"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.


Gibson, Obie Edward agricultural agent for Vilas County, and a resident of Eagle River, was born at Maiden Rock, Pierce County, Wis., Jan. 24, 1891. His education was begun in the public schools and included two years of high school work, which he finished at Plattville, Grant County, after which he spent a year in the state normal school at Plattville. He then entered the Wisconsin State University and was graduated after a four year's course from the agricultural department with a degree of B. S. A., as a member of the class of 1914. In August that year he took a position in the high school at Sauk Center, Minn., as agricultural instructor, also doing extension work, and remained there for a year and a half. He then accepted a position with the United States Dairy Division, doing extension work in the western half of the state of Washington. As the end of three years he returned to Wisconsin, on account of the death of his brother, to take charge of his father's large dairy farm located on the outskirts of the city of Eau Claire and known as "Cedar Manor." There he was engaged in practical dairy work, having a large herd of pure-bred Holstein cattle; this farm is still owned and maintained by his father. In the spring of 1919 Mr. GIBSON accepted a call to become agricultural agent for Vilas County, in which position he has served efficiently and with good practical results up to the present time. His is popular among the farmers and townspeople generally and is a member of the Congregational Church and of the Masonic order. He was married December 30, 1914, at Cuba City, Grant County, Wis., to Irene RALPH, who was born in that place, and who, like himself, is a graduated of the Plattville Normal School. Before her marriage she was a proficient teacher. The domestic circle of Mr. and Mrs. GIBSON has been enlarged by the birth of two children: Margaret Irene, born March 10, 1916, and Ellen Louise, born Nov. 10, 1919.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 466-467, 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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