"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.


Cole, John D. chief of the Rhinelander Fire Department, was born at New London, Waupaca County, Wis., Sept. 8, 1866, son of John and Anna (BAVIER) COLE. The father, a native of England, came to America about 1844, settling in Sheboygan County, Wis., where for a short time he was engaged in farming. He then studied for the ministry, and after been ordained, was pastor of various M. E. churches until his death on April 17, 1911, also serving for some time as district superintendent. His wife Anna, to whom he was married in Manitowic, was a native of New York State, and for some years a school teacher. They resided in Appleton, Wis., and she survived her husband several years, passing away in May, 1914. Their children were: Walter D., pastor of the First M. E. Church at Boulder, Colo.; John D., of Rhinelander; Samuel W., a contractor in Florence, Wis.; Claude D., a resident of Helena, Mont., and salesman for the Globe Rubber Co.; and Cassie, now Mrs. Albert PEARSON of Rhinelander, Wis. John D. COLE attended school in Marinette, Wis., being graduated from the high school there with the class of 1884. From that time until 1890 he followed the lumber business in northern Wisconsin and Michigan. He then came to Rhinelander and for four years after his arrival was employed in the general mercantile store of Spafford and Cole. In June, 1893, Mr. COLE joined the volunteer fire department, being made driver, and in May, 1904, he was appointed chief, in which position he has since served with ability. He has made many improvements in the department, and it is now an effective organization including ten paid men. He has also done other good civic work, having always been ready to aid in advancing the general interests of the community. He is an active worker in the Methodist Church. Chief COLE was married in Rhinelander, June 12, 1901, to Minnie O. OLSON, daughter of Peter and Marie (FAUCHALD) OLSON. Her mother is now deceased and Mr. OLSON resides with Mr. and Mrs. COLE. In 1912 Mr. COLE bought a grocery store at No. 703 Mason Street, which his wife now conducts. They have two children: Walter, now taking the commercial course at Lawrence University, at Appleton; and Florence, who is attending high school at Rhinelander.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 262-263; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 264 (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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