Harvey Law comes of old Connecticut parentage, but was born in Freedom, Cattaraugus county, N. Y., March 23, 1838. His father, Harvey, Sr., was born in Connecticut and married Eleanor Spear. In western New York he worked at blacksmithing and saw milling until he came to Wisconsin and built the first blacksmith shop in New Richmond. J. Cook purchased this shop in 1860, but Mr. Law, Sr., continued to occupy a part of it for the purpose of making guns. He was closely identified with the early life of the town, serving on the town and school boards and as councilman a number of years. He helped to build the first school house in New Richmond. In common with other boys of his age, Harvey, Jr., attended school and worked on the farm. Then he bought and improved forty acres of land, upon which he raised wheat and oats, After eighteen months he sold this tract to his brother and started work as a millwright and carpenter. He continued this for twelve years. Since then he has been a contractor and builder of the city. Some years ago he bought a house and ten acres of land at the corner of Star and Third streets, where he now resides. In 1861 he enlisted in Company E, Twelfth Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, and served under Grant and Sherman. For two years he was commissary sergeant and saw service not only at the sieges of Vicksburg and Atlanta, but also in the famous march from Chattanooga to Atlanta. Upon his honorable discharge in July, 1865, he returned to New Richmond. His civil record since then has been equally as noteworthy and includes service as marshal and school supervisor. Mr. and Mrs. Law have two children-Edith married W. W. Benham, superintendent of schools at Farmington, Minn. Both Mr. and Mrs. Benham are graduates of the Methodist University at Hammond, Wis. They have three children. Before her marriage Mrs. Benham was a school teacher. The other daughter, Aurelia, is married to Charles M. Todd, a railroad operator in Chicago. Mr. Law is a staunch Republican and a Methodist. He is the oldest past commander of the B. I. Humphrey Post, G. A. R., No. 103, and has also served all the junior offices of the, post. B. I. Humphrey, in whose honor the post is named, was a brother-in-law of the subject of this sketch.
Harvey Law, son of Harvey and Elenor (Spear) Law was b. March 23, 1838, married, in New Richmond, Wis., July 4, 1866, to CAROLINE MARIA (HUNTINGTON) LAW, born April 4, 1847, in Oldtown, Me. Mr. Law is a carpenter, and a Methodist: he was Class Leader and also Trustee for twenty years. He was a private in the War of the Rebellion, Co. A, 12th Regt., Wisconsin Volunteers. He enlisted October 5, 1861, and was discharged July 26, 1865.
They are now living in New Richmond, Wis.
* EDITH HELEN, born June 9, 1871; married William Wesley Barnum, Richmond, Wis.
* JESSIE HUNTINGTON, born March 25, 1873; died in New Richmond, Wis., May 5, 1874.
* AURELIA HELEN, born June 13, 1875; married, in New Richmond, Wis., September 2, 1903, Charles Maxon Todd. They are living in Chicago, Ill.
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