Biography of Ezra Tompkins
Clark and Jackson Counties, WI Biographies

Clark and Jackson

Online -




New York

Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906 ] NEW

EZRA TOMPKINS, a farmer, residing on section 27, Pine Valley Township, two miles from Neillsville, was born July 13, 1838, in Millville, New York, son of John and Sophia Tompkins, both natives of that State. He attended the district schools of the county in which he resided, but his educational advantages were limited, as the greater part of the year he was compelled to labor for the support of those who were dependent upon him. When a mere boy he began to lay the foundation for his own fortune, His first work was in the lumber business on the Kennebec River, where be received only seventy five cents per day. After being thus employed for several years be came to Wisconsin, in 1856, and settled at Wedge's Creak, Clark County. The same year he came to Clark County, where for two years he made his home with his brother, both working in a lumber camp.

January 20, 1857, Mr. Tompkins married Alice A. Maxwell, who was born at Ballston Spa, Saratoga County, New York, in 1839. Three children have been born to them: Fred Bee, Effie Carr and Morton L. They are all being educated in the district schools of Clark County. When he was married our subject had but little means; but with a cheerful companion to share with him the burdens and joys of life, he went to work with renewed energy to make a home, and he is now the owner of a nice eighty acre farm. In the early days of their housekeeping their furniture was of a rude sort, but the happiness of that pioneer home was none the less genuine on that account. Wooden benches answered for chairs, and the table on which their daily food was spread was made of rough lumber that Mr. Tompkins dressed himself.

In the spring of 1883 Mr. Tompkins went to California with a view of purchasing land, but decided that it would prove an unprofitable investment for him, He returned to Wisconsin the same year. and expects to make Clark County his permanent home. He is a member of the L O. O. F., and in politics is a Republican. His father and mother are both deceased.

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