"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.


Haugsby, Thomas an active and enterprising merchant of Rhinelander, engaged in the meat business, was born in Norway, May 12, 1883, son of Ole and Bertha (HAUGSBO) HAUGSBY. The parents still reside in Norway, the father being a mason and farmer by occupation. They have had five sons and three daughters, all of whom have come to the United States except the three youngest. These children are: Thomas, of Rhinelander; Louise, now Mrs. Hans SKILBUD of Hawkins, Wis.; Matthew, who is conducting a meat market in Hawkins; Fred, who is a farmer near that place; Ole, a shipping clerk in the sash and door factory at Hawkins; and Christopher, Christina and Lena, who are in Norway. Thomas HAUGSBY after attending school in his native land assisted his father on the latter's farm and was thus engaged until he came to America in 1901. Landing at Portland, Me., he came west at once to Waupaca, Wis., where he remained four years doing farm labor. In 1905 he went to Fond du Lac and for the next three years resided in that city, working for the Wisconsin Central railway, which is now the "Soo" line. In the Fall of 1908 Mr. HAUGSBY went to Hawkins, Rusk County, where three of his brothers and a sister had settled, and in that neighborhood he worked on farms and in the woods until 1913. He then engaged in the meat business in Hawkins with his brother Matthew, remaining there until 1919, when he came to Rhinelander. Here he bought the market of Leonard EMMERLING at 336 N. Brown Street, which he is now conducting and which is known as the People's Meat Market. His shop is supplied with a good refrigerator, meat and sausage machinery and modern show cases, and in addition to meat he carries a staple line of groceries. He has established a solid reputation as an enterprising and reliable merchant and has a fine trade. His efforts have met with their due reward, and in addition to an excellent residence at 816 Mason Street, he owns an 80-acre farm in Rusk County, near Hawkins, which is partly improved and which he rents out. He takes a keen interest in the growth and progress of Rhinelander, showing a good civic spirit, and is a member of two fraternal societies, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Sons of Norway. He and his family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church. Mr. Haugsby was married in Hawkins, Wis., Oct 9, 1916, to Inga BECKON, a native of Norway and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin BECKON, who are still living in that country. The home circle of Mr. and Mrs. HAUGSBY has been enlarged by the birth of three children, namely: Oscar, born Feb. 11, 1918; Arnold, June 12, 1919; and Beatrice, Dec. 7, 1921.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 307, 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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