Paragraph that begins "Town of Ellington"
To, wn of Ellington.-This town like others in the county owes its first settlement to the great pine timber with which the slopes in the vicinity of Wolf river and Bear creek were covered and the further fact that there was a creek of sufficient power to operate a sawmill. The history of the building of the mill is obscure. The government survey was no more than completed when the land was entered, but whether the mill was built before or after the land was bought is a debatable question. Certain it is the mill was there in 1847. H. J. Diener who saw it in 1848 describes it as appearing several years old, and settlers of 1850 found stumps of big pine on their land, so old the bark and sap wood had rotted away. It is related too that settlers found logging in progress on lands they entered in 1848. One chronicler, the late Ansel Greeley, gives a, date, 1841, but the land entry was made October 7, 1845, by Francis Gilbert, covering the site of the mill in section 20. It is said that nine days later L. Thompson purchased a half interest in the tract and put up the mill, but the record shows that patent issued to Gainor D.
Wilma Diener's family:
JOHN ALLEN BOON, who was born in New York, April 28, 1850 and died May 7, 1901, in Appleton, Wisconsin, was a son of George W. and Charlotte A. (Smith) Boon, natives of New York who came to Wisconsin in 1851, the journey being made by boat to Milwaukee, and thence by wagon on to Omro. The family spent a few months at that point, after which they removed to Outagamie county, and located in Greenville township, at a time when the country was all covered with timber, wild game abounded and Indians still lurked in the territory. Experiencing all of the hardships and privations of the early pioneers, George W. Boon cleared up his farm from the wilderness, and succeeded in converting it into a fertile, productive property, on which he lived until his death, January 2, 1898. Mr. Boon had eight children, two by a former wife: Mrs. Lois Johnson, a resident of Washington; Mrs. Sarah Rose, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Francis, of Shawano, Wisconsin; John A.; Mrs. Josephine H. Lent, a resident of California: Mrs. Henrietta Clark, of Spokane, Washington; Mrs. Mary Nichols of Seymour, Wisconsin; and Marion G., who died in infancy. John A. Boon received his early education in the schools of Outagamie county, and grew up on his father's farm in Greenville township, his boyhood being spent much the same as that of other farmers' boys in his section. He helped to clear the property, and as soon as he was able started to do his share of cultivating the farm, on which he lived until his death, after which it was sold by his widow, who now lives retired in Appleton. Mr. Boon's father was a member of the LeRoy Cavalry (Home Guards) in 1843, in Jefferson county, New York, and was always interested in military matters, but at the time of the outbreak of the Civil War, ill health caused his rejection as a soldier in the Union army, although he attempted to enlist. On March 29, 1879, John A. Boon was married to Wilma E. Diener, daughter of Henry J. and Anna B. Diener, now living retired in Appleton, and three children were born to this union: Leonard F. a graduate of the State University, and now engaged in civil engineering at Madison, Wisconsin; Marian E., who married Herman F. Schroeder, manager of a 1,200-acre farm at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, has one daughter, Lillian; and Henry G., who is attending Lawrence University .
Diener mentioned (possible relation?)
Eliab Farnam, the son, received a common school education in New York, and after coming to Wisconsin attended district school for two months when he was eighteen years of age. He always remained on the home farm, which was added to from time to time and at the death of his parents he fell heir to the land. In 1858, Mr. Farnam was married to Miss Sophia Diener, who was born on the ocean en route to this country, and she died March 4, 1876. On January 4, 1879, Mr. Farnam was married (second) to Amelia Grunert, daughter of Ernest Grunert, a German miller, who on coming to the United States refused offers of work in Milwaukee and located in the town of Ellington, Outagamie county, where he engaged in farming until his death, March 25, 1907, being buried in Stephensville Cemetery.
Diener, Henry J. (1830 - ) Record # 23281
Title: Commemorative biographical record of the Fox River Valley counties of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago, page(s) 845-846
Source Type: Biographical Sketch Portrait: No