"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.


Gleason, Patrick H. in his day of genial, whole-hearted, well known and well beloved pioneer of Rhinelander, and who passing from earthly life was not so very long ago, was born at Ripon, Wis., Oct. 31, 1856, son of James and Mary GLEASON. The parents were early settlers of Ripon and remained there until called away by death. Patrick H. was educated there and after leaving school became engaged in agricultural pursuits, operating a small farm in the vicinity until 1882. He then came to northern Wisconsin and for two winters worked in the woods. In 1884, shortly after his marriage, he came to Rhinelander, where he subsequently made his home until his death on June 19, 1921. In the early days of his connection with the lumber industry Mr. Gleason was a "tote teamster," but later he engaged in the logging busiess for himself, following it for several years and at the same time dealing in real estate. Afterwards he became a policemen and in 1901 was made special officer for the "Soo" line, which position he held for the rest of his life. As one of the very early settlers of Rhinelander, Mr. GLEASON helped to day out its streets and served in town office before the place was incorporated as a city. He also erected one of the first dwelling-houses in Rhinelander, paying $100 for the lot at No. 100 East Davenport Street, which today is worth from $2,500 to $8,000. He had to clear the land before he could build his house, however, and Mrs. GLEASON often picked blueberries on the spot now covered by that part of South Pelham Street that runs near her home. Mr. GLEASON was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Catholic Knights of Wisconsin, and St. Mary's Catholic Congregation. Mr. GLEASON was married at Ripon, Wis., May 4, 1884, to Delia LYMAN, who was born in Ripon, Aug. 24, 1860, daughter of Michael and Katherine (MAYLER) LYMAN. Her father, who was ticket agent at Ripon for 25 years for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway, also ran the first locomotive between Ripon and Berlin, Wis. Mr. and Mrs. GLEASON became the parents of four children, Florence, George, Katherine and Jane, of whom Katherine died at the age of 16 years. Florence, who is now Mrs. C. A. NELSON of Rhinelander, has six children; Ruth, Lyman, Isabelle, Elner, Alice and Florence, George, who is a traveling salesman living in Rhinelander, served in the World War in the "Blackhawk Division," and was in France 13 months. Jane is now Mrs. William HENNING of Allen Grove, Walworth County, Wis.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 279, 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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