"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.


Labbe, Victor E. who is engaged in the general insurance business in Tomahawk, Lincoln County, of which city he has been a resident for 22 years or more, was born in Redford, N. Y., August 17, 1878, son of Albert and Mary (TREMBLAY) LABBE. The father, a native of Canada, moved to New York State when 18 years of age and was there purchasing agent for the Chauteaugay Ore & Iron Co. Subsequently he returned to Canada and engaged in the furniture business in Montreal, where he is still living. It was in New York State that he was married to Mary TREMBLAY, who was born in that state of French ancestry. Their family numbered six children, Victor E., Diana, Adelard, Ernestine and Ernest (twins) and Elmo. All are now living but Ernest. Victor E. LABBE attended school in New York State until eight years old and then went with his parents to Montreal, where he finished his schooling. He then started business life as office boy for a lumber firm, a job at which he remained for a year and a half, after which he spent five years as assistant bookkeeper in a hardware store. Then for 14 months he worked as bookkeeper for his uncle, George H. LABBE, head of the firm of Geo. H. Labbe & Co., furniture manufacturers. On April 10, 1901, he came to Tomahawk and became clerk in the Mitchell Hotel, where he remained for six months. He then became bookkeeper in the Bradley Bank, being thus occupied for two years and a half, after which he entered the employ of the Tomahawk Pulp & Paper Co. With that concern he remained as bookkeeper for 11 1/2 years, and in that position he continued until Jan. 1, 1923, when he engaged in his present business. He is a stockholder in the Bradley Bank and takes an active part in various civic affairs, in business and social circles being recognized as a man of ability and good citizenshp and being popular among his associates. Mr. LABBE was married in Tomahawk, July 19, 1902, to Delia LEVEILLE, daughter of Joseph and Delphine (LABBE) LEVEILLE. Her father was one of the pioneers of Tomahawk, coming here before the railroad was built, and being a carpenter by trade he helped to put up many of the early buildings here. He and his wife spent the rest of their lives in this city, his death occurring in 1901 and hers in 1913. Mr. and Mrs. LABBE are the parents of five children, Muriel, Paul, Robert, and John and Daniel.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 649; 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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