"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.


Briggs, Albert Edward proprietor of the A. E. Briggs Motor Cycle and Bicycle Co., was born at Hortonville, Wis., July 7, 1884, son of Daniel Edward and Lulu H. (TEAL) BRIGGS. The father was born at Moosehead Lake, Maine, in 1851, and the mother at Waupaca, Wis. They were married in Milwaukee and in 1885 came to Oneida County (then Lincoln County) and settled in Rhinelander, the father, Daniel, erecting a building on the site of the present Oneida Cafe, and opening the first meat market in town. After conducting it for two years he sold out and engaged in the real estate business, soon becoming a prominent citizen. Later he was elected criminal justice and held that position for 15 years, this being before the municipal court was established. Afterwards he followed land cruising and surveying until 1893 when he went to Santa Cruz, Calif., and was engaged in the real estate business there until 1900, in which year he returned to Rhinelander and was engaged in real estate business and cruising here until 1910. He then went to the Black Hills, S.D., locating at Spearfish, where he established a variety and general store, which he is still conducting. He and his wife have had six children; Albert E., of Rhinelander; Grace E., now Mrs. Edward WHITNEY of Spearfish, S. D.; W. E., of Rhinelander; Corinne, of Milwaukee, who is now Mrs. Anthony MILLER; Donald, of Rhinelander; and Paul, who is in the U.S. marine service, connected with the flying squadron at Santo Domingo, West Indies. Albert E. BRIGGS was educated in the public schools of Rhinelander, Wis., and Santa Cruz, Calif. As a youth he became interested in mechanical work and later in Minneapolis thoroughly learned the mechanics applying to bicycle and motorcycle construction and repair work. In 1914 he established his present business in Rhinelander, beginning on a small scale, but has since built it up until he now has one of the best shops of its kind north of Chicago. He makes a specialty of handling the Harley-Davidson motorcycle and the Columbia and Adlake bicycles and is doing a large and increasing business. He has a fine salesroom and office, with assembly and work rooms in the rear, while his machine and welding department, with drill-press, etc., occupy the entire basement floor. He also keeps in stock a full line of accessories, and to accommodate customers keeps on hand a supply of cigars, cigarettes, bar candy and soft drinks. His equipment for rebulding motors includes every machine and tool necessary for the purpose, all of the best make. His place of business, located at 330 N. Brown Street, is also the polling quarters for the Second Ward, and he and his wife are members of the election board. Mr. BRIGGS was for four years a member of Company L, the local military company of the Wisconsin National Guard. He is fraternally affiliated with the Mystic Workers of the World, and for the last ten years has been a member of the alto section of the Rhinelander Military Band. He also belongs to the Rhinelander Motor Cycle Club. Mr. BRIGGS was married Sept. 7, 1906, to Margaret SKUBEL of Rhinelander, and he ans his wife are the parents of two children: Nellie, born March 17, 1908, and Dexter, born May 30, 1911. Mrs. BRIGGS is a member of the M. E. Church, also of the Ladies Aid Society connected with it and the Missionary Society of the denomination.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 273, 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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