"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.


McHenry, James W. president of the Tomahawk Shoe Company, of Tomahawk, Lincoln County, was born in St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 15, 1886, son of Alfred and Emma (WOERNER) MCHENRY. The father, a printer by trade, was a native of England and the son of a shoemaker. His wife was born in St. Louis. They had seven children, of whom the three now living are Edwin T., William H. and James W. James W. MCHENRY acquired his education in St. Louis and began industrial life as office boy for the Robert Johnson Shoe Co. Through close attending to his duties, with efforts at self improvement, he rose from one position to another until he became office manager under Superintendent H. L. NUNN. His next promotion was to the position of assistant superintendent, and while in the employ of that company he acquired a thorough knowledge of the business, both the art of manufacture and methods of distribution. When he left that concern he became traveling salesman for a shoe machine company, and afterwards sold shoes for Harsh & Edmonds of Milwaukee. Later he was with the Nunn & Bush Shoe Co. of Milwaukee. In 1914 he became connected with the Tomahawk Shoe Co. and took up his residence in this city. Up to June, 1921, he was vice president and treasurer of the company and since that time has been president. An account of the founding and development of this concern may be found in the chapter on the history of the city of Tomahawk. Mr. MCHENRY was married in Milwaukee, Wis., Dec. 26, 1914, to Florence O'ROURKE, of Dubuque, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. MCHENRY are the parents of four children, Webster, Robert, Edwin and Jane.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 660; 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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