"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, Charles H. county treasurer of Vilas County, was born in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, May 15, 1882, son of Joseph and Katherine (SKILLMAN) ADAMS. The father was a native of New York State and the mother of New Jersey, in which latter state they were married. Coming west in the 60's, they engaged in farming in La Crosse County, Wis., Joseph ADAMS being thus engaged until his death in September, 1883; his wife Katherine passed away Jan. 26, 1921, having survived him 37 years. Charles H. ADAMS acquired his general education in the public schools of Eagle River, having come to Vilas County in 1895 at the age of 13. He then took a course at the Keefe Business College in La Crosse, after which he taught school for a year. Then he returned to Eagle River and until 1909 was engaged in farming with his brothers on a large farm located in the town of Lincoln, Vilas County, of which 125 acres were under the plow in 1909. Commencing in that year Mr. ADAMS then worked for Judge Niles COLMAN as register of probate, after which he was elected town clerk of Eagle River, in which office he served until January, 1915. During that period in office he also served as duputy county clerk, keeping the books for the county highway commission. In the fall of 1914 he was elected county treasurer, beginning his duties Jan. 1, 1915, and he was held the same office by re-elections ever since. In April, 1921, Mr. ADAMS was elected secretary of the Vilas County Agricultural Association, in which position also he is still serving. He is also secretary of the Eagle River Untion Free High School, having been appointed as such in July, 1921. Mr. ADAMS is part owner with his brothers in the mercantile business at Eagle River operated under the name of Adams Bros. He is also part owner in the farm previously mentioned, the brothers making a specialty of pure bred Guernsey cattle and fancy seed potatoes of the Rural New York variety. In addition to these activities Mr. ADAMS is engaged in the raising of fancy poultry of the Rhode Island breed, taking a very keen interest in this line of work. He has taken many first prizes and blue ribbons at county and state fairs and exhibitions, and also competes at the national poultry shows, where his exhibits have won honorable mention. In 1922 he took the fourth prize for "young pen" and believes he has a good chance to capture the first prize at the next national meet. In 1921 at Milwaukee he took the first prize for "young pen" (a young cockerel and four pullets), and his chief interest lies in breeding only the highest class of fowl and producing prize winners. Mr. ADAMS was married in June, 1904, at Eagle River, to Olive NASH and he ans his wife are the parents of five children: Ronald M., a graduate of the Eagle River High School and now a student in the Milwaukee State Normal School; and Florence Hope, Janet Helen, and Marion Jean, who are attending the Eagle River public schools, and Charlotte. The Adams family are affiliated religiously with the Congregational Church, and Mr. ADAMS is a Knight Templar Mason and a member of the fraternal order known as Modern Woodmen of America. The family is only of high social standing in Eagle River.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 430; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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