William H. Hyatt, one of the well known residents of Lima township, has recently acquired a most desirable and attractive farm of forty acres adjoining the village of Hingham, where he is going to specialize in dairying. He was born in Sheboygan county on the 13th of June, 1857, and is a son of Russell Hyatt, who is mentioned at greater length elsewhere in this work.
The boyhood of William H. Hyatt did not differ particularly from that of the average youth who is reared in the country, his early years passing in the uneventful routine characteristic of rural life. At the usual age he began his education in the district schools, completing it in the graded school of Hingham. Reared on a farm, he was early trained to the work and duties of an agriculturist, and by the time he had attained his maturity was thoroughly familiar with the various processes of tilling the fields and caring for the crops. He remained at home and assisted his father until he was twenty-two years of age, and then purchased forty acres of land and began farming for himself. His holding was located in Sherman township, and there for twenty-five years he was diligently engaged in general farming and stock-raising, meeting with fair success.
In 1908, he sold his place and invested the proceeds in a property of ten acres in Hingham, where he resided for four years. At the expiration of that period he likewise disposed of this place and bought his present farm, just on the outskirts of the village. It is most admirably located, and not only makes an attractive and desirable place of residence, but is excellently adapted to the purpose for which Mr. Hyatt intends using it. The improvements are substantial and in good condition, and he is stocking it with a high grade of Holstein cattle, which breed he deems best adapted to dairy purposes.
On the 22d of May, 1880, Mr. Hyatt was united in marriage to Miss Nettie Whitcomb, whose birth occurred in Maine on the 13th of May, 1861. She is the eldest daughter of Horatio and Debra Whitcomb, natives of Somerset county, Maine, the father having been born on the 2nd of April, 1823. Their marriage occurred on the 24th of June, 1852, and ten years later they came to Wisconsin, accompanied by their daughter Nettie. Mr. Whitcomb had been a farmer in Maine, but after locating here he worked at the mason's trade for a time. After a year's residence at Sheboygan Falls they removed to Hingham, where they both passed away, his death occurring on October 22, 1898, and hers on the 11th of June, 1909. He was a veteran of the Civil war having enlisted as a member of Company S, Second Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry, remaining at the front until the close of hostilities, a period of about thirteen months. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Whitcomb numbered five: Manville, who died at the age of six years; Fred, whose death occurred when he was four years of age; Mrs: Hyatt; Mary B., whose birth occurred on May 14, 1863, the wife of Amos Dunn, a farmer of Sherman township, in the vicinity of Hingham; and Charles, who was born on the 8th of April, 1872, and died at the age of four years.
Mr. and Mrs. Hyatt have one daughter, Maud, who married Edward Wells, of Lyndon township. His political indorsement he gives to the republican party, believing its policy best adapted to protect the interests of the majority. In matters of religious faith they are both Baptists and hold membership in the church at Lyndon, where they have many friends.
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