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AUGER, Patrick Iron Co.

Posted: 912427200000
Classification: Biography
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November 30, 1998 Transcribed by Pat Hamp
Commemerative Biographical Record of the Upper Lake Region
(Wisconsin & Minnesota)
By J. H. Beers & Co. Pub. 1905
Index v-xiii
Biographies 1-554

pg. 245
Patrick AUGER, a Canadian by birth, is one of the most extensive land owners and farmers in
Saxon, Iron Co., Wis., Lewis Auger, father of Patrick, was born in Canada and engaged in the
lumber business there until 1886. He then came to Saxon and took up a homestead claim of 160
acres, on which he lived until his death, March 25, 1900. His wife survives him, making her
home with her son, Patrick. Five of her six children are living Patrick being the third

Patrick Auger was born in Canada May 1, 1858, son of Lewis and Zua (Bartlett) Auger, also
Canadians. His educational opportunities were very limited, and at the age of thirteen he went
to work in a sawmill. After four years at that work he went to Bay City, Mich., where he
remained nine years working in the lumber woods during the winters, and on the river in the
summers. He then went to Ashland, being employed as a logger, and also for a time as cook in a
lumber camp. In the fall of 1885 he came to Saxon, and homesteaded a claim of 160 acres, moving
onto this claim the following spring and beginning to cut square timber for the Ashland mine.
The next year he returned to Ashland, where for a short time he kept a boarding house for Hayes
Brothers, proprietors of the Ashland mine. His next move was to Hurley, where he carried on
another boarding house. After this he came again to Saxon and built the "Saxon House," which
he conducted for nearly two years. Returning to his farm he raised a little stock and did some
logging, and in 1890- again took charge of the "Saxon House" for a time. In 1893 he
established himself in the charcoal and cord wood business, which he carried on for ten years.
He is engaged at present in logging for the Ashland Iron and Steel company. In the fall of
1891 he opened a general store in Saxon, which he still owns and which is managed by his son,
Arthur. His chief interest is in his farming, in which he engages more extensively than any
other agriculturalist of Iron county. He is the owner of 960 acres of land, of which 300 are
clear and on which he raises large crops of hay, oats and potatoes. At present he has 100 head
of cattle, 50 head of sheep, 60 hogs and 14 horses.
On May 13, 1881, Mr. Auger married Alvira Dargis, of Canada, daughter of Peter and Edmer
(Hamelen) Dargis, both natives of Canada. Mr. Dargis, a farmer by occupation now lives in
retirement in Canada where his wife died in 1872. But four of their six children are living,
Mrs. Auger being next to the youngest. To Mr. and Mrs. Auger have been born the following
children; Arthur; Lillian M.; Dalida F.; Carman, deceased; Carmen L.; William O., and Waldorf
The family are members of the Catholic church. Mr. Auger is a Republican in politics.
Fraternally he is a member of the Catholic Knights of Wisconsin
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