"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.


Clark, George I. a well known citizen of Rhinelander, land owner, farmer and ice dealer, is a native of Wisconsin, having been born in Fond du Lac, Sept. 22, 1864, son of Charles M. and Maria (TAMLIN) CLARK. The parents were both born in New York State, the father's family coming west to the site of Milwaukee before there was any settlement there. Grandfather CLARK, who was a shoemaker by trade, made a fine pair of calfskin boots, which he traded for 160 acres of land now forming part of the site of Milwaukee, and which today would be worth an immense amount of money. Later with his wife and eight children he started with an ox-team and trekked northward, cutting a road all the way from Milwaukee to Sheboygan City, in the road cutting being assisted by his sons. On arriving at Sheboygan they settled there and were residents of that place for many years subsequently, the sons operating a fishing schooner on Lake Michigan. One of these sons, Charles M. (father of George I.), was married at Greenbush, where his wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. TAMLIN, conducted a tailor's shop and also a large farm in the vicinity. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. CLARK settled on a farm in the town of Eden, Fond du Lac County, Wis., where they lived for several years. They then moved to the city of Fond du Lac, but later took up their residence in Waupaca, where he is still living, his wife having passed away in August, 1920. George I. CLARK was educated in the public schools in Fond du Lac and Ogdensburg, Wis. He then began working in the woods as a logger on the Little Wolf River and later on the Big Wolf Bay boom and his industrial activities were in connection with the lumber industry for many years subsequently. In June, 1886, he came to Oneida County, settling in Rhinelander, then but a small village, and for two years was engaged in logging in this county. He then entered the employ of Irving GRAY in the latter's general store in Rhinelander, a position in which he remained for nine years. At the end of that time he bought his present farm of 43 acres bordering on the city limits, his residence being at No. 820 Carr Street, which latter he bought in the fall of 1888. Since giving up his mercantile employment Mr. CLARK has devoted his attention to argiculture, and since 1920 also to the ice business. Both wholesale and retail, being associated therein with his son Webb under the firm name of G. I. CLARK & Son.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 259-260; 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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