"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.


Maagenson, William who is now engaged in farming in Section 15, town of Skanawan, Lincoln County, after an industrial career of a number of years in other and more mechanical employments, was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1882, son of Henry H. and Margaret MAAGENSON. The father was a native of Denmark who, when 11 years old ran away from home and went to sea, in the first voyage which he made going around Cape Horn. At the end of a year he returned home and remained there two years, then again went to sea in a merchant ship. Altogether he followed a sailor's life for 20 years, going three time around the world and visiting its principal ports. At last tiring of that sort of existence, he decided henceforth to remain on land and to made the United States his home. He accordingly located in Chicago, where he engaged in erecting machinery and general mechanical engineering, which occupation he followed for 30 years, when he retired. Eight years later, in 1890, he died. His wife Margaret, who was born in Norway, died in 1903. They had five children, of whom those now living are: Johanna, wife of M. O'BRIEN of Chicago; Henry, an estimator and draftsman living in California, and William, of Lincoln County, Wisconsin. William MAAGENSON was reared in Chicago, where he attended school. He began work at the age of 15 as an employe of J. V. Farwell & Co., with whom he remained for two years. He then began an apprenticeship to the machinist's trade, which lasted four years, after which he entered the employ of the F. W. Wolf Ice Machine Co. He next entered the employ of the Hannah Engineering Works Company and continued with them for six years, then worked five years for the Allis-Chalmers Co., three years as die maker with the Consolidated Tool & Die Works, three years with the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., three years in the North Chicago Ship Yards and two years with the Gales Iron Works. It was in 1915 that he quit the last mentioned concern and came to Tomahawk, securing a position with the Tomahawk Steel & Iron Works, with whom he remained six years. He also worked for a while for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Co. In 1918 Mr. MAAGENSON bought 80 acres of cut-over land, which was covered with stumps, in Section 15, town of Skanawan, Lincoln County, which he began to develop two years later. He has now 20 acres under cultivation, and is engaged in general farming and dairying, keeping grade Jersey cattle with a pure-bred sire. Mr. MAAGENSON was married in Merrill in 1917 to Mrs. Emma KNUDSON, widow of Nels KNUDSON, and daughter of Barney and Anna (KNUDSON) SEIVERT. Her parents were natives of Norway who came to the United States in 1865, settling in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin. There they were engaged in farming until 1900, when Mr. SEIVERT died, and Mrs. SEIVERT came to Lincoln County and subsequently resided with her children here until her death in 1920. They had a family of 11 chldren, of whom those now living are Thomas, Emma, Stephen, Barney, Christ, Carrie, Martin and Theodore. One died in infancy and the others deceased are Knute, Anna, and Charlie. The daughter Emma, now Mrs. William MAAGENSON, had by her first husband four children, namely: Mabel, who is now the wife of Irvin TESL of Merrill; Edna, wife of Oscar HALDER, of Merrill; Nicholas, and one who died at the age of one year, named Malvin. Mrs. MAAGENSON'S sister Carrie is the wife of Henry TRAPTO of Merrill.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 665-666; 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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