"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.


Lick, G. Fred contractor and builder at Woodruff and one of the leading citizens of that village, was born at Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 2, 1866, son of Adam and Sarah (FOX) LICK. The parents, natives of Canada, came to the state of Michigan in 1870 and spent the remainder of their lives engaged in farming there; the father died in 1901 and the mother in 1918. G. Fred LICK received his education in the public schools of Ottawa County, Mich. and then became a sailor on the Great Lakes. He had attained the position of mate on a sailing vessel before he was 19 years old and later he became master. After abandoning his career afloat he learned the trade of carpenter and boat builder. He came to Minocqua in 1904 and was a boat builder there for two years, after which he purchased a farm on the Squirrel Lake road, three miles out of the village of Minocqua, and operated it for the following 11 years. In the spring of 1918, when the fate of the world seemed to rest upon the speed with which the United States could build boats to transport her soldiers to Europe, Mr. LICK responded whole-heartedly to the call of patriotism and entered the ship yards, which were in dire need of men trained as he was. After working in the yards in Milwaukee for a time he went to Florida in the same service, and there he labored faithfully until the crisis had passed. He returned home in 1919. He sold his farm that year and then came to Woodruff and purchased a residence and nine village lots here, where he has ever since made his home. In his work as a contractor and builder he specializes in the erection of summer homes on the lake shore; an example of the high standard of his workmanship is Florsheim summer cottage and farm buildings on Lake Sissabagama, all the buildings of which group were erected by him. He is one of the solid, dependable citizens of the community and he occupies a very high place in the esteem of his fellow residents. He and his family are members of the Episcopal Church. Mr. LICK was married at Forest Park, Mich., Nov. 23, 1887, to Laura PARKINSON, who was born at Ottawa, Canada, May 9, 1869, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Ann (PIERCE) PARKINSON. Mrs. LICK'S father was a native of England and her mother of Canada; the father died in 1887 and the mother in 1890. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. LICK: Alfred L., born dec. 16, 1892, who married Henrietta CLICK and is now living at Everett, Wash.; and George L., who was born Nov. 2, 1902, and is associated with his father in the contracting business; he married Ethel LANE and they made their home with his father. Mrs. Laura LICK passed away Aug. 29, 1923.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 325 (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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