"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.


Carman, Charles B., a well-known resident of Minocqua, was born in Portage, Wis., March 22, 1863, son of Charles J. and Harriet CARMAN. The parents were natives of Indiana; the father, who was interested in lumbering for a great many years, died in July, 1907, and the mother passed away in 1912. Charles B. CARMAN was educated in the grade and high schools of Grand Rapids (now Wisconsin Rapids) and then took up the study of telegraphy, which vocation, however, he subsequently followed to only a small extent. He also took special courses in surveying at the State University and followed this line to some extent , but later took up railroading as his life work. He has been with the Wisconsin Valley division of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul for a great many years, first coming to Minocqua in 1892 as a freight brakeman. The following year he was promoted to be passenger conductor and was transferred, but in the winter of 1896-97 he was again assigned to this territory and in 1898 he took up his home in Minocqua permanently, being the first resident conductor here. He has continued as passenger conductor ever since and the run he operates is known as "Carman's train" better than by any other appellation. His residence in Minocqua is beautifully located on the shores of the lake. Mr. CARMAN is a member of the Order of Railway Conductors and is a 32nd degree Mason; he is a stockholder in the Security State Bank of Minocqua and owns lands in South Dakota as well as quite extensive oil lands in Oklahoma. Mr. CARMAN was married in Ironwood, Mich., May 14, 1910, to Ivy ROGERS, who was born at Waupaca, Wis., Oct. 2, 1880, daughter of Charles and Phoebe (SUSTINS) ROGERS. Mrs. CARMAN'S mother was born in England and came to America when a young lady; the father was born in Wisconsin; after their marriage the parents settled in Waupaca, moving from there to Rhinelander in 1892. The father established a grocery store at the latter place and later a variety store, and is now living retired. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. ROGERS, Ivy, who is now Mrs. CARMAN, and Oliver, how a resident of Rhinelander. Mrs. CARMAN was educated in the grade and high schools of Rhinelander, graduating from the latter with the class of 1897. She later entered the Stevens Point State Normal School, and after graduating from this in 1906 she took up the profession of school teaching, being so engaged at Stoughton, Mercer, Three Lakes, Rhinelander, and Minocqua, her last work in this field being in the high school at the last named place, where she taught for three years. In 1919 she took the civil service examination for postmaster and was appointed to the office at Minocqua for four years, which she has filled with credit to herself and to her constituents. Mrs. CARMAN took a prominent part in patriotic work during the World War, serving as chairman of the Red Cross in Minocqua village and township and as a member of the council of defense covering the same territory. She is a member of the Eastern Star lodge and takes a very useful part in the social and public life of the community. Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 239-240; 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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