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Simon J. Murphy, Jr.
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Winford Abrams
Elmer S. Hall
Wenzel Wiesner
James H. McGillan
John V. Diener
John S. Farrell
Alex Biemeret
Dominic Olejniczak
Otto Rachals
Roman Denissen
Donald Tilleman
Harris Burgoyne
Thomas Atkinson
Michael Monfils
Samuel J. Halloin
Paul F. Jadin
James J. Schmitt

 

 

 

 

Frank B. Desnoyers
(1859-1945)

Mayor F.B. Desnoyers
Mayor Frank B. Desnoyers
1896, 1897, 1898

He was born in Green Bay August 7, 1859, to Francis X. Desnoyers and Louise (Baird) Desnoyers. His father was the second mayor of the city.

After Frank's graduation from high school, he operated a store in Milwaukee for eight months, then returned to Green Bay and entered the men's furnishings business and later real estate.

n 1882, he married Miss Lelia E. Lindsley, a native of Green Bay and daughter of Myron P. Lindsley, who was the eighth Mayor of Green Bay. She died October 19, 1920. He had one daughter, Mary E., and three sons, Frank L., Harry B., and Philip P. He then married Augusta Nixon, Ashland, VA, in that city on October 4, 1923.

Mr. Desnoyers was prominent for years in Green Bay. He served as mayor in 1896,1897, and 1898, and after that three years aa a councilman and as County Treasurer from 1909-1913. He served on the Brown County Draft Board in WW I, was a member of the County Indigent Soldiers Commission, the County Drainage Board, and the Municipal Court Jury Commission. He was active in the organization of the first commercial group to function in the city - the Green Bay Businessmen's Association - and was President of the Association Charities a number of years after its organization. He was also a member of the Brown County Historical Society and the Brown County Fair Association.

Desnoyers Home
Frank B. Desnoyers' home at 605 Cherry Street. This home was built in 1872.

Interested in sports both as a participant and promoter, he was identified with the organization of the Green Bay Athletic Association which operated a gymnasium, a gun club located in Washington ParkĀ (now Joannes Park), the Gentlemen's Driving and Riding club, which conducted harness races on the old Fair Association track in Washington Park. He was a driver of horses in these races and at county fairs for several years. Some of the horses he trained for other owners and some were owned by the partnership in which he and Frank J.B. Duchateau were associated for a number of years.

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life in the 1880s