He May Be Governor.
Major W. H. Upham, president of the Marshfield Water, Electric Light and Power Co., of Marshfield, Wis., is called “governor” now all through his section of the State although the formality of an election remains to be gone through with before he perfects a legal title to that appellation. But you go to Marshfield and just intimate to anybody from the hired girl up to the sheriff that the major won’t be elected hands down, and you will find yourself in trouble from the start.
And this feeling of confidence in his election, on the part of his fellow townsmen, speaks volumes for the life he has lived among them. That the major is popular among his neighbors there is no question. When the news of his nomination, after one of the most gallant fights that ever distinguished a party convention, came over the wires, Marshfield proceeded to go wild with enthusiasm. The flags and bunting blossomed from the buildings like mushrooms after a summer rain. When he came home the town sank its political divisions and joined in one of the heartiest ovations a returning conqueror ever received.
Major Upham has back of him a distinguished career in the service of our country. A volunteer when she needed defence, he was wounded so severely as to be reported dead; was a prisoner at Libby while his funeral sermon was preached; for distinguished valor he was made a personal appointee of President Lincoln at West Point and graduated with honors in 1866 Me left the regular army when its days of actual service seemed well over and entered mercantile life with his brother.
In 1878he went up into what was then the wilds of northern Wisconsin, and, procuring some prospectively valuable timber holdings, proceeded to develop them. A store was started and a small saw mill erected in 1879. That w’asdestroyed and a larger one was built. In 1883 the hardwood holdings of the firm having become available, a furniture factory was started, and the plant began to assume large proportions. In 1884 came such a forest fire as has just destroyed the city of Phillips, and the plant was reduced to a heap of ashes. Then the present plant was built.
The water company is a financial success, and while Major Upham is the executive head, the details are confided to the hands of competent lieutenants, his directing hand and strong personality are plainly apparent throughout. ‘I’he Secretary of the company is W. H. Fritchman than whom there is no better known water works man in this country.
While excavating for a sewer in Ashburton avenue, Yonkers, N. Y.. Tuesday afternoon, workmen undermined the twentyinch supply main of the Yonkers Waterworks. The pipe gave w^ay with a split in it eight feet long. The water poured out in volumes, and the men in the trench barely escaped with their lives. The escape of water was so great that the normal pressure in the city, 115 pounds, was reduced to 40 pounds. All the firms using water as a motive power were compelled to shut down till the district was shut off. The damage w’as repaired next day.