"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.


Garrison, Nathaniel A. a well known citizen of Eagle River was born in Schuyler County, New York, March 20, 1848, son of Marvel and Catherine (SAYLOR) GARRISON. The parents, born, reared and married in New York State, settled in Lower Michigan in 1858, the father conducting business as a builder and contractor. He was born in 1820 and died in Lower Michigan in 1905; his wife, born in 1824, died in 1898. They had ten children: Harriett, now deceased; Elizabeth, deceased; Frank who died in the Civil War; John who works in the pension bureau at Washington, D.C.; Nathaniel A. of Eagle River; Esther, who is married; Mary, deceased; Spencer, now in the state of Washington; and Henry and Kate of Grandville, Mich. Nathaniel A. GARRISON acquired a common school education in Michigan and subsequently taught school for five years, at one time holding the position of county superintendent. He then turned his attending to mechanical employment, doing carpenter and mill work. In 1890 he came to Eagle River with the Sheridan Lumber Co., with whom he remained three and a half year, after which he was foreman two years for the Jerry Lumber Co. He was then employed three and a half years with the Phelps Lumber Co. at State Line, and subsequently with the Mason & Donaldson Lumber Co. of Rhinelander. Then he went back to the carpenter's trade for awhile and in 1908 went to Michigan to built a mill for Andrew EMMERSON. In the second year of his stay there he had the misfortune to lose his left hand, after which, up to 1923, he was employed as tender of the Otter Rapids power dam. He is now overseer of a large summer home on the west shore of Yellow Birch Lake in Vilas County. In 1914-15 and also in 1918, 1919 and 1920 Mr. GARRISON taught the Muskelunge school in the town of Farmington. In 1899 he served as register of deeds for Vilas County. He is a charter member of the Masonic Lodge at Eagle River. Mr. GARRISON was married July 14, 1871, in Lamont, Mich., to Mary J. RELY, daughter of Daniel and Lucinda (HATCH) RELY; her parents are now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. GARRISON six children have been born: Frank, of Chicago; Marion, deceased; Fannie, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Ora, who is Mrs. Mose MESEREY of Portland, Ore.; Marvel, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Lillian, now Mrs. J. J. DOYLE of the Panama zone, her husband being a captain in the regular army of the United States.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 503; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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