"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.


Lathrop, William F. a pioneer merchant of Tomahawk Lake, Oneida County, who is still conducting a store there and is also postmaster, was born in Waupaca County, Wisconsin, Aug. 12, 1853. He was educated in the shools of Waupaca County, and subsequently until he was 25 years of age he followed the trade of miller. He then engaged in the grocery business, handling also grain, flour, and feed, and he continued in this line at Waupaca for 20 years. In 1901 he sold out and came to Oneida County, settling on a homestead two and a half miles south of Tomahawk Lake. While proving up on this place he worked in the woods during the winters, in the employ of the Yawkey Lumber Company. In 1905 he sold his farm, and it was at that time that he came to the village of Tomahawk Lake and established his store here, erecting a building to serve as a residence and store building combined. He carries a full line of staple and fancy groceries, smokers' supplies, candy, fishing tackle, hats, caps, overalls, automobile supplies and accessories, gasoline, and oils, and also operates an ice cream parlor. He is one of the oldest and best known settlers of the village, and is "Dad" to everybody. His business success has been due to his ability and methods of fair dealing, and to the human qualities of his nature which have endeared him to the hearts of everyone. He served his township as assessor for two years, and was school treasurer for five years. In 1909 his wife, Mrs. Cornelia LATHROP, was appointed postmistress at Tomahawk Lake, and the office was established in his store at that time. Mr. LATHROP being assistant postmaster. Mrs. LATHROP served until her death in 1916, and Mr. LATHROP was then acting postmaster until June 4, 1917, when he received formal appointment to the office and has ever since served. He is a member of the Odd Fellows lodge. Mr. LATHROP was first married in October, 1877, in Iowa, to Cornelia E. GRANDEY. Mrs. Cornelia LATHROP passed away on May 7, 1916, leaving four children, as follows: Harold, now a resident of Minneapolis, who holds the office of traveling auditor for the C. M. & St. P. Railway; West, who is connected with the Belt Line Railroad in Chicago; Charles, who is interested with the Certified Roofing Co. of Chicago; and Ruth, who is now Mrs. Claude SANDERS of Minneapolis. Mr. LATHROP gave each of his children the advantages of a good education and bringing up, and he is justly proud of the success they have all met with. Mr. LATHROP was united with his present wife April 18, 1918; previous to her marriage Mrs. LATHROP was Chloe PATRICK of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. She is assstant postmistress at Tomahawk Lake, and takes an active part in the social affairs of the village.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 329-330 (with picture), 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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