"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.


Conro, Charles A., a prominent business man of Rhinelander, successor to his father in the lumber and timber business and dealer in timber and mineral lands in several states, was born at Oshkosh, Wis., May 1, 1873, a son of Abner and Eliza C. (MANN) CONRO. He was educated in the public schools of Oshkosh and in 1891 came to Rhinelander, starting as a clerk in the general store operated by his father's lumber company. Later he was promoted to the lumber office and from there to the timber and logging end of the company's operations. In 1902, he became head of the company, his father having retired from active work. In addition, he organized the C.A. Conro & So. a company with C. H. DONALDSON as partner, which operated for about two years. This company was dissolved, Mr. DONALDSON going with the Mason-Donaldson Lumber Co. A little later he organized The Conro Lumber Co., taking J. H. O'MELIA, then a young man just from school, in as partner. This company flourished for a few years, when, owing to the increasing interests and duties in other States, Mr. CONRO closed out his interests in The Conro Lumber Co. to J. H. O'MELIA, who then formed the J.H. O'Melia Lumber Co. At this time, he became president of The Conro Estate, a corporation with extensive interests in several states. In addition, he dealt in timber and mineral lands and is now looking after these interests in Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado, Washington and Oregon. He is one of the original stockholders of the Rhinelander Telephone Co. and has ever supported any civic work that would advance the interest of Rhinelander. He belongs to the Blue Lodge, Chapter, Commandery, Consistory and Shrine of the Masonic Order and is a Charter Member of Rhinelander Lodge No. 598 of the B.P.O. Elks, of which lodge he is a past exalted ruler. He is now serving as trustee of this order, which position he has held for the past fifteen years. He is affiliated with the Episcopal Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from page 223-224; 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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