"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.


Menefee, David C. owner and publisher of the Vilas County News, was born in Decatur, Ind., Oct. 30, 1872, son of George and Margaret (STOOPS) MENEFEE. The parents were natives of West Virginia, in which state they were married, settling near Decatur, Ind., soon afterwards, where they conducted a farm, the father, George MENEFEE, also operating a livery stable. He died in 1896, being survived by his wife, who passed away in 1910. They had 11 children, five of whom are still living: Edgar P., Mary, Jennie, Lulu and David C. The surviving daughters are married. David C. MENEFEE acquired his early education in the common school at Decatur, and subsequently attended high school at Geneva, Ind. He then became connected with the printer's trade in Geneva, where he spent some time at it, subsequently completing what might be called his apprenticeship in Decatur. After that he spent four years in Chicago. In 1894 he went to Black River Falls, Wis., where he purchased a half interest in the Journal, remaining there six years engaged in newspaper business. After that for some six or seven years he worked as superintendent in print shops in several places in succession, including Oshkosh, Marshfield and Wausau. In 1907 he came to Eagle River and, in association with George ROGERS, purchased the Vilas County News, which was conducted under the partnership arrangement for two years. Mr. MENEFEE then bought Mr. ROGERS' interests and has since been the sole proprietor of the business. Politically a Republican, he has proved himself a public spirited citizen on many occasions and has always been ready to lend a helping hand to any movement calculated to benefit the general community of both village and county. He is affiliated fraternally with the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Beavers. Mr. MENEFEE was married Dec. 4, 1895, in West Lima, Wis., to Clara B. JORDAN, daughter of Timothy and Martha (BABB) JORDAN. Her parents were natives respectively of Indiana and Ohio, and were for a number of years engaged in farming in the former state; both are now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. MENEFEE two children have been born; Winnie, Sept. 29, 1897, and Earl, Dec. 22, 1902, the latter of whom died from influenza Jan. 21, 1919. Winnie is now a teacher in the school at State Line, Vilas County. The family attend the Congregational Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 401 (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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