"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.


McRae, Jr., James a highly popular young business man of Rhinelander, whose death on May 6, 1920, caused profound sorrow throughout the community, was born in New London, Wis., Feb. 19, 1893. When he was two years old the family moved to Rhinelander, which city was his subsequent home. Completing his school studies in 1910, he took a position with the Merchants State Bank, in the employ of which institution he remained, working his way up from the position of messenger to that of assistant cashier, to which latter he was appointed two years before his death. He was a young man of natural business ability, efficient and courteous, and well liked both by his fellow workers and by the patrons of the bank. In the fraternal and social affiars of the city he was equally active and popular. He was exalted ruler of the local lodge of Elks and was also a Free Mason, and his natural brilliancy, and perennial spirit of good fellowship made him the life of every gathering. Mr. MCRAE passed away in St. Mary's Hospital after a two weeks' illness from typhoid fever and the news of his passing caused many sad hearts throughout the city. His funeral services were in charge of the Masonic lodge to which he belonged, while members of the Elks lodge attended in a body. Judge Charles F. SMITH, past exalted ruler of Rhinelander Lodge No. 598, B.P.O.E., paid a kindly tribute to his memory and resolutions of sorrow and sympathy were passed by the officials of the Merchants State Bank, while the Rev. C. H. WICKS of the Congregational Church spoke feelingly on the loss of the community in the death of Mr. MCRAE. That few men were so popular in Rhinelander as "Jim" MCRAE, as he was affectionately called, is evinced by the fact that all the business houses closed their doors between two and three o'clock in the afternoon while the services were being conducted. James MCRAE was married on Dec. 23, 1913, to Hannah A. ANDERSON, who was born in Ludington, Mich., Sept. 20, 1891, daugther of E. and Mary (ERICKSON) ANDERSON. Mrs. MCRAE'S father died when she was very young and in 1902 she accompanied her mother to Rhinelander, where she completed her school studies which she had begun in Michigan. In 1910 she was graduated from the Rhinelander High School and for three years subsequently was a proficient teacher in the schools of Oneida County. Of her married to Mr. MCRAE three children were born: Joy E., Dec. 13, 1914; James A., Jan. 6, 1917; and Mary E., Sept. 10, 1920. In the fall of 1922 Mrs. MCRAE was elected clerk of court of Oneida County, the duties of which office she is now performing. She is a member of and an ardent worker in the Congregational Church and she also belongs to the Eastern Star Chapter in Rhinelander.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 285-286 (with picture), 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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