"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.


Didier, Russell F. occupying a responsible position in the plant of the Rhinelander Iron Company, in which concern he is a stockholder, was born in Muskegon, Mich., April 22, 1887, son of Nicholas and Katherine (BARNHART) DIDIER. In his youth he attended the grade school in this place and was graduated from the high school with the class of 1905. He then entered the University of Wisconsin, at Madison, taking the mechanical engineering course, and was subsequently graduated with the lcass of 1909. His general education was further pursued in the Wells Business College at Toronto, Canada. After finishing that course he began his business career, entering the employ of the Bucyius Steam Shovel Co. at South Milwaukee, with which concern he remained for two years. He then returned to Rhinelander and entered the Rhinelander Iron Company, taking over a part of the stock which became saleable at the time of his father's death, his official capacity being foreman of machine men. He is a Catholic in religion, a member of the Knights of Columbus, also of the local lodge of Elks and the Phi Kappa Sigma college society. On July 17, 1917, Mr. DIDIER enlisted at Rhinelander as master engineer with the 20th Engineers. He was first stationed at St. Louis and later at Washington, D. C., whence he sailed for France, Sept. 2, 1917. He remained overseas until May 23, 1919, his company being engaged in construction work, such as building sawmills. At Camp Meade, Maryland, on June 3, 1919, he was honorably discharged from the army, and went to Washington, D.C., where he was united in marriage, June 10, with Katherine DESIO, subsequently coming to Rhinelander with his bride, and resuming his position in the iron works. The residence he owns and occupies is located at No. 216 Grant Street. Mr. DIDIER occupies also the enviable position of a young man with a liberal education, an honorable army record and an ample field surrounding him in which to display his talents, not to mention the fact that he securing a war bride and enjoys a happy home life.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 288, 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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