Clark and Jackson
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W. E. POATE, dealer in tinware, stoves, hardware and agricultural implements, Maple Works, Wiscons in, is a
native of England. He was born March 18, 1850. His parents, with their family, came to America thirty four years
ago and located in Portage, Wisconsin. The subject of this sketch is the fourth of their ten children, six of whom
are now living. He received a fair education in the public schools of Portage, and at the age of twelve years began
to work on a farm, receiving $12 per month. He was subsequently employed for two years on a boat on the Wisconsin
River, after which he worked in a lumber yard in Portage. Some time later he engaged in tinsmithing there. He moved
to Rio, and after condncting the business there two years, in 1873 came to Clark County. Until 1889 he did a tinning
business in Neillsville. At that time he moved to the enterprising little village of Maple Works, where he conducts
a large and profitable business in hardware, tinware, agricultural implements, etc.
Mr. Poate was married in Neillsville, Wisconsin, in 1878, to Emma Moulten, who was born thirty six years ago. Of
the three children born to them two are living. Mrs. Poate received her early education in Rochester, New York,
and finished her studies at the Davenport University, Iowa. Mr. Poate's father was one of the leading contractors
and builders in Columbia County.
Biographical History of
Clark and Jackson Counties Wisconsin
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