"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.


Callsen, Jacob G. successfully engaged in mercantile business at Dudley, Lincoln County, was born in Schleswig, Germany, Dec. 12, 1878, son of Dettlof and Lucy (CLAUSEN) CALLSEN. The parents with five chldren came to the United States in 1882, locating in Milwaukee, Wis., where the father worked for some time at his trade of painter, and at another time in a shoe factory. After three years they moved to Langlade County, Wisconsin, homesteading 160 acres of wild land there, which in time they developed, erecting a good set of buildings, clearing the land and cultivating it for 38 years. The father, born July 9, 1844, died in 1892. The mother, born April 24, 1850, is still living. Their children were: Sophia, Mrs. August BRANDEMIHL of Green Bay, Wis.; John, who is on the old home farm, in Langlade County; Jacob G., of Lincoln County, Wis.; August, of Caldwell, Idaho; Christina, now Mrs. Walter DUDLEY of Merrill, Wis.; Mary, wife of Emil USADEL of Caldwell, Idaho, and Bertha, now Mrs. Leon ROBILLIARD of Parrish, Langlade County, Wis. Jacob G. CALLSEN attended common school up the age of 14 years during the winters. He was brought up to agricultural pursuits and in time became a farmer in the town of Russell, this county, owning 160 acres, of which he developed 25, also putting up good buildings. He sold his farm and engaged in his present business in 1911, carrying a good stock of general merchandise in his story at Dudley. From Oct. 10, 1902 to 1911 he was postmaster at Dudley, the office being discontinued in the year last mentioned and Gleason being made the point of distribution. Mr. CALLSEN is a stockholder and president of the Gleason State Bank of Gleason, Wis., and belongs to the Elks lodge in Merrill. He was married June 6, 1905 to Arilla KYES of Merrill, Wis., who was born Dec. 23, 1884 and died Sept. 25, 1908. She left four children: Arnold K., born Sept. 9, 1905, now a student in the Merrill High School; Anna L., born July 13, 1907, a high school student at Gleason and Arvilla and Arverla (twins) born Sept. 25, 1908, the day of their mother's death. On June 20, 1911 Mr. CALLSEN married Dora W. KRAMPER of Milwaukee, who was born in Germany Feb. 6, 1867 and came to the United States settling in Milwaukee in 1885. Of this second union two children have been born: Alice M., May 18, 1912, and Dorothy R., March 12, 1914. The family are members of St. Paul's German Evangelical Lutheran congregation at Gleason.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 581-582; 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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