Private Elijah Blaisdell, Company A.


From the 'History of Saint Croix Valley', pg 662, 663

Elijah Blaisdell, now leading a retired life at Spring Valley, is a native of St. Louis, Mo., born December 30, 1842, moving with his parents to Galena, Ill., when he was about five years of age. He remained there until 1854, when he came to Prescott, this county, with his parents, and here Abner Blaisdell, father of Elijah, started a general store, continuing that business for some eight years. They then moved to Diamond Bluff, in this county, and there the father kept both a general store and hotel, remaining there until the time of his death in 1875 at the age of about eighty years. Elijah attended school at Prescott and Diamond Bluff and was still a youth when the Civil war broke out. In 1861 he enlisted in Company A, Twelfth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war, taking part in all the engagements in which his regiment participated. He was with Sherman on his march to the sea. He received his discharge at Louisville, Ky., and then returned to Diamond Bluff, this county, and took up farming, also running a wood boat on the Mississippi. He purchased a small farm in Diamond Bluff and in 1871 he moved to Crawford county, Missouri, where he purchased eighty acres, remaining until 1875, when he returned to Pierce county and acquired a farm of 120 acres in Rock Elm township. He lived on this farm for a short time and then, selling out, he purchased another farm of sixty-five acres in the same township near the village of Rock Elm. After engaging in farming for a number of years he sold the place and bought eighty acres on Cady Creek, in Spring Lake township, living there seven years. In 1891 he moved to Spring Valley, where he has since resided, living a retired life. Mr. Blaisdell was married May 5, 1867, to Clarissa J. Willson, born in Clinton county, Ia., in 1849, coming to Minnesota with her parents when she was five years of age. She was the daughter of Daniel B. and Mary (Atherton) Willson, who came to Diamond Bluff, this county, in 1866. The father was a minister of the Free Will Baptist church and also a physician, practicing medicine at Diamond Bluff for some years. In 1871 he moved to Rock Elm, same county, and remained there until his death, which occurred in 1899 at the age of about eighty-five years. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Blaisdell five children were born, two of whom are living. Ernest R. resides at Elmwood, this county. He buys and sells t~Mibcr for Frank Carter, of Menomonie, this state; also has a farm in Spring Lake of 120 acres, which he rents. Ernest married Rosa Garlick and has four children-Ida, Elmer, Muriel and Ailargie. Bertha resides at home and is a dressmaker. Rose May died at eight years, and Martha and Edith died in infancy. Mr. Blaisdell is a member of the G. A. R.