George E. McEwen biography

GEORGE E. McEWEN, Superintend[ent] of Spaulding’s mill, lumberyard, and store, on section 33, Hixton Township, Clark County [Wisconsin], was born in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, March 8, 1865, the son of John A. deceased and Rebecca (Bacon) McEwen, natives of Pennsylvania. The father was for many years proprietor of a saw-mill in Williamsport, Pennsylvania; the mother still lives in the latter city. The parents had eight children, six now living: Daniel H., a member of the firm of Glass & McEwen, of Minneapolis; Seth C., superintendent of a lumber yard in Williamsport, Pennsylvania; Henry A., a lumberman of the same place; Lucius, superintendent of 250 men in a lumber camp of Gull River, Minnesota; George E., our subject, and William A., engaged in running logs at Sparrow’s Point, Maryland, on Chesapeake Bay.

The subject of this sketch was reared and educated in the city schools and also in the Williamsport Commercial College, under Professor F. E. Wood. He worked in the saw-mill there for some time, and then, in 1885, went to North Landing, Virginia, where he superintended the saw-mill and lumberyard of Reeves, Oatman & Co., of New York city for about eight months. The climate there not permitting him to remain, he resigned his position and returned home, but in August, 1886, came to this country, and worked at the carpenter’s trade a week at Unity. Next he ran a saw-mill at Butternut, Ashland County, on Butternut Creek, for H. L. Bessie, after which he went into the pineries and scaled logs for the firm of Bessie & Cemenger, on the North Fork of Flambeau River, and next in the pine lands of Chipewa, for the Logging & Boom Company. Mr. McEwen came to his present place in May, 1887, where he has since had charge of the large business of D. J. Spaulding, which consisted of one large steam saw-mill, a planing-mill, lumberyard and store. They ship the lumber mostly to points in Iowa, also to Mexico and Arizona.

He was married December 24, 1888, to Etta Darling, who was born in Nelsonville, Portage County, Wisconsin, April 6, 1869, the daughter of F. H. Darling, of Unity Marathon County, Wisconsin. Socially Mr. McEwen is a member of the Modern Woodmen; religiously he is a Presbyterian.

Source: Lewis Publishing Co., Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin (Chicago: 1891), p. 333.