"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.


Emmons, Nathaniel M. of Eagle River, Vilas County, purchasing agent for the Wisconsin-Michigan Lumber Co., was born in Argos, Ind., March 9, 1870, son of George and Sarah (HEGE) EMMONS. The parents came from the vicinity of Rochester, Ind., where they followed farming until 1881, in which year they settled in Barron County, Wisconsin. There they remained for the rest of their lives, the father dying Jan. 29, 1913, and the mother Nov. 9, 1912. they had 13 children, of whom the following is a partial record: Lucretia and Elzora, who are deceased; Cassie; Mary, now Mrs. W. A. DEVENY of St. Louis, Mo.; Viola, who married a Mr. LAMPMAN of Portland, Ore.; Estella, now Mrs. HARLEY of Tadpole, S. D.; Nathaniel of Eagle River, Wis.; and Ethel, who married a Mr. HOUSINGTON of Lemon, S. D. Nathaniel M. EMMONS in his boyhood attended school at Argos, Ind., and Barron, Wis. At the age of 13 he went to Cameron, Barron County, where he learned the business of telegraph operator under R. A. BURTON, depot agent. He then became operator at Canton, that county, being the second to hold the position and remaining there eight months. His next job was as traveling auditor for the "Soo" lines, opening up all the new stations as far east as Prentice. In the fall of 1885 Mr. EMMONS went to South Centralia, Illinois, to take a position with the Illinois Central Railway, remaining there a year. Then returning to Wisconsin, he remained in this state five years, being three and a half years at Barron. In 1890 he re-entered the employ of the Illinois Central Railway and was agent to Anna and Ashley, Ill., for two years. In the spring of 1892 Mr. EMMONS gave up railroad work, and coming to Eagle River, Wis., for one year operated a boarding-house. He then entered the general mercantile business with his brother-in-law, G. F. CARTER, and was thus occupied until 1908, when he sold out his interest. After a year and a half's residence in Wausau, in 1910 he returned to Eagle River, where he was engaged in mercantile business for himself until 1917, when he sold out. In 1918 he purchased the Morris Summer Resort on Catfish Lake, which he conducted to two seasons. In 1920, when the Wisconsin-Michigan Lumber Co. started, he became their purchasing agent, in which position he is still employed. He was one of the men who were instrumental in getting this firm to locate in Eagle River and for a number of years he has shown much business activity in various directions and also rendered good public service. He was a member of the Vilas County Board for five years, for three years being chairman; he was also chairman of the Eagle River town board. Mr. EMMONS was married March 13, 1889, in Merrillan, Wis., to Jennie M. CARTER, daughter of William and Mary (CAROLINE) CARTER. Her father was a native of Pennsylvania, her mother coming to this country from England at the age of four years. They were married in Albany, Green County, Wis., and were among the early settlers in Barron County, where they resided many years, Mrs. Mary CARTER passing away in that county in October, 1891; Mr. CARTER died in Florida in February, 1922. Mr. and Mrs. EMMONS are the parents of a daughter, Doris M., now Mrs. William FARRELL of Eagle River; she has one child, Emmons F. The Emmons family attend the Congregational Church and Mr. EMMONS belongs also to the Modern Woodmen of America.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 459-460, 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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