"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.


Brann, Andrew J., agricultural agent of Oneida County, who, although young in this service, has already made a remarkable record, was born at Bailey's Harbor, Door County, Wis., Sept. 24, 1894, son of Andrew and Louisa (NEWMAN) BRANN. The father is now engaged in the hardware business at Bailey's Harbor and also operates a large farm in Door County. The children in the family were: John W., who is now state inspector of certified seed potatoes at Madison, Wis.; Paul G., who died Jan. 6, 1923; and Andrew J., of Rhinelander. Andrew J. BRANN acquired his elementary education in the common school at Bailey's Harbor, was subsequently graduated from the high school at Sturgeon bay, with the class of 1913, and in the following year entered the state university at Madison, where he took the argicultural course. In 1915 he taught rural school in Door County, after which, in the following year, he re-entered the university to complete his course. The entrance of the United Stated into the World War caused another interruption in his studies, as on Dec. 12, 1917, he enlisted in the army with the 20th Engineers. He was trained at Columbus Barracks and at the American University camp at Washington, D.C., and sailed for France March 29, 1918, from Jersey City. Landed at Brest, he went with his organization to the Vosges Sector, where they remained three months, after which he was transferred to other parts of the line, being employed in railroad construction and forestry. He returned to the United States April 30, 1919, and was discharged at Camp Grant with the rank of corporal, May 10, 1919. While in military service Mr. BRANN received credits at the university for time lost and was graduated with the class of 1918 while in service. In August, 1919, he went to Watertown, S.D., where until June, 1910, he was instructor in the agricultural department of the Smith-Hughes work in the Watertown High School. He then returned to Door County, Wis., and purchased a farm at Ellison Bay, which he operated until March, 1922, raising certified seed potatoes, and he still owns this farm which is now operated for him by a manager. In March, 1922, Mr. BRANN became the county agent for Oneida County and at once began a land clearing campaign, handled by the Land Clearing Association, which resulted in the clearing of 4,586 acres that year, the best previous record having been about 1,000 acres. In this work he was assisted by a land clearing specialist hired by the association. This is an excellent record for the first year in his present office, but he did many other things besides and has well laid plans for the present year's work. Mr. BRANN is a Royal Arch Mason, belonging to the Blue Lodge at Sturgeon Bay. He was married Dec. 29, 1920, at Columbus, Ohio, to Miss Ethel MAIDLOW, the daughter of R. P. and Captolia (ORIN) MAIDLOW of that city. He and his wife attend the Methodist Episcopal Church in Rhinelander.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 285, 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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