"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.


Gillett, Harry Grant a resident of Tomahawk for 16 years, whose main activities have been connected with railraod construction and lumbering, was born in Necedah, Wis., Feb. 28, 1882, son of Andrew J. and Frances (HASTINGS) GILLETT. The father, who was born in Oconomowoc, Wis., was engaged for a part of his active period in railroad contracting and was also for 30 years in the hotel business. In 1907 he came to Tomahawk and remained here for two years subsequently, being associated with the Bradley Company. He then returned to Necedah, where he died in 1921, and where his wife is still living. She was born in New York State and married Mr. GILLETT in Oconomowoc, Wis. Of their union five sons and one daughter were born and five of the children are still living, namely, Lottie, Fred, William, Harry and Mina, Charles being the one deceased. Mina is the wife of R. H. JANNEST, superintendent for the R. and D. Division of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway at Mason City, Iowa. Harry Grant GILLETT after acquiring his education in the Necedah schools, became industrially active in association with his father, who was then engaged in general contract work, gravelling, building railroads and logging. Coming to Tomahawk in 1907, at the same time as his father, he engaged in contract logging for the Bradley Company, being this employed for six years. During the next four years he bought standing timber and logged for himself. Then he took up another branch of contracting, building roads and highways running through Spirit Falls, Hazelhurst and Tripoli. After that he left this part of the country temporarily and spent the next two years logging in Virginia. He then returned to Tomahawk and for a year was engaged in buying spruce timber for the Grandfather Falls Paper Co., and was subsequently engaged in logging with Robert THIELMAN. He is now helping to build the new dam and has cut one and a half million feet of logs for the company. His fraternal society affiliations are with the Elks and Woodmen. Mr. GILLETT was married at Mauston, Wis., May 10, 1901, to Rena WEATHERBURY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dean WEATHERBURY, her parents having settled in that place many years ago and being still residents there. Mr. and Mrs. GILLETT have four children: Raymond, a former student in Wisconsin State Universite, now associated with his father in the latter's business enterprises; Frank, who is studying medicine in the State University; and Donald and Harriett, residing at home with their parents.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 765, 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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