"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.


Hibbard, Carl a representative farmer and well known and popular citizen residing in Section 3, town of Merrill, Lincoln County, was born in Farmington, Waupaca County, Wis., Aug. 6, 1866, son of Carl Erick and Elizabeth (BURJOIN) HIBBARD. The father was a native of Sweden, and the mother, whose early years were spent in Scotland, went thence to Sweden and Norway. As young married people they came to the United States in the early 60's and settled on a farm of 80 acres in the town of Farmington, Waupaca County, Wis. The Civil War coming on soon after, Carl E. HIBBARD, finding it difficult to make a living, enlisted in the army, but after serving six months he was wounded and discharged. He and his wife after a while sold their original farm and moved to one of 80 acres in Portage County, but his prospects of home building were cut short by his death, which occurred about a year later. After that event his wife continued to reside on the farm for a year longer, at the end of which time she sold it and bought another. She also married for her second husband a Mr. PACKER. Her children by her first husband, Carl E. HIBBARD, were Carl, George F., Albert Louis, Mary Ann and Louis. This three last mentioned are now deceased but George F. is living in California. Albert L. at one time was chief of police of the city of Merrill. Carl HIBBARD was reared in Waupaca and in Portage County. Not being strong enough for farm work, he went to Stevens Point, and while making his home with Dr. W. W. GOFF, attended grade and high school, being graduated from the latter in 1880. After that he was employed in flour, feed and grocery stores there until he came to Merrill in 1883. Here he engaged in the flour and feed business, furnishing supplies to loggers. In the spring of 1884 he began farming, buying 40 acres in Section 3, town of Merrill, the land being a wild and timbered tract. He began improvements by building a small frame house and barn, and then set to work to clear the place. He was not to attain prosperity, however, without first suffering a stroke of misfortune, for his first buildings burned down, but he repalce them with a new 11-room house and good barn with full basement, silo, and other necessary structures. He is now well established in the general farming and dairying industry, keeping a herd of grade Holstein cattle. During his early days on the place Indians were numerous, both full and half breeds. They were all friendly and used to pass by his house to their camps a short distance away. For two terms he served as supervisor on the town board and one term as town clerk. Mr. HIBBARD was married at Stevens Point in the fall of 1883 to Kate KLINE, daughter of Michael and Sarah (RICH) KLINE, the father being a native of Germany and the mother of Alsace-Lorraine. Both father and mother had come to the United States single with their respective parents, who settled in New York State. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. KLINE came west to Wisconsin and bought a farm in Waushara County, where they spent most of their lives. They had eight children, four of whom are now living, namely: John of Wausau; Lennie of Fond du Lac; Augusta, widow of G. R. MEANS; and Kate. Those deceased are Benjamin, Frank, George and Kate. Mr. and Mrs. HIBBARD have two children; Clarence Albert of Lincoln, Neb., and Warren, who is helping to cultivate the home farm. The subject of this sketch and his wife are among the oldest living settlers in the town of Merrill, having lived on their farm for 40 years. When Mr. HIBBARD was supervisor the town of Merrill reached clear to Tomahawk and included what is now the town of King. They are known to practically all the old inhabitants of the county and have many personal friends among them.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 764, 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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