Clark and Jackson
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ROLLA PRESTON, a farmer residing on section 35, Hixton Township, Jackson County, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
May 17, 1840, and is a son of James and Ruby (Smith) Preston, natives of the State of New York. The parents were
united in marriage in Detroit, Michigan, and in the year 1837 emigrated to Wisconsin, and settled in Milwaukee;
in 1841 they removed to Racine, Wisconsin, and later went to Sheboygan. in 1861 the father came to Jackson County,
where he passed the remainder of his days; his death, however, occurred in Madison, Dakota, November 24, 1889,
while he was making a visit in that place. His age was eighty six years; he was a carpenter by trade, and also
followed the business of a millwright, He held many of the minor public offices, and was a leader in his community.
He and his wife were members of the Presbyterian Church; she died in St. Paul, Minnesota, February 1, 1888, at
the age of seventyeight years. She was the mother of three children: James M., Rolla and Fannie L.
Rolla Preston was reared in the town of Cascade, Sheboygan County. Wisconsin, and in the year 1861 he came to Jackson
County, where he has since made his home. He owns 280 acres of land, 100 of which are in a high state of cultivation,
In early life he followed the mason's and plasterer's trade, but the greater portion of his life has been spent
in agricultural pursuits.
In February, 1865, Mr. Preston joined the army as Corporal in Company H, Forty eighth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry,
and served until the close of the war. He saw service in Missouri and Kansas, and on the plains, keeping peace
among the Indians. The exposure and privations of camp life told upon his health, and he has never fully recovered
his usual strength. In his political belief he affiliates with the Republican party. He is a member of the William
Moore Post, No. 92, G. A. R., at Black River Falls.
The first day of March, 1863, was a day memorable in the history of our subjeci, as it was then he wedded Miss
Elizabeth R. Allen. Mrs. Preston was born in Elmira, New York, June 18, 1845, and is a daughter of Ira 13. and
Mary A. (Hollenback) Allen. Her parents settled in Jackson County, Wisconsin, in 1855, two miles east of the town
of Hixton; there they lived for many years; in 1874 they removed to Virginia, and the father died there April 10,
1886, at the age of sixtynine years. The mother then returned to Wisconsin, and died at Sechlerville, Wisconsin,
June 20, 1888, at the age of sixty six years.
Mr. and Mrs. Preston have had born to them two children: Frank R. and Ruby A. Frank married Miss Lithe Downer,
and they have one child, Nina. Ruby A. married Mr. Kimball Berry, a farmer residing in Jaskson County.
Biographical History of
Clark and Jackson Counties Wisconsin
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