"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.


Howe, Charles B., a retired farmer residing in Rhinelander, who has been active in various public enterprises, and is now serving as supervisor of the Third Ward, was born in western Ohio, June 4, 1862, son of George B. and Martha (ULERY) HOWE. The parents were natives of Indiana and Ohio respectively and were married in the former state. Their occupation was that of farming, which they followed until death on a farm in Indiana. Charles B. HOWE was educated in Indiana and remained at home until he was 21 years old. He then went into business as a contractor, building roads, ditching, and clearing land, a class of work that he followed until 1887. After that he spent three years farming in lower Michigan, returning at the end of that time to Indiana and resuming the business of a contractor. In 1892, his health not being good, he game up contracting, and, coming to Oneida County, Wisconsin, rented a small farm two and a half miles south of Rhinelander, on which he began truck farming with a total cash capital of $25.60. He succeeded, however, in staying there two years and in making some financial progress, so that at the end of that time he was able to buy a tract of land in Pelican Township, on which he settled. He has been recognized by the Agricultural Association as the first farmer to settle on a farm with his family in Oneida County. Many years of hard work followed, not unaccompanied by privation, but Mr. HOWE and his family looked forward to the future, and their faith was justified, for today he owns a fine 400-acre farm in the town of Little Rice, 100 acres of which are cleared, and the buildings of good quality. He also owns 80 acres in the town of Cassian and 40 acres of woodland in the town of Cresent, besides a find residence in Rhinelander at 606 W. Davenport Street. It has always been Mr. HOWE'S custom to engage in logging during the winters, his family residing in town, while he spends the summers on his farms. He has a wife acquaintance, both in the city and throughout the county and is as popular as he is well known. He is a strong advocate for good roads and schools, and has helped to promote them whenever he had an opportunity. For one term he served as chairman of the board of supervisors of the town of Little Rice, and in 1921 was elected supervisor of the Third Ward of Rhinelander. One of his useful activities in 1892 was to clear the land and lay out the streets in the Sixth Ward. In 1918 he turned his energies in another direction when he organized the Oneida County Grange Farm Loan Association, of which he was president for four years, being still a director. On Dec. 17, 1892, Mr. HOWE was united in marriage in Rhinelander to Mrs. Almina LUCE, who was born in Pennsylvania, April 22, 1851, daughter of James H. and Elizabeth (STANCLIFF) GROSS. Her parents were natives of New York State, and her father died during Civil War times while serving in the army. Mr. and Mrs. HOWE are the parents of one child, D. O. HOWE, now of Lansing, Mich., and Mrs. HOWE has also a daughter, Edith, by her first marriage. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 291 (with picture), 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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