"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.


Cheatham, Frank C., proprietor of the Northern Wisconsin Silver Black Fox Farms in Section 31, town of Three Lakes, Oneida County, was born at Warrensburg, Mo., Dec. 28, 1883. He was educated at Warrensburg and graduated from the normal school there with the class of 1901, after which he attended business college at Quincy, Ill. He then operated a grocery store in Warrensburg for two years, and following this period he was engaged in cattle ranching in southern Utah for two years, purchasing 160 acres of irrigated land in that section. In the spring of 1917 he came to Oneida County and bought a seven-acre tract in Section 31, town of Three Lakes, on which he established his present enterprise, the Northern Wisconsin Silver Black Fox Farms. He began on a small scale, erecting a five-pen kennel and purchasing five pairs of silver foxes; his was the first enterprise of this nature to be established in northeastern Wisconsin. Today he has 70 foxes, all finely bred animals, and his venture has proved thoroughly successful. He is a member of the National Fox Breeders Association, the American Fox Breeders Association, and the Wisconsin Fox Breeders Association, having served as a director in the first named organization until the expiration of his term in 1922. His methods of fair dealing and complete honesty in the conduct of all his affairs have resulted in his gaining an unusually high standing in the industry, and he is able to refer for reference to any bank or business firm in Three Lakes. His fraternal affiliations are with the Warrensburg, Mo. Lodge No. 673 of the Elks. Mr. CHEATHAM was married in Los Angeles, Calif., April 15, 1913, to Miss Mary C. OATES, and Mr. and Mrs. CHEATHAM take an active part in the social life of their community.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 264 (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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