"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.


Lowell, Franklin Adams proprietor of the New North, the pioneer newspaper of Rhinelander, which has had an uninterrupted, and, on the whole, a flourishing existence since the founding of the city some 40 years ago, was born at South Butler, Wayne County, N. Y., March 10, 1859. His parents were Joshua Adams and Nancy (TAYLOR) LOWELL, the father being a high school teacher in New York for over 40 years. Franklin A. was reared in South Butler and Savannah, both small villages in Wayne County. After acquiring his elementary education, he pursued higher studies and in time was graduated from the State Normal School at Oswego, N. Y., the college at Valparaiso, Ind., and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. While still a young man he began teaching, an occupation that he followed with marked success for a number of years, being principal of the Savannah (N.Y.) graded and high school for the school year of 1881-82; principal of the same school for the last half school year of 1883-84; and for the schools years of 1884-85, 1885-86 and 1886-87. From 1887 to 1894 he was superintendent of schools at Waupaca, Wis., from 1895 to 1900 he filled a similar position at Berlin, Wis., from 1900 to 1906 he was superintendent of the Rhinelander schools, and from 1909 to 1921 he was superintendent of the schools of Oneida County, serving six terms. In 1921 shortly after Mr. LOWELL'S retirement as county superintendent he was appointed by Governor BLAINE as state superintendent of pulpwood scaling, with two scalers, and with headquarters at Rhinelander. He has a controlling interest in the New North Printing Co., which is the oldest printing establishment in Oneida County and publishes the oldest paper, which was established in November, 1882. Since its purchase in 1906 Mr. LOWELL has acted as its editor. Mr. LOWELL was formerly a member of the Disciple Church but later joined the Congregational. In the Masonic order he has advanced as far as the Commandery, being a Knight Templar. He was married at Waupaca, Wis., June 26, 1888, to Mary MANCHESTER, who was born at Waupaca April 29, 1870. Of this union there is one child, Frances Atta, who was born Dec. 6, 1901.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 749, 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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