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Beck, J. D. .

The Blue Book of the State of Wisconsin.
Madison, Wis.: Democrat Printing Co., State Printer,

1909. page 1088




        JOHN STRANGE (Rep.) was born at Oakfield, Fond du Lac county, on June 27, 1852. His parents, Thomas Strange and Martha Dixon Strange, with John and an older child moved to Menasha, during the fall of the same year. The father worked at manual labor during most of his life time, at Menasha, dying at the age of seventy-six in 1897. The
mother is still alive at the age of eighty-three. John worked in the woodenware factory during a part of each year of his boyhood, attending the district school a portion of the time. In 1870 he took some special work at Beloit College and later taught school in Rock county, Wisconsin, and Clinton county, Iowa. The year 1871 was spent clerking in a grocery store at Minneapolis; 1872 was spent in scaling logs on the Menominee river and doing camp work. In 1873-4-5-6 he made powder kegs for the Marquette Michigan Powder Mills, part of each year and bought wheat and did the office work for a 500 barrel flour mill at Menasha or worked at woodenware making, parts of each of these years. In 1875-6 he built the first store at Dale, Outagamie county, selling out to W. H. Spangler in the spring of 1876. On July 11, 1876, he married Miss Mary M. McGregor of Neenah and the same fall moved to Iowa where for two years he conducted a retail lumber yard. He returned to Neenah in 1899 and became interested in the manufacture and sale of lumber at points along the W. C. Ry. and elsewhere. Later he built a saw mill and woodenware factory at Menasha which three years later was changed into a wrapping paper mill. At present he is managing director of the John Strange Paper Co., at Menasha, a director in the R. McMillen Sash & Door Co., the Standard Mirror of Oshkosh and the Fox River Paper Co., of Appleton. Mr. and Mrs. Strange have two daughters and two sons. The former, Mrs. Robert McMillen and Mrs. J. W. McLaughlin of Oshkosh. The sons, Hugh Strange and Paul Strange, twenty-three and twenty-one years of age, both engaged in business with the father. The family home is at 305 Algoma St., Oshkosh. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1908 receiving 243,443 votes against 159,795 for Burt Williams (Dem.), and 28,401 votes for Chester M. Wright (Soc. Dem.), and 11,146 votes for Charles H. Forward (Pro.), and scattering, 374.

~submitted by Tina Vickery, Wisconsin GenWeb http://www.wigenweb.org/ 


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