"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.


Daniels M. D., Alfred D. a well known and highly respected citizen of Rhinelander, where he has resided for the last 35 years, is a man of various activities, and though now retired as a physician, is and has long been interest in various business enterprises, most of which he took an active part in promoting. He was born at Canton, Maine, Aug. 11 1853, son of Joseph T. and Sarah J. (RICHARDS) DANIELS, the mother being the daughter of Benjamin and Johanna RICHARDS of Oxford County, that state. There was one other child in the family, an elder son, Francis W.,who died at the age of 34 years. Alfred D. DANIELS first attended school in Canton, his education being subsequently continued in academies in the state of Maine. He took his first course in medicine at Bowdoin, which he attended for one term, after which he spent three years in Detroit Medical College, where he was graduated M. D. in 1876. Armed with his diploma, he came west to Neenah, Wis., but after a short stay there returned east to Boston. A little later he again came west, this time locating at Winneconnie, Wis., where he remained eight years engaged in the practice of his profession. Toward the end of that period his health failed and he temporarily gave up practice, and in the fall of 1886 went to Europe, where he spent two years studying his profession in the universities of Heidelberg, Berlin and Vienna. In the fall of 1887 he returned to America, locating in New London, Wis., where he remained until 1888. In the fall of that year he came to Rhinelander, Oneida County, where, besides establishing himself in medical practice, he started the Bank of Rhinelander, which is now the First National Bank. This was his firsrt venture into the business field, but not by any means the last. In 1889 he was joined by his cousin, J. D. DAY, who also came from the state of Maine, where for some six years he had been engaged in the lumber business. During his career in Rhinelander as a physician and surgeon Dr. DANIELS had at different times two partners; first Dr. PACKARD, with whom he was associated for five yeras, and afterwards Dr. RICHARDS, the latter partnership being continued until Dr. DANIELS retired from practice in 1912. In the meanwhile, however, he had been branching out into other business enterprises, having in 1902 invested in Oregon timber lands, and his lumber operations on the Pacific coast have been continued up to the present time. He is the founder of the Daniels Manufacturing Co., engaged in the manufacture of crepe and wax papers, he and his son, Joseph S., being the sole owners; and he also founded the Oneida Gas Company, of wich he is the proprietor with the son above mentioned. Other enterprises which he helped to found are the Wisconsin Veneer Co., the Rhinelander Refrigerator Co. and, in 1903, the Rhinelander Paper Co. These various activities brought to a successful issue, have placed Dr. DANIELS in the front rank of Rhinelander's business men. He has also at various times shown a good civic spirit, identifying himself with progressive movements for the benefit of the community, in the prosperity of which he has been a potent factor. In the Masonic order he has advanced to the thirty-second degree. Dr. DANIELS was married, Sept. 30, 1887, at New London, Wis., to Miss E. M. STURDEVANT, daughter of William A. and Mary E. STURDEVANT, and he and his wife are the parents of one child, Joseph S., who as already mentioned, is the busienss associate of his father.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 768, 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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