"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.


Bloom, John a prosperous farmer of the town of Hazelhurst, Oneida County, was born in Norway Nov. 1, 1871, son of Knute Peterson and Aleda (NELSON) PETERSON. The parents were natives of Norway and spent all their lives in that country. He attended school in Norway and subsequently worked as a sailor for seven years. In 1893 he came to the United States and located at Harshaw, Oneida County, where he worked for seven years in the lumber woods at logging. In 1900 he purchased 140 acres of timber land in Section 18, town of Minocqua, and proceeded to establish his home on this property, erecting a set of log buildings to serve until they could be replaced by more suitable structures, and beginning at once on the long hard task of clearing and developing the land. In this task he has been successful, and his courageous efforts are rewarded in the possession of the fine agricultural property which is his today. He has cleared 60 acres of the land, put in modern improvements, and the work he has done has been a factor in the agricultural development of the region. Mr. Bloom was first married on June 15, 1890, in Norway, to Miss Anna HANSON, who died on April 7, 1917, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander, leaving six children, as follows: Alfred, now of Aberdeen, Wash.; Cena, living in Rhinelander; Gena, also of Rhinelander; Betsey, residing in Merrill; Alice, of Mercer Lake; and Clarence, who is living at home. Mr. BLOOM was united with his present wife on April 2, 1920; in maiden life she was Ellen BORBIG, and at the time of her marriage to Mr. BLOOM she was Mrs. Ellen HOPLAND. Since August, 1922, the family have resided on the 25-acre tract of land on Kaubashine Lake which was owned by Mrs. BLOOM at the time of her marriage to Mr. BLOOM. This change of residence was made necessary through the destruction by fire of the buildings on their farm; they continue to carry on operation of the farm, however.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 769, 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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