Henry J. Bamford

Henry J. Bamford is one of the leading and representative business men of Plymouth, Wisconsin, where he is engaged in the wholesale cheese business, his establishment being one of the largest of its kind in this country. He was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, and is the son of Joseph and Anna Maria (Fleming) Bamford. The paternal grandparent and the maternal grandmother, Joshua and Elizabeth (Taylor) Bamford, were both natives of Yorkshire, England, where the grandfather followed for a livelihood the vocation of a school teacher and both he and his wife died in their native land many years ago.

Joseph Bamford

The father, Joseph Bamford, was born in Yorkshire, England, November 23, 1820. He was reared in his father's home and received his early education in England. During his early manhood he followed the carpenters' trade. In 1842 he emigrated to America settling first in Dutchess county, New York, where he remained for twelve years. In 1854 he moved to Wisconsin and purchased a farm located on sections thirty-five and thirty-six in Plymouth township, Sheboygan county, where he established his home and the following year sent for his family. He remained upon that place engaged in general farming for thirty-one continuous years. In 1885 he moved to Plymouth where he lived retired until the time of his death, which occurred on January 30, 1904.

Joseph Bamford was united in marriage in 1848 to Miss Anna Maria Fleming, who was the daughter of Henry and Rebecca (Rogers) Fleming. The father was a native of New Jersey and the mother of Long Island and she was descended from the Connecticut Rogers family, being a direct descendant of Thomas Rogers, who came over in the Mayflower. To Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bamford four children were born: Henry J., who is the subject of this review; Ernest T., of whom an extended review is published in another part of this work; Charles, deceased, who was a newspaper writer and at one time connected with the Chicago Herald and the New York World; and Mary E., who is a resident of Plymouth.

Joseph Bamford was the only member of his father's family to emigrate to this country and is, therefore, the founder of the American family of that name, from whom is descended Henry J., the subject of this review. He was an influential and prominent citizen of Sheboygan county where he was highly respected and greatly esteemed for his integrity and sterling qualities of patriotism.

He was one of the early abolitionists of this country and later a loyal member of the republican party. Henry J. Bamford was reared in his parents' home and received his elementary education in the public schools of the district in which he lived. After passing through the lower grades he was later graduated from the Plymouth high school. He came with his father's family to Wisconsin in 1855 and in early manhood was engaged for some time in the vocation of a teacher in the public schools. In 1875 he learned the trade of cheesemaker and the following year established himself in business in a factory which he rented at Plymouth. He later extended his business until he at one time successfully operated three cheese factories in Plymouth township. In 1890 he discontinued his business as a manufacturer of cheese and engaged immediately thereafter in the wholesale cheese business in which he has since continued and is now known to be one of the largest individual wholesale cheese dealers in this country. He is also interested in the Plymouth Veneer Company, the Plymouth Rocker Chair Company at Plymouth, the Plymouth Parlor Frame Company, also a stockholder in the Schwartz Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing Company, and is one of the principal stockholders in the Plymouth Refrigerating, Water, Light and Power Company, of which he is secretary and director, and is also a director in the Plymouth Canning Company of which he is vice president.

Mr. Bamford was united in marriage in June, 1892, to Miss Lillie C. Hubbard, who is a native of Illinois, and the daughter of Rev. George B. and Jane (Beardsley) Hubbard. The Rev. William Hubbard, who was the founder of the American family of that name, of which Mrs. Bamford is a descendant, was a member of th.e Massachusetts Colony in 1630. He was the father of Rev. John Hubbard, who was the pastor of the first Congregational church of Meriden, and who was the father of Deacon Isaac Hubbard of that place. He was the father of Ezra Stiles Hubbard, who was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1794, and was the paternal grandfather of Mrs. Bamford.

Rev. George B. Hubbard was reared in his parents' home and received his early education in the public schools of New Haven. He was later graduated in the classical course from Yale College with the class of '42 and in 1846 was graduated from the theological department of that well known educational institution. In 1847 he removed to Illinois and was ordained in the ministry in 1848. For thirty-eight continuous years he gave his entire attention to the work of the ministry in Illinois. In 1888 he removed to Plymouth, Wisconsin, and accepted the pastorate of the Congregational church in Plymouth, in which capacity he served until his retirement in 1898, after which time he was pastor emeritus until the time of his death which occurred in June, 1900. To Rev. and Mrs. George B. Hubbard six children were born: Emily B., who died at the age of three years; Rev. William B., the pastor of a Congregational church and a resident of Centerbrook, Connecticut; George S., who died in infancy; Lillie C., who is the wife of the subject of this review; Mary B., who is engaged in teaching; and Joseph S., who is the editor and manager of the Beloit Free Press, at Beloit, Wisconsin.

To Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Bamford three children have been born: Datha, George J. and Emily H., all of whom are pupils in the high school of Plymouth. Mrs. Bamford is a member and one of the organizers of the Plymouth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which was the first of that order in Sheboygan county, and is also a charter member of the Wisconsin Chapter, Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America.

Henry J. Bamford has for many years past been known as one of the most enterprising and influential citizens of Sheboygan county. His diversified business interests have brought him in contact with men of large affairs and he is known in the business world as a man of unquestioned integrity and one of unusual ability in the organization and successful management of large business interests. He is interested in every public enterprise intended to advance and improve the conditions of the people throughout his state and county.


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