Jere Case, Juneau Co., Wi

Jere Case, a prominent citizen of Necedah, Wisconsin, is a son of Increase D. Case, one of the Pioneers of Juneau county. The father was born in the State of Maine, and was a son of William and Mary Case. His father was a native of England, and at the age of nineteen years he deserted the British Army and crossed the sea to America. He settled in Lubec, Maine, and there lived until death. He had a family of twelve children: Joseph, Eben and William are deceased; Increase D. died in June 1879; George; deceased; Thomas a resident of Massachusetts; Samuel a resident of Seattle; Mary wife of Dr. Adams, of Litchfield, Maine; the others died in childhood.

Increase D. Case, the representative of the family who came to Wisconsin, grew to manhood in his native State, and engaged in the milling and mercantile Business, which he followed until 1869, when he came to the West. He married Miss Alice C. Huckins, who was born in Maine in 1814, and died in 1881. They had a family of nine children: Ruth M., wife of A.B. Robinson, of Necedah; Mary C., wife of J. N. Huckins, of Necedah: John W., a member of Company A, Sixth Maine Volunteer Infantry, served three years in the late Civil War; he was wounded at Fredericksburg, and is still a sufferer from this cause; Alonzo was in Company E. Seventh Maine Volunteer Infantry and served three years; he was wounded in the left eye in the battle of the Wilderness; Henry T., is a resident of Necedah; Jere, the subject of this biographical notice; Increase D. is a merchant of Necedah; Ivenew is a citizen of Ashland, Nebraska; Alice A. is the wife of John S. Steele.

Jere Case was born in Maine, March 15, 1850, and there grew to maturity; he attended school and assisted his father until 1869, when he accompanied the family West. He embarked in the milling business, and soon gained the position of head sawyer, which he held for seven years. He then went to Ashland, Wisconsin, and was connected with milling four years, returned at the end of that time to Necedah. For one season he was employed as sawyer, when the mill was closed down; he then made a trip to St. Louis taking a raft of lumber. When he came back to the county he assisted in fitting up a mill and in the spring of 1887 he purchased a furniture and undertaking establishment of H. F. Young, Necedah. Since the time he has devoted his time and energies to building up the business, and has been very successful; he caries a full line of all classes of goods that he handles, and has a patronage extending over a wide territory.

In politics Mr. Case adheres to the principles of the Republican Party. He is a member of the M.W. of A.

He married in January, 1880 to Mrs. Williams, a daughter of William and Eliza (Ward) Peck, natives of the State of New York, and of German-English extraction. The parents of Mrs. Case came to Juneau county in 1853. The mother died in 1886. The father is a millwright, and has for several years been engaged in milling and the construction of mills. He and his wife had a family of seven children: Theron, deceased: Martha E., wife of Archie A. Young; Mary E., wife of Jere Case, the subject of this notice; Imogene A., deceased; Vernon M.; Elmer E., who died in September, 1890; and Lula A., wife of William Blair. The families of both Mr. and Mrs. Case are connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and are highly respected citizens.

Source: Biographical History of LaCrosse, Monroe and Juneau Counties, Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1892, p. 780-781

Contributed by Nancy C. Reeves

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