"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.


Dutcher, Thomas B. who is engaged in business in Eagle River as a contracting carpenter, was born in Michigan, May 14, 1863. As a boy he attended a public school in Allegan County, that state, and remained at home until 17 years of age. He then took up shingle-mill work at Pierson, Mich., in what was called the Foresters' Shingle-mill. In 1887 the concern moved their mill to Eagle River, he accompanying them, and for the next six years he worked in their mill here as knot sawyer. Then in 1893 he took a homestead of 90 acres on Metter Lake (now in Washington Township), the tract consisting of wild, cut-over land. This place he developed, building barns and other out-buildings, and residing on it till 1905. He then sold it and for the next four years was engaged in conducting a farm for E. A. EVERETT, at the end of that time moving to Eagle River village and taking up the carpenter's trade, which he has since followed successfully. In 1915 Mr. DUTCHER bought his present place of 53 acres in the town of Lincoln, touching the village limits of Eagle River, but though he makes his home here he does little farming, preferring to follow his trade. He is a stockholder in the Eagle River Produce Co. For one term he was chairman of the former town of Eagle River and a member of the county board. Mr. DUTCHER was united in marriage June 18, 1886, at Pierson, Mich., to Jennie GOODWILL, who was born in Lagrange County, Ind., Jan. 8, 1869. Five children has been born to the, two of whom, Hugh and Roy, were drowned in one of the chain of lakes in 1907. Those living are: Charles, who married Ida KASTON and is now caretaker of the E. A. EVERETT resort; Lois, wife of Fred J. WOLFER, a mason of Eagle River; and Franklin, who resides at home with his parents. The family are affiliated religiously with the Congregational Church, and Mrs. DUTCHER is an active member of the Women's Club and the local chapter of the Eastern Star.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 457, 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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