"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.


Green, Charles F. a well known resident of Merrill, now practically retired, was born in Hammar County, Government of Orebro, Sweden, July 6, 1854, his father being a small farmer. He attended common school at intervals up to the age of 14, and at 16 began working in the woods in the logging industry, keeping himself and being practically independent. Later he worked as a farm hand and then for five years as head sawyer in a box mill. By the end of that period he had been married several years and his family was beginning to increase. To better his condition he resolved on emigration, and, bidding a temporary goodbye to his wife and children he sailed for the United States and came west to Wausau, Wis., which was then a busy lumber mart. He soon found employment as a laborer and after a year's har work in mills and lumber camps he saved enough to be able to send for his wife and three children, the latter being named respectively Ellen, Reinhold and Mea. But a great sorrow was in store for him and his wife, for Reinhold and Mea, who had contracted measles on shipboard, died a few days after their arrival in Wausau, Mea on May 14 and Reinhold on May 16, of 1882. Both were infants the elder being three years and eight months old. Mr. Green and his wife had been married in Sweden June 14, 1875, her maiden name being Louise OLSON. She was born in the same government and county as himself, the date of nativity being Nov. 11, 1857. Her parents were Peter and Caroline OLSON. The loss of their two children was a great grief to Mr. and Mrs. GREEN, but they had little time to shed tears, for the stern problems of life confronted them and had to be grappled with. They found a house to live in and for two years Mr. GREEN continued to work in the woods and in saw mills, later becoming employed in the sash and door factory of the Central Manufacturing Co. in Merrill, to which place he moved his family on May 10, 1889. Mr. GREEN remained with the concern above mentioned, as one of its trusty employees, for a number of years. Then, on May 1, 1897, he was appointed a member of the Merrill police force and served as such until 1902, when he became an employee in the C. M. & St. P. roundhouse. There he remained until 1913, and then was obliged to quit work on account of poor health. For seven years, or until 1920, he was an invalid, and for the past two years or more he has made his home with his son Harry, making himself useful, as he is able, in the latter's greenhouse. His wife died in Merrill, June 24, 1918. They had nine children in all. Of the three who came from Sweden, the one who survived, Ellen, was born Nov. 1, 1877, and is now Mrs. Andrew DANIELSON of Merrill. The other children-those who were born in this country-were: Frank, born July 10, 1883, died in his seventh year, in February, 1890; Theckla, died in childhood in 1889; Harry C., born April 24, 1888, is now a successful florist in Merrill; Harold, born Oct. 9, 1891, who is an engineer on the C. M. & St. P. Railway and resides in Merrill; Edward born March 8, 1893, now employed in the Merrill Post Office, and Mamie, born Jan. 18, 1896, who died in June, 1905. Mr. GREEN formerly owned a good residence in Wausau but sold it when he moved to Merrill. Here he owns a residence at 300 E. Fifth Street and another on an adjoining lot, both good houses which he built with his own hands. He is a member of Mulberry Camp 409, M. W. A., which he joined in 1895, also of the local I. O. O. F. Lodge. In politics he has always been a stanch Republican. Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 613-614; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 612-613; 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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