Hon. William H. Irish

Male 1844 - 1921  (77 years)


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  • Name William H. Irish  [1
    Title Hon. 
    Born 31 Mar 1844  Eastport, Washington Co., ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Book Reference 688  
    Died Nov 1921 
    Notes 
    • From: W. L. Irish - He was always in the lumber business. He went to Eastport, Maine in 1867 and to Williamsport, Pa., in 1869, thence to Chippewa Falls, Wis. in 1870. He went to Cedar Falls, Wis. in 1876 and was general manager of the lumber mill.
    • Commemorative Biographical Record Of The Upper Lake Region
      J. H. Beers & Co. Chicago 1905
      Pages 59-60

      HON. W. H. IRISH. One of the public-spirited citizens of Washburn, Bayfield county, whose services to his community have been recognized
      by election to a judicial office, is Hon. W. H. Irish, county judge. He was born in Eastport, Maine, March 31. 1844, son of Simeon C. and
      Margaret Caroline (McDonald) Irish.

      The paternal grandfather, also Simeon Irish, was a native of Wales, who settled in New England previous to the Revolution. During that
      struggle he was a loyalist, and in consequence removed to Nova Scotia, where he received a grant of land from the government and settled
      down for the rest of his life, living to be over ninety years old. Simeon C. Irish was born there, but early in life went to Maine; he
      was commander and part owner of a vessel engaged in the coasting trade and also in the West India trade. His death occurred in his
      seventy-first year, in Eastport, Maine, where his wife also died at about the same time. She was a native of New Jersey, of Scotch
      descent.

      W. H. Irish passed his boyhood in Eastport, Maine, attending the public school, and then when about fourteen began in life for himself as
      a laborer. During the next nine years he was thus engaged, also made occasional trips on the ocean, and was employed in clerical
      pursuits until 1867, when he went to Williamsport, Pa., and for two years was there engaged in the lumber business. His next move was to
      Chippewa Falls, Wis., where he worked for six years as a lumber sealer, and then spent six years more at Cedar Falls, Dunn County.

      In 1885 Mr. Irish located at Washburn ; there his business interests still are in the lumber line, as he manufactured lumber for several
      years, and also bought considerable timber land in Bayfield County, some of which he still owns. Mr. Irish has of late years, however,
      been more prominent in town and county affairs than he has in business circles. He has served two years as register of deeds, has been
      several times chairman ofi the town board, and has also acted as chairman of the county board for a time, while in January, 1902. he
      became county judge, having been chosen at the previous judicial election for this position. Upon the incorporation of the city of
      Washburn in 1904, he was elected the first mayor.

      At the age of thirty years Mr. Irish was married to Janet C. Rose, also born in Eastport, and of Scotch descent. Their married life
      was not of long duration, as Mrs. Irish died at Cedar Falls in 1883, when about thirty years of age. She left two children: William
      Harvey, of Washburn: and Laura, now Mrs. Francis W. Jones, of Chicago. Mrs. Janet C. Irish was a member of the Congregational Church.
      Judge Irish has since married again, his second wife being Miss Lovisa E. Smith, of Downsville, Wisconsin.

      Judge Irish is prominent in fraternal organizations ; he has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1867, and belongs to both the
      I. O. O. F., and the M. W. A. He was president of the public library board for three years, and manifests a lively interest in everything
      calculated to improve the condition of the town. Judge Irish and his wife are communicants of the Episcopal Church and are leaders in its
      activities. Socially they are much liked, and have many friends. [2]
    Person ID I05800  Irish
    Last Modified 28 Oct 2010 

    Father Simeon Charles Irish,   b. 1819,   d. 1895, Eastport, Washington Co., ME Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Margaret Caroline MacDonald,   b. NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1232  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Janet C. Rose,   b. Feb 1853, Eastport, Washington Co., ME Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1883, Cedar Falls, Dunn Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years) 
    Children 
     1. William Harvey Irish,   b. 1876, Washburn, Bayfield Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1952  (Age 76 years)
    +2. Laura May Irish,   b. 26 Apr 1878, Cedar Falls, Dunn Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1952  (Age 74 years)
    Family ID F2300  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lovisa E. Smith,   b. Downsville, Dunn Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Aft 1878 
    Family ID F2301  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S007136] Descendants of John Irish 1629-1963, Willis L. Irish.

    2. [S137101] Commemorative Biographical Record Of The Upper Lake Region, (J. H. Beers & Co. Chicago).