"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.


Calder, Thomas A. chief of police of the city of Merrill, was born in Ontario, Canada, April 7, 1869, son of William and Rebecca (ARNOLD) CALDER. The father was a native of Scotland and the mother of Ireland. They emigrated to Canada when he was 25 years old and she 20 and were married in the Dominion, after which he followed the occupation of a flour miller there until 1869. He then moved with his family to Oshkosh, Wis., where for ten years he worked in saw mills. His next move was to Jackson County, where he continued in saw mill work and was also employed in the woods for the Payne Lumber Co. In that county he bought a farm five miles from Merrillan, which waqs the family home for five years, or until the mother's death in 1887. After that event he went to Barronett, in Barron County, Wis., and worked in mills there until 1895, in which year he came to Merrill and resided here with his son Thomas until his death in 1906. He and his wife were the parents of nine children, four of whom are now living, namely: John A.; Edward A. who lives in Vancouver; George A. and Thomas A. Thomas A. CALDER was reared in Oshkosh and Merrillan, attending school in both places. He then became connected with the lumber industry, logging in the woods and driving logs on the Wisconsin River, and for two years he had charge of a camp, being assistant boss for the Barker & Stewart Lumber Co., of Wausau. During the year 1901 he served as police patrolman in Merrill, and afterwards one year as assistant chief, and in 1903 was appointed chief, which office he has now filled for 20 years to the satisfacation of the people of Merrill. He is a member of the Police Chiefs' Association of Wisconsin, an organization which stands for the better enforcement of the law, and served one year as its vice president, and is now sergeant-at-arms and a member of the executive committee. His other society affiliations are with the Odd Fellows, Elks, Eagles, Beavers, Modern Woodmen, Rebekahs and the Merrill Social and Sick Benefit Societies. He is a stockholder in the Wisconsin Bell Telephone Co. and the New Tomahawk Shoe Co., a manufacturing concern. Chief CALDER was married in Merrill, on March 20, 1894, to Emma SCHOVE, daughter of August and Mollie SCHOEVE, the parents, natives of Germany, having been early settlers of Marathon County, though both are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. CALDER have had four children: William G., Leslie E., Hazel M. and Ethel R. William G. is a telegraph operator for the C. & N. W. Railway at Milwaukee; Leslie E. holds a similar position for the same road at Janesville; Hazel M. was a teacher in the Lincoln County Schools.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 767, 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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