"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.


Bentley, Jerry R., a well known and respected citizen of Rhinelander, now serving as a member of the Wisconsin Tax Commission, was born at Knowlton, Marathon County, Wis., Jan. 6, 1881, son of George and Jennie (SIEVWRIGHT) BENTLEY. It was in the year 1886 that he came to Rhinelander with his parents and here he acquired his education and grew to manhood. In 1892 he became car checker of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway, and he continued in that line of occupation for the next ten years, working a part of the time for the "Soo" road. He then took up the business of lumber cruiser and scaler, which he followed until 1913. From that time until 1916, including the last mentioned year, he was employed on the reassessment of State taxes, and at intervals during the same period also followed cruising. In 1917 and 1918 he was assessor of incomes for Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas counties, and during 1919 and up to and including a part of the year 1922 he was state pulp wood inspector. At the present time, besides being a member of the State Tax Commission he follows his former occupation of cruiser and scaler. He is what is known in the lumber business as a "public cruiser," doing work for many of the large lumber companies. At No. 1025 Randall Avenue he owns a comfortable residence which he and his family occupy. As a Free Mason he belongs to the local lodge and chapter and he is also a member of the order of Beavers. Mr. BENTLEY was married Dec. 22, 1902, to Eva MARTELL, who died Feb. 6, 1905, leaving a daughter, Grace. The latter, who was graduated from the Rhinelander High School and the Oneida County Training School for Teachers, is now teaching the Hill Grade School in Minocqua Township, Oneida County. On March 30, 1908 Mr. BENTLEY married Margaret MARGINE, of which union two children have been born: Mabel Dorothy, May 3, 1909, and Virginia June, Nov. 26, 1919.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 231-232; 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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