"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.


Fero, Emerson general manager of the Oneida Fox Farms, was born in the town of Vergenes, Kent County, Mich., on New Year's Day, 1876. He received his education in the schools near his home, and for several years subsequently followed farming, after which for 11 years he was engaged in the hotel business at Eckerman and Strongs, in Upper Michigan. He was next for nearly nine years in the employ of the state of Michigan, being game warden of Luce County for about six years and fire warden in Upper Michigan for three years. He also did considerable hunting and trapping during this period, and he made a particular study of the care and raising of foxes. In September, 1922, he came to Oneida County and with others established the Oneida Fox Farms. the enterprise is incorporated at $25,000, with T. W. MEIKLEJOHN as president, Dave SUTTON, vice president; D. C. SARGENT, treasurer; Guy SIMONDSON, secretary; and Emmerson FERO, general manager. The company purchased 94 acres of land on the north shore of Hewitt Lake, in Section 33, town of Hazelhurst, Oneida County, and a fully modern, well designed fox farm has been built up. Their pens, 25 in number, are each 50 feet square, and each is provided with a double kennel. An eight-foot, wire-mesh guard fence encircles the entire group of pens, with a 50-foot space on all four sides between the guard fence and the pens; this outer fence covers an area 200x500 feet. All the modern adjuncts to successful fox farming have been installed, including a carbonic refrigerating plant for the preservation of meat and other food for the foxes. Only the very best strains are bred, and every effort is being made to bring the silver black fox industry in northern Wisconsin to a high point of development. Mr. FERO is very well liked here, and is accorded a great respect for the success he has already achieved in carrying on the operation of the fox farm. He was married Dec. 17, 1914, to Julia STOCKER, who was born at Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 6, 1891.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 312, 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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