"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, Peter J. president of the Rhinelander Iron Co., of Rhinelander, the oldest manufacturing concern now existing in the city, was born at Eagle Harbor, Mich., July 6, 1863, son of Michael and Mary (FUNK) DIDIER. While he was still very young his parents moved to Muskegon, where in time he attended the public schools. After relinquishing his school books he entered the shops of the Davies Iron Company, in the same place, where he learned the trade of machinist, remaining there until he came to Rhinelander in 1889. Here he was associated with his brothers, Nicholas and John H., and three other stockholders, in the organization and incorporation of the Rhinelander Iron Company and the building of its plant. The DIDIER Brothers finally acquired the stock of the other three incorporators- E.G. ROPE, David BURNS and Charles GROVER-who had come with them from Muskegon, and all the stock is now owned in the family. Since the death of Nicholas in 1896, Peter J. has been president of the company. He is also a stockholder in the Rhinelander Paper Company and the Rhinelander Refrigerator Company. For two terms he served as alderman from the Third Ward and for many years has been a prominent figure in the business circles of the city. He is a member of the Catholic Church, also of two Catholic orders-the Foresters and the Catholic Knights of Wisconsin. On Sept. 7, 1902, Mr. DIDIER was married in Rhinelander, to Phielon PENON, and he and his wife are the parents of three children; Lucille, Katherine, and Genevieve. The family occupy a high social standing in Rhinelander.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 287 (with picture), 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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