"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.


Dolan, William J. superintendent of the Rhinelander Paper Co., was born at Neenah, Wis., Aug. 1, 1870. He acquired his education in the public and high schools of Neenah and began industrial life at the age 15 years. When he was 16 he entered the employ of the Neenah Paper Co., with whom he remained for a year and a half. He then went to work for the Kimberly-Clark Paper Co., of the same city, beginning as an ordinary helper and finally being promoted to the position of machine tender. After being seven years at Neenah with that concern, he was transferred or went to this mill at Kimberly, where he worked as machine tender for six months, at the end of that time coming back to Neenah and entering the employ of the Neenah Paper Co., in the same position. A year and a half later he went to Eau Claire, becoming an employee of the Dells Pulp & Paper Co., in which position he remained for a year and three months. In 1896 he went to work for the Tomahawk Pulp & Paper Co. as machine tender, and with that concern he remained ten years. By the end of that time he had become well known in the business and was recognized as an expert, which led to his being offered the job of superintendent of the Rhinelander Paper Co.'s mills, which he accepted and since 1906 he has served in that position, except for a short period of five months which he spent in Escanaba, Mich., as superintendent of the Escanaba Pulp & Paper Co. The Rhinelander concern then persuaded him to return and resume his old position with them. He has a thorough knowledge of every branch of the paper business, combined with personal skill in the various operations, which made his services highly valued. He has always given his best service to his employers, whomsoever they might be, strictly observing and enforcing the three cardinal principles of honesty, discipline and efficiency, yet using tact devoid of harshness to those under him, so that he is repected and esteemed by all, both the workers and the employers. Without being penurious he has been careful of his earnings, avoiding dissipation or extravagant expenditures, and now has something to show for this years of labor, owning some residence property and being a stockholder in the Oneida National Bank, the Rhinelander Refrigerator Co., and A. D. Daniels Manufacturing Co. and the Rhinelander Paper Co., and he is also a partner in the Larson & Dolan concern, manufacturers of Collapsable shafts, and the Rhinelander Creamery & Produce Co. Mr. DOLAN was married at Tomahawk, Wis., to Mary HILDERBRAND, and he and his wife are the parents of four sons, Louis A., Williard I., Richard E., and Theodore E. Mr. DOLAN is a member of No. 598 B. P. O. E. His home is at 115 E. Rives Street, Rhinelander.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 601-602; 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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