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