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BYRON S. FULLERTON, one of the wide-awake and enterprising business men of Bonduel, Shawano county, was born on the 28th of March, 1870, in Washington county. Wis., and is a son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Templeton) Fullerton, who were married in that county.

Andrew Fullerton was of Irish extraction, and was a carpenter by trade. During the Civil war he enlisted in the service as a private of Company G, Twenty-sixth Wis., V. I., but for two years held a captain's commission, which was conferred upon him in recognition of his meritorious service. He was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg, but except when thus incapacitated was always found at his post of duty as a loyal defender of the Union. Upon his return to the North he engaged in operating a sawmill in Manitowoc county, Wis., until 1876, when he came to Shawano county, locating in Sections 20 and 21, Hartland township. Here he operated a gristmill and sawmill until it was destroyed by fire in 1879, together with considerable stock which caused a loss of $14,000. Rebuilding the sawmill, he continued to carry on business along that line until his death, which occurred August 18, 1882, his remains being interred in the Reformed Lutheran Cemetery. His death was the result of a wound which he received in battle. He was in the broadest sense of the term a self-made man, and, overcoming the obstacles and difficulties in his path, worked his way upward from a humble position to one of affluence. He took no active part in politics, aside from always casting a ballot in support of the Republican party. Mrs. Fullerton yet survives her husband and is living in Kaukauna, Wis. The children of the family are Alpha, wife of Charles Bey, of Green Bay, Wis.; Byron S., of this sketch; Elsies, Robert, Mabel and Elmer, who are still at home.

Our subject attended the public schools only until thirteen years of age, and then began working in a sawmill which belonged to his father, whose death, during the boy-hood of Byron, necessitated the latter taking charge of the business. The responsibility was a heavy one for his young shoulders; but he bore the burden well and displayed excellent business ability for one so young. In September, 1890, his mill was destroyed by fire but phoenix-like seemed to rise from its own ashes, for, with characteristic energy, Mr. Fullerton began to rebuild, and about that time became sole proprietor of the establishment, which he had formerly owned in connection with his mother. In May, 1895, he again suffered a $500 loss through fire, but with a cheerful determination worthy of all commendation he has continued his work, making the best of his opportunities, and surely and steadily becoming the possessor of a fine business and comfortable competence.

On September 27, 1893, in Milwaukee, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Fullerton and Miss Dora Paschen, who was born in that city, November 1, 1872, and is a daughter of George and Emily (Diestler) Paschen.  She was educated in her native city, and is a lady highly esteemed in the city where she now makes her home.  One child blesses their union, Grace E., born November 14, l894.

The political support of Mr. Fullerton is given to the Republican party, but he has neither time nor inclination for office. He is a steady-going young man, unassuming in manner, kind and pleasant in disposition and highly esteemed by those who know him as an honorable gentleman and excellent citizen.  He deserves great credit for the successful management of the business of which he assumed control when a mere boy, and few young men of his age have gained as great prosperity.

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