"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.


Leith, Arthur T. one of the leading young business men of Oneida County, engaged in the general mercantile industry and log contracting in the village of Monico, was born at El Dorado, Fond du Lac, County, May 1, 1892. His parents were Thomas and Emma (HAMPTON) LEITH, both natives of Wisconsin, the father born at El Dorado and the mother at Cato, Manitowoc County; they were married in Fond du Lac County. Thomas LEITH in his younger days followed teaching but later engaged in agriculture. In the fall of 1900 he came to Monico - his family joining him in the following spring - and purchased 500 acres of timber land east of Monico. Here he engaged in logging, an occupation which he is still following, having, maintained his residence in Monico. He and his wife Emma have been the parents of ten children: Mabel, now Mrs. R. P. SCHMIDT of Polar, Wis.; Robert, an electrical engineer for the Puget Sound Light & Power Co. of Seattle, Wash.; Marvin, a farmer in Langlade County, Wis.; Stella, who married Alvin DE VORE; Arthur T., subject of this sketch; Grace and Bessie, deceased; Jessie, now a student in Washington State University at Seattle; and Howard and Gilbert, who are with their father in the logging business. Arthur T. LEITH was educated in the public schools of Fond du Lac and Monico, after which he took up the work nearest to hand, which was logging, and after working for others for some time he engaged in the same business for himself. During the years 1917 and 1918 he took short courses in agriculture at the Wisconsin State University and it was while attending one of these courses, on July 22, 1918, that he was drafted for military service. He trained at Camp Grant and Camp Mills and in September, that year, went overseas. After his arrival in France he was stationed at La Havre, being a member of Company E, 311th Engineers, 86th Division, and his duties being confined to construction work on the roads, docks and barracks. After the signing of the armistice he was returned to the United States, being discharged at Camp Grant July 9, 1919. His next job was in the excelsior factory at Monico, where he worked a few weeks. Then on Aug. 20, 1919, he purchased a small store building and engaged in mercantile business. He was doing fairly well and making progress when, on Oct. 8, 1920, the building and a part of his stock were destroyed by fire. This was a severe setback to him, but wasting no time in regrets, he at once erected another building, the one which he now occupies, which is a two-story building of concrete construction, measuring 24x50 feet, with full basement, and in connection with his store, he has a fine warehouse. Besides conducting a general mercantile business, which is in a flourishing condition, he is engaged in log buying and contracting. His ware experience has led to his becoming a member of the Rhinelander Post of the American Legion, and he also belongs to the Masonic Lodge at Rhinelander and the Equitable Fraternal Union. Mr. LEITH was married in Rhinelander June 21, 1920, to Laura LAGON of Monico, and he and his wife are the parents of one child, Gladys E., who was born Nov. 30, 1922. They attend the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 644; 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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