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"Charles A. Sercomb was born in northern part of the city, and his first primary education was received in a select school in the home of one of the pioneer women. After that he attended a select school on the east side that was afterwards merged into the Milwaukee University, which for years held a prominent place among the educational institutions of the west. Many of the leading men of our city and state were pupils of this university. After its dissolution, he attended the Fourth ward public school, of which the well-known attorney, DeWitt Davis, was then principal. Later, he attended the Second ward high school. Mr. Sercomb is a great admirer of the public school system. Though having a good home and the best of parents, he, like many another boy, was anxious to enter the ranks of the wage-earners. To this his parents strongly objected, but finally yielded, and he left home to learn to be a miller, but found as boys of similar ambition often have, that this trade ws distasteful. He found that making one's way was not so attractive, and, returning home, entered his father's works, where he acquired the trade of a machinist and a full knowledge of the business at the same time, alternately attending to the duties in the office and taking a place at planer, lathe or vise in the shops. Mr. Sercomb's first essay in business was in the grocery trade in the Third ward. Selling out his interest in this, he took a one-half interest in a grocery and commission store on the west side. Disposing of his interest in this establishment, he went west, working at various places as machinist, engineer, etc. Tiring of this life, he accepted a position with one of the leading railroads as engineer, and remained identified with railroad life for many years, occupying positions of trust on several different roads, so that he is well known in the west by railroad, men with whom he is a great favorite. In 1881 he formed a partnership with R. J. Schwamb of Milwaukee, in the business of iron founders and machinists, under the firm name of Schwamb & Sercomb. Beginning in a small way, they have, by dint of hard work and untiring energy, built up a large industry. One of their many specialties is that of the manufacture of the celebrated "Gilt Edge" warm air furnace, which ranks as one of the first, if not the leader, of warm air furnaces. They are also extensive contractors for steam and hot water heaters. The business has grown in magnitude and importance, and is now one of the large manufacturing plants of the state.
"Mr. Sercomb served in the volunteer army against the rebellion, first in the 132nd Illinois infantry, and also in the 37th Wisconsin infantry, as first sergeant. He is an interested member of the Wolcott Post of that fraternal and patriotic organization, the Grand Army of the Republic.
"As respects politics, Mr. Sercomb has always been a Republican, and a believer that all money is determined in its value by the ability of the government to redeem it in gold, and that free trade is a theory that will never materialize until all nations pay the same wages for the same labor.
"He is a Thirty-second degree of Mason, and also belongs to the social order of the Mystic Shrine.
"He takes an active interest in everything pertaining to the public good and is a worker.
"He has been for a long time in official capacity in the Builder's and Trader's exchange, and has been president of that organization. He is one of the directors of the National Builder's association. Is one of the officers of the Western Foundrymen's association, of which he was one of the organizers. He was also first vice-president of the national body of the Furnace Manufacturer's association.
"He was married on the 18th of February, 1875, to Miss Harriet Barker of Elkhorn, Wis., a native of Milwaukee, daughter of one of the first furriers and hatters of Milwaukee.
"He is an active, well-equipped man of business; one of the best known and best liked men in the state for his kind-hearted and genial way in his relations to his fellow men."
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Assessments for the Land Tax, 1780-1832 (tax was 4 shillings per pound of notional assessed value -- minor spelling
variations not noted):
(from original records -- Dunsford records for 1783 and 1787-1790 are missing and give no names in 1795)
Freemen of the City of London:
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