Stephen S. Hoar
(27 Oct. 1848 - 15 Jul 19271)
-As transcribed from the "COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF THE UPPER LAKES REGION"
by J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago, IL, 1905
pages 262 - 263
Stephen S. Hoar, a well known citizen of Shell Lake, was born in Albert
County, New Brunswick, Oct. 27, 1848. His parents were George and
Isabella (Stiles) Hoar, both natives of Albert County.
In 1763 there came from Devonshire, England, three brothers, James,
John and Ebenezer Hoar, who settled in Massachusetts. They traced
their lineage back to Herman Hoar, an officer of Richard Coeur de Lion,
who was knighted for gallant service at the battle of Essex. A
hotel in London has been kept by successive generations of the Hoar
family for five hundred years, each proprietor bearing the name of John
Stephen S. Hoar is descended from Eben Hoar, who was a Loyalist and
went to Nova Scotia from new England about the beginning of the
Revolution. His grandson, James L. Hoar, was the father of George
Hoar, both of whom were lumbermen. George Hoar came to Shell Lake
about 1892, and died there July 4, 1894, in his seventy-fifth
year. He had been an earnest and active member of the M. E.
Church. His wife, Isabella (Stiles) Hoar, died in 1867, when
forty-eight years of age. Her father, Stephen Stiles, was born in
Canada, whither his parents had come from the North of Ireland; he was
a sea captain, and lived to be sixty-seven years old, dying in Albert
County, New Brunswick. Our subject's brother Frank commanded the
"Lizzie R," which went down during the great gale of August, 1873, on
Georgia Shoals, near New York, none of the crew ever being heard from.
On reaching his majority Stephen S. Hoar engaged in lumbering and
shipbuilding at alma, New Brunswick, where he also carried on a general
store. For a number of years he was successful, but owing to the
loss, in the Bay of Fundy, of a vessel and cargo which he owned, and to
other disasters, he lost his property. In July, 1886, he came to
Shell Lake and entered the employ of the Shell Lake Lumber Co.,
spending five years in the store of that firm, meantime opening a
livery stable, which he still carries on. He has built two
stables in the village, and his present barn, built in 1892, is a
commodious building with a stone basement. He keeps from twenty
to twenty-five horses, and has an excellent custom. For a number
of years he has also dealt in ice, and now supplies the whole
village. All of his business is conducted honorably and with
judgment, and he is highly respected by his friends and associates.
Mr. Hoar married (first) June 4, 1873, Susan Wright, daughter of Robert
and Susan Wright, of Albert County, New Brunswick. She was a
member of the Methodist Church, and died in 1884, at the age of
thirty-one, leaving four children, viz.: Frank, now an attorney at
Shell Lake, a graduate of Wisconsin University; Albert, in business
with his father; Belle, Mrs. W. B. Kinzie, of Shell Lake; and Blair,
editor and proprietor of the Shell Lake Watchman. In February,
1885, Mr. Hoar married (second) Marilla Strong, who was born in Albert
County, daughter of David Strong. She died at Shell Lake in 1889,
leaving two sons, Harry and David, both at school. Mr. Hoar
married (third) in January, 1893, Martha Devereaux, daughter of Walter
Devereaux, of St. John, New Brunswick, and to this marriage were born
five children: Milton, Stephen, Walter, John and Robert, the last
named dying when two and a half years old. Mrs. Martha
(Devereaux) Hoar is a communicant of the Episcopal Church. Mr.
Hoar is a member of the I. O. F. [sic]. In politics a Republican,
he has been for two years a member of the town board, and since 1899
deputy sheriff of Washburn county.
1 - Editorial Note - Stephen S. Hoar'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 8, page 309. His burial location is in the Shell
Lake Memorial Cemetery (1847 - 1927). His second wife, Marilla,
is also buried in this cemetery (death date of 08 Mar 1890 on stone,
aged 41y). His third wife, Martha H., is buried in this
cemetery as well (1858 - 1945) along with his children, Frank E. (06
Apr 1874 - 27 Apr 1905); Albert W. (1875 - 1955); Harry (1885 - 1975);
Milton Devereux (28 Nov 1893 - 13 Aug 1953); Stephen S. (1896 - 1945);
Walter G. (20 Aug 1898 - 24 Jan 1979); John E. (1901 - 1974); and
Robert (no dates).
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