"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.


Du Frain, Isadore who for over 20 yars was a well known and successful merchant of Rhinelander, Oneida County, but who passed away some years ago, was born in Canada, Dec. 4, 1846, son of Pascal and Angeline DU FRAIN. The parents were also natives of Canada, of French ancestry, but in 1853 they came to the States, locating near Fond du Lac, Wis., where they spent the remainder of their days in farming. Their son Isadore remained at home until the age of 16, and then, the Civil War being in progress, he enlisted in the army and served until the end of the struggle. After his return home he began working in sawmills, and in 1889 went to Parrish, Langlade County, where he was employed as sawyer by the Brooks & Ross Lumber Company. In 1893 he came to Rhinelander and engaged in mercantile business here, which he followed subsequently with good success until his death on Dec. 4, 1910. He was well known and popular in both county and city, and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Congregation. Mr. DU FRAIN was married at Fond du Lac, Wis., Aug. 6, 1866, to Amelia ANTHONY, who was a native of that place, born Feb. 24, 1850, daughter of Moses and Matilda (BENNETT) ANTHONY. Her parents were born in Canada and married in Massachusetts, coming to Wisconsin and settling at Fond du Lac in the early 40's. They were the sixth family to locate in that place, and they remained there until 1861, in which year they moved to Maple Creek, Wis., nine miles from New London, where their latter years were spent on a farm, Mrs. ANTHONY dying Sept. 6, 1885, and her husband just 13 months later, on Oct. 6, 1886. They have 13 children: Amelia, who became Mrs. Isadore DU FRAIN; Moses, Isaac and Marcelaine, of Bear Creek, Outagamie County, Wis., the last mentioned being the wife of Louis BURTON; Armina, who is the wife of Theodore BALTHOZOR of Fond du Lac; Gilbert of Rhinelander; and seven others who are now deceased. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Isadore DU FRAIN were as follows: Theodore, who is an employe of the paper mill of Rhinelander; Laura, now Mrs. E. L. DARLING, of Manawa, Wis.; Frank, deceased; Minnie, wife of J. A. MCDONALD of Grand View, Bayfield County, Wis.; John, Deceased; and Arthur, of Rhinelander, who like his brother Theodore, is employed in the paper-mill. The family home is at No. 208 Frederick Street, where Mrs. DU FRAIN is still residing.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 272-273 (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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