Henry Stannard, who is the present postmaster of Greenbush and an honored veteran of the Civil war, was born at Gates, Monroe county, New York, on the 20th of January, 1843, and is a son of Erastus W. and Zaviah (Knowles) Stannard. The father was born in Virgil, Cortland county, New York, on the zoth of November, 1817, and the mother's birth occurred at Sullivan, Madison county, on May 26, 1820. They were married at Sullivan, Madison county, New York, on the 6th of November, 1839, but in 1851 they became residents of Sheboygan county. Here the father bought eighty acres of timber land in Greenbush township that he cultivated for a time, but later he removed elsewhere, living on various farms in this township until his death. When the call came for troops during the early days of the war he responded and went to the front as captain of Company B, Twenty-seventh Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry in 1862. He participated in many of the notable engagements and was killed in Mississippi on the 8th of June, 1863. The paternal grandparents were Ezra and Polly (Page) Stannard, both of whom were natives of the Empire state, the grandfather having been born on July 21, 1784, and the grandmother in 1785. He died on February 14, 1855, and she on the 15th of February, 1854. The grandparents in the maternal line were James and Elizabeth Knowles, who passed their entire lives in the state of New York. Mr. and Mrs. Erastus W. Stannard had two children, a son and a daughter, the latter Allie, is the wife of H. C. Wade and resides at Greenbush, Wisconsin.
Henry Stannard, who was a lad of eight years when he accompanied his people on their removal to Sheboygan county, began his education in his native state and completed it in this county. He enlisted at Greenbush and went to the front as a member of Company B, Eighth Wisconsin Infantry, known as the Eagle regiment, on the 1st of June, 1861. He remained in the service until honorably discharged on October 1, 1862, when he located in Madison, this state, and engaged in the hotel business until 1864. In the latter year he returned to Greenbush and engaged in the mercantile business, and in 1866 took R. B. Van Valkenburgh into partnership. He paid one hundred and sixty-four dollars for the stock he purchased and in 1868 sold twenty thousand dollars worth of goods. After disposing of his store, Mr. Stannard located on a farm of one hundred and twenty acres he had previously purchased in Forest township, Fond du Lac county, and there for twenty-eight years he devoted his energies to agricultural pursuits. 1n 1899, he once more became a resident of Greenbush and the following year he took the government census. He was subsequently appointed postmaster and in addition to his duties in this connection he is also a notary public and conducts an insurance and loan agency.
On the 9th of October, 1866, in Blooming Grove, Dane county, Wisconsin, Mr. Stannard was united in marriage to Miss Eunice M. Bryant, who was born at Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, on the 7th of March, 1843, and died June 11, 1907. She was a daughter of George W. and Eunice (Norcross) Bryant, the father having been born on the 22d of February, 1800, and the mother in 1804. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Stannard, as follows: George E., of Ripon, this state; James B., who is deceased; Allen W., who is a resident of Greenbush; Gilbert H., a physician of Sheboygan; Mrs. W. G. Hall, of Roberts, this state; Robert D., of Greenbush; and Bessie E., who is deceased. Stannard Brothers, two sons, now occupy the same store our subject vacated in 1869 and there carry on a general merchandise business.
The political views of Mr. Stannard coincide with the principles of the republican party, and fraternally he is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America, the Royal Neighbors and the Grand Army of the Republic, and he is an officer on the staff of Department Commander Hiram Smith of the Wisconsin Home for Old Soldiers located at Waupaca. The greater part of the life of Henry Stannard has been passed in this vicinity, where he is well known and has many friends.
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