No. 163, A. F. and A. M., at Neillsville, Wisconsin, and of Lodge No. 198, I. O. O. F.; also of lodge No. 39, K. of P., at Neillsville.

Mr. Dwyer was married July 4, 1883, to Miss Janie Parret, of Clark County, Wisconsin, a native of Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, born in June, 1860. She is a daughter of John L. and Maria Parrett, natives of France and Ireland, respectively. Her father died a soldier in the civil war, and the mother still survives.

Mr. and Mrs. Dwyer are the parents of two children: John M. and Jessie F.


FROM:
Biographical History of
Clark and Jackson Counties Wisconsin
Lewis Publishing Company.
Chiago, 1891.