"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.


Carlson, August member of the firm of August Carlson & Son, Rhinelander was born in Stockholm, Sweden, June 11, 1873, son of Gustav and Louisa (FREDERICKSON) CARLSON. In 1882, at the age of nine years, he came to America with his parents, the family settling on a homestead at Bark River, in Delta County, Mich., where in time they cleared the land and developed a fine farm. Of the two parents, the mother died first, in 1906; the father's death occurred in November 1911. August CARLSON in boyhood attended the rural school of his neighborhood and remained at home until the age of 16. He was then employed on the railroad for three years. In 1891 he went to Chicago, where he learned the blacksmith's trade, remaining there until 1893. After his return to Michigan he followed his trade at Bark River for a year and then became connected with the lumber business, logging in the woods in winter and working in sawmills in summer, in fact for a number of years having experience in all branches of the industry, and one winter he ran a camp for Isaac Stevenson. After following that line of work until 1908, he moved to Escanaba, Mich., where he worked for Grinnell Brothers in their store, first as repair man and later as collector. In 1912 Mr. CARLSON came to Rhinelander and engaged in the retail furniture business, starting in a small way and gradually expanding his operations. In 1921 he erected his present fine building, 30x120 feet in dimensions, with full basement, which houses his business. In 1919 his son was taken into the business, the firm at this time assuming its present name. They carry a complete line of furniture, ranges and heaters, and general house furnishings. Mr. CARLSON is a stockholder in the Oneida National Bank and a member of the Building & Loan Association. He is fraternally affiliated with the Odd Fellows, Elks, Modern Woodmen of America, and S.H. & E. of A., a Scandinavian order, while his religious affiliations are with the Emanuel Lutheran Church. On March 7, 1897, at Escanaba, Mich., he was united in marriage with Emma BRUCE, who died Aug. 3, 1911, leaving four children, Caesar T. G., Elvira, Rudolph and Viola, the last mentioned having been born at Escanaba and the others at Bark River. Casear T. G. was born Jan. 1, 1898, and is now his father's partner. He married Hazel JOHNSON, of Escanaba, Mich., and has one child, Paul. In 1917 he enlisted at Rhinelander in the navy, trained at Great Lakes and Dunwoody Industrial Institute, Minneapolis, and was subsequently on radio service at Boston. Elvira, born Aug. 3, 1900, is now Mrs. Carl HANSEN of Rhinelander. Rudolph, born Nov. 30, 1903, is a clerk in his father's employ. Viola, born Aug. 1, 1911, resides at Peshtigo, Wis.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 270-271 (with picture), 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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