"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.


Macfarlane D.D.S., William I. head of the Macfarlane Dental Clinic, of Tomahawk, and secretary and treasurer of the Service Drug Co. of the same city, was born at Perry, Dane County, Wis., Dec. 25, 1880, son of William M. and Sarah M. (IVEY) MACFARLANE. The father, who was a physician, was born on a farm in Guernsey, Ohio, in 1846 and died in Dane County, Wisconsin, on Aug. 18, 1885. His wife Sarah was a native of Wisconsin, born at Moscow, Iowa County, May 18, 1855. After his death she married Peter HOUNS of Blanchardville, Wis. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herbert YOUNG, of Milwaukee, on April 5, 1922. By her first husband, Dr. MACFARLANE, she had two children: William I., subject of this sketch; Mae, wife of Thomas J. DARROW, a farmer living near Blanchardsville, Lafayette County, Wis. The children by her second husband, Mr. HOUNS, were: A. R. HOUNS, D. D. S., of Tomahawk, who is associated professionally with the subject of this sketch; Dorothy, wife of John FARMER of Blanchardville, and Nadine, wife of Hobart YOUNG of Milwaukee. William I. MACFARLANE for two years in his youth attended the Blanchardville High School. In the fall of 1902 he entered the Chicago College of Dental Surgery, from which he was graduated in 1905, beginning the practice of his profession at McConnell, Stevenson County, Illinois. It was in the following year, 1906, that he came to Tomahawk and opened an office, and in the 17 years that have since elasped he has built up a large practice here and became widely and favorably known. In 1920 he organized the Macfarlane Dental Clinic, with Dr. A. R. HOUNS as assistant operator and Miss Gladys VAN GALDER in charge of the dental hygiene department. Two other young lady assistants are also employed, Evelyn DRAEGER and Gladys BAME. The establishment of this clinic has proved a happy thought, as it has been remarkably successful and draws patronage from a wife section of central Wisconsin. A fine suite of rooms in the Gesell Block are occupied and the scientific equipment is complete and throughly up to date. With Dr. L. M. PEARSON and O. A. PETERSON of Tomahawk, Dr. MACFARLANE organized the Service Drug Company, which was incorporated in 1923, and of which he is secretary and treasurer, with Dr. PEARSON president and O. A. PETERSON vice president, which also has proved a successful undertaking. The concern occupies a substantial one-story brick building at No. 207 Wisconsin Avenue, with provisions for another story which was built by Drs. PEARSON and MACFARLANE. Dr. MACFARLANE occupies a prominent place in his profession, of which he long since proved himself a master. For five years he served as secretary and treasurer of the Central Wisconsin Central Society, and was subsequently its president for five years, retiring from that position in June, 1922. In 1920 he was vice president of the State Dental Association, and in 1921 became a member of the Dental Legislative Committee, being re-elected to that position in 1922, and he is now a member of the executive committee of the society. In 1920 he was a member of the committee on dental ethics. During the participation of the United States in the World War his brother entered the dental corps, leaving the doctor to attend to the entire practice of both and as he could not leave the practice, he did the next best thing and took an earnest part in some of the most important home activities, serving as chairman of the Tomahawk division of the Red Cross, and as chairman of the Y.M.C.A. drives in the district. He has also from time to time taken a useful part in civic affairs. He is fraternally affiliated with the Masonic Lodge in Tomahawk and the Royal Arch Chapter in Merrill; also with the Knight Templar Lodge in Wausau. Dr. MACFARLANE was married June 16, 1909, to Jennie B. JOHNSON, daughter of Henry A. and Sarah (FLETCHER) JOHNSON of Tomahawk, and he and his wife reside with her parents. They had one child a son, William J., who died in infancy. Mrs. MACFARLANE is prominent in the church, social and musical work of the city, while the Doctor takes a equally active part in the Tomahawk Civic and Business Men's Club. both are members of the First Congregational Church of Tomahawk.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 534-535 (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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