"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.


Joslin, W. Dana who is living retired in Rhinelander after a successful business career, was born in Saugatuck, Mich., Jan. 21, 1859, son of William and Ellen (COWAN) JOSLIN. The father was a native of the state of Vermont and the mother of Ireland; they were married in Saugatuck, from which place William JOSLIN, who was a cattle buyer by occupation, enlisted for military service in the Civil War. He died while serving in the quartermaster's department; his wife, who survived him nearly half a century, died in Saugatuck about 1903. W. Dana JOSLIN was educated in the public schools of Saugatuck, after which he followed various occupations, at times working in lumber and lath mills. It was in 1888 that he came to Oneida County, Wis., locating in Rhinelander, after spending some ten years in the lumber and land business at Baird and Battle Creek, Mich., in the employ of the Baird & Robbins Lumber Co. In 1901 Mr. JOSLIN bought a half interest in the Thompson livery stable in Rhinelander, and three months later Calvin CHAFEE bought out the Thompson interests, the business being conducted for five years thereafter under the firm name of Joslin & Chafee. Then Mr. JOSLIN bought out Mr. CHAFEE and conducted the business along until July, 1916. For awhile after that he was connected with the Willy Feed Co. He is a member of Rhinelander Lodge No. 242, F. & A. M. Mr. JOSLIN was married Sept. 11, 1880, at Ensley, Mich., to Jennie CAULKETT, who was born at Port Hope, Canada, April 8, 1864, daughter of Thomas and Eleanor (REYNOLDS) CAULKETT. Her father was a native of England and her mother of Ireland, the former being a cattle buyer and logger by occupation. They were married in Canada and on coming to the States settled in Battle Creek, Mich., where Mrs. Eleanor CAULKETT died in the fall of 1887. Mr. CAULKETT is now residing with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. JOSLIN, in Rhinelander. To Mr. and Mrs. JOSLIN three children have been born: Winnie, now Mrs. Guy WELDO of Park Falls, Wis.; Paul, of the same place, who married Esma DOERNER, and Rachel, who is a teacher in the schools of Minneapolis. The JOSLINS are members of the Episcopal Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 310, 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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