PIONEERS AND IMMIGRANTS
Webster Stanley

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Description Albumen print on Carte de Visite Mount of Webster Stanley.

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"A. YOUNT'S/Photograph Rooms,/No.32 Main Street,/OSHKOSH,WIS./PHOTOGRAPHS,$1.50 PER DOZEN."
Year Range from 1868
Year range to 1872
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper
Notes Half view portrait of Webster Stanley. Mr. Stanley is photographed sitting in a chair. He is wearing a dark colored suit with a light colored vest, he has a checkered shirt with a dark bowtie. Mr. Stanley is pictured later in life.
Webster Stanley (1798-1878) First white settler in what is now Oshkosh. Mr. Stanley was born on Sept. 4, 1798, in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of George Stanley. He moved with his father to Broome County, N. Y., in 1801, and then to Medford County, Ohio. In 1834, He came to Green Bay, Wisconsin and worked for the Government moving supplies down the Fox River from Green Bay to Fort Winnebago ( Portage, Wis.). Two years later he found work in Neenah, Wisconsin, as a contractor in erecting a mill. That same year he move to the South side of the Fox River across from the present site of Riverside Cemetery, what was then the town of Algoma and purchased the ferry operated by James Knaggs. That same year Webster bought 118 acres of land along the mouth of the Fox River on the North side all the way to present Main St. Here he built a log cabin on his newly purchased land, which is now the corner of Bowen & Lake Shore Drive. In 1842, Mr. Stanley moved his ferry to the mouth of the Fox River near the Chicago & Northwestern R. R. bridge, moving it to the area of present Main St. in 1847. Mr. Stanley is credited with many firsts in the city. The first school, where six students were taught for a short period of time in his home. The first public house in 1846, called the Brooklyn, near present day South Main St. Stanley had lost his original claim after he failed to pay the morgage. The Stanley home was also the site of county government until a court house was built in 1849. Webster Stanley died while on a trip to South Dakota in 1878, near the town of Aberdeen and is buried in Columbia Catholic Cemetery in South Dakota. Webster Stanley had three childern with his wife Sophia Gallup Webster. Sophia Gallup Webster was born in the state of New York, she is buried in Ellenwood Cemetery in Oshkosh, along with her daughter Martha. The youngest was George, born 9-26-1838, the first white male born in the city of Oshkosh. George lived in Antigo, Wisconsin where he died and is buried. Webster's older son was named of Henry. Henry came to the Oshkosh area at the age of fourteen along with his father. Henry left Oshkosh in the 1860's, and for a time lived in Michigan.
Object ID P2003.28.2
Object Name carte de visite
People Stanley, Webster
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size W=4 H=2 1/2 in
Subjects Victorian
Pioneers
Firsts
Portrait photographs
Male
Title Webster Stanley
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