"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.


Donaldson, C. H. who passed away on Saturday, March 3, 1917, was one of the most respected and esteemed citizens of Rhinelander and one of the most prominent lumbermen of the Northwest. He was born in Iowa, Jan. 21, 1875, and first entered the lumber business as an employe of the Brown Bros.' Lumber Co. of Rhinelander. Several years later he engaged in business for himself, being associated with Charles A. CONRO. About 1905 the Mason-Donaldson Lumber Co. was organized, George MASON of Madison being Mr. DONALDSON'S partner. The company did an extensive business, constantly enlarging the scope of its operations and has remained to this day one of the important lumber concerns of the city. Mr. DONALDSON'S too strenuous application to business was generally regarded as the cause of his death. On account of heart trouble he had been advised by a specialist to take a complete rest, but it was a hard thing for him to do and he stuck to his desk until a few days before he died. As a leading factor in the business life of Rhinelander, he had worked not only for the advancement of his own private interest but for the welfare of the city as well, and was always ready to take in any movement of a public nature. His passing proved a distinct shock to the community and left a void not easily filled. Mr. DONALDSON was married June 12, 1906, to Miss Leona COLE of Denver, Colo.; by whom he was survived. He was a member of the Masonic and Elk Lodges, which were prominently represented at the funeral. His remains rest in Forest Home Cemetery beside the grave of his mother, Mrs. Abbie DONALDSON, who departed from this life in August, 1915.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 600; 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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