Despite the fact that he has attained the venerable age of seventy-eight years, Leon C. Bartlett is still actively identified with the commercial fraternity of Cascade, where he has been engaged in the drug, book and grocery business since 1874. He was born in Jefferson county, New York, on April 10, 1834, and is descended in both lines from old New England colonial families. His paternal grandfather, Joseph Bartlett, fought in the Revolutionary war, while the great-grandfather, Josiah Bartlett, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence from New Hampshire. His parents were Ira and Asenath (Snow) Bartlett, the father a native of Vermont, his birth occurring in October, 1791, and the mother of Massachusetts. Ira Bartlett, who was a veteran of the War of 1812, always devoted his energies to agricultural pursuits, and during the early years of his manhood he located in New York, where he engaged in farming until his death in 1863. He had long survived the mother, who passed away in 1835, during the infancy of our subject.
Leon C. Bartlett, who was the youngest of the six children born to his parents, was given the advantages of a good education. Reared in the country he began his studies in the district schools and completed his education with an academic course. He subsequently adopted the profession of teaching for his vocation and for four years thereafter taught in the vicinity of his boyhood home. Soon after his marriage in 1856, Mr. Bartlett removed to Wisconsin, he and his bride settling in Cascade. Here he acquired some property that he subsequently traded for a farm, devoting his energies to its cultivation during the summer months while he engaged in teaching during the winter. He continued to farm in summer and teach in the winter for thirteen years, but in 1872 he sold his land and removed to Sheboygan Falls, where he established a drug business. Two years later he disposed of this to E. P. Bryant, and came to Cascade and opened a drug, book and grocery store that he has ever since conducted. He is one of the veteran druggists of the county, having been continuously engaged in this business for forty years. Having imbibed the patriotic fervor that distinguished his father and grandfather, Mr. Bartlett enlisted in the Union army on the 28th of May, 1861, and went to the front as a private in Company C, Fourth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, the first company to leave Sheboygan. He participated in many of the notable conflicts of the war, remaining in the service until honorably discharged on May 28, 1866.
Mr. Bartlett has been twice married. His first union was with Miss Frances Reed of Jefferson county, New York, the event being celebrated in 1856. She was a daughter of Nathaniel Reed and was descended from an old Massachusetts family. They were the parents of four children all of whom are now deceased, but they have two grandchildren living. She passed away in 1868 and in 1869 Mr. Bartlett married Miss Melissa Thomas, a native of this state and a daughter of Henry W. Thomas, who was born and reared in the state of New York but was one of the pioneers of Wisconsin. Mrs. Bartlett has passed the seventieth anniversary of her birth, but is still leading an active life.
The political support of Mr. Bartlett is accorded the republican party and he has always taken an active interest in all municipal affairs. He has held several town offices and in 1892 he was appointed postmaster in which capacity he served with excellent satisfaction to the community for twelve years. He maintains relations with his old comrades through the medium of his connection with A. 0. Heald Post, No. 192, of the Grand Army of the Republic of which he is an active member. Mr. Bartlett is in full possession of all of his faculties and possesses a remarkable memory, while he has the energy and ambition that puts to shame many a man years his junior. He is held in high esteem in the community where he is accorded by young and old the regard and respect that he merits by reason of an honorable, well spent life.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL