"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.


Eby, Chris of Rhinelander, who for 30 years or more has been quite a prominent figure in the real estate and insurance business, and who also stands high in the Masonic order, was born in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, July 2, 1860, son of Nicholas and Christina (BEELER) EBY. The parents, now deceased, were natives of France who came to the United States in 1842 and were farmers for the rest of their lives in Sheboygan County. They had eight children: John, who is a school teacher; Nicholas, an insurance agent in Sheboygan; Chris, of Rhinelander; George, of Sheboygan Falls; Mary, who married E. B. CLAY and lives in Michigan; Henry and Steenie of Lyons, Iowa, and Philip F., who is deceased. Chris EBY finished his school studies in Sheboygan when he was graduated from the high school. His first industrial employment was as telegraph operator for the Lake Shore railroad. In 1886 he came to Rhinelander and in the same year was appointed by Governor RUSK as county treasurer of Oneida County, being the first incumbent of that office, which he held for four years. On the expiration of his term he entered into the real estate and insurance business which he has since followed, being now a veteran in the business, and he has been instrumental in bring in many settlers and has sold more land than any other man in Oneida County. He has also platted many additions to Rhinelander and has been an important factor in the growth of the city. In 1887 Mr. EBY joined the Masonic order, in which he has risen to the 32d degree, being also a "Shriner," and on his way to the top he has held all the various offices. Mr. EBY was married in 1882, at Clintonville, Wis., to Mary TITTEMORE, daughter of Nelson and Margaret TITTEMORE. Both her parents are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. EBY have three children: John, a farmer of Omro, Wis., Marie, wife of Robert LUTZ, a banker of Oshkosh, Wis., and Isabelle, who is bookkeeper for a lumber company in Oshkosh.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 252; 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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