1844 - 1921 (77 years)
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||William H. Irish  |
||31 Mar 1844
||Eastport, Washington Co., ME
- 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
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
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. 
||28 Oct 2010 |
||Janet C. Rose, b. Feb 1853, Eastport, Washington Co., ME , d. 1883, Cedar Falls, Dunn Co., WI (Age ~ 29 years) |
| ||1. William Harvey Irish, b. 1876, Washburn, Bayfield Co., WI , d. 12 Jul 1952 (Age 76 years)|
|+||2. Laura May Irish, b. 26 Apr 1878, Cedar Falls, Dunn Co., WI , d. 3 Jul 1952 (Age 74 years)|
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- [S007136] Descendants of John Irish 1629-1963, Willis L. Irish.
- [S137101] Commemorative Biographical Record Of The Upper Lake Region, (J. H. Beers & Co. Chicago).