Over the past eight years, Tom wrote his life story in three books. This book looks back a bit farther.
John William Parsons, Tom's maternal great-grandfather, was born on February 11, 1861 six miles east of the Niagara River in Wilson, New York. It was a small town on the shore of Lake Ontario.
On January 1, 1938, he retired as Probate Judge, for Langlade County in Northern Wisconsin after serving on the bench for 36 years. His earlier years were spent in the tiny town of Polar, Wisconsin, where he was first elected to public office in 1878 as town constable.
He continued to be elected to various town positions for the next 15 years, after which he was employed in legal positions at the county level. He was elected County Judge in the spring of 1902. From that point on, the community referred to him only as, Judge Parsons.
Our family members simply called him ”the Judge”. I, along with many of his heirs, continue to refer to him that way.
Revered by many members of his family and a long line of descendants it is now time for someone to re-publish the story of his life. That is the purpose of this book.
The Judge: the Life of John Williams Parsons
- library edition hardback
- Published in 2008
- 306 pages
- ISBN 1-932252-95-9
- Initial run of 50 copies published in 2008
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