Pond Hotchkiss


From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Green Lake, Marquette, and Waushara Counties (Wisconsin), 1890, pages 590-591.
Contributed by Lori J. Mentzel

Simeon Pond, a retired lumber merchant of Westfield, is one of three brothers who have been identified with the growth and upbuilding of Marquette Co. since the days of its early history. He was born in Addison, Steuben Co., NY, on the 26th of November, 1830, and was reared to the occupation of farming, which he followed with good success until after the war. He came to Marquette Co. in 1855, making his first home in the town of Packwaukee, where he remained for 2 years, when he became a resident of the town of Springfield. Ten years afterward he removed to Montello and 9 years later made a permanent settlement in Westfield.

Mr. Pond was married Nov. 26, 1854, his union being with Miss Flora E. Hotchkiss, of Packwaukee. Unto them were born the following children—Frederick Eugene, born April 8, 1856; Ida May, born July 17, 1858; Charles E., born Dec. 9, 1869; and Frank L., born Sept. 24, 1872. The eldest son was formerly the proprietor and popular editor of "Wildwoods Magazine" and is a writer of much merit, while the only daughter is the wife of Dr. P. E. Minckler of Westfield. Mrs. Pond was born July 5, 1837, in Green County, NY, and is a daughter of Willis and Samantha (Mallory) Hotchkiss. She is an estimable lady and like her husband is held in high regard.

Mr. Pond was a faithful and gallant soldier in the War for the Union. On the 15th of August, 1862, he enlisted in Company A, 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery, and after serving faithfully with his command until the end of the war was honorably discharged June 26, 1865, and mustered out at Milwaukee on the 13th of July, following. His once robust constitution was much broken down by the exposures and hardships of army life and he has never fully regained his former health. Being unable to resume farming, Mr. Pond engaged in the lumber trade at Montello and later followed the same business in Westfield, but is now living a retired life. He has a pleasant home and comfortable competence as the result of his years of business industry and can spend his last days in the enjoyment of the fruits of his former toil.

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