Edwin C. Stratton, cashier of the Adell State Bank, is a native son of Wisconsin, having been born in Greenbush, Sheboygan county, on the 20th of October, 1853, a son of William C. and Charlotte (Howland) Stratton, both natives of Canada. The father was born November 8, 1818, and prior to his removal to Greenbush in 1849 had lived upon a farm situated on the St. Lawrence river below Lake Ontario. In Greenbush he purchased a farm of eighty acres which he cultivated until his death in 1868. The mother was born February 24, 1828, of English parentage, and was married in Canada. Mr. and Mrs. William C. Stratton were the parents of four children: Selina, deceased, who married Casper Knowles; Franklin, who died at the age of five years; Edwin C., the subject of this sketch; and James W., who died on October 15, 1909, in the state of Washington. The mother passed away in 1902.
The education of Edwin C. Stratton was received in the public schools of Greenbush and when he was prepared to assume the responsibilities of manhood at the age of twenty-three years he chose to become a teacher. For seventeen years he followed this profession, spending his summers in active work at the carpenter's trade. In 1893 he came to Adell and engaged in the business of buying eggs for a Milwaukee firm. For fifteen years he was thus employed until the incorporation of the Adell State Bank in 1908, when he became identified with that institution. The officers of the bank are as follows: Noah Saemann, president; A. W. Finnegan, vice president; and Edwin C. Stratton, cashier. The directorate consists of George Bates, G. A. Schulz, Noah Saemann, A. W. Finnegan and E. C. Stratton.
In 1877 Mr. Stratton was united in marriage to Miss Elva Miller, the daughter of H. S. and Martha (Sheldon) Miller, natives of New York and Vermont respectively. The father on removing west first settled in Marquette county and later removed to Sheboygan county, where he cultivated a farm and also followed the carpenter's trade. Mrs. Miller passed away in February, 1908, but Mr. Miller is still living. In their family were three children, as follows: Mrs. Stratton; Louise, who married E. C. Parsons, of Goodman, Missouri; and Elbert H., of Everett, Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Stratton have seven children, namely: Mattie, born in 1878, who married John Plekenpol, of Adell, Wisconsin; William H., born in 1880, of Milwaukee; Alma C., born in 1882, who married Ernest Sheldon, of Everett, Washington; Ralph H., born in 1887, residing in Milwaukee; Louise A., born in 1889, who resides at home; Carrie S., born in 1891, engaged in teaching school; and Ruth, born in 1894, who is at home.
Mr. Stratton has made a study of politics as affecting national, state and municipal affairs, and gives his support to the policy of the republican party whose candidates receive the assistance of his influence. He has held various town offices, for his cooperation in all measures for local development and improvement may be counted upon by his fellow townsmen. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, but in the division of his time between business, political and social duties he never allows that belonging to the first named to be encroached upon and is essentially a worker and a business man.
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