"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.


McCarthy, James L. an active business man of Tomahawk, Lincoln County, was born in the logging camp on Wolf River, Waupaca County, May 9, 1880, son of Jerry and Anna (DORIN) MCCARTHY. The father was a native of New York State who, when young, accompanied his parents to Wisconsin, the family settling in Brown County. There after reaching manhood he married and in 1887 he came with his wife and children to Tomahawk, where he worked in the mills and drove a team for the W. H. Bradley Company. In 1906 he opened a hotel, which he conducted for a time until he retired from active work. His death took place in May, 1921. His wife Anna, who was born in Canada, is now living with her daughter Ethel in California. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry MCCARTHY had seven children, five sons and two daughters, namely: Thomas H., William S., James L., Margaret, Richard, Robert and Ethel. Margaret is the wife of Charles SIEVERSON and lives in the state of Washington, and Ethel is now Mrs. Charles SCULLEN of Sacramento, Calif. James L. MCCARTHY was seven years old when he came to Tomahawk with his parents. After attending school he learned the barber's trade, which he followed for 20 years in this city, for 12 years of that time conducting the Mitchell Hotel shop. He then bought a soft drink parlor, to which he added four bowling alleys. He keeps all kinds of soft drinks, candy and cigars and is doing a good business. As a progressive citizen he has identified himself with the Commercial Club, while his fraternal affiliations are with the Knights of Columbus, the Elks, Eagles and Modern Brotherhood of America. Mr. MCCARTHY was married in Tomahawk, June 15, 1904, to Mary ST. PETER, daughter of Peter and Margaret (BODEN) ST. PETER. Her father, a native of Canada, came to the United States when young, locating at Eau Claire, Wis., where he and his wife were married, and where for some time they conducted a hotel. Later they moved to Eagle River, Vilas County, and opened a confectionery store. In 1898 they came to Tomahawk, and here Mr. ST. PETER was for some time engineer at the city pumping station, but is now retired. Of the children in the St. Peter family, five died in infancy, but three are now living, George Peter, Jr., and Mary. Mr. and Mrs. MCCARTHY have had three children: Francis W. and Beatrice H., who are living, and Roland, who died.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 659; 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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