MOTT, Wesley Mayhew
- Born: 3 May 1874, Winchester, Winnebago Co., WI
- Marriage (1): HOLMES, Emma Amalia on 22 Sep 1910 in Neenah, Winnebago Co., WI
- Marriage (2): HARRIS, Ethel on 9 Jul 1918 in White Bear Lake, MN
- Died: 23 May 1960, Menasha, Winnebago Co., WI at age 86
- Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah, WI
Biographical information from MOTT, written by his sister, Harrient Elizabeth Mott
See also 'Wisconsin - Stability, Progress, Beauty' Volume 4 (Wisconsin Biography) of 5 volumes. Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1946.
At the age of six, his mother insisted that the family move from their rural, farm home near Winchester, Wisconsin to live in Neenah, Wisconsin. She was a talented and educated former teacher who wanted something more than the life of a farmer for Mayhew, as he was called to distinguish him from his father. He graduated from Neenah High School in 1893 and from Lawrence University in nearby Appleton in 1898. He read law, taught school for a year in Brandon, Wisconsin, and after completing preparatory studies for the law joined his father in the law firm of Mott and Mott. He was justice of the peace for a number of years and the city attorney of Neenah for four years.
According to 'Wisconsin Biography' "While Mr. Mott usually follows an independent course in politics, he served on the central committee of the Progressive party in Wisconsin and was county chairman for the party for two terms." His son, Robert Mott, stated that he was not a great believer in the free enterprise system, generally favoring the co-operative movements that were flourishing at the time among farmers. He was a Darwinist, he belonged to the Fraternal Order of Moose and was a member of the Methodist church, serving as a trustee and board member.
Perhaps the most crushing event of his life was the loss of his first wife, Emma, the mother of his four young children, to tuberculosis in 1917. He soon found a helpmate in a 32 year old school teacher, Ethel Harris, whom he married in 1918 and who bore him a fifth child, Jean.
Mayhew died in 1960 of injuries he sustained in a car accident that he was not able to recover from. 1 2
Noted events in his life were:
• He was employed. Attorney, Justice Of The Peace
• He was educated. H.S. & College
Wesley married Emma Amalia HOLMES, daughter of Christian Madsen HOLM and Anna Mesina SØRENSON, on 22 Sep 1910 in Neenah, Winnebago Co., WI. (Emma Amalia HOLMES was born on 29 Jan 1885 in Neenah, Winnebago Co., WI, christened on 13 Aug 1899 in Baptist Church In Neenah, WI, died on 8 Mar 1917 in Plover Township, Portage, WI and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah, WI.)
Wesley next married Ethel HARRIS, daughter of John A. HARRIS and Emma L., on 9 Jul 1918 in White Bear Lake, MN. (Ethel HARRIS was born on 12 Jun 1886, died in 1973 and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah, WI.)