"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.


Conkrite, Ernest B. manager of the Standard Oil Co.'s station in Rhinelander, was born in Clarence, Mo., Dec. 23, 1870, son of Charles H. S. and Elizabeth (FURMAN) CONKRITE. The parents were natives of New York, where the father taught school. About 1866 the family moved to Freeport, Ill., where Charles CONKRITE was engaged for four years as bookkeeper in a department store. In 1870 he went to Clarence, Mo., whence in 1892 he came to Lincoln County, Wisconsin, and subsequently lived practially retired until his death in 1918. His wife passed away in 1921. Of their seven children, Hattie (Mrs. ROYCRAFT) is dead; so also is Herbert S.; Anna is Mrs. H. D. STEELE, of Washburn, Wis.; Sibyl is Mrs.C. M. STEELE of Tomahawk, Wis.; William H. lives in Virginia, Minn.; Nellie is the wife of Victor WILSON of Virginia, Minn. Ernest B. CONKRITE acquired his education in the state of Missouri and first began industrial life as a common laborer. In 1887 he came to Lincoln County, locating at Tomahawk, where he was connected with a retail lumber and flour and feed business. Later he was agent for the Standard Oil Company with his brother Herbert and continued there until 1907. He then made a trip to the Pacific coast, visiting Oregon and Washington, and in the following year came to Rhinelander, Wis., as manager for the Standard Oil Company. Mr. CONKRITE is a member of the local Masonic lodge and of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was first married Jan. 10, 1892, in Tomahawk, to Jennie Dibbs, of which union five children were born: Ethel, who married John WELCH and resides in Lincoln County; Charles of Eveleth, Minn.; Sibyl, who is married and lives in Milwaukee; and Earl and May, who live in Tomahawk. Mr. CONKRITE was married secondly at Rhinelander, March 26, 1917, to Bertha GUMS.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 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.

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