"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.


Bronsted, John for the last 25 years a resident of the city of Tomahawk, Lincoln County, and the father of two sons who served in this country's ranks in the World War, one of whom made the supreme sacrifice, was born in Kongesberg, Norway, Nov. 1, 1864, son of Lars and Ingeborg (TOLLEFSON) BRONSTED. The father, who was a smelter working in silver mines, died when the subject of this sketch was three months old, and many years later, in 1898, his widow crossed the ocean to make her last home with her children who had previously emigrated. There were five children in the family: Olaf, the first to come to America, who is now deceased; Josephine, now Mrs. Charles ANDERSON of Brule, Wis.; Gustave, residing in Chicago; Laura, wife of John JACOBSON of Wisconsin Rapids, and John of Tomahawk. John BRONSTED who had but a limited education, located in what is now the city of Wisconsin Rapids in 1882, though at that time it consisted of the two cities of Grand Rapids and Centralia. Having remained there until 1896, he then moved to Harshaw, Oneida County, then a small settlement dependent upon the logging industry which was carried on in the vicinity, and in which Mr. BRONSTED was employed. When the surrounding timber had been cut the place declined, and in 1898 Mr. BRONSTED moved to Tomahawk, where he has since made his home. He has always been employed in one department or another of the lumbering industry, much of the time working in the sawmills. He was married on Aug. 26, 1891, at Arkdale, Adams County, Wis., to Bertha WALLER, who was born in that place Feb. 1, 1862, daughter of Tolaf and Helen (NELSON) WALLER, who were farmers by occupation, and both of whom are now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. BRONSTED have been born four children, Carl J., Leonard T., Amel and Henry E. Carl J., who was born at Wisconsin Rapids, May 24, 1892, is now office manager and bookkeeper for Frank THEILER, lumberman. He was married Sept. 17, 1922 to Julia T. JOHNSON of Tomahawk in which city she was born Jan. 2, 1904. Leonard T. BRONSTED, born at Dancy, Wis., May 24, 1893, was married Oct. 25, 1920 to Anna MOE of Tomahawk, who was born here April 3, 1891. He is now in partnership with his father-in-law, Hans MOE, they being proprietors of an ice business in this city. Amel A. BRONSTED, born at Harshaw, Wis., Jan. 27, 1896, is employed as clerk in the hardware store of A. J. OLSON of Tomahawk. On May 10, 1917, he enlisted in the Wisconsin National Guard, becoming a member of Machine Gun Company Fourth Wis., Inf. Having trained first at Camp Douglas, he was sent thence to Camp McArthur, where the regiment was split up, his entire company being transferred to Co. A., 119th Machine Gun Battalion, 32d Division. He entrained for Hoboken, N.J., Feb. 2, 1918 and 16 days later embarked for overseas, landing at Brest, France, March 4. Four days later his battalion was at Cuperly, near Chalons, which was within six kilometers of the front, and on June 2 they were in the trenches. They served on four fronts - in Alsace-Lorraine, at Chateau Thierry and at Juvigny, and it was in the battle at the place last mentioned that his brother Henry was killed. Amel later served in the Argonne Forest and when the armistice was signed he was in the trenches fronting the Meuse River. His company subsequently marched through Luxemburg and on Dec. 1 crossed the Rhine at Coblence, entering Germany with the army of occupation. He was stationed in Issenberg, Germany for four and a half months, and sailed about the middle of May for home, being discharged at Camp Grant, Illinois, June 1, 1919. Although in active servied on the war front for a year and three months he escaped without a scratch. Henry E. BRONSTED, who was born June 26, 1898 in Tomahawk, Wis., served in the same battalion and division and was killed at Juvigny. His record is separately given in connection with that of his friend, Fred MARTINSON, who was skilled at the same time. The Bronsted family are affiliated religously with the Norwegian Lutheran Church, and are highly respected in the community.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 541-542, 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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