"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.


Grundy, John T. proprietor of Birch Lake Resort in Woodruff Township, Oneida County, was born in Lancastershire, England, Sept. 24, 1872, son of Gerard and Maria (GIRARD) GRUNDY. The parents were natives of England and came from that country to the United States in 1881, settling in Cherokee County, Iowa, which remained their home for many years. They went from there to California, where both subsequently passed away. John T. GRUNDY received his education in the district schools of Cherokee County, Iowa, and in a business college at Dubuque, Iowa. He remained at home, assisting his father in the operation of the farm in Cherokee County, until he was 23 years of age, at which time he went to Altoona, Wis., where he worked for one year in the roundhouse of the Omaha railway. He came to Minocqua in 1898, and after working a short time for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway he took up a homestead of 133 acres on Birch Lake and proceeded to build up a farm from this property. As time went on he gradually developed the resort facilities of his place and today, besides having a fine farm, he has seven nice cottages and a main lodge. His place is beautifully located and attracts a large number of tourists each season. He has cut most of the lumber used in the construction of his buildings by means of a small sawmill which he has installed. He is very well known throughout Oneida County and is one of the strongest boosters for this locality. His fraternal affiliations are with the Minocqua camp of the Modern Woodmen of America, and his circle of friends and acquaintances is exceptionally large. He and his family are members of the Congregational Church. Mr. GRUNDY was married in Dubuque, Iowa, April 20, 1898, to Miss Mary HOUPS. Mr. and Mrs. GRUNDY have eight children: Cleora, Gerald, George, Elmer, Lillian, John, Milton, and Clarence. All of these children are living at home with the exception of Cleora, who is now Mrs. Ernest LUEDTKE.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 297, 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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