"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.


La Chance, Peter for many years a merchant in State Line, Vilas County, where he is now living retired after a successful career, was born at Providence, Quebec, Canada, Dec. 20, 1865. He attended school in his native place and there grew to manhood. In 1881 he came to the States, locating in Chicago, Ill., where he remained for a year or two. In 1883 he went to Menomonee, Mich., and later from there to Powers, Mich., where on July 7, 1890, he was united in marriage with Mary LAFOND, who was born in the Province of Quebec, Canada, May 1, 1872. In the places mentioned he followed various occupations in succession, turning his hand to anything that for the moment seemed profitable or at which he could make a living. In 1894 Mr. LA CHANCE moved with his family to Watersmeet, Mich., from which place he came to the following year to State Line. Here he bought land and erected a store building, engaging in the general mercantile business, in which he continued for 34 years subsequently, or until 1919, when he retired with a competence. He had also accumulated 200 acres of lake frontage on Lac Vieux Desert, which property he has since sold. In 1922 Mr. LA CHANCE built himself a fine modern bungalow of Kellystone material, installed with a hot aid furnace, electric lights and hot and cold running water, it being the finest residence in the village of State Line. Here he and his wife have a comfortable home and are enjoying a period of well--earned leisure after many years of strenuous exertion. They have three children; Oliver, Edward and Raymond. Oliver, who is conducting an ice cream parlor and confectionery in State Line, married Lula DUSALT and has one child, Loraine. Edward, also a resident of State Line, married Alice MAYO. Raymond, who lives in Racine, married Agnes DUFORD. The family are members of the Catholic church. Mr. LA CHANCE has served as supervisor of the town of State Line and is recognized as one of its foremost citizens.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 456-457 (with pictures), 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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