"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.


Henderson, Ordell C. merchant of State Line, Vilas County, was born in Wright County, Iowa, July 22, 1895, son of Knute and Olena (HOLMES) HENDERSON. The parents were natives of Norway; both came from that country to the United States as young people, and they were married in Iowa, where they were among the earliest settlers of Wright County. After several years of residence there they removed to South Dakota, later going to southern Minnesota and then to northern Minnesota, spending the remainder of their lives in the latter locality. Ordell C. HENDERSON received his education at Plummer, Minn., and remained there until he was 17 years of age. In 1912 he came to Phelps, Wis. and entered the employ of his brother in the hotel he was then operating here. He later took charge of the hotel for a short time. After leaving the hotel he entered the employ of the Hackley-Phelps-Bonnell Co. in their store at Phelps, having charge of the grocery department. In 1917 he was forced by the condition of his health to give up indoor work, and he left the store to take charge of the dam on North Long Lake for the Wisconsin Valley Improvement Association. He also looked after the cordwood in that locality for the Hackley-Phelps-Bonnell Co., and while living there he served the town of Phelps as clerk and was also clerk of the circuit court. In the fall of 1920 he came to State Line and purchased the general store then operated by W. J. Hutchinson, which he has ever since conducted. With his previous experience in the mercantile business and his fine natural ability, he has made an excellent success, and his place draws a large trade from the surrounding territory. He is a member of the Masons, belonging to the Blue Lodge at Eagle River, and has a wide circle of friends, both personally and in a business sense. Mr. HENDERSON was married at Phelps, Wis., June 19, 1915, to Edith CASE, daughter of Hunter and Edith (MANNING) CASE. Mr. and Mrs. HENDERSON have two children, Ordell K. and Omar C.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 586-587; 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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