"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.


Gudegast, John who is prosperously engaged in the land and timber business, making his home at Eagle River, Vilas County, was born in Germany, April 2, 1873. He came to the United States in 1889 at the age of 16, locating first at Chicago, on the outskirts of which city he was engaged for awhile in truck farming. He then went to Hammond, Ind., where he worked in a packing-house owned by the G. H. Hammond Packing Co. In 1892 he went to northern Michigan, finding work in the woods as a logger and learning something about the lumber industry, but after working there for awhile he re-entered the employ of the Hammond Packing Co., remaining with them until the spring of 1893. He then went to Lake Tomahawk, Wis., where he spent some time in hunting and fishing. In 1894 he took a homestead in Oneida County, of which he cleared two acres, proving up the property, and it was about that time that he engaged in the timber business for himself, which he followed for 13 years, buying timber and selling the logs. Since 1908 he has been buying and selling land in Vilas and Oneida counties, and he has lived in Eagle river since 1901, when he bought a residence here. He sold his homestead farm and is now engaged in cruising and estimating. He owns a tract of timber and cut-over land, also some lake frontage property and sells lots to parties desiring to build summer residences. Since he arrived in this country he has worked industriously, watched his opportunities and made the best of them and has accordingly attained a prosperous condition in life and is a respected citizen of the community in which he has made his home. Mr. GUDEGAST was married Aug. 20, 1901, to Henrietta MILLER, and he and his wife have been the parents of five children: Anna, who is a student in the Teachers' Training School at Rhinelander; Alfeda, who is deceased; Rose, a student in the Eagle River High School; Martha, also attending the high school; and Walter, who is a pupil in the grade school. Mr. GUDEGAST is a member of the local Masonic lodge and his family are members of the Lutheran Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 472, 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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