"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.


Foss, Charles E. a respected citizen of Tomahawk in the employ of the Mohr Lumber Co., was born in Jackson County, Minnesota, in 1867, son of George D. and Catherine (ORR) FOSS. The father was born in New York State and when a young man enlisted for service in the Civil War in the 167th New York Volunteer Infantry. He was in the army four years, and it was after the war and his return home that he married Catherine ORR, who was a native of Canada. With an ox team they set out for Minnesota and on their arrival they took a homestead in Jackson County. Later Mr. FOSS secured another clain under the Soldier's Rights act in Cottonwood County. After farming in Minnesota until 1884 he and his wife moved to Wisconsin and bought a farm at Wild Rose, Waushara County, where he is still living, Mrs. FOSS having died in 1916. They had a family of six children: George M., now in North Dakota; Nellie, now Mrs. Wilder of Tomahawk; Jesse J., of Tomahawk; Herbert of Wild Rose, Wis.; Charles E. of Tomahawk, and one who died in infancy. Charles E. FOSS attended school in Minnesota and was reared on his parents' farm in Minneosta, which he helped his father to cultivate. He was a youth of 17 when he accompanied his parents to Wild Rose, Wis., and he remained on their farm there until he was 21. After that he ran a threshing-machine each fall and continued to work on farms until 1907. In that year he came to Oneida County and worked in the woods with a sawmill outfit as engineer, having learned that trade while operating threshing-machines. He remained there four years and then came to Tomahawk, where he worked two years at odd jobs and was three years with the Oelhafen Lumber Co. in their warehouse. Since then he has been with the Mohr Lumber Co. as millwright and engineer. Mr. FOSS was married at Stevens Point in April 1890, to Orrilla MAUPIN, daughter of R. B. and Marie (WYCHOFF) MAUPIN. Her father, like his own, had fought for the Union in the Civil war, having served in an Illinois regiment. After the war he settled with his family in Missouri, later moving to Portage County, Wis. Both he and his wife have passed away. Mr. and Mrs. FOSS have had six children, four of whom are now living: Mrs. Walter WELCH of Tomahawk; Edward R. of Antigo; May of Chicago and Ruth of Stevens Point. Those deceased are Myron and Leslie. In 1918 Edward was inducted into the U.S. service from Antigo and attached to the Railroad Transportation Corps. He went overseas and was stationed 11 months at St. Sulpice, France, returning to the United States and receiving his discharge in 1919.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 605; 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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