"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.


Lagon, Jacob who for the past 18 years has occupied a responsible position with the Chicago & Northwestern Railway at Monico, as master care repairer and who is in addition the owner of agricultural property, was born in Germany, Sept. 25, 1866, son of Jacob and Louisa (MOLTZON) LAGON. He attended school in his native land and in 1887 came to the United States. After remaining who months in New York City, he came west to Wittenberg, Shawano County, Wis., and securing a job in a sawmill six miles out from that place, he worked there for about two months. Then after some other brief employment he came to Eagle River and began working on the section on the Chicago & Northwestern Railway under Frank WANDRY. Three months later he was placed with the fencing crew for the same road, in whose employ he has been since 1888, some 35 years. It was in the year 1888 that he came to Monico, then in the midst of a wild country with few signs of improvement, and he has since seen the county of Oneida change from a heavily timbered territory to a well populated region scattered with towns, villages and farms. In the employ of the railroad he has advanced from the position of section hand to that of yard master, which latter position he has held at Monico for the last 18 years. As he found opportunity he invested his savings, a number of years ago taking a homestead of 160 acres in the town of Monico, from which he cut and sold the timber. Later he sold 80 acres of the land but still owns the other 80 acres. In addition to this he owns a 40-acre farm adjoining the village, a part of which he has cleared and whereon he does some farming, keeping several cows and having a large barn on his village property, so that he is now in a good financial position and is respected as a man of foresight and business ability. Mr. LAGON was married May 15, 1892, to Rose WAGNER, who was born in the village of Barton, Washington County, Wis., April 2, 1871. Seven children have come to gladden their home, some of whom have already begun domestic life for themselves. Their record in brief is as follows: Nellie, born May 29, 1893, is the wife of Frank KUSH of Pelican, Wis., and has two children, Dorothy and Evelyn; Samuel A., born oct. 2, 1895, is a railroad fireman and resides with his parents; Laura, born March 10, 1897, is the wife of Arthur LEITH, a merchant of Monico, and has one child, Gladys; Edna, born Sept. 22, 1899, is the wife of Frank DEGRAND of Monico, and has two children, Ralph and Dolores; Anna, born Agu. 10, 1903, is the wife of Bryon MEHER of Monico and has one child, Natalie; Lyon, born Nov. 14, 1907, is clerk in a store and resides with his parents; and Margaret, born Oct. 2, 1909, is attending school. The religious faith of the family is that of the Lutheran Church. Mr. and Mrs. LAGON are members of the Equitable Fraternal Union and Mr. LAGON belongs to the union of Railway Car Men of America.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 643; 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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