"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.

Biography


Belkey, Paul L., of Rhinelander, who has been established in business as a cement contractor here for the last 18 years, was born in Sweden, May 9, 1867, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lars BENGSTON. He was one of a family of eight children, the others being Alice, Mary, Henry LARSON, Herman LINDSKAG, August, and Anna. The three last mentioned reside in Sweden, Alice is in Denmark, and Mary died at the age of 18 years. Paul L. was educated in Sweden and later worked two and a half years as a farm laborer in Denmark. He subsequently helped his father, who was a contractor, and was thus occupied until 1888, when in the month of March he came to America, locating in Marinette, Wis., where for two years he was engaged in common labor. In 1890 he went to Minnesota, and in the fall of the same year to upper Michigan, a locality in which he remained for two years. In the spring of 1892 he came to Rhinelander, where he established his home, though for eight years he did sawmill work at Woodboro. In 1905 Mr. BELKEY entered into the cement contract business, making silos, vats, tanks and other things of cement construction, and has since had a successful career. He owns a good residence at 828 Mason Street. His religious affiliations are with the Swedish Lutheran Church and he belongs fraternally to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, to the S.H. and E.F.A. and the Scandanavian Fraternity of America. Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from page 222-223; 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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