"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.


Christianson, Theodore proprietor of Monhem Farm in Section 12 of the town of Conover, Vilas County, was born in Finland Feb. 1, 1865. He acquired his education in the public schools of his native land and subsequently worked on his father's farm there until 1888. He then came to the United States and located at Gogebic Station, Mich., where he was employed in the came of John BEATON for a month and a half. He then went to Bessemer, Mich., and he worked in the mines at the latter place of 17 years. In 1905 he came to Vilas County and located on the 80-acre tract of wild land which he had purchased in 1902. This was the site of his present farm, but it then bore little resemblance to the prosperous agricultural property it is today. It was covered with stumps and brush, and the country all about was in a very primitive condition. Mr. CHRISTIANSON was undaunted, however, and set to work valiantly. He erected a good frame house and proceeded with the great task of clearing the land. Each succeeding year saw new acres added to the cleared area and an advance in the general development of the property; the undertaking was a mighty one, but Mr. CHRISTIANSON toiled on, and in the ownership of his present property he is well repaid for all his efforts. He has 35 acres of the land under the plow, and has a well-equipped, thriving farm. He has made a valuable contribution to the agricultural prosperity of the Northwest, and the respect that is accorded him throughout the community is well-merited. Mr. CHRISTIANSON served as township supervisor for one year, as township treasurer for two years, and as a member of the school board for four years. He is a stockholder in the Eagle River Creamery and Produce Co. He has been a member of the Runeberg Order since 1902. His farm now consists of 79 acres, he having sold one acre the first year he came here to serve as a building site for the school in District No. 7. Mr. CHRISTIANSON married Anna CLARK of Bessemer, Mich., who was born in Finland July 5, 1874, and came to the United States in 1896. Mrs. CHRISTIANSON passed away on Jan. 10, 1910, to the sorrow of the whole community; she was a lady of fine character and lovable personality, and was liked and respected by all who knew her. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. CHRISTIANSON, but two of these have been taken by death; those surviving are as follows: John, born May 10, 1898, now living in the state of Washington; Arthur, born Aug. 5, 1899; Clarence, Dec. 9, 1900; Cecelia, Dec. 19, 1904; and Florence, July 29, 1907. All the children except John are living at home, Cecilia taking the mother's place in the household. Florence, the youngest, was born here in Vilas County, and the others were all born in Michigan.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 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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