"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.


Erickson, J. Erick a prosperous farmer in Conover Township, Vilas County, was born in Finland, May 3, 1857. He received his education in his native land and worked there on farms until 1883, when he came to the United States and located at Ishpeming, Mich. After working in the iron mines at the latter place for two years he spent five and a half months working in the lumber woods at Ontonagon, and he then returned to Ishpeming and worked on the stock pile, filling cars with iron ore. In 1887 he returned to Finland, but after 18 months there he came again to the United States, and this time, after remaining in Pennsylvania for three months he located at Shell Lake, Wis., working in the lumber camps there. He next went to Ironwood, Mich., and he was in the mines there for 20 years, coming from Ironwood to Vilas County in 1908 and locating on 80 acres of land in Section 23, town of Conover, which property he had purchased in 1906. His land was wild and was covered with stumps, brush, and windfalls; to convert it into a farm was a tremendous task, but he set to work at once, returning to the mines each winter in order to obtain money for the support of his family and for the purchase of machinery with which to carry on the clearing and development of his land. He built a log house covered with roofing to serve as a temporary residence, laughed at his hardships, and continued with the work. Today, as a result of his courage and hard work, he has a fine agricultural property, equipped with good buildings and with 20 acres of the land cleared and the balance in pasture and timber. He follows mixed farming and dairying, selling his butter and milk to the surrounding fox ranches. Mr. ERICKSON was marred Dec. 31, 1878, to Marie Fredericka INGO, who was born in Finland in 1856. Mr. and Mrs. ERICKSON have ten children, as follows: Edna M., born Dec. 22, 1789; John born July 31, 1881; Edward, Aug. 22, 1886; August, June 21, 1890; Erick, April 28, 1892; Sigrid, March 24, 1894; Edith, Dec. 2, 1895; Bernard, Oct. 29, 1898; Elvin, Dec. 23, 1902; and Gertrude, April 7, 1906. Edna is now Mrs. Victor TURNQUIST of the town of Conover. John is living in the state of Washington. Edward is a resident of Crystal Falls, Mich. Sigrid is living in Ironwood, Mich. Erick has his home in Ironwood, Mich. The other children are living at home. The family are members of the Swedish Lutheran Church, and are very highly thought of in the community.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 424-425 (with picture), 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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