"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.


Calkins, Charles L., postmaster of the city of Rhinelander, Oneida County, was born in Merrill, Lincoln County, Wis., Sept 17, 1882, son of Prescott and May (HOBART) CALKINS. The father was a native of Calais, Maine, who came to Wisconsin about 1873 at the age of 14, became connected with the lumber business at Wausau, and who moved in 1890 to Rhinelander, where he is now living, being still engaged to some extent in cruising. His wife, May, was born in Marathon County, this state. Charles L. CALKINS acquired his education in the public schools of Merrill and Rhinelander, and in 1902, after completing his studies, became a clerk in the Rhinelander post office, remaining as such until December, 1914. He was then appointed acting postmaster to fill the unexpired term of Judge S. H. ALBAN, and performed the duties of that office until April 21, 1915, when Matt STAPLETON was appointed and subsequently served until March 21, 1920, during which time Mr. CALKINS acted as clerk. The latter was then appointed postmaster by President WILSON to succeed Mr. STAPLETON. Since Mr. CALKINS entered the post office all the rural routes out of Rhinelander have been established and also the city delivery, so that he has been intimately connected with one important phase of the city 's progress. A Free Mason, he belongs to the local Blue Lodge and Royal Arch Chapter, and is also a member of Rhinelander Lodge No. 958, B. P. O. E., of which he is a trustee. Mr. CALKINS was married, June 3, 1911 to Mattie POWERS, of Plover, Portage County, Wis., Their home circle has been enlarged by the birth of two children: Everett P., born June 15, 1912; and Donald L., May 15, 1916. The family home is at No. 16 N. Baird Aveune. The Congregational Church numbers the Calkins family among its interested workers and supporters.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 239; 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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