"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.


Barber, Jesse T. owner of Harris Lake Resort, was born at Hastings, Barry County, Mich., May 29, 1878, son of Richard and Jane (O'BRYANS) BARBER. the father was born in New York State and the mother in Ireland; the former came west when 12 years old and settled at Hastings, Mich., where he was foreman in a paper mill for many years; he has been living retired in Otsego since 1917. Jesse T. BARBER was educated in the schools of Hastings and subsequently followed the paper-making industry at Otsego, Mich., for 12 years. In 1906 he went to South Milwaukee, Wis., where for seven years he worked for the Bucyrus Foundry and Machine Co. and for the next eight years was in business for himself. He came to Vilas County in 1920, and a short time after his arrival he purchased 50 acres of lake frontage on Harris Lake and proceeded to establish his present resort. He now has a main lodge 38x40 feet in dimensions and two cottages, and he has five boats and carries a complete line of fishing equipment. His guests are furnished with fresh vegetables from his own garden on the property, and the entire establishment is splendidly appointed. Mr. BARBER was married June 3, 1922, at Waukegan, Ill., to Lena MALESHAFSKE, and Mrs. BARBER has made a fine success as hostess at the resort. Fraternally Mr. BARBER is a member of the Eagles and the Masons, belonging to the South Milwaukee Blue Lodge and the Milwaukee Chapter in the latter organization.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 436; 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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