Charles E. Gregory
(15 Mar 1856 - 04 Apr 19011)
-As transcribed from the "COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF THE UPPER LAKES REGION"
by J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago, IL, 1905
E. Gregory, for sometime a prosperous and public-spirited citizen of
Shell Lake, was born in Lockport, N. Y., March 15, 1856. His
parents were Henry Edson and Mary Ellen (Seaver) Gregory, both natives
of New York State.
The paternal ancestors of Henry Edson Gregory came from Scotland before
the Revolutionary war. The grandmother was a native of
Ireland. Almon Gregory, father of Henry Edson, was a successful
farmer, who passed his life in Lockport. Henry Edson Gregory
moved to La Porte county, Ind., in 1873 and there passed the remainder
of his life on a farm, dying in May, 1902, at the age of
sixty-nine. Mrs. Mary Ellen (Seaver) Gregory, at the age of
sixty-seven, is still living on the farm in La Porte county. Her
parents passed away in New York State.
Charles E. Gregory attended the public schools in La Porte county and
when twenty-one years of age went to Green Bay, Wis. There he was
employed in the machine shop of a sawmill, and studied engineering
under D. W. Lanigan, now chief engineer of the Twenty-second street
station of the Chicago water works. After two years at Green Bay
with Mr. Lanigan, Mr. Gregory came with him to Shell Lake, where spent
three more years under his instruction. When Mr. Lanigan retired
in 1890, Mr. Gregory succeeded him as master mechanic of the Shell Lake
Lumber Co. He has invested to some extent in Washburn county
lands, including an undivided half interest in a mile of lake shore
property, destined to become very valuable. After the Shell Lake
Lumber Co. ceased to exist, in February, 1904, Mr. Gregory accepted the
position of master mechanic of the Nebagamon Lumber co. and has since
resided at Lake Nebagamon.
In 1889 Mr. Gregory was married to Emma E. Galbreth, daughter of John
and Rosetta Galbreth, of La Porte county, Ind. Mrs. Gregory and
her father were both natives of La Porte county, the latter of Scotch
descent. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory, as
follows: Robert Luscombe; Ethel May; Kittie Evelyn; and Charles
Edson, deceased. The family is connected with the Methodist
Church of which Mr. Gregory is a trustee, and also president of the
Epworth League. Fraternally he is a member of Shell Lake Lodge, No.
221, A. F. & A. M.; of Pokegama Chapter, R. A. M. at Rice lake,
Wis.; and of Shell Lake Lodge, I. O. O. F. For many years Mr.
Gregory was a Democrat in politics, but for some time past has
supported the Republican party. He was one of the chief promoters
for the project for the erection of the present county jail, one of the
most substantial buildings in the city, which was built during his term
as chairman of the county board of supervisors. In 1897 he became
chairman of the town of Shell Lake and continued so until he left the
1 - Editorial Note - Mr. Gregory's
death date was derived from the Washburn Co. Register of Deeds Death
Index. The death record is on file at the Register of Deeds Office in
Shell Lake, in Volume 3, page 90. His burial location is unknown
(but perhaps is stated on his death record).
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