"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.
Clawson, William H., now deceased, whose broad vision made him one of
the pioneers in developing the famous residence properities of Lake
Minocqua, was born in Eaton, Ohio, Feb. 28, 1858. He received a good
education in the schools of Eaton, including a course in business
college, and then learned the trade of watchmaker, which knowledge he
subsequently applied in his work of selling, installing, and repairing
motors and time locks in banking and other institutions, in which
connection he was with the Consolidated Time Lock Co. of Cincinnati,
A. L. Dean & Co. of Chicago, and other similar concerns. Mr. CLAWSON
came to Minocqua in December, 1890, and took a claim of 158 acres of
timber land on the south shore of Lake Minocqua, just across the lake
from Minocqua village. He developed some of this land for farming,
and subsequently laid out and platted the Lake View Park Addition there
, selling lots on the lake shore. He built a residence there which has
ever since been the home of the family. During all this time he never
gave up his position as salesman and adjuster, however, and he
continued in that work until his death, which occurred Oct. 9, 1909.
He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and of the United Commerical
Travelers. During his long residence here he formed an unusually wide
circle of friends, and his loss was felt by the entire community. Mr.
CLAWSON was married in Ohio Dec. 17, 1888, to Eva L. GERLACH, who was
born at Kenton, Harden County, Ohio, Oct. 9, 1867. Seven children
were born to Mr. and Mrs. CLAWSON, to whom two, Henry and an unnamed
infant, are now deceased. Those living are: Minocqua, born July 25,
1891; William P., Nov. 4, 1892; Paul G., April 3, 1897; Oliver P.,
April 9, 1900; and Philip J., Dec. 22, 1905. Minocqua is now Mrs.
Thomas P. DUFFY of Rhinelander. William P. is conservation warden at
Laona, Wis.; he enlisted with the forestry department of the 10th
Engineers during the World War, and after being stationed at Jefferson
Barracks, Mo., he was sent for training to the American University
at Washingont, D.C.; from there he went to France via Halifax, and
was in the region of Bordeaux for nearly 18 months; he was discharged
at Camp Grant, Ill., Feb. 13, 1919. Paul G. was also in this country's
service during the war and after receiving training with the radio
detachment stationed at the University of Wisconsin he was sent to
Camp Hancock, Augusta, Ga., with a machine gun detachment for training,
where he remained until his discharge in January, 1919; he is now a
student at the University of Wisconsin. Oliver P. is living in
Minocqua, and Philip J. is at home. Since her bereavement Mrs.
CLAWSON has conducted the affairs of the estate, and in the fall of
1922 she platted and laid out the Manitou Park Place on the lake
shore, and also the Pine Grove Park on State Highway No. 10, both of
these parks being on the land originally homesteaded by Mr. CLAWSON.
She has converted her home into a furnished apartment for tourists and
does an excellent business in this field, the place being a
beautifully appointed one and located only a ten-minute walk from the
postoffice and stores of Minocqua village. The family are members of
the Catholic Church, and are highly thought of in every way.
Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 240;
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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