"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.


Cutter M.D., John D. one of the very few original pioneers of the city of Tomahawk who are yet living, and a man well and favorably known throughout Lincoln County, was born in the city of Bangor, Maine, Jan. 26, 1858, son of William and Harriett (BENJAMIN) CUTTER. The father was also a native of the Pine Tree State, having been born in the town of Greene Sept. 20, 1913. During his active career he was engaged in the land and lumber business, the pine forests of Maine being then a considerable source of wealth. In the early 30's he visited Wisconsin, perhaps to get some idea of its timber resources, but did not remain. He died in Brewer, Maine, Feb. 10, 1869. His wife Harriett was born at East Livermore, Miane, Nov. 24, 1823. After his death she came west to Milwaukee, where she passed away some 28 years later, on Jan 28, 1897. They were the parents of seven children. John D. CUTTER acquired his elementary education in the public schools of Bangor, Maine, after which he entered the State College, now the State University of Maine, at Orono, from which he was graduated in 1879 with the degree of Bachelor of Science. He then entered the Medical University of New York City, where he received his degree of M. D. in 1881. Thus equipped he located in Big Rapids, Mich., where he began the practice of medicine, and there he remained until 1886, when he came to "The Forks", now Tomahawk, and opened an office. It was on Dec. 19, 1886 that the stage on which Dr. CUTTER was riding rolled up to the site of the present flourishing city, but which at that time was anything but an attractive prospect. Indeed, it was not until the following year that the village was laid out and an effort made to give it the appearance of a civilized community. But Dr. CUTTER has remained ever since and has shared the fortunes of the place. He has been successful in his profession and bult up a good practice, now occupying commodious offices in the upper part of the post office building. From time to time he has rendered efficient public service to other matters. He served four years as superintendent of the Tomahawk schools when that office was elective, and he served four terms as mayor of the city. In politics he has always been a Democrat. There is probably no man in Tomahawk better informed in regard to the history of the city and country and his knowledge of it is personal and not depending upon hearsay. He was one of the charter members of Tomahawk Lodge No. 243, F & A. M., and was its master for five terms. He was also a charter member of Wisconsin Valley Lodge, K. P., and served two years as its chancellor. On Aug. 14, 1895, Dr. CUTTER was united in marriage with Helen B. PHILLEO, who was born at Grand Rapids, Wis., (now Wisconsin Rapids), on Feb. 9, 1873, daughter of Benton and Isabelle PHILLEO. She was graduated from the high school of her native city and for some time before her marriage was a teacher. She is a member of the Congregational Church, of which Dr. CUTTER, though not a member, is a liberal supporter.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 508 (with picture); History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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