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Author: Paul Haubrich

Class of 1839: Horace Chase

Today is the future from a century ago. During that bygone era, would young leaders of industry, government, health care, and education in Milwaukee been able to imagine the generational impact their lives would have on the city we live in today? Horace Chase Age: 29 Horace Chase was born into a farming family in Derby, Vermont on Christmas Day. He showed a strong interest in participating in the “trade” taking a job at 17 years of age in a country store in Barton, Vermont. Clearly he had a sense of adventure, taking a position just across the border...

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Class of 1846: Sherman Booth

Today is the future from a century ago. During that bygone era, would young leaders of industry, government, health care, and education in Milwaukee been able to imagine the generational impact their lives would have on the city we live in today? Sherman Booth Age: 34 In 1840 Booth helped organize the Liberty Party, an abolitionist party born from the evangelical American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. He sought to expand the abolition fight from the churches to the statehouses, and became the party’s main organizer for Connecticut. In 1841, he joined the staff of the abolitionist paper the Christian...

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Class of 1846: Ezekiel Gillespie

Today is the future from a century ago. During that bygone era, would young leaders of industry, government, health care, and education in Milwaukee been able to imagine the generational impact their lives would have on the city we live in today? Ezekiel Gillespie Age: 28 An African-American civil rights and community leader who won a landmark case securing voting rights in Wisconsin, Gillespie purchased his own freedom for $800. After he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he sold groceries and then worked as a railroad porter. He quickly became a leader in the African-American community. He operated a local...

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Class of 1839: Byron Kilbourn

Today is the future from a century ago. During that bygone era, would young leaders of industry, government, health care, and education in Milwaukee been able to imagine the generational impact their lives would have on the city we live in today? Byron Kilbourn Age: 38 Kilbourn was born in Granby, Connecticut but he is most identified as an Ohioan where he spent most of his youth. His father James Kilbourne served in the War of 1812 and subsequently served in the US Congress for two terms. Kilbourn leaned the surveyor trade in Ohio and at times has been...

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Class of 1839: Don Alonzo Upham

Today is the future from a century ago. During that bygone era, would young leaders of industry, government, health care, and education in Milwaukee been able to imagine the generational impact their lives would have on the city we live in today? Don Alonzo Upham Age: 30 Don Alonzo was born in Westerfield Connecticut and was raised and educated in that community until he attended Union College, Schenectady, NY, at the age of 19 where he graduated with high honors. He then began to read for the law in New York City with a General Talmadge, however he ran...

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Class of 1857: Frederick Layton

Today is the future from a century ago. During that bygone era, would young leaders of industry, government, health care, and education in Milwaukee been able to imagine the generational impact their lives would have on the city we live in today? Frederick Layton Age: 30 Frederick Layton arrived in Milwaukee along with this father John in 1843 and purchased a farm in the Oak Creek area and by 1845 they opened Layton’s Meat Market on Water Street. John was a butcher in England Cambridgeshire. In the early days of the market they supplied only local customers as the...

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