"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Barlow, John C., a well known citizen of Rhinelander, who has for a number of years taken a prominent part in local government affairs, was born in Germany, April 29, 1851, son of Henry and Dora BARLOW. The first member of the family to come to the United States was the father, Henry BARLOW, who came over in 1854, locating on a farm in New York State, where his wife and children joined him in 1856. After the breaking out of the Civil War he enlisted in the army, in which he served for three and a half years, and then, on his return home, moved with his family to Grand Haven, Mich., where he continued as a farmer until his death. His wife, who survived him, spent the rest of her life in operating the Madison Hotel in that city. Their children were: John C., of Rhinelander, Wis., Sophie, who is the wife of Philip METZGER of Milwaukee; Lena, now Mrs. L. VANDREZER of Grand Haven. John C. BARLOW, who was five years old when he arrived in America, as a boy attended school in New York State. At the age of 14 he began to earn his own living, driving logs on the Grand River and working in the woods in lumber camps, and he was connected with the lumber industry in that section of the country for 26 years. In 1885 he came to Wisconsin and during the next two years was in the employ of lumber firms in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Menomonie. Then in 1887 he came to Rhinelander as an employe of the "Soo" railroad, being employed on bridge construction work. After that road had completed its lines through the county he worked two years for the Robbins Lumber Co. as a logger, afterwards, for the Johnson-Hinman Lumber Co., remaining with the latter concern until he met with a severe accident, having his leg smashed in a saw mill, which necessitated its amputation in 1906, since which time he has been able to do little active work. For the past 17 years, however, he has been supervisor of the Second Ward and a member of the county board, and he has also served as a member of the county road and bridge committee. He owns his residence at 304 N. Stevens Street, and also a cottage up the river, which he rents out. Mr. BARLOW was married in 1889 to Bertha BALING, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William BALING, and he and his wife are the parents of four children: Molly M., now Mrs. Lee BABER of Milwaukee, Wis.; Louise, wife of J. J. HACK of Wauwatosa, Wis.; John P. H., a salesman residing in Wheeling, W. Va., and Dorothy, who lives with her aunt, Mrs. VANDREZER, in Grand Haven, Mich. Louise and John both did active war work, Louise (Mrs. HACK) having served as a nurse in France. John, who enlisted from Rhinelander in Company L., was later transferred to an Oshkosh company and served during the entire war, taking part in most of the great battles and being employed as a "runner." Mr. and Mrs. BARLOW are members of the Episcopal church, the latter being an active worker in the Woman's Society.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from page 224; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.

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