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Histories:  Trempealeau Co. Historical Accounts:

"Trempealeau County" by Clarence J. Gamroth:

Volume 1B Supplement:

The Markhams:

Markham Obituaries

MARKHAM, Ada Markham
MARKHAM, Claron A. Markham
MARKHAM, George A.
MARKHAM, George H.
MARKHAM, Mrs. John A.


Source - Independence News Wave, 30 Dec 1948

Mrs. James F. Williams of Madison, better known as Ada K. Markham, passed away at her home in Madison on Tusday of last week after a long illness.  In fact, she had been in ill health for the past 3 years.

Deceased was born Ada Rogers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Rogers, on Dec. 26, 1867, and had the age of almost 81 years at the time of death.

On October 11, 1891, she was united in marriage to George Markham who passed away July 16, 1909.  Upon his death, she took over publication of the News Wave which she and her husband had been operating since 1892.  She continued as publisher of the news Wave until October 1920 when she sold the business to G. L. Kirkpatrick, present publisher.

In 1924, she was united in marriage to James F. Williams and madison had been their home ever since.

Funeral services took place in Madison Friday of last week.


MARKHAM, Claron A.

Source - Independence News Wave, Friday, 01 Nov 1935

Claron A. Markham died Tuesday at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.  Was born at Independence, Wisconsin on January 3, 1878, a son of Arthur A. Markham and Rose Biship Markham, pioneer settlers of Trempealeau County Wisconsin.  His age was 57 years, 9 months and 26 days.  He was graduated from Independence High School in 1896, and in 1901 graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Law.

He began his law practice in Beaver Dam on October 20, 1904.  He married his college classmate, Mary Emma Westfall of Redwood Falls, Minnesota.

Two children were born to this union, Muriel G. D. Markham and Claron Edmond Markham.  Also survived by his brother Attorney John A. Markham, and Fred C. Markham, Independence, Wisconsin; sisters, Marianne E. Markham, Independence and Mrs. Blanche Weis, Madison, Wisconsin.  Also Attorney William H. Markham, Huron, Wisconsin.


MARKHAM, Fannie (Mrs. George) nee BISHOP

Source - Independence News Wave, 13 May 1932

Mrs. George (Fannie Bishop) Markham was born on August 15, 1841 in Indiana.  She was the daughter of Dr. Edwin Bishop and Manerva Shelley Markham.

On October 8, 1862 married George H. Markham.  Their only child, George A. Markham, died in 1909.  He had been a publisher of the Independence News Wave.

Mrs. George H. Markham died April 30, 1932 while on a visit to her brother Herbert Bishop at Fredonia, New York.

She was buried in Independence, Wisconsin.


MARKHAM, George A.

Source - Independence News Wave, 24 Jul 1909

Died Friday July 16, 1909 of blood poisening caused from an abscess on the gall bladder, George A. Markham, son and only child of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Markham of this village aged 44 years, 2 months, 7 days.

The deceased was born May 7, 1865 in the house in which he died.  The house was built many years before the present Independence was founded.

He was educated at the Winona Normal and Galesville University and while attending the latter institution became interested in printing which he afterward took up as a vocation.

In October 1887, he purchased the printing office in this village and has since labored unceasingly to build up a creditable business and to uplift the community.  October 11, 1891, he was married to Ada Rogers of Osseo and they began the publication of the Wisconsin Good Templars for nearly 30 years.  Politically he was a prohibitionist and was a zealous worker in that cause, always ready to give time and money to advance the cause.  His interest in reform brought him much work from the state and nation which gave his office unusual prominence for an office in so small a town.

He early joined the Wisconsin Press Association and was a member of its executive committee at the time of his death.

Mr. Markham's physical trouble dates back at least 5 years when he began to have attacks of intense pain which physicians decided came from gall stones and advised an operation but the press of business seemed to give no time and treatment was put off from year to year.  On Friday July 2, he had a severe spasm of pain.  ON Sunday, he had another one of excruciating pain.  The doctor game him a hypodermic which relieved him but did he did not rally as he had from previous attacks.  Not gaining as was hoped, he was removed to the to the home of his parents outside the village, hoping that coolness and quiet would have a strengthening effect.  He did not gain and on Tuesday July 13, Dr. Pritchard and a nurse were called from Winona.  The eminent surgeon have little hope under the knife.  Mr. Markham consented.  Dr. Pritchard assisted by the physician of the village preformed the operation.  They found a large abscess and a perforated gall bladder and were unable to do more than arrange for drainage of the poison from his side.

On Friday July 16, he fell into a stupor and passed away in his sleep.  The funeral was held on Monday from the home of his birth and was charge of the M. W. A. Lodge with Rev. Chalfont.

He is survived by his widow, Ada, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George H. Markham.


MARKHAM, George H.

Source - Independence News Wave, 14 May 1920

George H. Markham Is Laid To Rest

(Written by his nephew, John A. Markham)

Honorable George H. Markham, a leading citizen of this community for nearly 64 years died at his home here last Thursday, May 6, 1920 and was laid to rest with his parents, his brother and son on Monday in Green Wood Cemetery.

He was born in Yorkshire, England, January 24, 1837, the second son of Captain John Markham of the British Navy.  His early boyhood was spent ont he Island of Guernsey with his parents and three brothers, John, Arthur, and Albert.  By special dispensation he made a Mason at "Doyle Lodge No. 99" on the Island of Guernsey when a boy of 19, but on coming to this country there being no lodge available in the new country, he neglected to affiliate again with this fraternity.

He came to America on August 13, 1956 in the company with his parents, his brother Arthur, who was a partner with him a great many years in the farming operations they conducted.  With them came Walter Maule, and a Mr. Lyne who had been their instructor in the old country and also Mr. Davis.  They sailed from Southhampton, England and landed at New York.  From thence, they traveled by rail to Chicago and thence by boat to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from which they continued their journey by rail to Columbus, Wisconsin.  Here they began to encounter the wilderness and the remainder of the journey was a slow and painful progress by means of an ox team, finally reaching Trempealeau Valley in October of the same year in time to erect with their crude implements, a rude log cabin on the site which became to him hoe for more than half of a century.

The new settlers unused to the hardships and with very meager equipment, undertook to hew out of the "wild" a home in the wilderness.  They had no near neighbors and no supplies to be had nearer than Black River Falls.  The first winter in the wilderness, 1856-57, the winter of the "big snow", tested his metal to the breaking point and it was by the most narry margin the family escaped starvation.  He frequently recounted his experience of a trip he made for supplies to Black River Falls during the worst part of that winter when the snow was over four feet deep on the level and no road broken to follow.  He made the trip in a day by foot, taking a hand sled to haul his purchase of provisions.  On the return, he reached the home of Gullick Olson in Preston Township, Trempealeau County, by late at night and in the morning, Mr. Olson equipped him with a pair of snow shoes which he soon learned to operate and with their help was able to complete the journey oback to the little log house in time to save the other members of the family from starvation.

Near the site of the log cabin a few years later, they built the first frame residence in this community,an eight sided, four story dwelling just at the foot of a bluff, commanding a magnificent view of the valley.  The odd shaped house was commonly called "the Markham Castle" and still stand as a land mark well knwon throughout Western Wisconsin and continued to be the home of Mr. Markham until 1912 when he retired from the farm and built a comfortable home in the village.

On October 8, 1862, he married Fannie M. Bishop, daughter of Dr. Edmund Bishop of Portage, Wisconsin.  Their only son George A. born May 7, 1865, died without issue July 16, 1909, for many years owned and edited the local newspaper at Independence, Wisconsin.

He was a man of clear and sound judgement, good success of his business affairs, and was considered a very successful farmer.  A pioneer in the introduction of blooded stock and improved methods of farming, early won him the high appreciation of his neighbors.  He always had a keen and lively interestin politics giving public matters careful and thorough thought and study; a man of broad views and well read on all topics of the day, his interest in his town, state and country never failed.



Born 1797 in England.  Died 1870 in Independence.  Captain in the British Navy.  Came to Independence in 1857.


MARKHAM, Mrs. John A.

Source - Independence News Wave, 23 Apr 1953

Mrs. John A. Markham died April 20, 1953.

Mrs. John A. Markham was born December 20, 1874 at Valparaiso, Indiana.  Her mother, Amanda Pershing, was a cousin of General John J. Pershing and her father was William E. Brown, Civil War veteran who saw service at Gettysburg.

On May 21, 1904, she married a prominent Independence Attorney, John A. Markham.

They had three sons, Arthur, George and Richard.  The youngest son, Richard, a commander in the United States Navy, is stationed at the Naval Base in New Foundland.

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