"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.


Ashton, William E. cashier of the First National Bank of Rhinelander, was born March 30, 1856, in Winchester, Ind., son of William and Mary Ann (COPPCOTT) ASHTON. He acquired his education in the schools of his native place and at the age of 17 learned the art of telegraphy. In March, 1883, he went to Appleton, Wis.; and in July of the same year came from that city to Rhinelander, becoming the second agent here for the Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western Railway, a position that he held for nine years. In January, 1892, Mr. ASHTON gave up railroad work to take his present position as cashier of the First National Bank. He is now one of the oldest bankers in the city, a man of conservative instincts and sound, careful judgment, and stands high in the confidence of the business and financial world. He is an active and interested member of the local lodge of Elks. Mr. ASHTON was married June 14, 1877, in Hartford, Ind., to Mary E. GEISSLER, of which union three children were born: William H., now agent for the C., M. & St. P. Railway at St. Joe, Ida.; Charles F., assistant sales manager for the Thompson Lumber Co., who main office is in Minneapolis; and Maude, who resides at home with her father. Mrs. Mary E. ASHTON died Oct. 14, 1914.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 290, 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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