"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.


McGee, J. Thomas late proprietor of the White Pine Fox Farm in the town of Conover, Vilas County, was born at McGee's Mill, Clearfield County, Penn., March 10, 1861, son of James and Adeline (ORR) MCGEE. The parents were both natives of that place, where they spent their lives as farmers. They had nine children, namely: Sadie, now deceased; Mollie, who is Mrs. William STELLER of Jefferson County, Penn.; J. Thomas, subject of this sketch; Hattie, now Mrs. George BELL of Jefferson County, Penn.; Sophia, now Mrs. H. C. GUTELIUS of Jefferson County; Agnes, wife of James MCCHESEN of Long Beach, Calif.; Dopp, also of that place; James of Clearfield County, Penn.; and Henry, who is deceased. J. Thomas MCGEE was reared and educated in his native place, where he learned the trade of butcher and for some time was engaged in the buying and selling of cattle. On the death of his parents he and his brothers came to the owners of the 450-acre farm which had been operated by his father, and they conducted this property in partnership until 1920. J. Thomas MCGEE in the spring of that year sold his interest and came to Vilas County. In 1921 he purchased 60 acres of land in the town of Conover and founded the White Pine Fox Farm, which he conducted until his death on Sept. 15, 1923. At that time he had 12 pens and his stock consisted of 12 adult foxes and three pups. He had nothing but the very finest in pedigreed and registered silver black stock. He had made a good start in this business and established a well planned and creditable place, which his widow is now conducting and will continue to operate. Mrs. MCGEE'S maiden name was Ethel HUTTON, and she was married to Mr. MCGEE at McGee's Mills, Penn., on Aug. 12, 1920. Her parents, William and Frances (WHITE) HUTTON, are residents of that place.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 652-653; 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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