"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.


Barnum, Charles H., an esteemed resident of Minocqua since 1900, was born at Syracuse, N. Y., Oct. 15, 1857, son of Mark H. and Pheobe E. (REYNOLDS) BARNUM. A sketch of the parents precedes this record. He received his education at Wausau and then took up painting and paper-hanging, in which he continued for the next five years. After four years as deputy register of deeds of Marathon County he again took up the practice of his trade, following it for four years in Wausau, after which he entered the enploy of the Hamline Wizard Oil Co. as a sign painter, in this work traveling over the greater part of the United States. After his first marriage, which was to Miss Mary SARVIS and took place at Wausau on Dec. 15, 1878, he went to Marshfield and opened a restaurant, which he operated for two years, at the same time working at his trade and serving as deputy sheriff of Wood County. He then went to Merrill, and after operating a restaurant there for several years he removed to New London, where he remained until coming to Minocqua in 1900. He has since made his home here and has been very successful in the practice of his trade. He has served as clerk of the school board since 1914 and is one of the representative citizens of the village, highly respected by all. Mrs. Mary BARNUM died in 1882, leaving one child, Dorothy, who now resides in Chicago. Mr. BARNUM was again married on Sept. 31, 1901, when he was united with Susan WAUSH, daughter of Frank and Susana (WAUSHESOEK) WAUSH. Both of Mrs. BARNUM'S parents are now deceased. This union has been blessed with two children, Pheobe L., now of Milwaukee, and Ruth, of Minocqua. The family are members of the Catholic Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 232-233; 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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