"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.


Langdon, Michael who for some 37 years was a well-known and respected citizen of Rhinelander, during most of that time being engaged in mercantile business, but who has now passed away, was born in Philadelphia, June, 10, 1853, son of John and Mary LANGDON. The parents, born in Ireland, were among the emigrants to the United States in the early 40's, and after living for awhile in the East, they finally settled at Stevens Point, Wis., where they died. Their son Michael, after attending school in Stevens Point, began working in sawmills, an occupation in which he continued until 1882. Then coming to Rhinelander, he opened a small poolroom with two tables and a barber chair. As such, however, he operated it for a short time, instead putting in a small line of groceries and becoming one of the first grocerymen in the village. He shortly afterward erected a frame building on the same location, at the corner of S. Stevens and E. King streets, which was one of the first buildings in Rhinelander, and where he had his store until 1899. He then became a traveling salesman for a grocery company and later sold clothing, in which latter occupation he was engaged at the time of his death, March 13, 1919. His passing was greatly regretted, as he had been a man of useful activity, having helped in various ways to promote the general interests of the community. Mr. LANGDON was married Nov. 28, 1878, at Spencer, Wis., to Flora MESSER. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. LANGDON were as follows: Jessie, wife of Dr. T. R. WELCH of Rhinelander; Robert, a jeweler of Superior, Wis.; Frank, at home in Rhinelander; Arthur, deceased; Elaine, now Mrs. Wayne PECK of Hayward, Wis.; Mary, wife of George MCCAMMOND of Duluth, Minn.; and Dorothy, who is deceased. The members of the family in general are affiliated with the Congregational Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 646-647; 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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