"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.


Carroll, Donald S. proprietor of the Carroll Fox and Fur Farm in Oneida County, was born at Washington, D.C., Feb. 6, 1889. The family removed to Buffalo, N.Y., when he was eight years old, and he attended the grade and high schools at the latter city; after graduating from high school he entered the Buffalo Law School, and he was graduated from this institution with the class of 1911. For the next two years he followed the legal profession at Buffalo, and he then accepted a position as credit manager for the Ferguson Steel and Iron Co. of that city, remaining in this connection until 1919. In December of the latter year he came to Oneida County and purchased 160 acres of wild land on the shore of Fox Hill Lake, establishing his present enterprise, in which he has had fine success. He has made a thorough study of fox breeding and carries on all his operations along the most scientific lines, having, indeed, contributed materially to the advancement of the industry. He now has 18 mature foxes and an equal number of puppies; his foxes are of the very highest quality, and the pelts from his place bring from $300 to $600. Each pair of mated foxes have a separate woven-wire pen, eight to ten feet high, with slanting top and octagonal corners; the use of octagonal corners in the pens is a new development and prevents the young foxes from climbing the corner posts, a practice which resulted in many broken legs and other injuries with the old stryle of pens. These wire pens are 25 feet square, and the other pens are 20x30 feet. Each pen contains a kennel for the mother fox, which kennel she makes use of in rearing her young; the kennels are not, as many suppose, for protection from the weather, as foxes need no such protection and will sleep in the snow when the temperature is 50 degrees below zero without ill effects. During the winter the animals get one feed of raw meat in the evening and fish in the morning. In summer the ration is chiefly shredded wheat and milk and fox biscuit. The mother fox is fed one egg a day while carrying and nursing puppies. Mr. CARROLL also feeds ground green bone, another excellent raton. His grounds completely surround Fox Hill Lake, which covers about 15 acres; he is fencing this in, and has started a muskrat farm in the lake, a unique adjunct to the fox raising industry and a very clever plan; the pelts of the muskrats are valuable in themselves, and the carcasses supply meat for the foxes. Wild rice and muskrat onions have been planted in the lake to furnish food for the muskrats, and the whole scheme of design and upkeep is admirable in the extreme. Mr. CARROLL is a member of the Rhinelander lodge of the Masonic order, and is very highly thought of throughout the community. Mr. and Mrs. CARROLL have three children: Betty Jean, Katherine R., and Donna.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 261; 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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