Private Andrew Beardsley, Company A.


From the 'History of Saint Croix Valley', pg 675, 676

Andrew Beardsley now resides on section 10, Trim Belle township, Pierce county, Wisconsin, where he owns and farms 200 acres. He was born in the township of Trim Belle April 27, 1860, and received his education in the common schools and assisted on his father's farm. His father was Alvah S. and his mother was Mary Ann (Gilgin) Beardsley. His father was born in New York state. His mother was a native of Ireland. She came to the United States when eighteen years of age. Alvah S. Beardsley, the father of Andrew, when a young man, moved to Michigan, where he lived a number of years. In about 1853 he moved to Oak Grove, Wis., and bought a farm and lived on it until he moved to Trim Belle township and purchased a farm of forty acres, on section 16, where he lived the balance of his life. He passed away June 16, 1904, at the age of seventy-four years. He never sought a political office, but has always voted the Republican ticket. He enlisted in Company A, Twelfth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, in 1863, and served until the close of the Civil war. He marched with Sherman to the sea, was in the battle of Atlanta, and, in fact, took part in all of the engagements of his regiment. He was wounded twice. He was at the general review at Washington, D. C., of the armies of Grant and Sherman, who had shared in the last struggle. He was mustered out and returned home and is now a member of the G. A. R., Trim Belle post, which was consolidated with the Ellsorth post. His wife died May 19, 1906. Andrew Beardsley was engaged in the flour and milling business at Trim Belle for two years, and then followed the trade of a miller for nine years in different parts of the county. He then went into the sawmill business. He erected a mill at Beldenville, Pierce county, Wis., and run it for seven years, then went to Elmwood village, same county, and erected a mill, which he still owns and operates. He has made this his principal business. Air. Beardsley married Elizabeth Fay December 31, 1889. She was born in Hastings, Minn., daughter of John and Ann Fay, both of whom are now deceased. Airs. Beardsley was educated in the district schools of Oak Grove township, where her parents moved and lived for many years engaged in farming. Their latter days were spent in Burnett county, Wis. Unto Air. and Airs. Beardsley five children have been born. Harvey A., born March 17, 1891, is attending St. Paul Business College; Ned was born June 25, 1895; Ray, Laura and Nina Mannette died in infancy. Air. Beardsley is a Republican in politics.