"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, John M. pioneer settler of Vilas County, was born in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, March 10, 1852, son of Nicholas and Christine (BIELER) EBY. The parents were both natives of Alsace Lorraine and came from there to the United States as young people. They were married in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, and were engaged in farming there during all the remainder of their lives, building up one of the finest farms in that region and being among the leading citizens there. John M. EBY received his early education at Sheboygan Falls and graduated from the high school there with the class of 1869. In 1870 and 1871 he taught school two and a half miles from Sheboygan, and he then spent one year in study in the normal school at Valparaiso, Ind. The following year he taught school again, and he thus continued in alternate years until he had completed his course at the normal school. In 1876 he went to Europe to study art and music, remaining for two years, and since his return to the United States in 1878 he has following educational work. He came to Oneida County in 1892 and for the following three years was principal of the school at Three Lakes; he has taught in many different schools throughout this region. He took up his residence in Vilas County in 1903, erecting a rustic home on Pine Lake in the town of State Line, where he spends his summers. His place is a most attractive one, and he entertains many guests each summer. He has many beautiful paintings, all his own work, and has a large collection of curios and relics. Other featurs of artistic interest are table and other articles of furniture, including large picture frames, which Mr. EBY has fashioned from cherry branches. A man of high culture and artistic attainments, he has a rare charm of personality that makes a stay at his place thoroughly delightful. He spends many of his spare moments in writing poetry, and has composed some beautiful verses; his "Ode to the Evening Breeze" and "Moonlight on Vudesare" are particularly charming.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 602-603; 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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