"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.


Mack, H. J. a respected citizen of Eagle River, Vilas County, formerly a merchant here but now retired, was born in Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 29, 1868, son of Casper and Caroline MACK. The parents were natives of Germany who came to the United States in the early 60's, settling in Milwaukee, where Casper MACK for the rest of his life followed the business of carpenter and contractor. He died about 1903, his wife having passed away abut 1893. H. J. MACK, after attending public school in Milwaukee, learned the tinsmith's trade in that city, which he followed there until 1882. He then started in business for himself at Kewaunee, Wis., as tinsmith and hardware merchant and was there about three years. In 1886 he came to Eagle River and bought out the hardware concern of J. C. LEWIS & Co., which he conducted until 1898. He then sold out and returning to Milwaukee, opened a hardware store there which he conducted for five years. Again selling out, he returned to Eagle River, remained here one year and then moved onto a farm at Phelps, this county, which he had bought many years before, and where he spent 20 years engaged in agriculture. In 1920 he sold that place and returned to Eagle River, buying two lots and building his present residence, a nice stucco house in bungalow style of architecture, of thoroughly modern plan and construction, and installed with a hot air heating system. Mr. MACK was chairman of the Phelps town board in 1915; for 35 years he has been a member of the Modern Woodmen of America in which lodge he now holds the office of counsel. He was first married in December, 1896, to Anna Gericke of Algoma, Wis., who died in the spring of 1917, leaving three children; Elnora, who married Phillip KNIPPEL and died in 1918, leaving two children, Mildred and Donald; Leona, who is the wife of Frank E. CLOUGH of North Fond du Lac, a hardware merchant; and Lottie, who is the wife of G. A. ANDERSON of Evanston, Ill., and has one child, Arthur. On Sept. 2, 1918, Mr. MACK was married to Mrs. Mary KOEHLE, the widow of Joseph KOEHLE. She has four children, John, Alma, Louise and Stella.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 657-658; 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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