"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, Morris an active business man of Rhinelander, who has helped in the work of building construction as a contractor, was born in Victoria County, Nova Scotia, Canada, May 12 1868, son of Kenneth and Mary (MCDONALD) MCRAE. He attended school in his native county, and at the age of 15 years left home and went to sea, his life for four years thereafter being that of a sailor. In the spring of 1888 he came to Rhinelander, Wis., to work for his brother Alexander, who at that time was in the contracting business, and with whom he remained for three or four years. He then began contracting on his own account, and has since constructed many buildings, both business blocks in the city and dwelling-houses in both city and country. He has a good reputation for doing reliable work, and has also been ready at all times to lend a hand in any feasible project for the betterment of the community. In the Masonic order he has risen high, being a member of the Blue Lodge and Chapter in Rhinelander, the Commandery at Antigo, the Consistory of Wisconsin and the Tripoli Shrine. He attends the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. MCRAE was married June 10, 1891, at Rhinelander, to Lena PINGRY, daughter of George C. and Sarah (SCRAM) PINGRY. Her father, born in New York State, July 2, 1833, accompanied his parents to Illinois in 1844 and become a resident of Omro, Winnebago County, Wis., in 1848. He saw military service in the Civil War as a member of Company A, 48th Wisconsin Volunteers. He was married to Sarah SCRAM, a native of Maine, on July 14, 1861, and they made their home at Omro until 1888, when they came to Rhinelander, where Mr. PINGRY died Aug. 23, 1904. Mrs. PINGRY, who was born in 1840, now resides with her daughter, Mrs. Morris MCRAE. The children in the PINGRY family were: Estella, Now Mrs. Edwin VESSEY of Pasadena, Calif.; Myta, wife of Chester F. GARDINER of Marianna, Florida; Charles, deceased; Frank, now in Seattle, Wash.; Mabel, wife of W. W. CARR of Rhinelander; Lena, wife of the subject of his sketch; and Chester, who lives in Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. Morris MCRAE are the parents of one child; Alan, who was born June 15, 1903, and who is now attending Lawrence College at Appleton, Wis. Mrs. MCRAE is a member of the Ladies' Aid Society of the M.E. Church, and takes an active part in the church work generally.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 292-293, 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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