"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.


Bakken, Conrad C. a prominent farmer of the town of Arbor Vitae, Vilas County, and proprietor of Bakken cottages located on Big Rice Lake, was born in Norway, Aug. 12, 1875, son of Christian and Carrie (ELLINGSON) BAKKEN. The parents were both natives of Norway and the father worked as a cabinet-maker in that country until his death; the mother is still living there. Five children, as follows, wre born to these parents: Ernest, who is now living in County Kenmare, Ireland; Leonard, living at Superior, Wis.; Conrad C. (twin brother of Leonard), subject of this sketch; Ida, who is now Mrs. John ELLINGSON of Norway; and Anna, deceased. Conrad C. BAKKEN was educated in Norway and there learned the trade of carpenter and cabinet-maker. After following it in Norway until 1902, he spent two years at Kenmare, Ireland, where he assisted in the erection of Derryquin Castle at Sneem. In the fall of 1904 he came to the United States, proceeding direct from New York to Minneapolis, and in the latter city he was engaged in carpenter work until 1917. He then came to Vilas County and purchased 100 acres of wild land in Section 31 of the town of Arbor Vitae, the place being located on the shore of Big Rice Lake. Here Mr. BAKKEN has erected a good set of farm buildings and cleared a portion of the land, and he also has fine cottages which he rents to tourists during the summer months. They are finely furnished for light housekeeping and contain three or four rooms each, with screened porches facing on beautiful Big Rice. To his guests he furnishes milk, cream, cottage cheese, butter, eggs and poultry fresh from his farm. Mrs. BAKKEN is widely known for her ability as a maker of bread, cake and pastry, which she readily disposes of. Mr. and Mrs. BAKKEN were married in Minneapolis on Nov. 18, 1905. Her maiden name was Anna NORDSTROM, and her parents, John and Christine (WASENIUSS) NORDSTROM, are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. BAKKEN have two children: Alice, born Mach 31, 1907, and Leonard, born Feb. 16, 1913. The family are members of the Lutheran Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 592-593; 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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