Patrick Sheil is numbered among the progressive farmers and extensive stock raisers of the town of Oregon, and his success has been due entirely to his tireless industry and natural ability, assisted in no small way by the wise counsel of a faithful wife.He was born in the county of Wicklow, Ireland, March 16, 1857, and is the youngest of four children born to James and Anna (Higgins) Sheil, both of whom were natives of the Emerald Isle.The children are all living, but the subject of this review is the only one of the family to seek a home in America, the others still residing in their native land.

Patrick Sheil received his education in the county of his birth and followed the occupation of a farmer until his migration to America. He sailed from the shores of his native land in 1881 and landed in American on June 25, of that year, the date being just one week in advance of the assassination of President Garfield. He came directly to Chicago and worked in the Union stock yards in that city during the first year, and then came to Wisconsin and worked as a farm hand in Dane county for two years. He then purchased eighty acres of land, the same on which he now resides, and has since been successfully engaged in the business of general farming. Later he added eighty acres more to this farm, then twenty, followed by the purchase of a forty-acre tract, and still later he purchased eighty acres adjoining, so that his total landed possession amounts to three hundred acres of well improved land.

He possesses exceptionally shrewd business abilities, and in addition to this routine of general farm work he deals very extensively in stock.

His political principles are represented by an unswerving allegiance which he gives to the tenets of the Democrat party, and he and his wife are consistent members of the Catholic church.

Mr. Sheil was married, January 27, 1883, the lady of his choice being Miss Rosanna Cullen, who was born in the town of Fitchburg on July 1, 1852. Her parents are Daniel and Anna (Carwin) Cullen, and of the five children of these parents all are residents of Dane county. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Sheil—James Robert, Anna Theresa, Daniel Ambrose, and John Patrick. The daughter married Bernard Fisher and resides in the town of Fitchburg, and the sons as yet remain at the old homestead.

1906 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 801-802.