Albert K. Osborn

Albert K. Osborn

Picture from Obituary

History of Winnebago County
Albert K. Osborn, the greater part of whose life was devoted to public service, was a man of commanding influence in his community, universally esteemed for his upright character and sterling worth, and his death, which occurred at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in 1900, was mourned as a public loss. He was born at Colesville, in Broome county, New York, on July 12, 1824, to Joseph and Electa (Sadler) Osborn, his father being a son of Ashbel Osborn, a native of Connecticut, and his mother being a daughter of John and Margaret (Richardson) Sadler, both natives of Massachusetts. His father was a millwright and built and put into operation the first mill using a motive power the cast-run reactionary water on a vertical shaft, the invention of Gideon Hotchkiss, and afterward traveled with the inventer through the South, erecting mills and selling rights for using the invention. In his eighteenth year Albert K. began life for himself as a clerk in a store, where he remained six years, after which he learned the daguerreotyper's art.

In 1849, in company with his father, he went in Winnebago county, Wisconsin, and the next year settled on a farm in Nekimi township, whence in 1856 he went to Waupaca county and purchased an interest in a sawmill. He was a man of intense activity and energy, taking an active interest in public affairs and popular with all, and in 1857 was elected judge of Waupaca county and served in the capacity one term. In 1862 he was sent to the state legislature and reelected in 1863 and again in 1865, receiving at the time of his last election every vote cast in the county, a thing unparalleled in the county and perhaps in the history of politices. In 1868 Mr. Osborn was appointed internal revenue collector for the fifth district of Wisconsin, and on the consolidation of the third and fifth districts in 1872 he was reappointed collector for the newly formed district and severed in the office eleven years, with headquarters at Oshkosh. He also served as United Stated deputy marshal in Waupaca county during the time of the draft in 1864.

In 1883 he was appointed register of the land office at Bayfield, Wisconsin, and served there five years, after which in the spring of 1888 he turned his attention to private business, purchasing an interest in the furniture establishment of O. McCorison at Nos. 80 and 82 Main street, Oshkosh. He retired from active business in 1891.

In 1856 Mr. Osborn married Miss Sarah F., daughter of Samuel and Sarah Chandler, of Waupaca county, who died in 1868, leaving besides her husband four childern surviving-Addie E., Albert L., Arthur R., and Blanche. In 1872 Mr. Osborn married Jennie E. Peck, who survives him and lives in Burlington, Vermont. In all his varied relations Mr. Osborn was known for his honorable methods, and as a public servant held the confidence and esteem of all by his consistent life and faithfulness to duty. He was a Republican in politics and belonged to the Masonic order, being a Royal Arch Mason.



Was 76 Years of Age, and had resided in
Oshkosh for the Past Twenty-eight
Years - Funeral Will Occur Next
Monday Afternoon - Detalis.

The many friends of Albert K. Osborn, famillarly known as "Judge" Osborn in this city will be suprised and pained to hear of the death of the pioneer citizen. He passed away at eleven o'clock this morning at his home, 402 Jackson Street, after an illness of but eight days.

A week ago Thursday he appeared as well as usual, but in the evening he was taken with a chill and had a fever, which confined him to his bed. Gradually he weakened and finally succumbed to exhaustion. He was seventy-six years of age and was a resident here since 1872. His settlement in this county dated back earlier than that year.

Mr. Osborn was a Mason in good standing, but was not affillated with the Oshkosh order. He is survived by a wife, a daughter, Mrs. George E. Edgar of Wyoming, and A. L. Osborn of Hurley, Wis. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at two o'clock from the residence, 402 Jackson street.

Albert K. Osborn

From Cemetery, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

  • Father : Joseph Richardson Osborn
  • Mother : Electa Sadler
  • Birth date : July 12, 1824
  • Born at : Colesville, Broome Co., New York
  • Married First : Sarah F. Chandler
  • Marriage date : 1856
  • Married at :
  • Married Second : Jennie E. Peck
  • Marriage date : 1872
  • Married at :
  • Death date : September 15, 1900
  • Buried at : Oshkosh, Nekimi twp., Winnebago Co., Wisconsin
  • Children with first wife :
    Addie E. Osborn
    Albert L. Osborn
    Arthur R. Osborn
    Blanche Osborn


    Birth-History of Winnebago County.
    First Marriage-History of Winnebago County.
    Second Marriage-History of Winnebago County.
    Death-The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh September 13, 1900 and December 8, 1900.
    Obituary-The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh September 15, 1900
    Other-1880 Federal Census Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., Wisconsin (Roll T9_1453, Page 1, ED 226, Line 30); 1870 Federal Census Iola, Waupaca Co., Wisconsin (Roll M593 1744, Page 51, Image 103, Line 16); 1860 Federal Census Iola, Waupaca Co., Wisconsin (Roll M653 1433, Page 850, Image 157, Line 16); 1850 Federal Census Nekimi, Winnebago Co., Wisconsin (Roll M432 1009, Page 566, Image 655, Line 30); 1850 Winnebago County, Wisconsin Census; Family Records; and History of Winnebago County page 1071-1072.

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