Thomas Alexander Long, who devotes his time and energies to general agricultural pursuits, is the owner of an excellent farm of eighty-two and a half acres in Lyndon township. His birth occurred in Farmington, Washington county, Wisconsin, on the 21st of October, 1856, his parents being James and Margaret (Dick) Long, who were born, reared and married in Ireland.
Most of the male representatives of the Long family have been seafaring men. James Long emigrated to the United States in company with his wife and parents, and it was while a sailor on the Great Lakes that the paternal grandfather of our subject lost his life by drowning. James Long and his four brothers all followed the sea. He spent seven years as a sailor on the ocean and after coming to this county sailed on the Great Lakes for about thirty years. During that period he purchased a tract of forty acres in Farmington, Wisconsin, whereon his wife and children resided. Subsequently he sold that property and bought the farm of two hundred and ten acres in Lyndon township on which· his sons now reside.
After abandoning the life of a sailor he took up his abode on that farm and erected the house in which our subject now lives, there making his home until the time of his death, which occurred about 1899. His wife, surviving him for a number of years, was called to her final rest in 1907. Unto them were born eight children, five sons and three daughters, as follows: William, who died in early manhood; James; Joseph, who is deceased; one who died in infancy; Thomas A., of this review; Katie, who gave her hand in marriage to Joseph Skelton, of Madison, Wisconsin; Agnes, who has passed away; and Mary, a 'resident of Madison, Wisconsin.
Thomas Alexander Long obtained his education in the place of his nativity and early became familiar with the labors of the fields, working on the home farm when still so young that he needed the assistance of his brother in handling the plow. After the family had come to Sheboygan county he assisted in the operation of the home farm here until his father's death and in fact has resided thereon to the present time with the exception of a period of four years spent in Kansas and one year during which he was employed as a sailor.
After the father's demise the homestead was divided between William and Thomas Long, the latter receiving eighty-two and a half acres as his share of the property. Thomas Long has met with success in his undertakings as an agriculturist and is numbered among the substantial and representative citizens of the community.
In 1879, Mr. Long was united in marriage to Miss Lottie Ogle, a daughter of William Ogle. More extended mention of the Ogle family is made on another page of this work. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Long have been born eight children, as follows: Joseph, who is a resident of Ohio; Francis, living in Colorado; Leo; Bernhard, who is deceased; Lauretta, the wife of William Murphy; Maggie, who gave her hand in marriage to Otto Schlenter; and Mary and Lula, both at home.
Mr. Long gives his political allegiance to the democracy, believing firmly in the principles of that party. He is a devout communicant of the Catholic church at Cascade. A man of strong character and sterling worth, he well merits the high regard in which he is uniformly held.
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