"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.


De Noyer, Alexander W. pioneer resident of Oneida County and now master mechanic for the Minocqua Lumber Co. of Minocqua, was born in Ottawa, Canada, Nov. 13, 1859, son of Alexander and Jane (MAGOR) DE NOYER. The parents were natives the Canada and came to the United States in 1867, settling at South Haven, Mich., where the father followed logging and lumbering for nine years in the employ of the A. H. Hammah Co.; he then logged for the N. B. Bradley Co. on the Mackinac branch of the Black River, and next for R. H. Nason at St. Charles, Mich. and for the Willard Lumber Co. at Muskegon. While at the latter place, in 1882, the wife and mother died, and shortly afterward Mr. DE NOYER Sr. went to Rhinelander, Wis., where he has since made his home; he is now living with his son-in-law Peter WIEDMANN. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. DE NOYER Sr.; Alexander W., subject of this sketch; Susan, now deceased; John, a resident of Rhinelander, Wis.; Louis, also of Rhinelander; Mabel, who is Mrs. James MURPHY and lives at Bemidji, Minn.; Rose, now Mrs. Clarence FOGEL of Manitowoc, Wis; Ida, deceased; Josephine, deceased, and Emery, of Rhinelander. Alexander W. DE NOYER received his education at South Haven, Mich., and remained at home until 21 years of age. He then did mill work for two years, and in 1884 became coachman for Senator J. W. MOON of Muskegon, remaining with him for four years. He next entered a machine shop in Muskegon, where he remained two years, after which he was janitor of the Hackley school there for one year. In the fall of 1889 he went to Merrill, this state, as millwright with the Gilkey-Anson Lumber Co. there, and after working in that capacity for a short time became setter for the same company and later he ran the engine in their planing mill for four years. In 1892 he entered the employ of the A. H. Stange Co. at Merrill as their engineer, remaining until 1894, when he went to Rhinelander to work for the Wisconsin Veneer Co.; he installed the piping and engines in the latter company's plant and did their grinding and filing for eight and a half years, after which, in 1905, he went to Phelps, Wis. as master mechanic for the Hackley-Phelps-Bonnell Co., remaining with them for five years. In 1910 he went to work for the Menomonie Bay Shore Lumber Co. as master mechanic, but was taken sick in 1911 and was unable to work from then until 1914; in the fall of the latter year he came to Minocqua and he has since made his home here. Since 1917 he has been master mechanic for the Minocqua Lumber Co. In his long career in the lumber industry Mr. DE NOYER has gained a wonderfully thorough knowledge of its every branch, and his success is a well merited one. As a citizen of the community he is held in the highest esteem, and his is one of the solid, substantial residents of the village. The family are members of the Catholic Church. Mr. DE NOYER was married at Muskegon, Mich., June 1, 1882, to Miss Emma SHARON, daughter of Louis and Louise (DE NOYER) SHARON. Both of Mrs. DE NOYER'S parents are now deceased. Ten children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. DE NOYER: Alfred R., of Minocqua; Benjamin H., living at Washington, D. C.; Maude, who is Mrs. Rudolph KRUGER of Chicago; Olive, twin sister of Maude, now deceased; Thomas, who died in infancy; Arthur J., living at Eagle River; Ray, also of Eagle River; Daisy, now the wife of Louis SORENSON and living in Chicago; Laura, who is Mrs. ALBERT SORENSON of Chicago; and Dorothy, who is deceased.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 246; 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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