"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.


Beque, Henry for many years an active and progressive business man of Woodruff village and living retired there until quite recently, was born Gand, Belguim, June 7, 1869, son of Serophien and Palmeyre (COSYN) BEQUE. The father was a butcher by trade and followed that occupation in Belgium all his life. Henry BEQUE was education in Belgium and learned the trade of butcher from his father there, working for him until 1899, when he came to the United States. He arrived at Green Bay, Wis., April 2, 1899, and worked as a section hand for the Chicago & Northwestern railraod until the fall of 1900, when the entered the employ of the Lac du Flambeau Lumber Co. at Lac du Flambeau. In 1903 he came to Woodruff and operated a butcher shop here for Swenson & Merkee for six months, after which he purchased the business and operated it up to the time of his retirement in 1919. Mr. BEQUE proved himself to be a man of business ability, one who took an interest in the welfare of his community and his removal to other scenes is to be regretted. He served as a supervisor of the town of Woodruff for two years, and as it treasurer for three years. His fraternal affiliations are with the Odd Fellows. Mr. BEQUE was married in Belgium, Oct. 6, 1892, to Ursula YSEBAERT, and one child, Emma, has been born to Mr. and Mrs. BEQUE; this daughter, born in May, 1894, is now Mrs. F. S. LEARY of Three Lakes, Wis.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 432-433; 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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