Alexander Nichol 29
Eva Nichol 25
Name: Edgar Nichol
Birth Year: abt 1878
Home in 1880: Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin
Relation to Head of House: Son
Alexandra Nicol 49 JAN 1851
Eva A Nicol 44 JUN 1855
Edgar A Nicol 22 SEP 1877
Mable H Nicol 18 FEB 1882
Maud M Nicol 14 AUG 1885
Bessie B Nicol 12 APR 1888
Fern A Nicol 9 NOV 1890
Edna Nicol 3 JUL 1896
Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin
EVA passed 20 May 1922 & is buried in
ALong with Alexander 23 Nov 1933
Mabel H Nicol Habhegger 22 Jun 1958
Mabel's grandparents were Alexander Lee Nicol Sr. born 1830 in Roxbury, Scotland & who came to Sparta Wisconsin in 1853 & died 1908 who married Ann Denwoody born 1827 born in Scotland and died 1919. They had about 3 children named Alexander, born in Scotland, Robert and Isabella born in Wisconsin. Mabel's parents were Alexander (Alex) Lee Nicol Jr Born Jan 17, 1850 or 51, maybe around Little Falls Township or the land is in Little Falls Township, Section 27, SE (80 acres)and died Nov 23, 1933 and Eva (Dodgson) Nicol born June 07, 1855. Eva got very sick with dropsy (Fluid on the heart). She had a lot of trouble breathing. Eva died May 20, 1922. Alexander and Eva were married Feb 16, 1876. Mabel Harriet Nicol was born February 2, 1882. Mabel had one brother Edward Born 9-30-1877 & Died 08-05-1961, Edward never married and the four sisters:
Bessie who married August Kiefer; they had no children but adopted a son, Robert.
Fern, who married Roy Eddy, had one daughter also named Fern.
Maude May bear 8-28-1885 & Died 3-13-1961 married 06-10-1913 to Elmer Menn (Born 1888 & Died 12-23-1963) Elmer was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery. They had no children.
Edna who married Robert Evans also had no children.
Mabel husband Wesley Guy was born in Canada in 1883 and died in 1907. He was the son of George & Anna (Anderson) Guy. Wesley had one sister, Edith who married John Miles Hovey. They had 1 child, (John Lloyd). He also had 2 brothers but don't have any information on them.
Mabel Born 02-02-1882 & Died 06-22-1958
Mabel Nicol and Wesley Guy were married in September 03 1902 in Sparta, Wisconsin. Their first child was a son, Melvin, Born on July 3, 1903. He died of Spinal Meningitis (polio) on May 11, 1904 before he was 1 year old. Their second child was a daughter; Evelyn Gladys Guy was born March 7, 1905 in Sparta, Wisconsin. In 1907 Wesley died of Tuberculosis (which in those days was called consumption) on Jan 05, 1907. After the death of Wesley, Mabel moved in with her sister & brother-in-law, Bess and August Kiefer on their farm. Mable did housework for room and board. On September 03, 1910, Mable married Willie (William) Habhegger.
Willie (William) was a farmer who farmed with horses and horse drawn machinery, who helped other farmers in the area. After the marriage of Mabel and William: Evelyn, Mabel and William lived with Nelson Guy and Bell Nicol Guy, in a small house located on the Nelson & Bell Guy's farm. William worked on their farm and Mabel helped Bell with household chores. On May 07, 1911 in Sparta, Wisconsin (Monroe County) Vera was born. In 1912 William, Mabel, Evelyn & Vera moved to Alexander & Eva Nicol's farm. They had no electricity until about 1918 & they also had no telephone. Alexander & Eva Nicol moved into city of Sparta Wisconsin. The farm was located in what was then called Bowler's Valley (3 Bowler families lived in the valley). There were a total of 6 farms in the valley, which was located in the school district of East Beaver Creek although the farm was located west of East Beaver Creek. William and Mabel had a total of 6 children with the 4 youngest born on the Nicol's/Habhegger farm and 2 infants that died. Vera started school at the East Beaver Creek school & was transported by horse & buggy because the farm was a full 2 miles from school. In 1918 Dorothy started school. The kids would carry water because there was no indoor plumbing & of course there was always the need of wood for the stove which doubled as a heat source in the winder months. Mabel raised pickles, at this time and before the Heinz Pickle Company, was signing up people to raise pickles. Vera and Dorothy hated pickling pickles as the vinegar irritated the skin on their hands. Vera remembers Mabel hauling pickles into the City of Sparta where the pickles were measured. The 3 inch pickles brought the best price, they were weighed and you were paid so much a pound. The larger pickles did not bring much. These were hard times but the pickle sales gave Mabel something to buy groceries with for the family. Mabel also helped in the farming, milking cows in the morning and evening and she also had a large garden consisting of carrots, peas, lettuce, radishes, onions, potatoes for the table and canning. They also had apple orchard and plum trees and strawberry patch and red raspberries used. She used the fresh fruit to can for the long winters. Mabel also had chickens she raised to lay eggs and would take to town to the grocery store and trade for groceries. The older kids would pick strawberries for August & Bess Keifer in the morning & in the afternoon they would pick raspberries for Earl Levenrich of Angelo who had tame raspberries. All the money went for clothes and supplies. Willie loved music so he purchased a player piano from Harvey Beckonam, who was in business in the City of Sparta who also had a radio and got the news from that. They did take a newspaper from the Sparta Herald. The LaCrosses paper was only available in the farming community by mail. Willie was operated on for a diseased kidney in 1927. Willie was operated on for a diseased kidney around 1927. After the operation and left only 1 kidney his health continued to go down hill. He developed diabetes and also had prostate operations. Billy was only 4 years old at the time and his older sister was 16 and she can remember that Willie was in the hospital on her 16th birthday. Dorothy who was very outspoken sometime around their said Vera could do as she pleased because she was past 16 years old. Willie had a short temper and said NOT AS LONG AS SHE IS UNDER MY ROOF. Willie did not have a car until around 1927 and it was a used Model T. After they got the car, on Thursday night after the chores were done, they would take the family to the City Band concert which was held at the Court House outside. Uncle Ed Habhegger played in the City Band. Dorothy and Vera helped in the hayfields during their teen years before graduation from High School in 1929 and leaving for jobs in the City and Max, age 14 was than able to help in the hayfields and other things in the operation of a general dairy farm. Around the 1930's they got their first tractor with drag and cultivator and it was purchased from a neighbor (Roy & Mary Francis). The cream check was not big enough to support a large family. It was cream that was sold until the Sparta Creamery closed and then sold to Pet Mil Company. Alexander Nicol owned the farm until his death in 1933. The check was ½ to each (owner and renters). The farm was valued at $3300.00 and Mabel's share was not enough so William and Mabel borrowed what was needed from Uncle Ed Nicol to make the $33000.00 to purchase it from the Alexander Nicol Estate. At this time William (Billy) was about 10 years old and he and Max who was 8 years older where able to help Willie. William George (Willie) died July 04, 1947. Mabel Habhegger died June 22, 1958. The Nicol/Habhegger farm was sold some time after 1958 to settle the Estate & Dorothy and Harvey Oswald brought the farm.