"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.


MacGregor, H. E. head sawyer for the Turtle Lake Lumber Co., at Winchester, Vilas County, was born in County Bruce, Province of Ontario, Canada, April 13, 1862, son of Greger and Sarah (MACKINNON) MACGREGOR. The father was a native of Nova Scotia, to which province the mother came from Scotland when 12 years old. They were married in Nova Scotia and settled early in County Bruce, Ontario, where the subject of this sketch attended school. When he was 14 years old the family removed to Algoma District, Canada, where the parents took up land and carried on farming for the remainder of their lives, both dying in 1899. H. E. MACGREGOR remained at home until he was 17 years old and then started out for himself in the lumber woods of Canada. He came to the United States in 1887, locating at Manistique, Mich., in the vicinity of which city he remained until 1893. Here he thoroughly mastered the sawyer's art, and during most of this period he was head sawyer for the Chicago Lumber Co. of Manistique. He was next in the same capacity for this company in their mills at Garnett, Mich., for three years, after which he entered the employ of the Goodman Lumber Co. at Goodman, wis., being their head sawyer for the following four years. On leaving Goodman he went to Louisiana, but finding the extreme heat there detrimental to his health, he returned to Wisconsin at the end of two months. He then entered the employ of the Robbins Lumber Co. at Rhinelander, and in July, 1913, came from there to Winchester and entered upon the duties of his present position as head sawyer for the Turtle Lake Lumber Co. He has become one of the highly respected citizens here, and he and his wife are popular members of Winchester's society. Both Mr. and mrs. MACGREGOR are members of the Baptist Church. Mr. MACGREGOR was married at Bruce Mines, Ontario, Canada, Jan. 14, 1885 to Miss Charlotte GRAY. Mrs. MACGREGOR was born in County Huron, Ontario, Canada, daughter of Jeremiah and Janet (KELLY) GRAY. The father was born in Suffolk County, England, and the mother in Ayrshire County, Scotland; both parents came to Canada as young people, and they were married in County Huron, Ontario, where they subsequently followed agricultural occupations for the remainder of their lives; the father died July 12, 1912, and the mother Aug. 31, 1919. Mr. and Mrs. MACGREGOR have had two children, Evelyn Elaine and Helen; Helen, who was born Dec. 19, 1903, only living until Jan. 7, 1904. Evelyn Elaine is now the wife of M. J. SCARLETT, prominent druggist of Wayne, Mich.; she was born at Bruce Mines, Ontario, Canada, July 24, 1897; after graduating from the high school at Goodman, Wis., with the class of 1914, she entered Ferris Institute at Big Rapids, Mich., where she was graduated as a commerical teacher in 1915, and she subsequently followed that vocation until her marriage.
Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 474 (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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