John Ashman

While not an Old Third Ward resident, John Ashman was the father of Henry Ashman.

The following was taken verbatim from Ryan's History of Outagamie County, part 17:

JOHN ASHMAN, deceased, who was for many years connected with the contracting and building interests of Appleton, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 13, 1846, and died June 26, 1892, in Appleton. Mr. Ashman was a son of John Ashman, who came to Wisconsin from North Carolina in 1846 and settled in Milwaukee. John Ashman, Jr., came to Appleton in April, 1866, after having served through the Civil War, during which he was for thirteen months a prisoner in the Confederate stockade at Andersonville, and on first locating in this city worked as a carpenter, contractor and millwright, occupations which he followed throughout his life, being the builder of many large structures and putting up numerous machines in different parts of the city. Mr. Ashman was married April 22, 1872, to Anna Wichert, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Arndt) Wichert, natives of Germany, who came to the United States and located in New London, Wisconsin, where Mrs. Ashman was born September 13, 1856, five months after the family's arrival here. Mr. Wichert was employed in a mill on first coming to New London, but later engaged in a bakery business, and was so occupied at the time of his death, June 25, 1907, when he was eighty-four years old. Mr. and Mrs. Ashman had a family of eleven children, as follows: Henriette, who married Al Keaters, of Appleton; William, a farmer of Minnesota; Oscar, who resides at Shawano; Elmore, deceased; John H., residing in Appleton; George, deceased; Henry, who lives in Appleton; Emma, who married Herbert Wing, a resident of Omaha; Harrison; and Meta, May and Florence, residing at home.

In 1905 Harrison Ashman established a greenhouse, which he now operates with the assistance of his mother, and they are making an assured success of the enterprise, the business growing steadily and bringing excellent returns. The family residence is located at the same place, and, surrounded by lawns and flowers, is one of Appleton's beautiful residences. The family is connected with the Congregational Church, of which Mr. Ashman was long a member. He was identified with the Grand Army of the Republic and the Odd Fellows, while all the boys of the family are members of the Woodmen.