Dairying and diversified farming engage the attention of Urban McLellan, who owns a well cultivated farm of eighty acres in Wilson township. He was born in Sheboygan on the 25th of January, 1857, and is a son of Andrew and Eliza ( Lindlay) McLellan, both natives of England. The parents were married in England and emigrated to the United States in 1847, first locating in the state of Vermont. The next year they came to Sheboygan and the father established a grocery store on Pennsylvania avenue which he conducted for fourteen years. During that period he bought forty acres of land in Wilson township and after disposing of his store in 1862, he removed with his family to his farm and turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. There he passed away on the 29th of October, 1879, at the age of sixty-one years and six months. He was survived for many years by the mother, who was seventy-eight when she died on November 28, 1897, her natal day having been the 29th of December, 1819.
The family of Mr. and Mrs. McLellan numbered six, as follows: William and John, both of whom passed away in Sheboygan where they are buried; Elizabeth, who married Harry Whelpley, of Chicago; Urban, our subject; Sophia, the wife of Jacob Brehm of Sheboygan; and Uephin, the deceased wife of John DeSchmitt.
Urban McLellan, who was a child of only five years when his parents removed to the farm, obtained his education in the district schools. When not engaged with his studies he assisted his father with the work of the farm, with the exception of one summer, when he worked as a fisherman on the lake, until his death. He subsequently managed the place for his mother for a time, then leased it from her and about two years before her death bought it.
Prior to this he had purchased forty acres of land adjoining the home place, thus making his holdings aggregate eighty acres. Here he engages in diversified farming and dairying, his cattle being graded Holsteins. About fourteen years ago, Mr. McLellan remodeled the house and later he erected a large new barn, and now owns one of the well improved and attractive properties of the community. His place is equipped with everything needed for its operation and he is directing his activities with the intelligence and capability that invariably bring good returns.
In Sheboygan on the 14th of December, 1887, Mr. McLellan was united in marriage to Miss Aurelia Brehm, a daughter of Jacob Brehm, who is mentioned at greater length in the sketch of Ferdinand Brehm. The political allegiance of Mr. McLellan is accorded to the democratic party, and he served for ten years as school director and two terms as supervisor. He has always been a diligent, enterprising man and has so capably directed his undertakings as to become numbered among the prosperous and successful agriculturists of his community.
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