JAMES A. COVERT, engineer in Nye, Lusk & Hudson’s mill at Thorp, Clark County [Wisconsin], was born in Green County, Wisconsin, January 16, 1838, the son of James M. and Martha (Martin) Covert, natives of Ohio. They had thirteen children, only seven of whom survive, viz.: Enoch M., Martha J., James A., Anna V., Claude E., Minnie and Clark A. Lucinda died in Humbird, October, 1890, at the age of forty-four years. She was the wife of Benjamin Webster, proprietor of the Webster House at Humbird. The eldest daughter, Nancy, died at the age of twenty-one years; Sarah died in Lincoln, Nebraska, in the summer of 1888, at the age of thirty-seven years; she was the wife of Charles Neyhart, a harness-maker of Lincoln, Nebraska. James M. Covert, the father of our subject, served three years in the late war, in Company K, Twenty-second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, after which he settled in Broadhead, where he has since resided.
The subject of this sketch was educated in the private schools of Broadhead, and in June, 1880, came to Thorp, where he worked on the railroad, which was then being built to this place. He entered the employ of his present firm in the fall of 1881, and since that time has had charge of the engine and all machinery in the basement.
He was married March 16, 1877, to Lillie, daughter of George Leslie, of Thorp. They have four children: Zura, Ida, Maud and Frank. All are at home, and the three eldest are attending school. Socially Mr. Covert is a member of the Sons of Veterans, and politically a Republican.
Source: Lewis Publishing Co., Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin (Chicago: 1891), p. 332.