"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.


Hall, George engaged in operating a fine farm which he has built up from wild land in Sections 21 and 22 of Arbor Vitae Township, Vilas County, was born in Shawano County, Wis., Aug. 2, 1870, son of Thompson and Margaret (MCMILLAN) HALL. The parents were natives of Canada and came from that country to the United States in 1865, settling on a farm in Shawano County on which they lived for the remainder of their lives; the father died in 1879, and the mother Dec. 22, 1885. George HALL was educated in the district school of Shawano County and subsequently followed the lumber industry in the woods of northern Michigan and Wisconsin for many years. He came to Vilas County in 1902 and purchased his present 80-acre tract in the town of Arbor Vitae. Here he erected a log house and set to work to clear and develop the land, a long, hard struggle, in which, however, he has been fully successful. Until 1920 he worked in the lumber woods each winter in order to obtain money to carry on the development of his property, and he suffered all the hardships of the pioneer during the early period of his residence here. To repay him for these years of incessant toil and privation, however, he now has a splendid agricultural property; in 1920 he erected a good six-room house and a substantial set of farm buildings to replace his orginal log structures; he has 45 acres of the land cleared, and is carrying on general farming and dairying, having a good herd of Guernsey cattle with a pure-bred sire at the head. His fraternal affiliations are with the Woodruff camp of the Modern Woodmen of America, and he is well thought of throughout the community, a full measure of respect being accorded him for the fine work he has done in assisting in the agricultural development of this locality. He and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. HALL was married at Eagle River, Wis., Sept. 9, 1896, to Elizabeth LINSDAU. Seven children, as follows, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. HALL: Roland, Gladys, Jesse, Kenneth, Samuel, Margorie, and George. Roland married Myrtle DURKEE, and has one child, Ronald. Gladys is now Mrs. Hugh ANDERSON of Arbor Vitae Township, and has two children Claire and Richard. The other children are living at home.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 626; 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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