One of the progressive and rising young business men of Clyde is G.F. Juneau, a buyer and shipper of butter, eggs, and poultry, both live and dressed. Mr. Juneau embarked in this enterprise in the month of January, 1901, and has been remarkably successful. He sells to John Stewart of Concordia. Mr. Juneau did not start under as many difficulties as Mr. Stewart, and had considerable more of this world's goods than he. Mr. Juneau's capital, however, was but $450. One year later he refused $5,000 for his produce business which tells the story of his success.
He conducts his affairs in a way that brings the best returns, by sending wagons to buy at stations and inland towns. He also handles old iron. Mr. Juneau bought the old "Barons Reserve," one of the historical landmarks of Clyde. The abstract books show where this property sold at one time for the dimunitive sum of $100 and at another date it brought $20,000. Mr. Juneau bought it for a consideration of $857. It is one of the finest locations possible for his business. The original old hostelry is still on the ground. The new part of the building Juneau moved to the front of the wide lawn and converted it into a comfortable residence. The grounds have numerous fine shade trees and the property is one of the most desirable In the city. The block is intersected by the railroad making a lot on the north, 640 by 485 feet, and one on the south, 302 by 455 feet.
Mr. Juneau was reared in the forests of Wisconsin, on a farm in the Green Bay country, where he lived until sixteen years of age. He was born in 1866. When sixteen years of age he worked on the railroad as fireman, continuing three years. He was an engineer one year and served as brakeman two years, was then promoted to conductor on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, where he remained until 1894, when he came to Kansas City as yard-master for the same company. He then entered the employ of the Rock Island Railroad as brakeman which brought him in contact with the city of Clyde. Mr. Juneau worked himself up from the foundation, serving long and faithfully, day and night; ofttimes worked forty-eight hours without food or sleep. He is a thorough and practical railroad man and can run a train second to none.
Mr. Juneau's parents live in Wisconsin, and are aged respectively seventy-one and sixty-nine years. His father is Maxim Juneau, a Canadian by birth. He came to Wisconsin when he was but twelve years of age during the pioneer days of that state. He is still a farmer and resident of that country. Mr. Juneau is a relative of the Juneau of Alaskan fame and for whom the town of Juneau was named. He is also a great-nephew of Solomon Juneau, the first mayor of Milwaukee. Solomon Juneau came to Milwaukee when there were but few white settlers and married an Indian squaw. However, he was a good citizen and did much toward the upbuilding of that city. At the time of his death the city of Milwaukee erected a monument on the lake front to his memory at a cost of $40,000. Mr. Juneau descends from a very prolific race, he being one of sixteen children; but six of these are living, all in Wisconsin, except himself. A maternal aunt living in Washington county is the mother of eighteen children.
In 1898, Mr. Juneau was married to Emma Giroux, one of Clyde's most accomplished and estimable young women. She is a daughter of Francis Giroux. (See sketch of Joseph Giroux). One daughter, Josephine, gladdens their home, aged one year.
Mr. Juneau is a Democrat in politics. The family are members of the Roman Catholic church. Mr. Juneau is a member of the order of Maccabees, Catholic Foresters, Ancient Order of United Workmen, of Clay Center, and of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen of Fairbury, Nebraska, Belleville and Clyde. Mr. Juneau's genial and sunny nature surrounds him with a host of warm friends and admirers.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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