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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Benjamin P. Potter, Photograph by Fond du Lac, Wisconsin studio
Photograph of an earnest young man identified on reverse as "Ben P. Potter, Bill's father". The photograph was taken by a studio in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
From online research, hopefully correct:
Benjamin P. Potter was born 25 July 1886 at Eden, Wisconsin, the son of Benjamin F. (also known as Bernard) and Catherine "Kate" (Mullen) Potter, born in Wisconsin and Massachusetts respectively.
His paternal grandparents were Benjamin W. and Achsah (?) Potter, born in Connecticut and New York respectively. His maternal grandparents were Patrick, an immigrant from Ireland, and Mary (?) Mullen. I believe that all four grandparents found their way to Wisconsin.
About 1909, Benjamin P. Potter married Elsie L., who was born about 1890 in Wisconsin. I haven't yet found her maiden name or parents. The son "Bill" mentioned on the photograph was born abut 1914 in Wisconsin.
The 1930 Census shows Benjamin, Elsie and son William living at North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Benjamin's occupation is listed as grocery store manager.
If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding any of the information presented here, please leave a comment or contact me directly.
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