|GEORGE E. McWATTY is one of the youngest farmers of the town of Fitchburg, but he gives promise of being one among the best in a town that is noted for progressive and up-to-date tillers of the soil.
He was born in the village of Lake View, Dane county, Wis., on August 28, 1871, and is one of five children born to William and Joanna (Bellman) McWatty, the father being a native of Pennsylvania and the mother was born in England. The father died in 1880 and of the five children only two are living-Charles E., who resides in Waunakee, and George E., whose name introduces this review.
Our subject started in life for himself at the age of thirteen years, working as a farm hand during the summer months and attending school during the winter. In this way he managed to secure a very good education at the high school in the village of Oregon, and his uncle, ex-sheriff R. J. McWatty, kindly furnished him a home. When he was twenty-one years old he rented a farm and remained upon it one year, and then, in 1893, gave up agricultural pursuits and went to Chicago, where he entered the employ of Marshall Field, as shipping clerk in the wholesale department, and continued so engaged until 1895.
He then returned to Dane county and engaged in farming with his uncle in the town of Fitchburg, and in 1906 our subject bought the farm in the town of Fitchburg, where he expects to continue general farming and make his permanent residence. He is a man of splendid physique and is above the ordinary in mental attainments, being splendidly equipped in every way for a successful career.
In his political views he clings to the tenets of the Republican party, his religious faith is expressed by membership in the Methodist church, and fraternally he affiliates with the Masonic lodge in the village of Oregon.
1906 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 594-595.