"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.

Biography of


Brown, Spencer, secretary, treasurer and manager of the Glassine Bag & Novelty Co., of Rhinelander, was born in this city, Feb. 7, 1895, son of Edward O. and Clara (SPENCER) BROWN. He acquired his elementary education in the public schools of Rhinelander, spent one year in the high school, and then became a student in Shattuck College at Faribault, Minn., where he was graduated with the class of 1913. Then for one year he attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1915 he returned to Rhinelander and entered the Rhinelander paper mill for the purpose of learning the art of paper manufacture, subsequently remaining there until the United States entered into the World War. Desiring to do his full duty as a patriotic American, he offered his services to the government and in May, 1917, entered the officers' training camp at Fort Sheridan, where he remained until the latter part of November, 1917. In October he was commissioned first lieutenant and for three months thereafter was an instructor in the second camp. He was next sent to Augusta, Ga., with the Third Motor Mechanics Regiment as battalion supply officer, and was there until March, 1918. After that he spent a short time at Camp green, and on June 21, 1918, sailed for overseas. His ship made port at Brest, after which he served as casual officer in the supply service. He returned to the United States Dec. 21, 1918 and received an honorable discharge Dec. 24, 1918. Having arrived home shortly after Christmas, he subsequently entered into the real estate business and was thus engaged until March, 1920. On the 22d of that month the Glassine Bag & Novelty Co. was organized and incorporated with W. D. BROWN president, E. O. BROWN vice president and Spencer BROWN secretary, treasurer and manager. This concern is engaged in the manufacture of glassine bags for candy and nuts, and potato chips, and soil-proof cases for collars, neckties and similar articles, the factory being located on Ocola Street in the old bottling department of the Rhinelander Brewery. The plant includes a printing department where the designs are made for those customers who wish to stamp their products before shipping. About 30 people are employed and the machinery is electrically driven. Mr. BROWN is a member of Rhinelander Lodge No. 598, B. P. O. E.; also of the Episcopal Church. He is one of the men who energies contribute motive power to the car of progress, the while living up to a high standard of business honor and integrity. On Nov. 28, 1917, at Evanston, Ill., Spencer BROWN was united in marriage to Lucille HOWARD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. HOWARD. Her father is now deceased but her mother is living and is still residing in Evanston. Mr. and Mrs. BROWN are the parents of one child, Charles S., who was born Dec. 1, 1921.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 208-209; 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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