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Brayton L VAUGHAN - bio
Brayton L. Vaughan
A Standard History of Portage County, Wisconsin, Volume II

Energetic, enterprising and eminently practical, Brayton L. Vaughan, head of the well-known firm of B. L. Vaughan & Sons, occupies an assured position among the active and prosperous business men of Stevens Point as a house mover, transporter of heavy freight and a contractor in excavating and stone work, employing many men and being an important factor in advancing the industrial interests of this section of Portage County. He is a son of the late Eliphalet H. Vaughan, who was born March 21, 1808, in Redford, New York.

His paternal grandfather, Ira Vaughan, was born in New York State, December 21, 1783, and there grew to man's estate. Several years after his marriage he came with his family to Wisconsin, locating first in Dane County. Subsequently he moved to Stevens Point, Portage County, where he acquired considerable landed property, and continued his residence until his death, which occurred at his home on Clark Street July 25, 1871. He married, November 4, 1804, Sarah Boorn, who was born in New York State, July 31, 1787, and died at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, February 18, 1877. He was a surveyor by profession, and active in public affairs, having held several local offices. To him and his good wife children were born as follows: Ruth, Eliphalet H., Ira B., Eri F., Sarah S., Eslie W., Eli P., Anselem P., and Levi P. N.

Eliphalet H. Vaughan was born March 21, 1808, in Redford, Clinton County, New York, his birthplace having been located on Lake Champlain. He was there bred and educated, and while yet young was well trained in agricultural pursuits. In 1847, accompanied by his family, he made an overland journey to Wisconsin, settling in Dane County in pioneer times. Not satisfied with the result of his labors in that part of the state, he came to Portage County, rich in its pine forests, and on March 4, 1855, located at Stevens Point. He bought a fourth of a block on Clark Street, establishing his home at No. 1300, and continued as a lumberman and surveyor until his death, February 8, 1890. He was a republican in politics, and served for one or more terms as alderman.

Eliphalet H. Vaughan married at Redford, New York, May 14, 1833, Mary Constant La Fountain, who was born August 7, 1813, in Canada, her father having been a pilot on a Saint Lawrence River boat. They were the parents of eleven children, namely: Eri, born February 13, 1834; Mercy C, born September 8, 1835; Andrew O., born October 27, 1837; Ezcy, born June 8, 1840; David H., born November 17, 1842, a surveyor at Rhinelander, Wisconsin; Emeline C, born February 9, 1845; twin boys that died in infancy; Robert D., born November 17, 1848, lives in Waupaca County, this state; Brayton L., with whom this sketch is chiefly concerned; and Styles H., born July 10, 1854, is a resident of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Completing his early studies in the Stevens Point High School, Brayton L. Vaughan became familiar with lumbering when young, working first in the woods and later as a log driver on the river. Embarking in business for himself, he continued operating as a lumberman until 1914, in the meantime buying and clearing many pieces of valuable timber land. In 1889, in conjunction with his other work, Mr. Vaughan began his career as a house mover, and in the venture has met with pronounced success, at the present time keeping four crews of men busily employed. He also carries on a large business in excavating and stone work, largely in cemeteries, and makes a specialty of handling heavy freight of all kinds. A man of good financial as well as executive ability, Mr. Vaughan has accumulated a substantial property, owning four houses on Clark Street and three on Main Street, everything being in the name of the firm of B. L. Vaughan & Sons. Mr. Vaughan resides at 1403 Main Street, where he has a most pleasant and hospitable home.

He married in 1875, at Stevens Point, Harriet Tupper, who belonged to a distinguished family, her grandfather Tupper having been a brother of Hon. Sir Charles Tupper. She was born in Belmont Township, Portage County, Wisconsin, March 17, 1856. Her father, Thomas H. Tupper, a native of New Brunswick, came to Portage County, Wisconsin, in pioneer days, settling in Belmont Township in 1849. During the Civil war he enlisted as a soldier, and died while in service, in 1863, aged thirty years. His wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth White, was born in Maine, and died in Wisconsin in June, 1916, aged seventy-eight years.

The union of Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan has been brightened by the birth of four children, namely: Arvin L., born January 30, 1876; David Clyde, born January 4, 1879; Algie P., born December 23, 1882; and Zada Evelyn, born November 29, 1893. Arvin L. Vaughan, the first-born child of his parents, was educated in the graded and high schools of Stevens Point and at the Normal School, and is now a memher of the firm of E. L. Vaughan & Sons. He married Beatress Georgia Smart, and they have two children, Iris Ianthe and Terrence Granfall. David Clyde Vaughan attended the local high school, the State Normal School and the Stevens Point Business College, and is now associated in business with his father as treasurer of the firm. He married Rosella May Sutton, and they have three children, Hassell Sutton and Frederick Allen, both students in the high school, and Leonora, in the sixth grade of the grammar school. Aglie P. Vaughan, who died December 28, 1911, married, May 4, 1905, Mary Anna Marx, who was born December 3, 1887. Of the four children born of their union, Richard, the oldest child, died at the age of two years, and three are living, Eugene Henry, Raymond George and Irma Marie, all of whom have been adopted by their Grandfather Vaughan. Zada Evelyn Vaughan, the only daughter of the parental household, completed her early education in the State Normal School, and on October 10, 1915, became the wife of Edward Steiner, of Elkmound, Wisconsin.

Religiously Mr. Vaughan is an active member of the Baptist Church, and for many years has been a teacher in its Sunday school. He is a republican in politics, and has served as supervisor and as a member of the County Board. Fraternally he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, to the Equitable Fraternal Union and to the Beavers. He was formerly a member of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics and the Modern Woodmen of America.


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