"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.


Clorn, John of Rhinelander, Oneida County, who was connected with the lumber industry for many years and is now head cruiser and woodsman for the Rhinelander Paper Co., was born in Canada, July 4, 1861, son of Thomas and Catherine (MCDONALD) CLORN. It was in 1867, as a boy of five years, that he came to the States with his parents who settled at Marinette, Wis., which place was his home for a number of years. The parents are now deceased. John CLORN acquired his education in the public schools of Marineete and De Pere, Wis. In his youth logging was the important industry throughout the greater part of Wisconsin and he soon got into the game, within a few years becoming an expert cruiser. For several years he was logging superintendent for the Wisconsin Lumber & Land Co. at Mattoon, Shawano County, and in June, 1907, he came to Rhinelander to become head cruiser and woodsman for the Rhinelander Paper Co., in which position he still continues, having proved his value to his employers. His career has been one of activity in an industry that has had a great deal to do with the civilization and development of the Northwest, and without which agriculture would have made but slow progress. The story is one full of interest and romance but is too familiar to the inhabitants of this region to need any enlargement here. During his 16 years' residence in Rhinelander Mr. CLORN has made many friends and his home is here firmly established. He is a thirty-second degree Mason and also belongs to the local lodge of Modern Woodmen of America. He was married mov. 4, 1885, to Georgiana KNOWLTON, who was born at Manitowoc, Wis., Nov. 6, 1863. Of this union three children were born, Georgiana, J. Irving and Kenneth K. Georgiana is now Mrs. Andrew HANSLEY of Rhinelander; J. Irving is a marine engineer with headquarters at Manitowoc, Wis., and Kenneth K. is head salesman for the Beachnut Packing Co., with headquarters at Appleton, Wis. Mrs. Georgiana CLORN, the mother, passed away May 5, 1923, after a married life of 37 years, and after having been long an invalid. She had endeared herself to many close friends and was deeply regretted. She was a member of Maple Chapter of the Eastern Star, of Rhinelander, and of the Mizpah Shrine of Antigo. For nearly 16 years she was a member of the Congregational Church of Rhinelander and a deaconess for over 12 years. Besides her husband and children, she was survived by her mother, Mrs. Pheobe KNOWLTON; a sister, Mrs. Nicholas KAISER, of Milwaukee; a brother, Edgar M. KNOWLTON, of Crivitz, Wis., and a grandson, little John C. HANSLEY.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 389-390 (with picture), 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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