"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.


Brooks, Hall L. postmaster of the city of Tomahawk, where he has resided for the last 25 years, and who for many years has been active in the lumber industry as a jobber and dealer in forest products, was born in the town of Medford, Mass., Oct. 1, 1864, son of Luther and Georgiana (DYER) BROOKS. The parents were of English puritan stock, the father a manufacturing jeweler by occupation; they died years ago in Massachusetts. Hall L. BROOKS in his youth attended the common schools up to the age of 14 years. At the age of 17 he went to work in lumber camps in the state of Georgia and henceforth supports himself and was independent of the home folks. He followed that occupation for a number of years, learning it thoroughly, and in 1885 came to Wisconsin, locating at Schofield, Marathon County, where he followed lumbering until 1897 for others, and since then has operated on his own account as a jobber and dealer in various forest products. It was in 1898 that he located permanently in Tomahawk, where he soon became well known as a man of good business ability and reliable character, so that it was not long before he was called upon to take part in the affairs of local government. From 1907 to 1922 he was a member of the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors, and served three terms as its chairman, which position he was occupying when appointed postmaster of Tomahawk in October, 1922. He has always been a Republican in politics and in the winter of 1905-06 represented his district in the state legislature. Previous to that for seven years he was a member of the Langlade County board. He did good patriotic service during the World War as a member of the board of defense. Mr. BROOKS was married Oct. 21, 1891, to Edith A. BELANGER, daughter of Frank and Mary BELANGER of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. During the war Mrs. BROOKS was active in Red Cross work. ,br>
Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 541, 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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