"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.


Bassett, Burt O., a prominent citizen of Minocqua, was born at DeSoto, Vernon County, Wis., Oct. 21, 1879, son of Edward and Anna (MARX) BASSETT. The father, born at Taunton, Mass., and the mother, a native of Bridgeport, Conn., came west in their youth and were married in Vernon County, this state in 1877, remaining there until 1897. They then removed to Monroe County and settled on a farm near Tomah, where the father is still living; the mother passed away there in September, 1906. Six children were born to these parents: Burt O., subject of this sketch; Hattie M., now Mrs. Wesley HUNT, of Tomah; Louis, who died in 1905; Ella M., who is Mrs. Fred CAIN and lives in Mexico; Clarence, of Minocqua; and Lola, living at Tomah, the wife of Richard WILLIAMS. Burt O. BASSETT attended school in Vernon County and remained at home until he was 18 years old. He then came to Minocqua, and this village has ever since been his home. On first coming here he worked in the woods as a scaler until 1901, when he entered the mill of Yawkey-Bissell Lumber Co. as a setter, remaining for one year. He then followed various occupations until 1908, in which year he established a livery and sales stable. In 1914 he took over the Ford agency, and two years later he sold his other interests in order to be able to devote his entire attention to the automobile business. He built a garage in 1918, the building being 50x150 feet in dimensions, constructed of brick and concrete blocks, and being the first fireproof building erected in Minocqua. He carried a complete line of accessories and his business is so extensive that he employs 15 men during the summer months. Mr. BASSETT is a thoroughly capable business man, and he has promoted some of the largest interests of Minocqua. He was one of the organizers of the Security State Bank, and is a stockholder and director in this institution. He also helped to organize the Minocqua Co-operative Creamery, and is one of the directors of this enterprise. He owns a 160-acre farm in the town of Minocqua known as Riverview Farm, on which he has erected a fine set of buildings and which is now operated as a sheep ranch, and with R. C. WASSENBURGER he owns 4 1/2 miles of very desirable lake frontage. He erected a 7-room house, modern throughout, in Minocqua in 1911, and in this he and his family now make their home. Mr. BASSETT was married at Minocqua, Oct. 17, 1904, to Daisy Mae ANNIS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph ANNIS, of which parents the mother is now deceased and the father is residing in Oneida County. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. BASSETT, as follows: Edward J., born Aug. 3, 1905, now bookkeeper for his father; Francis, born March 9, 1907, who is attending high school at Minocqua; and Dorothea Mae, born Nov. 16, 1919. The family belong to the Methodist church, and are highly respected in the community, a respect well-merited in view of Mr. BASSETT'S fine record of service to the welfare and future of Minocqua.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 234-235; 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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