"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.


Christensen, Peter C. chief ranger of the State Reforestry Department for Vilas and adjacent counties, was born in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, May 6, 1881, son of Erick and Marie (JOHNSON) CHRISTENSEN. The mother died when Peter was only six years old, but the father, who survived her, is still living and is now residing on a farm at Bear Creek, Wis. The subject of this sketch attended school in early boyhood, but at the age of 11 years began working out on farms, receiving his board and four dollars a month. Later he learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed more or less, and he was also for several years engaged in timber cruising and surveying, for some time being county surveyor for Forest County. In 1911 be began his employment with the State in the Reforestry Department, locating at Emerson, Iron County, and building the ranger cabins there, also those at Sayner and Oxley Dam at Oxley, two and a half miles west of Boulder Junction, Vilas County, all outlying stations. This work was completed in 1912 and in that same year he built the cabins at Tomahawk Lake, Oneida County. In 1913 he took charge of the main post, which is located on the east side of Trout Lake, and consists of the state nursery, the state forect camp and the state game farm. Having been promoted to the position of chief ranger, he has charge of the above mentioned posts, camps, nursery, etc., and full supervision over all the field men, his territory covering Vilas, Oneida, Iron and parts of other counties. Mr. CHRISTENSEN owns land on the shore of Muskellunge Lake, where he is erecting several cottages to accommodate summer visitors, and also has other property with lake and river frontage. He was one of the prime movers in the organization of the Woodruff State Bank and now holds the office of president. He is a Free Mason, belonging to the Blue Lodge at Minocqua, the Chapter at Rhinelander and the Eastern Star at Eagle River, and in addition is a member of the Odd Fellows' Lodge at Woodruff and the Equitable Fraternal Union at Crandon. It was at Crandon that he was married, Sept. 23, 1908, to Alice CADY, a refined and cultured lady who has made him an ideal helpmate. She, like himself, is a member of the Masonic body known as the Eastern Star. They have two children: John A., born Jan. 3, 1915, and Margaret A., born Aug. 23, 1917. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 435 (with picture); History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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