"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.


Hedberg, Daniel E. now deceased, who is well remembered in Vilas County for the valuable contributions he made toward the general progress here, was born in Sweden, Dec. 9, 1872. He was reared and educated in his native land and subsequently work in the iron mines there. He came to the United States in 1891, landing in New York and proceeding to Ironwood, Mich., where he worked in the mines for the next 15 years. In the spring of 1908 he came from there to Vilas County and settled on the 80-acre tract of wild land in Section 22, town of Conover, which property he had purchased in 1903. He and his family lived in an old log shack which had been built on the land at an early period, until a more suitable residence could be erected, and they went through many hardships in the great task of building up a farm. Mr. HEDBERG went to Ironwood, Mich., each winter during the early period of his residence here, working in the mines there in order to obtain money with which to carry on the development of his farm. By 1913 the farm was on an established, productive basis, and from then until his death he made his home here continuously. He passed away Feb. 9, 1915. Besides contributing to the agricultural development of Vilas County by building up this fine farm, Mr. HEDBERG took a useful part in everything pertaining to the general good of the community. He helped to build roads, and as the new settlers came in he assisted them in every possible way in getting established on their land. He served as treasurer of the town Conover and as treasurer of the school board in District No. 3. His death was keenly felt throughout the community, and left a regretable breach in the social and economic life here. His was a life well spent. Mr. HEDBERG was married at Ironwood, Mich., June 24, 1892, to Caroline GUSTAFSON, who was born in Sweden Oct. 15, 1873. Mrs. HEDBERG settled at Ironwood, Mich., after coming to the United States in 1891. Nine children, wa follows, were born to Mr. and Mrs. HEDBERG: Alma, who is now Mrs. Bert COLE of Chicago; Erick G., a diamond drill operator employed by Henry FORD and having his headquarters at Iron Mountain, Mich.; Harry, who is living at home; Florence, now Mrs. James CARPER of Waterloo, Ind.; Clarence, living at home; Evelyn, who is employed in the agricultural office at Eagle River; and Martin, Edward, and Alice, who are living at home. Since Mr. HEDBERG'S death Mrs. HEDBERG has carried on the management and operation of the farm with the assistance of her sons.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 624; 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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