"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.


Adams, Ernest E. a member of the Adams Bros. Mercantile Co., of Eagle River, Vilas County, was born Dec. 21, 1880, in Onalaska, La Crosse County, Wis., son of Josephus and Katherine (SKILLMAN) ADAMS. He was educated at Onalaska and at Eagle River, to which place he came with his mother and brothers when 12 years old, being graduated from the high school here with the class of 1901. In the next two years he taught school at Conover, Vilas County, and in 1902-1903 took a commercial course in La Crosse, Wis. After his return hom he worked for a year on the Adams Bros.' farm, and for two years thereafter was in the employ of the Persohn Company. Then after a year in the store of Ray DUNTON, he went to work again for the Persohn Company and was with them until 1919, in which year the store and business of that company was purchased by the Adams Bros.; who are now conducting it on a profitable basis, their place being located on Division Street between Railroad and Main. They also own the Hirzel and A. A. DENTON property across the street from their store. The members of the company are Charles, Ernest E., Frank and William ADAMS, of whom Ernest E. is president and manager. They handle groceries, meats and hardware. Ernest E. is now serving as clerk of the grade school; he is a member of the local Masonic lodge and of the Eastern Star Chapter, in which he served as tyler, also of the Modern Woodmen of America. On July 7, 1911, Ernest E. ADAMS was united in marriage, at Eagle River, to Freda DERN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John DERN. Their home circle has been enlarged by the birth of two children: Helen, on Feb. 15, 1914, and Milda, Dec. 5, 1918. Mrs. ADAMS is a member of the Congregational Church, and also of several societies including the Earnest Workers, the Woman's Club; the Eastern Star and the Royal Neighbors.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 429-430, 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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