Harrison A. Fellows
Harrison A. Fellows, one of the best known and most enterprising among the younger businessmen of the city of Racine, belongs to a family which has been closely identified with the interests of the place for over a half century, and is himself "native here," born August 22, 1865.
Mr. Fellows comes of good old New England stock; his grandfather, George Fellows, and great-grandfather, Adolphus Fellows, were from Vermont, where his father Capt. Harrison Fellows, was born, and in 1844 the father and grandfather migrated was to Wisconsin, settling in Racine. George Fellows had vessel interests on the lakes, and was also the owner of a sawmill. Capt. Harrison Fellows was one of the most widely known men in this section of Wisconsin, and followed the lakes until 1876, when he retired to enter the coal business in Racine. However, he still retained his interests on the lakes, and in addition to his coal business owned and ran three vessels up to the time of his death, in 1886. He left a fine property, acquired by his own efforts, for he was a self-made man in the fullest sense of the term, and started in life with no capital but his own energy and perseverance, which, combined with good management in his affairs, brought him well-deserved prosperity. He left a widow and three children - Harrison A., Viola and Plennie. Fraternally he was a member of the I. O. O. F.
Harrison A. Fellows received his education in the public-schools of Racine, which he attended until about eighteen years of age, and acquired a thorough knowledge of the common English branches. After leaving school he entered his father's office and assisted him until his death, since which time he has assumed full charge of the business. Mr. Fellows owns one vessel, the Rob Roy, a sailor, which is engaged in the wood trade, and in the summer of 1897 he was made agent of the Hurson Trans- portation Company, in all his interests giving constant employment to from six to twelve men. Although he was only in his twenty-second year at the time of his father's death the management of the estate was entrusted to him, and he has proved his ability and judgment in financial matters by the skill with which he has discharged the duties connected with this responsibility. He is numbered among the rising young men in commercial circles in Racine, where he is regarded as a worthy successor to his father. He has also at times been quite active in political circles as a stanch member of the Republican party, but he is not a politician in the ordinary sense of the word. In social connection he belongs to the Royal Arcanum.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.