"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, John a prosperour farmer in the town of Conover, Vilas County, was born in Finland, Jan. 4, 1868. After receiving his education in the schools of his native land he took up farming there, and in 1888 came to the United States. From Feb. 11 to the month of April, 1888, he worked in a lumber camp in Gogebic County, Michigan, and he then went to Bessemer, Mich., and worked in the iron mines until 1904. In the latter year he came to Vilas County and settled on 156 acres of cut-over land in Sections 12 and 13, town of Conover, having purchased this farm in 1902. Mr. CARLSON'S land was covered with stumps and brush, and no improvements of any sort had been made on it. He set to work vigorously, however, making light of the hardships and obstacles, and each passing year saw fresh progress toward the development of a fully improved farm. He erected a frame house and added other buildings from year to year. In 1916 he sold the 76 acres lying in Section 13, retaining the 80 acres in Section 12, and he later bought the northwest 40 in Section 7, which he used for pasture land. Today, through many years of unremitting toil, he has one of the prosperous, well-tilled agricultural properties in Vilas County. He may well feel a sense of deep satisfaction in having thus contributed to the prosperity and greatness of the Northwest. He served as supervisor of his township for two years, and is a stockholder in the Eagle River Produce and Creamery Co. His fraternal affiliations are with the Modern Woodmen of America, and he is a member of the Runeberg Order of Bessemer, Mich., an organization of Swedish and Finnish people. Mr. CARLSON was first married April 22, 1893, to Mary Marie GOFFS, of Bessemer, Mich., who was born in Finland in 1873. Mrs. Mary CARLSON passed away on Dec. 19, 1913, leaving four children, as follows: Arvid, born Feb. 2, 1902, now of Washington State; Elsie, born Aug. 16, 1904, who is living at Watersmeet, Mich.; Lilly, born Aug. 6, 1906, who is at home; and Myrtle, born Jan. 8, 1908, also at home. Mr. CARLSON was united with his present wife on June 5, 1915; previous to her marriage to Mr. CARLSON, Mrs. CARLSON was Mrs. Anna LILLROSE; she was born in Finland April 13, 1869, and came to the United States in 1887. The family are members of the Lutheran Church in Section 23, town of Conover, which is served by Rev. Eben ALSTATT of Rhinelander, and Mr. CARLSON is one of the trustees of this church, and a member of the building committee, having served since the church was organized.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 439-440, 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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