Selmer Ford

Selmer Ford, a native son and representative agriculturist of Sheboygan county, is the owner of a fine farm of eighty acres in Lyndon township. His birth occurred in that township on the 25th of September, 1853, his parents being Benjamin and Emily (Benson) Ford, both of whom were natives of Ohio, the former born on the 10th of January, 1827, and the latter on the 19th of November, 1830.

Elisha Ford, the paternal grandfather of our subject, made the journey from Vermont to Ohio to take up his abode among the pioneer farmers of the Buckeye state, where he spent the remainder of his life. It was in the '4os that Benjamin Ford, the father of Selmer Ford, came to Wisconsin, settling in Lyndon township, this county, with three of his brothers - Elisha, Caleb and William. They first resided at Winooski and later purchased land, Benjamin Ford devoting his attention to farming pursuits here until called to his final rest on the 10th of March, 1881. On the 6th of April, 1846, he had wedded Miss Emily Benson, by whom he had the following children: Adelaide and William, both of whom are deceased; Frank, who is a resident of Sheboygan county; Selmer, of this review; Carolina, living in Brown county, Wisconsin; and Orin, who has passed away. The mother of these children passed away in the '6os when thirty-three years of age.

For his second wife Benjamin Ford chose Miss Eliza Johnson, by whom he had two children: Edna Maude, who is now the wife of Dr. Bemis, of this county, and Ada Belle, who is the wife of Elwin Royce and resides near Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Selmer Ford obtained his education in the schools of his native township and after completing his studies worked on the home farm until thirty years of age. In 1882 he came into possesison of a tract of eighty acres, which was his share of the family estate and in the further cultivation and improvement of which he has been busily engaged to the present time. He devotes considerable attention to dairying and keeps about twenty head of cattle.

On the 8th of October, 1882, Mr. Ford was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Palmer, a daughter of H. J. G. Palmer, who was born in Canada and removed from that country to Waukesha county, this state. Unto Mr. 'and Mrs. Ford were born five children, as follows: Louisa, who was born September 11, 1885, and passed away the following year; Charles, whose birth occurred on the 21st of September, 1887, and who wedded Miss Bidella Lindsay, by whom he has one child, Mary Iris; Hazel, who was born the 11th of April, 1890, and is still at home; Louis, who was born November 29, 1894, and is also yet under the parental roof; and one who died in infancy. Mrs. Mary (Palmer) Ford, the mother of these children, was called to her final rest on the 15th of February, 1905.

Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Ford has supported the men and measures of the republican party, believing firmly in its principles. He has remained within the borders of this county from his birth to the present time and enjoys an enviable reputation as a respected, enterprising citizen and substantial agriculturist.


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