"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.


Doyle, Tom, a veteran lumberman residing in Rhinelander, in which place he was an early settler, was born in the town of Stockton, Portage County, Wis., May 22, 1860, son of Peter and Elizabeth (NOLAN) DOYLE, the father a native of Ireland and the mother of Canada, in which latter country they were married. Coming to the States about 1850, they located in Portage County, Wis., taking land in the town of Stockton, where Peter DOYLE followed farming until his death in September, 1887. His wife died in Rhinelander in April, 1894. Tom DOYLE, after acquiring the essential elements of an education in the schools, took a course at a business college in Oshkosh. His industrial career began, however, at the age of 13 years as an assistant in farm labor. Two years later he began working in the woods on the Plover River for "Cap" RUSSELL, and the following winter he worked in a camp on that river for "Bill" REDDING. After that he was on two spring drives for Jay MITCHELL. He then worked two winters on the Pine River for Duncan MCGREGOR. In 1883 he came to Rhinelander and started work for Brown Bros., in whose employ he has remained ever since, and if he continues to work for them until the fall of 1923 he will have rounded out a period of 40 years with the same company, a record not often equalled. During his first two winters he sawed in the woods; the following winter he loaded logs, then drove cattle or oxen, two winters skidding logs. After that he became camp foreman, running camps for several winters, and for 15 years operated a boom. Then for 18 years he was walking boss, looking after all the timber land of his employers and their right-of-ways. Since the timber has been cut off he looked after their land holdings. A man of long and broad experience in the lumber industry, he has been a hard-working employe and an efficient overseer. In addition to his residence at 115 S. Pelham Street, he owns a farm of 120 acres in Forest County, of which 70 acres are cleared. Mr. DOYLE was first married in 1889 to Mary MURPHY, but their married life was a short duration, as she died in 1891. On Aug. 16, 1893 Mr. DOYLE married Mary SLATTERY of Grand Rapids (now Wisconsin Rapids), who was born at Montreal, Canada, April 14, 1866, daughter of Michael and Fannie SLATTERY. Her parents after locating in Grand Rapids were for many years engaged in the hotel business there. The father died Sept. 7, 1887 and the mother Oct. 14, 1906. Mr. and Mrs. DOYLE are the parents of four children: Harold, born April 8, 1895; Viola, born Jan. 7, 1898; Gertrude, born June 11, 1900, and Elmira, born July 28, 1901. Harold is a traveling salesman residing at Menomonee, Mich. Viola, a graduate of the Rhinelander High School and the Stevens Point Normal School, is now a teacher in Chicago. Gertrude, who graduated from the Rhinelander High School, and was a students for two years in Knox College at Galesburg, Ill., is now studying at the Chicago Art Institute. Elmira, also a graduate of the Rhinelander High School, is with the Women and Childrens Hospital in Chicago. Thus all the members of the DOYLE family, possessed of abundant energy and much natural ability, are performing useful work in the world and making themselves respected. The religious faith of the DOYLES is that of the Catholic Church and Mr. DOYLE is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 242-243; 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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