Not much is known about the family history of my grandmother, Mabel Upton. We do know that she was born in 1874 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a small logging and farming community located approximately 40 miles upstream from the confluence of the Chippewa and Mississippi rivers and about twice that distance east of St. Paul, Minnesota. Her mother, named Charlotte, was of Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Father George was born in Vermont in 1846 to parents who were natives of New Hampshire. In the Wisconsin census of 1880, George Upton was identified as a married white laborer. Mabel had one sibling, brother Harold, who was two years her younger. The census identifies his birth state as Ohio. Mabel only remembers that the family moved around within Eau Claire but they must have spent some time in Ohio when she was an infant. Those sparse facts comprise all that is known of Mabel Upton’s family background.