"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.


Kelley, John W. district attorney for Oneida County, was born in Oshkosh, Wis., Jan. 13, 1887, son of John and Mary E. (MONAGHAN) KELLEY. Both parents were from the East, the father being a native of St. Johns, N. B., and the mother of Calais, Me. The father came west to Oshkosh in 1880 and in that city he and his wife were married. He was a prominent lumberman in that part of the state and so continued until his death on July 31, 1922. His wife, who is still living, resides on the farm with a daughter in the town of Little Rice, Oneida County. Their children are: Thomas J., proprietor of an ice cream business in Tomahawk; John W., of Rhinelander; Mary E., wife of Robert NETZEL, a farmer in the town of Little Rice, Oneida County; George E., also a farmer in that town, and Charles P., who is with the Tomahawk Motor Co. John W. KELLEY as a boy attended school in Tomahawk, his education being afterward supplemented by a course at the Rhinelander Business College and a law course at Marquette University. On May 14, 1917, he enlisted in the United States' service at the officers' training camp at Forst Sheridan, Ill., where he remained until Nov. 27, 1917. He then received a commission as second lieutenant in the Officers' Reserve Corp, Field Artillery, and one Dec. 27, 1917, sailed for France. In January, and to February 1, 1918 he attended the artillery school at Saumur, and from Feb. 1 to March 1 the same year the artillery school at Vincennes, France. Then until July 16 was stationed at Suumur; and from the latter date to Aug. 27, 1919, was with the field artillery of the Second Division, during which time he saw action on several different fronts. He received a citation for bravery in action Oct. 4, 1918, and was awarded the Croix du Guerre, and a few days afterwards, Oct. 10, he was commissioned first lieutenant. On Dec. 13,1918, he started with the army of occupation for Germany and served with that army until July 30, 1919, returning to the United States early in August, and being discharged at Camp Grant Aug. 27, 1919. His division was cited for bravery in the Argonne sector. In July, 1920, Mr. KELLEY successfully passed the Wisconsin state bar examination at Madison, and in October the same year he opened a law office in Rhinelander. He soon proved himself an able lawyer in November, 1922 was elected to his present office as district attorney for Oneida County. He is chairman of the Oneida County Soldiers' Relief Commission and belongs to various societies including the Law Fraternity at Milwaukee the Delta Theta Phi college fraternity, the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and the Eagles. He has made a good impression on the people of Rhinelander both professionally and socially and has numerous friends. Mr. KELLEY was married in Tomahawk, Wis., Oct. 7, 1920, to Helen M. DWYER, daughter of Patrick and Mary (GLYNN) DWYER, now residents of Prentice, Wis. He and his wife are the parents of one child, Mary Eileen, who was born July 19, 1921.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 507-508; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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