"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.


Kennedy, Frank P. one of the active business men of Three Lakes, Oneida County who has also taken a prominent part in public affairs, was born in the town of Ackley, Langlade County, Wis., March 4, 1883, son of John H. and Mary E. (AIRD) KENNEDY. Both parents were natives of Wisconsin, the father having been born in Dodge County and the mother in Kaukauna, Outagamie County. They were married in Phlox, Langlade County, settling on the farm in the town of Ackley, that county on which the subject of this sketch was born. There they resided until the year 1900, when they moved to Three Lakes, Wis., John H. KENNEDY finding employment here as foreman of logging operations during the winter and on the landing for Woodruff & McGuire and so continuing until that company ceased operations in this vicinity, after which he bought a farm south of the village and turned his attention to argiculture. In 1909 he was chairman of the Three Lakes town board and therefore a member of the county board, and he also served one year as assessor. His latter years were spent in the village, where he died Aug. 18, 1914. His wife, who survived him, is now a resident of Little Falls, Minn. Their family numbered five children: Frank P., and James M., of Three Lakes, Wis.; Ellen E., wife of Frank LAVERY, foreman in the N. P. Ry. yards at Little Falls, Minn.; John, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Sarah M., wife of Ben BILLSTEIN, now assistant county auditor at Little Falls, Minn. Frank P. KENNEDY as a youth attended school in Antigo, Wis., and at the age of 17 years came to Three Lakes with his father, like him entering the employ of the Woodruff & McGuire Co. When they closed their mill he went to work for F. S. Campbell in the woods, at time also working on the latter's farm, and was thus employed for several years. After that he was for two years in the employ of the B. M. Louk Livery Co. In 1912 he became warehouse manager for the L. Starks Co., and was thus occupied until the fall of 1916, when he took a logging contract on Long Lake, since completing which he has been warehouse manager for the Peter Fox Sons Co. of Chicago. Since 1917 he has also acted as agent for the Hartford Fire Insurance Co., the North British & Mercantile, and for the First National Accident Insurance So., of Fond du Lac. For 12 years he served efficiently as town clerk and has taken an active part in promoting the new school building and the electric light and power plant which will soon be constructed in the village. Fraternally he is affiliated with the order of Beavers. Mr. KENNEDY was elected Chairman of the town of Three Lakes, April 8, 1923. He was also elected vice president of the Peoples State Bank of Three Lakes, which was organized Sept. 4, 1923. On Oct. 30, 1912, he was married in Clintonville, Wis., to Lesa ERICKSON, daughter of Carl and Mamie (NELSON) ERICKSON. Her father is now deceased, and her mother, having contracted a second marriage, is now Mrs. A. E. BEACH of Three Lakes. To Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy four children have been born: James C., Feb. 6, 1914; Kathryn M., March 11, 1916; Frances P., March 9, 1918, and Virginia M., Aug. 26, 1921. The religious faith of the family is that of the Catholic Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 513; 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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