"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.


Mason, George W. one of the best known citizens of Rhinelander, and a prominent representative of the lumber inudstry, was born at Kilbourn, Wis., April 12, 1870, son of Charles S. and Ellen N. (TRAVIS) MASON. The father, a native of Connecticut, came west about 1845, first settling near Kilbourn, Wis., and he was married in this state, his wife Ellen being a native of Toronto, Canada. In 1872 they moved to Stevens Point, where Charles S. MASON, after living retired for a number of years, died in 1890. His wife survived him 12 years, passing away in 1902. George W. MASON in his youth attended the common and high schools at Stevens Point, being graduated from the latter with the lcass of 1887. In July of that year he came to Rhinelander and entered the service of the well-known lumber firm of Brown Bros. For a short time he acted as bookkeeper in their store, and then entered their office, where he remained until 1893, in which year he became one of their traveling salesmen, being thus employed for 11 years subsequently. In 1904 Mr. MASON and C. H. DONALDSON organized and incorporated the Mason-Donaldson Lumber Co., of which Mr. MASON was president and Mr. DONALDSON, secretary. From 1904 to 1917 Mr. Mason made his home at Madison and then on account of Mr. DONALDSON'S death in the latter year, he moved to Rhinelander, where he has since made his home, having charge of the home office. Though the Mason-Donaldson Lumber Company are engaged in the manufacture of lumber, they formerly operated a sawmill at State Line, Mich., which was burned in 1908, after which they let out that part of the work to others, a large portion being sawed by the Stevens Lumber Co. of Rhinelander, until the mill of the latter concern was burned in May, 1922. At present it is being done by the Rhinelander Box & Lumber Co. and the C. P. Crosby Co. of Gagen, Wis. The company specialize in northern pine, hardwood, hemlock and tamarack, their sales averaging about 35,000,000 feet per year. During the period between the years 1913 to 1917 inclusive their average was 75,000,000 feet annually. Mr. MASON has risen high in the Masonic order, being a member of the Blue Lodge and Chapter in Rhinelander, the Commandery at Madison and the Consistory and Shrine at Milwaukee. His religious affiliations are with the Congregational Church. He was married at Madison, Wis., Oct. 14, 1900, to Katherine E. FRENEY, whose parents, Robert and Elizabeth (COOGAN) FRENEY, are both now deceased. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. MASON: Elizabeth A., who is a student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison; and George W., Jr., who is attending St. John's Military Academy at Delafield, Wis.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 376; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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