"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.


Bastian, John H. a well-known farmer of the town of Presque Isle, Vilas County, was born in the town of St. Lawrence, Waupaca County, Wis., Feb. 25, 1879, son of John H. and Nettie (SMITH) BASTIAN. He was educated in the schools of Ogdensburg, Wis., and remained with his parents, assisting in the operation of their farm, until he was 16 years of age. He then traveled over several states, following various occupations, and in 1914 he came to Vilas County and rented the George R. NELSON farm for two years, at the end of which time he purchased his present tract of 160 acres of cut-over land in the town of Presque Isle. He has erected a substantial set of buildings on this property and has cleared about 25 acres, where he is now carrying on general farming and dairying. He puts most of the profits of his operations back into the further development of the property, and to better enable him to carry on this work he accepts employment in the lumber woods during the winter months. He has taken a useful part in public affairs, having served as a supervisor on the township board for the past two years, and is in every way a fine citizen of the community. Mr. BASTIAN was married in the town of Dupont, Waupaca County, Wis., Nov. 18, 1903, to Martha MAAS, daughter of Ernst and Manda (KITTNER) MAAS. Mrs. BASTIAN'S father is now deceased and her mother makes her home in Appleton, Wis. Eight children, as follows, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. BASTIAN: Truman D., Irma, Henry J., Margaret, Ort, Rachael, Vance and Joyce. Truman D. is now engaged in operating a tractor in the camps of the Vilas County Lumber Co.; Irma is also in the employ of this company; the other children are all living at home.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 438; 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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