(abt. 1815 - 18991)
-As transcribed from the "COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF THE UPPER LAKES REGION"
by J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago, IL, 1905
pages 88 - 89
Joseph Trepania (deceased) for many years a resident of Spring Brook,
Washburn county, was born at Three Rivers, Quebec, about 1815.
His parents were Canadians, of French descent, and he was brought up in
Canada where he received a limited education.
About the year 1843 Joseph Trepania came to Wisconsin, and for a short
time was located at Prairie du Chien. He then went to Chippewa
Falls, which at that time contained but one log house, where he was
employed by Gilbert Brothers, Colton & Moses, and the Union Lumber
Co., as overseer of their drives on the Chippewa and Yellow
rivers. He continued in the employ of these and other firms for
about fifteen years, receiving as much as fifteen dollars a day for his
services. He then bought a farm above Chippewa Falls, and while
developing this land also carried on an Indian trading store.
These enterprises he conducted successfully until 1880, when he moved
to Rice Lake, Barron county, where he bought, cleared and cultivated a
farm of 200 acres. Although successful at farming, his preference
was for lumbering, and in 1881 he disposed of the Rice Lake farm and
came to Spring Brook, the railroad having been built through that
year. Taking up a homestead, which is now the townsite of Spring
Brook, he at once engaged in logging, building on his own
responsibility two dams on Devil's Creek, in the Sawyer County
Reservation, in order to raise the water sufficiently to float out the
logs. He met with great success in this business, in which he has
actively engaged until compelled by age to retire.
Mr. Trepania married in 1851 or 1852, Margaret De Marie, daughter of
Louis De Marie, one of the early French traders, who built the first
house in Chippewa Falls. To this union were born two children,
namely: Mary, now Mrs. Ferguson, of Spring Brook; and Alfred, of
the same place, who is mentioned below. Before her marriage Mrs.
Trepania and a girl companion had an exciting adventure in being fired
upon by a band of hostile Sioux, while crossing the Chippewa river in a
Mr. Trepania was a Republican in politics, and a representative man of
the locality. During his residence at Chippewa Falls, he served
several terms as supervisor. He died in 1899 and is buried on the
Reservation in Sawyer county, in a spot selected by himself. Mrs.
Trepania is living with her son in Spring Brook.
Louis DeMarie, father of Mrs. Trepania, was a native of Montreal, and
when a young man entered the employ of the Hudson Bay Co., trading
through the Northwest region as far as Manitoba and the Rocky
Mountains. While at Grand Forks, N. Dak., he married Angelina
Collins, a half breed Cree woman, and they had a family of five
daughters and three sons. Of them the only survivor is Baptiste,
who is living on the Reservation. Mr. DeMarie finally settled in
the Chippewa country, where he died about 1860. Mrs. DeMarie
lived to be 103 years of age, dying in 1893 at Chippewa Falls.
- Editorial Note - As stated on Alfred Trepania's bio, there is a death
record on file in Washburn Co. for an Alfred Trepanier who died on 05
Nov 1899. There is also a death record for one Joseph Trepanier
who is stated to have died on 26 Oct 1900 (Volume 3, page 59 of the
Washburn Co. ROD Death Records). Could this be the above named
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