"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, John H. a prominent public official of the city of Merrill, was born in Wausau, Wis., Nov. 16, 1873, son of John and Catherine MCCARTHY, the parents being natives of Canada. Both came to the United States when young, John MCCARTHY (father of John H.) becoming a resident of Grand Rapids, Wis. (now Wisconsin Rapids) before the outbreak of the Civil War. Finding the most available employment that connected with the lumber industry, he engaged in it, logging and rafting on the Wisconsin River. In the meanwhile he married and in 1881 he and his wife came to Merrill, accompanied by their children, in which vicinity he followed the same occupation, finally passing away in this city. His wife is still living. They had seven children, one of whom Elizabeth, died. Those who are living are: Mrs. Frances PECK of Chicago; John H. of Merrill; William, of Blackpool, B.C.; Mrs. William WEBSTER of Marinette, Wis.; Le Roy, of Seattle, Wash.; and Irving,, of Merrill, who is connected with the Modern Radiator Co. John H. MCCARTHY was about eight years old when he came to Merrill and he acquired his education in the local schools. He then learned the trade of cigar making, which he subsequently followed for many years, or until he was elected city treasurer, in which position he served 11 years. Then in 1915 he was again elected to that position, in which he is still serving. Since 1920 he has also been city sealer of weights and measures and in both offices he has established a reputation for conscientious and efficient performany of public duties. He belongs fraternally to the order of Beavers and is also a member of the Merrill Society and Sick Benefit Society, of which he was president four years and is now serving as secretary. Mr. MCCARTHY was married in Merrill, Feb. 12, 1907, to Cecelia GATIEN, daughter of Joseph and Margaret GATIEN. Her parents were born in Montreal, Canada and were for 40 years residents of Merrill but are both now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. MCCARTHY have three children, Earl, Margaret and James, all of whom are attending school. The family religious faith is that of the Catholic Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 746, 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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