"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.
Burns, James a well known citizen of Eagle River, in former years connected with the lumber industry but now better known as a guide and woodsman, was born at Green Bay, Wis., Oct. 19, 1876, son of "Al" and Sarah (SMITH) BURNS. The parents were natives of New York from which state they came to America soon after the Civil War, locating at Green Bay, Wis., where the father followed lumber and sawmill work for the rest of his life. James as a boy attended school in Flintville, Brown County - the same county in which the city of Green Bay is situated - and subsequently went to South Dakota, where he remained six years doing farm labor. In 1897 he went to Duluth, Minn., and in the vicinity of that place worked one year in the woods. Coming to Eagle River, Vilas County, in 1899, he worked during the winter in the woods and in the summer took up guiding, which latter occupation he has since followed, both in Wisconsin and Michigan. In February, 1912, he took a small homestead on Lac Vieux Desert and put up a shack which he and his patries, or friends, use for a camp in the hunting season. Mr. BURNS belongs to the Masonic Lodge at Eagle River, in which place he has many friends, and he is a popular guide with summer tourists.
Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 769-770,
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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