|A.B. MARVIN, dealer in grain, Oregon; born Aug 29, 1824, in Lyne, New London Co., Conn.; his father, Ulysses, was a native of New York, and his mother Elizabeth, of Middletown, Conn.; he removed in his fourth year to Ohio, his father, strong and robust at 80, still residing there, he taking the census of the town of Stowe, Summit Co., in 1880. A.B. Marvin learned carriage-making in Summit County; spent a year in Portage Co., four in Trumbull Co., then two in Summit Co., coming to Porter, Rock Co. Wis. in 1844; a year later he removed to Rutland, Dane Co., and in the fall of 1856, built and occupied the house in which he has since lived in Oregon Village; himself and William Bedford built the Getz wagon-shop, Mr. M. the next year commencing business in the old schoolhouse.
At the building of the C., & N, W. R.R. through Oregon, he began buying grain in the elevator, which he built, and has since enlarged. E.J. Andrew and sons own the Oregon warehouse, and the present partnership was in 1873, the firm of Andrew & Marvin, dealers in grain of all kinds, salt, coal, land plaster, etc.; Mr. M. cast his first vote for Van Buren on the Buffalo platform, was a Free-Soiler, and a Republican; was elected Justice of the Peace in 1858 or ’59, served four years, then refused it; was Town Treasurer subsequent to this.
He married, in Trumbull Co., Ohio, Miss Helen P. Drake, born in Mexico, Oswego Co., N.Y.; they have four children-Henry H., born in Trumbull County, now a hardware merchant in Oregon; Helen A., born in Summit County; Judson L. a hardware merchant at Union Center, and Arba U., with this father, the two younger were born in Oregon.
Ref. 1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 1245.