"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.


Long, Frank J. a state conservation warden residing in the town of Plum Lake, Vilas County, whose duties are many, onerous and important, is a native of Wisconsin, having been born in Clintonville, Waupaca County, Feb. 15, 1873, son of John and Emily (THURLOW) LONG. The parents, who were married at Clintonville, Wis., came from eastern states, the father having been born in the state of New York on Nov. 5, 1833, and the mother in Maine on March 28, 1837. The former's active career was spent in the occupations of farmer and lumberman. It was in the late 50's that they came west and settled in Waupaca County, Wisconsin. After the Civil War broke out, John LONG enlisted to fight for the Union and remained a soldier until its close, receiving an honorable discharge. In 1877 he and his wife moved to Shawano County, this state, where he died some 14 years later, on Oct. 20, 1891. His wife survived him 11 years, six months and 19 days, passing away May 9, 1903. They were worthy people who earned their living, paid their way, and living in peace and concord with their neighbors, such as, in the main have built up the great state of Wisconsin. Frank J. LONG was educated in the public schools of Shawano County. When of age to begin industrial life he went to work in a logging camp and he was subsequently connected with the lumbering business in one capacity or another until 1911. While engaged in that occupation he acquired a good geographical and topographical knowledge of this part of the state, its forest resources with their various kinds of timber, its cut-over lands, lakes, streams and soil, with its valleys and elevations, and in the year last mentioned he passed a civil service examination and was appointed to state forest ranger, being stationed in Vilas County. In 1915, having proved his worth, he was made state conservation warden, with a post situated on the northern shore of Plum Lake, Vilas County. He has charge of a crew of men and his duties include looking after the fish and game resources of his territory, guarding against and extinguishing fires and attending to reforestry work. In all these things he is well skilled and his reputation as a reliable official is well established. In addition to such remuneration as he receives for this work, he owns a farm of 126 acres in the town of Arbor Vitae. He is fraternally affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. LONG married Mrs. Della THOMAS, who was born at Waterford, Erie County, Penn., daughter of Bertram and Phoebe (CRAKER) SEDGWICK and whose ancestral lines show connection by blood or marriage with the Grant family to which Gen. U. S. GRANT belonged and with that of the famous English novelist, Charles DICKENS. Her parents were natives of Pennsylvania, and were in Waterford; that state, where they resided until they came to Washara County, Wis., in 1875, where they engaged in the time-honored occupation of farming. In1879 the moved to Omro, Winnebago County, and later from there to Shawano County, where Mrs. Phoebe SEDGWICK died Sept. 20, 1895. She was scarcely past middle life, having been born Feb. 2, 1846. Mr. SEDGWICK, who in 1898 came to Vilas County to reside with his son-in-law, Frank, died Nov. 20, 1920. He was 83 years old, having been born March 16, 1837. Their daughter Della (Mrs. Frank J. LONG) was first married to Bernard THOMAS, and of that union two children were born, Ona Luella and Floyd, the former being now the wife of Michael FROELICH of Sayner, this county. Floyd THOMAS, who resides with the mother and step-father, is now a licensed guide. On Sept. 19, 1917, he went into the United States' service, becoming a member of Company H, 341st Infantry. He trained at Camp grant, Ill., and Camp Johnson, Florida, and his company had their outfit packed ready to go overseas when the armistice was signed; he served 19 months. Of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. LONG three children have been born, Melvin, Millard and Alton. Melvin, born May 10, 1899, is care taker of Joseph HIXON at his beautiful summer home on Plum Lake. he was married June 11, 1923, to Emma DECKER. For four years he served as special state game warden. Millard, born April 15, 1901, served two years as special game warden and one year as deputy sheriff. He is now the proprietor of Plum Lake Lodge, situated on Plum Lake, Vilas County. He was married Aug. 22, 1922, to Jennie JOHNSON and has one child, Elaine Marie, who was born July 2, 1923. Alton, born Oct. 8, 1906 is residing at home with his parents.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 481-482, 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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