Zebulon Howell Benton[edit | edit source]
Known for his expensive and usually unsuccessful business ventures in the area financed by his wife; Caroline Christina (daughter of Joseph Bonaparte by his American 'wife', Annette Savage).
Zebulon Benton was a native of Oxbow and son of the well-known Dr. Abner Benton as well as being considered a favorite of Joseph Bonaparte's while growing up. Later he became a commander during the Civil War. It was said that he liked to be called "Colonel" even after the war, and was well-known as wearing a Napoleonic type of hat turned sideways.
He started a bank in Watertown and re-fired the iron furnace at Alpina, the iron furnace was unsuccessful and bankrupted both he and the bank that he had started.
Staying with his venture he lived in Alpina for some time, though Caroline left and lived elsewhere in the area teaching French and piano and other cultured pursuits.
He died at age 83, mid-May of 1983.