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John V. Diener
John S. Farrell
Alex Biemeret
Dominic Olejniczak
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Roman Denissen
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Harris Burgoyne
Thomas Atkinson
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H. E. Eastman
( 1819 - 1898 )

Mayor H.E. Eastman
Mayor H.E. Eastman 1856, 1857

Little is written about Harry Eugene Eastman. He was born in Maine on March 25, 1819. He married Elizabeth Margaret Arndt from Green Bay on March 29,1843. They had six children, Maye E., Morris, Belle, Ben E., Maude, and Eugenia.

In 1849, he ran unsuccessfully for State Senate. On January 22, 1851, he was elected borough trustee and on April 4, 1856, Eastman was elected Mayor of Green Bay. On September 3, 1857, he became part owner of the SS Louisiana. Eastman served as a Major, then Lieutenant Colonel of the Second Wisconsin Cavalry, from Nov., 1861 to July, 1864 in the Civil War at Vicksburg . H.E. Eastman is buried Woodlawn Cemetery.

Eastman who playfully originated the "Lost Prince" story, was a well known lawyer in Wisconsin. The Lost Prince story refers to Eleazer Williams claims that he was the Dauphin of France - the heir to the throne.

On April 10, 1856, the newly elected Mayor Eastman delivered his address before the City Council and a large number of citizens. In it he delivered his suggestion and recommendations for the future of the city.

Fencing

The settlers in the area cleared the land for farming, but wasted nothing as shown in this photo, they used the leftover limbs to build split rail fences.
Neville Public Museum of Brown County

He began: "Gentlemen of the Council: Having been preferred as Chief Executive officer of our city, with you for its Council, for the ensuing year, it is my first duty to communicate to you in writing such measures as may be deemed expedient, and recommend them to your consideration."

He went on to praise the previous administration for "the management of the fiscal, prudential and municipal concerns of our city for the year just ended, that we bear testimony to the efficiency and integrity with which they have conducted the duties of the several departments..."

He went on to propose a change in the ordinance which stated that two-thirds of owners of lots on any street have to power to cause the street to be improved, with a levy of special tax to pay for the street. He noted that many times nonresidents owned the majority of property on some streets, making the residents unable to make the application for improvements. He proposed that two-thirds of the lots must be represented in such application instead of two-thirds of owners.

He urged the council to exercise its power in prescribing and regulating the material of which building are constructed. Two or three times major businesses had been destroyed - probably by fires.

He expressed concern regarding the width of "...Our principal business street" being too narrow for public convenience or safety. He proposed the street be gradually extended without damage to the owners of building or property on the street. He said, "This may be successfully accomplished by providing that building hereafter to be erected on that street shall not approach the line or present boundary of the same, on either side, within a certain distance, say five or six more feet. When the present temporary wooden buildings give place to more substantial structures, the street will have attained an extended and uniform width, without any essential damage or inconvenience to the owners of the lots or buildings." He suggested that the alleys that ran behind these businesses be vacated and turned over to the property owner in lieu of loss of the frontage property they would lose at the widening of the street.

He suggested "rebuilding the bridge across the East (or Devil) River. He said the new bridge should be constructed with a substantial draw of sufficient width to admit the passage of such boats, vessels, etc. that are used in navigating the river and that some proper person be employed to attend the same."

During his term, there were two Wards, the North and South wards. Inequality of appraissment of the property and assessment of taxes existed. He proposed the assessors of the different wards form a board, acting in conjunction with each other.

H.E. Eastman Gravestone
Gravestone of Mayor Eastman. Woodlawn Cemetery, Green Bay, WI

It also appears from his speech that many properties held by nonresidents were not being taxed for the simple reason they were nonresidents. He proposed a change in this law.

He proposed a uniform grade to be approved on Washington Street and those adjacent and that all new buildings should conform to the same and that an experienced surveyor should be employed to locate the corners of certain lots with "substantial stone pillars sunk" to later correct the lines and boundaries of properties.