"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.


Croker, Clinton F. a pioneer settler of Vilas County, now living retired on his farm in Section 17, town of Lincoln, was born in the city of Chicago, March 5, 1850. He acquired his education in the schools of Granville, Ill., to which place he had gone with his parents, Hugh and Margaret (DUFFY) CROKER. After finishing school he engaged in the lumber industry, like so many other young men at that time, and in 1878 he came to Vilas County (then part of Lincoln County), from Stevens Point, near which place he had followed logging in the pine woods since 1868. He continued to work in the lumber camps after coming here. In those early days all supplies were brought up the river from Wausau in canoes, and all the conditions of life were far removed from what they are today. In 1893, Mr. CROKER purchased land, adding to his holdings until he owned 243 acres; most of this he purchased, and 40 acres of it came to him through the death of his brother Hugh, the three brothers, Hugh, edward and Clinton having taken a homestead on which all three lived together for many years. In 1917 Edward A. built himself a home on his own land, and since that time Edward B., son of Edward A., has lived on the home place, which was deeded to him by his uncle, Clinton F. CROKER, subject of this sketch. The latter now makes his home with this nephew. He farmed the land himself for many years in conjunction with his lumbering activities, and he developed it from its original wild state with his own hands. He has sold all his land holdings in Section 17, town of Lincoln, where he is now living with his nephew, as mentioned above. Mr. CROKER is one of the oldest and best known residents of Vilas County, and his record justifies the respect that is widely accorded him. Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 448, 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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