"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.


Dunn, Thomas E. a well known citizen of Rhinelander, where for a number of years he has successfully followed the occupations of log scaler and building contractor, was born in Eureka, Winnebago County, Wis., Nov. 25, 1861, son of Edward and Lucy (PALMER) DUNN. The parents were natives respectively of the Dominion of Canada and the state of New York. It was in 1848, after their marriage, that they came west to Wisconsin, settling on government land in Winnebago County, which they developed ultimately into a fine farm. There the father died in July, 1868; the mother survived him half a century, passing away in 1918. They were the parents of eight children, of whom three are now living, namely: Thomas E. of Rhinelander; Albert, who is in the lumber business in Seattle, Wash.; and Anna, who is now Mrs. Samuel MOORE of Rhinelander. Those deceased are Jay, Mary, Almira, Edward and Jennie. Thomas E. DUNN as a boy attended school in Winnebago County, after which until 1880 he was engaged in steamboat work on Lake Winnebago. He then got into the lumber industry, working both in the woods and in sawmills and was thus engaged in that part of the state for about eight years. In 1888 he came to Oneida County, locating at Rhinelander, and continuing in the lumber business as scaler, cruiser and woodsman until 1901, working for such well known companies as Conro & Son and Brown Brothers. In 1902 he engaged in general contracting, in which line of business activity he still continues, though during a part of the year he does more or less scaling and woods work. He has erected many schoolhouses for the county and also a number of residences in Rhinelander and the vicinity, some fo which he sold as well as built. As one time Mr. DUNN conducted a farm in the town of Pelican, and, while residing there he served two terms as town treasurer; he also served two terms as supervisor of the Fourth Ward of the city. Aside from his home residence on Marshall Street, he owns two other houses--one on Moen Street and the other on N. Brown Street. He belongs to several fratenal societies including the Masons, Modern woodmen, Elks and the F. R. A. The family faith is that of the Baptist Church. Mr. DUNN was married in Rhinelander, Wis.; July 24, 1894, to Bertha BOYCE, and they are the parents of five children; Myrtle, who is a graduate nuse now practicing her profession in Philadelphia; Ralph, who is in the U.S. navy; Ruth, a student in the Rhinelander High School; Bertha, who is attending public school; and Harvey E., who died at the age of three years.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 337-338 (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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