"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.


Ehn, Oscar F. a well known general farmer in the town of Skanawan, whose place is 11 miles southeast of the city of Tomahawk, was born in Lingrufvan, Sweden, May 5, 1879, son of Carl and Ida EHN, the father being a miner by occupation. Education in the common schools, at the age of 14 he began working for the mining company though it was not until he was 18 that he went into the mines to work. In that manner he was occupied for three years, or until 1900, when he came to America and Lincoln County, Wisconsin, accompanied by his sister Bertha, who is now Mrs. August SEIKS of Peoria, Ill. On his arrival at Tomahawk he presented the spectacle of a green Swede, knowing no English, but ready to learn and eager to work. He soon found employment with Irving OSTRANDER, a carpenter, with whom he remained for some time and proved himself handy with tools. For three years he was employed as carpenter by C. B. PRIDE about the paper mill and subsequently worked in the car shops of the C. M. & St. P. Railway at Tomahawk and repairing log cars. On May 14, 1906, Mr. EHN was married to Betty, daughter of John and Augusta (CARLSON) JOHNSON of Sweden. She was a former playmate and schoolmate of his, having been born in the same town in Sweden as himself. They had become lovers in the old country, he had sent her her passage money to this country, and they were married a month after her arrival here. In 1919 Mr. EHN bought 160 acres of land in Section 36, town of Skanawan, Lincoln County, of which tract two of three acres had been cleared, and there was an old and small frame building on the place. He did not, however, take up his abode here with his family until June 1922, and for the first year they lived in the old house above mentioned, he in the meanwhile erecting a new and better one. He also built a substantial frame barn and haysheds and enlarged his clearing by 20 acres. With a good equipment he is successfully following general farming. He and his wife have three children: Harry O., born Sept. 2, 1907; Albert W., born Nov. 3, 1909, and Leona I. E., born Feb. 22, 1913. Mrs. EHN'S father, who was a miner like Mr. EHN'S, died in 1895, but her mother is still living in Sweden. Of their children she, Betty, was the eldest, the others being John, Emanuel, Hulda, Elin and Carl. She, Hulda and Carl were the members of the family who came to the United States. Hulda, who married Arthur ALBERTSON of Chicago, is now deceased.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 603-604; 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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