"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.


Eklund, John a respected resident of Tomahawk, Lincoln County, of which he is a pioneer, was born in Sweden, Aug. 5, 1857, son of John and Ingelborg EKLUND. The parents spent their lives in Sweden, the father following the occupation of carpenter. They had four children, two of whom are now deceased, John and Gustav being the two living. John EKLUND was reared in his native land and attended school there. At the age of 15 he began to learn the carpenter's trade under his father's instruction and he subsequently followed it in Sweden until he was 25 years old. He then came to the United States, locating first in Providence, R. I., where he spent a year working at his trade; but at the end of that time he felt the attraction of the Northwest, where he knew many of his countrymen had settled, and came to Minneapolis, of which city he was a resident for seven years. During all that time he continued to work at his trade, and in 1888 found a new field for it in Tomahawk, which place had been laid out and practically started in that previous year, and which almost immediately became a busy hive of industry. Getting off the train at Heafford Junction, Mr. EKLUND rode by stage the rest of the way to Tomahawk, and on his arrival here found the town site covered by timber, but building had commenced and he found no lack of employment at his trade. He helped to build the Mitchell Hotel, the school, hospital and quite a few houses. Since then he had been closely identified with the industrial activities of the place and has taken a good citizen's interest in its development. He is a member of the Commerical Club and is also affiliated with the local lodges of Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen of America, and he and his family attend the Congregational Church. Mr. EKLUND was married in Tomahawk in 1894 to Mary OLSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arvid OLSON, who came to Tomahawk from Sweden. Both her parents are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. ECKLUND have four sons, Elmer Victor, Oscar A., Lawrence C. and Carl. When the United States entered into the World War, Elmer V. enlisted in the Navy Medical Corps, and was assigned to a hospital ship on which he served 27 months, except for three winter months which he spent in a hospital in Ireland. He is now working in Canada for Robert THIELMAN. Oscar A. is employed in the Ford plant in Minneapolis. Lawrence C. is attending the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Carl is living at home with his parents.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 636; 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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