"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.


Larson, Bennett president and general manager of the Larson Machine Factory, of Rhinelander, was born in Waupaca County, Wis., May 23,1860, son of Ole and Gurina (BENSON) LARSON, further mention of whom may be found in the biography of Louis LARSON. He acquired his education in the common schools and remained at home with his parents until 22 years old. He then began working in the woods winters at logging and in the summers was employed in sawmills, following these closely related occupations until 1886, when he came to Oneida County, locating in Rhinelander. Here he entered the employ of the Brown Brothers, lumbermen, and was with them two years, working both in the woods and in sawmills. At the end of that time he went to Tomahawk, Lincoln County, which at that time contained but three houses of almost primitive construction. He was thus one fo the early residents of that place and for two years thereafter he continued to work in the woods. He then became millwright for the paper-mill there, which was the first mill erected there, a position which he held for two years. The next year he was otherwise employed, after which he returned to the paper-mill and was millwright and mechanic there for 14 years. His next change of base was to Rhinelander, where he obtained a position as millwright and mechnic that he held subsequently for nine years, being recognized as master mechanic. It was during that time that he conceived the idea of a collapsible shaft, on which he obtained a patent and in the manufacture of which he is now engaged. This shaft automatically opens before being placed in boxes, thus eliminating the costly annoyance of tearing off and remaking of the paper. Though the lightest shaft on the market, it is the most durable and efficient and will last for years without bulging at the ends. Mr. LARSON knows its qualities so well that he will send a standard size Larson shaft on 30 days trial to any responsible firm. The shaft is provided with journals to fit any box and has statisfied customers throughout the United States and Canada, being now in use in over 100 mills. These include every paper-mill in the countries above mentioned, his sales in Canada covering territory from Newfoundland to British Columbia, and some have been made in European countries. Mr. LARSON'S factory, located at No. 503 W. Davenport Street, is fully equipped for carrying on his business in the most thorough and satisfactory manner. On Nov. 15, 1889, Mr. LARSON was married in Merrill, Wis., to Martha WEBSTER, who was born in Winnebago County, Wis., Nov. 30, 1864. The children of this marriage are as follows: Lenora, born Aug. 19, 1890, who holds the position of secretary in the Tomahawk Steel and Iron Works; James, deceased; Walter, born Dec. 19, 1896, now at home, who was in the United States service in the World War; Charles, born Sept. 12, 1900, who is a resident of Vancouver, B. C.; and Elmer, who is deceased. The family attend the M. E. Church and Mr. LARSON is a member of the Equitable Fraternal Union.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 370-371, 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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