Mabelle Elliott Henshaw

                                                         ┌── Anderson Henshaw
                                                         │    1817-1888 
                           ┌── Charles Elliott Henshaw ──┤
                           │    1849-1943                │
                           │                             └── Margaret Jane Bussey
                           │                                  1828-?    
Mabelle Elliott Henshaw ───┤
B: 1890                    │                             ┌── Andrew Roberts
D: 1949                    │                             │
                           └── Camelia J. Roberts ───────┤
                                1851-1923                │
                                                         └── Sara Nelson
M: Clarence J. TeSelle

Mabelle Elliott Henshaw     [ID 09737] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Mabelle Elliott Henshaw1,2,3 [Mabel Elliott Henshaw4,5].

Born Mar 20 1890, Medford, Taylor County, Wisconsin.3,4,5  

She married Clarence J. TeSelle4, Oct 11 19154 [Oct 12 19152], Antigo, Langlade County, Wisconsin4.  Clarence was born Aug 7 1887, Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.1,4  

Mabelle's marriage was reported in the "Sheboygan Press" (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) on Wednesday, Oct 13 1915:2

A third very pretty, mid-October wedding in less than a week, the principals of which were prominent young people of the city, took place last evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Elliott Henshaw, when their youngest daughter, Miss Mabelle Elliott Henshaw was united in marriage to Clarence J. TeSelle, son of Mrs. Catharine TeSelle of Sheboygan Falls, Wis.  

The ceremony, with Reverend Father C. F. Hinton, rector of St. Ambrose Episcopal church officiating, was performed at eight-thirty o'clock in the presence of the immediate relatives of the couple, and a few close friends.  As the bride and groom unattended, entered the parlor, where the marriage took place, Miss Madge Hoyt played the wedding march from Lohengrin.  

At the conclusion of the ceremony, a luncheon was served, sixteen being seated at the tables.  Miss Beatrice Kingsbury and Miss Margaret English assisted in the serving.  A color scheme of pink and white was carried out in the effective decorations, Killarney roses and white roses, with ferns, being used.  

The very beautiful bridal gown was of cream charmeuse with seed pearl trimming, and the court train was also designed with the pearls.  The long veil, which was in the cap effect, was caught up with lilies of the valley and lining in two lace-edged points over the train.  She carried a bridal bouquet of white roses and lilies of the valley, tied with bows of white tulle.  

A most delightful wedding trip will be enjoyed by Mr. and Mrs. TeSelle, who left on the limited last night for Chicago.  From that city they go to the south, visiting the Panama canal, New Orleans and other points of interest, and will return either by way of California, visiting the Panama-Pacific exposition, or around the eastern route, via New York city.  They will be at home at 709 First Avenue, which will be ready to receive them.  

The bride has always made her home in Antigo and is among the most favorably known and warmly liked young people here.  She is a graduate of the Antigo High School with the class of 1908, and has been prominent in the social life of the city.  Mr. TeSelle came here a few years ago and has already won an enviable position in his profession.  He is a graduate of the law course at the University of Wisconsin, and is now serving his second term as District Attorney of Langlade County.  Both bride and groom have the well wishes of hosts of friends.  

Mrs. Catharine TeSelle of Sheboygan Falls was an out-of-town guest at the wedding.  -- Antigo Daily Journal.


Jeanette TeSelle, born Nov 23 1916; married May 20 1944 John H. Plump (four children).
Clarence John TeSelle, born Jan 29 1922; married May 9 1952, Mary Monroe Holden (three children).

The following article was published in the "Appleton Post Crescent" (Appleton, Wisconsin) on October 24, 1929:7

Clarence J. Te Selle, formerly of Antigo, was indicted in the federal court by the grand jury sitting therein for conducting over a period of some six years a course of fraud, which partook of making out for the Henshaw Lumber Company, of which he was secretary and treasurer, a grossly false and fraudulent financial statement by which he deceived ten different banks in Wisconsin and numerous merchandising firms and secured a credit of something over $100,000, in the language of the indictment "with the fraudulent intent and purpose of never paying said victims and eventually to make an assignment in bankruptcy after converting the money received from the sales of such goods, wares and merchandise so obtained to his own use and benefit".  He pled nolo contendere to this indictment at Milwaukee, was fined $500 for his long course of criminal conduct, a fine which he promptly paid.  How he must have smacked his lips and gurgled at this impotent procedure, this gesture of punishment.  

Te Selle could hardly go on his way without the conviction that he had done a good, an excellent stroke of business, that criminal frauds over a long period of time were not such serious matters.  We are told that criminals are punished for a two-fold reason, to deter them from similar conduct and as a warning to others.  That is a good theory.  Here it appears to have failed.  Such punishments serve more as an invitation to those placed in similar positions to commit similar frauds.  

The grave thing about such a situation is that it does not take into account the necessity of keeping financial statements made to business concerns for purposes of credit substantially true, nor does it seem to comprehend the necessity in these days of large and complicated populations and intricate business development to maintain something approaching a sense of honor in the making of such statements.  Both national and state banking departments generally criticize banks for making loans without financial statements.  Merchandising firms are not expected to extend credit without learning through such statements something concerning the financial stability of those desiring credit.  By far the greater percentage of credit extended in the country is based upon financial statements, statements backed by a knowledge that their falsity is a criminal offense.  

As pointed out by Judge Graass in sentencing the Green Bay Superintendent of Schools to a year in Waupun although he had paid back every cent embezzled, "the man who unlawfully deprives others of their property cannot be permitted to go scotfree by merely replacing that which was stolen when his conduct was carefully planned, covers a long period of time and was not the result of mere force of circumstances or pressing necessity".  In Te Selle's case reparation to the companies deceived and defrauded was not made.  It is to be hoped at least that such a sentence may be looked upon as a judicial accident and that its recurrence may be rare.  It were better not to invoke the criminal law at all than to have it administered in a feeble manner.

Clarence taught law for many years at the University of Florida at Gainesville.4  

Mabelle and family were shown in the 1930 census (May 1 1930), Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida:6

Teselle, Clarence J., head-of-household, age 42, born in Wisconsin; parents born in Wisconsin; first married at age 27; rented home ($50 rent); no radio in home; occupation: Professor, U. of Fla; not a veteran.
Teselle, Mabelle H., wife, age 40, born in Wisconsin; father born in West Virginia; mother born in Ohio; first married at age 25.
Teselle, Jeannette, daughter, age 13, born in Wisconsin; parents born in Wisconsin; attended school.
Teselle, Clarence J. Jr., son, age 8, born in Wisconsin; parents born in Wisconsin; attended school.

Mabelle Elliott Henshaw died Feb 27 1949, buried Mar 1949, Antigo, Langlade County, Wisconsin.4  

Clarence died Jun 1 1961, New Lexington, Ohio; buried Antigo, Langlade County, Wisconsin.4  

A biographical sketch of Clarence TeSelle was published in the 1922 "History of Langlade County Wisconsin":1

CLARENCE J. TE SELLE. A prominent lumberman and member of the Langlade County bar, was born in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, on August 7, 1887.  He received a common school education and completed the High School of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.  In 1905 he entered the State University at Madison and graduated from the college of Letters and Science in 1909 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts.  He graduated from the College of Law, University of Wisconsin, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1911.  Following his admission to the State Bar in 1911, he began the practice of his profession in Antigo in 1912.  Attorney Te Selle was elected District Attorney of Langlade County for three consecutive terms (1913-19).  He was married in 1915 to Mabelle Henshaw, and has two children, Janette and Clarence, Jr.  At the outbreak of the World War, Mr. Te Selle was appointed Government Appeal Agent (see Military Chapter) by Provost Marshal General E. H. Crowder and served in this capacity with the Selective Service Board of Langlade County during the war.  Also organized the Langlade Council of Defense and served as its Secretary and on its Executive committee, during its existence.  He organized the Langlade chapter of the American Red Cross and was elected and still is a member of its Board of Directors.  He served as Chairman of the Victory Loan Committee, which successfully put over the united war fund campaign in Langlade County.  He was appointed as Chairman of the Four Minute men, speaking organization in the county and was probably connected with more diversified war activities in Langlade County than any other citizen.  In 1919 Attorney Te Selle quit the practice of law and became Secretary-Treasurer of the Henshaw Lumber Company and is still in this business.

(photo)Photo: Mabel Elliott Henshaw with sisters Louise and Jessie 8


  1. "History of Langlade County Wisconsin"; Dessureau. Berner Bros. Publishing Co. 1922; USGenWeb Archives:
  2. The "Sheboygan Press" (Sheboygan, Wisconsin), Oct 13 1915, page 6;
  3. 1910 census, 1st Ward, Antigo, Langlade County, Wisconsin; roll T624-1718, ED 39, page 24A, line #5, dwelling #26, family #28.
  4. Contribution from Charles Payne ().
  5. 1900 census, Antigo, Langlade County, Wisconsin; roll T623-1796, ED 46, page 5B, line #51, dwelling #94, family #95.
  6. 1930 census, Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida; roll T626-306, ED 16, page 3A, line #36.
  7. The "Appleton Post Crescent" (Appleton, Wisconsin), Oct 24 1929;
  8. Photo courtesy of Charles Payne ().

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