"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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