"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.


Macomber, Charles E. organizer and president of the Bank of Tomahawk, was born on a farm near New Lisbon, Wis., Aug. 13, 1858, son of Stephen D. and Elizabeth (MEAD) MACOMBER. Both parents were native Americans, the father having been born in Pennsylvania in January, 1832, and the mother in Ohio. Both died on the farm above mentioned on which the subject of this sketch was born. Charles E. MACOMBER was educated in rural and city schools, also in the Oshkosh Normal School at Oshkosh, Wis., and subsequently taught a few terms of rural school. But however elevated may be the calling of a teacher, it is not usually very remunerative and in 1882 Mr. MACOMBER purchased the mercantile business of E. B. NICHOLS at New Lisbon, subsequently conducting the store until the spring of 1888. In the meanwhile, in the fall of 1887, he established a drug store in Tomahawk, so that for some five or six months he was conducting two store in different places, but in the spring of 1888 he sold the New Lisbon business and took up his residence in Tomahawk with his family. Here he carried on his drug store, giving his exclusive attention to it until 1895, in which year he established a private bank which in 1904 was incorporated under the laws of the state as the Bank of Tomahawk. He was the first president of the bank and is still serving in that capacity. He is also interested in the drug business, which is now incorporated and is under the management of E. W. SMITH. Politically Mr. MACOMBER is an old-time Republican and has always stuck close to his party, though he has taken no active part in politics beyond casting his vote. He was married in May, 1881, to Gertrude M. CARR, daughter of Willard P. and Carrie CARR of New Lisbon. On this union one child was born, Winnefred C., July 13, 1886, who married E. C. PERRY. She died in February 1920, leaving an only child, Gertrude K., and the latter with her father now reside with Mr. and Mrs. MACOMBER in their comfortable home at No. 110 S. Second Street. Mr. PERRY is a traveling bond salesman, selling to banks only. The religious training of Mr. and Mrs. MACOMBER was in accordance with the creed of the Baptist Church, but there being no Baptist congregation in Tomahawk, they affiliated with the Congregational Church. He is a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge of this city.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 527, 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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