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Term: Blanchard, Alvin 1830 - 1910


merchant, businessman, b. Truxton, N.Y. In 1840 his family moved to Wisconsin settling on a farm near Dodgeville. In 1855 he purchased a gristmill on the Pecatonica River, erected a sawmill and store, and moved his family to the site in 1856. In 1857 with Cyrus Newkirk he platted the village of Blanchardville and began to sell lots. He secured a post office in 1858, and served as postmaster for many years. A resourceful and enterprising businessman, Blanchard was involved in practically every undertaking connected with the village. He built and operated the first cheese factory, was prominent in promoting a railroad through the community, and built many of BIanchardville's private dwellings and business establishments. Darlington Republican-Journal, Sept. 1, 1910; Commem. Biog. Record of the Cos. of Rock . . . (Chicago, 1901); Wis. Mag. Hist., 37; WPA field notes.

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[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]
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