"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.


Markham, Walter R. a respected citizen of Rhinelander for 18 years, but now deceased, was born in Kenosha County, Wis., June 17, 1855, son of William and Mary Ann (O'MOORE) MARKHAM. The parents came to the United States from England in 1852 and after locating in Kenosha County remained there until 1861, when they removed to Mitchell County, Iowa where they spent their last days. Walter R. MARKHAM was educated in the schools of Kenosha County and of Osage, Iowa. He then learned the blacksmith's trade and after operating shops at Brownsville and Orchard Station, Iowa, came in 1885 to Merrill, Wis., where he remained until April, 1897. He then came to Rhinelander and established a shop on Thayer Street in the building now occupied by Hans LEHNE and which he operated until 1903. In that year he became a pattern maker for the Rhinelander Iron Co., subsequently continuing with that concern until a short time before his death which occurred April 12, 1915. He was a well known citizen with a wide circle of friends and for many years served the city of Rhinelander as a member of the Park Commission Board. Mr. MARKHAM was married Nov. 6, 1878, at Mitchell, Iowa, to Ella ROGERS, daughter of Horatio M. and Mary Ann (PHILO) ROGERS. Her parents, both of whom have passed away, came west from New York State in 1847, locating near Madison, Wis. They moved to Mitchel County, Iowa, in 1866 and were farmers there until Mr. ROGERS' death on May 18, 1889. Mrs. ROGERS subsequently continued to reside on the farm but in later years took up her residence with her daughter, Mrs. MARKHAM in Rhinelander, where she died May 3, 1917, at the advanced age of 91 years. The children in the Rogers' family were: Frank and Henry, both now deceased; Sarah, who is the wife of Porter FOSTER of Rhinelander; Edgar H., of Madison, Wis.; and Ella M., widow of Walter R. MARKHAM. The marriage of Sarah ROGERS to Porter FOSTER took place in Mitchell County, Iowa, June 27, 1869. In 1897 they came to Rhinelander, where they have since made their home. They are the parents of five children: Mary now Mrs. L. N. TICKNOR of Bellingham, Wash.; Evelyn, wife of Fred ANDERLE of Rhinelander; Lillian, residing at home, who is a teacher in the public schools of Rhinelander; Winnie, instructor in the agricultural college at Fargo, N.D.; and Douglas, who lives in Rhinelander. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. MARKHAM are: Edward H. of Rhinelander, traveling salesman for the Kickbusch Grocery Co. of Wausau; Roy W., who is with the Fox Drug Co. of Washburn, Wis.; and Lenn L., employed by the Nifty Clothes Co.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 310-311, 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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