"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.


Hinckley M.D., Harry G. who for the past 20 years has been engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Merrill, Lincoln County, Wis., was born in Rochelle, Ill., Sept. 12, 1875, son of Charles B. and Sarah B. (LYON) HINCKLEY. On the paternal side he is descended from one of the two Hinckley brothers who settled in New Amsterdam, N. Y. (now New York) in 1642. Paternal ancestors of the subject of this sketch fought in the Revolutionary War and also in the War of 1812, and the Doctor has in his possession an ancient gun which was owned by his great-great-grandfather in 1756, originally a flint lock but which was made over into a tube and cap gun. Charles B. HINCKLEY, father of Dr. HINCKLEY, came to Wisconsin with his parents in 1848, the family settling on a farm at or near Reedsburg, Sauk County, where he was reared. When a young man he left home and became a railroad contractor, an occupation that he followed until 1884, and it was while thus engaged that he resided for a while at Rochelle, Ill., where his son Harry G. was born. He was superintendent of the Iowa Division of the C. & N. W. Ry., and also at one time of the Mineral Point division of the C. M. & St. P. Railway. He finally moved to a farm in Rock County, Wis., where he died in 1898. His wife Sarah, who was born in Connecticut, and whose ancestors settled at Cambridge, Mass., in 1630, is still living, being now 81 years old. She makes her home with her son, Harry G., the only child of her marriage. Harry G. HINCKLEY was reared in Rock County, Wisconsin, and acquired his general education in the common and high schools of Janesville, being graduated from the latter in 1892. Then, after studying medicine for two years in the office of Dr. EDDEN of Janesville, he entered the Bennett Medical College at Chicago, from which he was graduated Doctor of Medicine in 1898. His next two years were spent as an interne in Cook County (Ill.) Hospital, after which he took a post-graduate course at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Chicago, being graduated in 1902. In the meanwhile, however- in 1901 and 1902 - he practiced his profession in Chicago, in the following year, 1903, coming to Merrill, Wis., where he has since remained. Here he has followed general practice, but has made a specialty of surgery, performing his operations at the Lincoln County Hospital. He has a considerable practice and has built up a fine professional reputation. He is a thirty-second degree Mason and a noble of the Mystic Shrine and owns two relics of interest to members of the order, one a Masonic book published in 1816, and the other a master's apron used in 1790 and 1800. Dr. HINCKLEY was married in Merrill, Wis., Nov. 4, 1909 to Jessie COMPTON, whose mother (now deceased) after the death of her first husband, Mr. COMPTON, married J. N. COTTER of Merrill. Dr. and Mrs. HINCKLEY are the parents of two daughters, Marion and Jane.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 765, 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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