"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, Prescott of Rhinelander, well known as a veteran timber cruiser, was born in Calais, Maine, Aug. 28, 1859, son of Jackson and Martha (FOSTER) CALKINS, who were also natives of that state, the father being a farmer and woodsman. In 1873 they came west to Marathon County, Wis., where Jackson CALKINS became woods foreman for the Stewart Lumber Co., and was thus occupied until his death in 1877. His wife, mother of Prescott, died in Chippewa Falls, in 1903. Prescott CALKINS as a boy attended school in Calais, Me., and after coming to Wisconsin with his parents at the age of 14 he, himself, became connected with the lumber industry in its various branches, in log driving and millwork and as a cruiser. On his father's death in 1877 he was made woods foreman for the Stewart Lumber Co. of Wausau, with whom he remained until 1890. He then came to Rhinelander, where he continued in the same line of work, but chiefly acting as a cruiser for various lumber companies. He also bought timber, cut the logs and marketed them. In 1921 he gave up the logging end of his business, but still follows cruising. Such in outline have been Mr. CALKINS' business activities, but he has done other things besides these, as for six years he was under sheriff for Oneida County, and he also represented his ward on the city council for 13 years and was a member of the county board three years. In short, he has taken quite an active part in the affairs of local government and done whatever he could, either officially or otherwise, to advance the best interests of the community in which he lives and the county in general. In this connection should be mentioned the fact that he has been active with others in promoting the development of the lake region of northern Wisconsin and has helped to lay out some very fine lots with lake frontage on Lake George, only four miles from Rhinelander. This is one of the principal lakes of this region and its fine scenery and other advantages are well calculated to attract summer visitors. Mr. CALKINS is a member of two fraternal society lodges in Rhinelander--those of the Elks and Masons. He was married in November, 1880, to May HOBART, of Merrill, Wis., who was born in Marathon County, this state, Oct. 12, 1858. He and his wife are the parents of five children: Charles L., who is the present postmaster of Rhinelander; Mame, a teacher in the Rhinelander High School; Frank and Fred, who are engaged in lumbering and farming, and Clara, who is teaching school at Pelican Lake.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 261-262; 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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