Henry Walsh resides on a highly developed farm of one hundred and thirty-five acres which he owns, located in Lima township, Sheboygan county, where is is successfully engaged in dairy farming. He is a veteran of the Civil war and during his years of service in the army was engaged in several hotly contested battles. He was born in Milwaukee county, Wisconsin, August 10, 1845, and is a son of Patrick and Mary (Plantt) Walsh, both of whom were natives of County Cork, Ireland.
The father's birth occurred in March, 1817, and at the age of seventeen years he emigrated to America, settling in Boston, May 10, 1834. He later found employment in the textile mills at Lowell, Massachusetts, where he continued to work until the time of his marriage. Immediately thereafter he and his wife moved to Milwaukee county, Wisconsin, where he purchased land and was engaged in general farming for the following seven years. At the end of that time he sold his property in Milwaukee county and removed to Lima township, Sheboygan county, where he purchased eighty acres of land located on section 9. There he established his home and continued to live during the remaining years of his life, which closed August 14, 1891, long past the allotted three score years and ten.
He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Plantt, who emigrated from Ireland to America with her parents and settled in Boston, Massachusetts. She remained under the parental roof until the time of her wedding. which occurred in 1837, and her death occurred in Lima township, May 12, 1888, at the age of seventy-nine years.
Henry walsh was reared in his parents' home and received his early education in the public schools of Lima township. He remained at home and was engaged in work on his father's farm until eighteen years of age. At that time occurred the outbreak of the Civil war and he enlisted in Company C of the Fourth Wisconsin Regiment of Volunteer Cavalry and followed his command as a private for two years and eight months. He then returned to his home in Wisconsin and shortly afterward went to Schoolcraft county, Michigan, where he remained for two years.
In 1868 he purchased a farm of eighty acres located in Lima township and there established his home. He later continued to buy adjoining land until he had acquired in all a farm of one hundred and thirty-five acres and in the cultivation of this property he has engaged in general farming and dairying.
At Sheboygan on October 1, 1868, Mr. Walsh was united in marriage to Miss Frances Hampson, a daughter of James and Frances (Clarke) Hampson, the former a native of Scotland and the latter of England. In the latter country the parents were married and later emigrated to America, settling first in Ohio. The father was a sailor on the high seas during his life in England and after reaching America he sailed the Great Lakes. He and his wife spent the last years of their lives in Lima township, where they owned a farm. Mr. and Mrs. Walsh are the parents of eleven children: Frances, the wife of John Cosgrove, who is engaged in farming in Lyndon township; Patrick Henry, who is engaged in farming in Nebraska; Kathryn, who owns a homestead in Perkins county, South Dakota; George E., who also resides in Perkins county, South Dakota; Emma, the wife of Ralph Comstock, of Oregon; James, also residing in Perkins county, South Dakota; and Mary, Robert, Ellen, Alfred and Genevieve, all of whom are at home.
Mr. Walsh is affiliated with the republican party and has served for several terms as chairman of the town of Lima, which office he now holds. During the forty-four years he has lived in Lima township he has the distinction of never having missed a spring or fall election and each. year as it has passed he has been honored by being elected to one or more of the offices in his township. He and his family are members of St. Rose's Catholic church of Lima township. Mr. Walsh is one of the prosperous farmers of the township in which he resides and a man highly esteemed for integrity in all matters of business and for the wholesome influence of his Christian character among the people of the community in which he lives.
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