"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.


Miles, Frank president and manager of the Rhinelander Horse Co., and also the proprietor of a good farm, was born in Knox County, Nebraska, Oct. 7, 1882, the son of John A. and Louisa (MUIR) Miles. The parents were natives of England, from which country the father came to America in 1863 and the mother in 1869. After their marriage in the United States they settled on a farm near Evansville, Wis., where they remained until 1910. Mr. MILES then became a minister of the Free Will Mission and continued to serve in that capacity until his death on Sept. 1, 1922. Mrs. Louisa MILES now resides in Sioux City, Iowa. Frank MILES in his youth attended school in Knox County, Nebr., and at Fort Morgan, Colo. He then did railroad work for a short time, after which for four years he was a cowboy in Colorado. He then returned to Creighton, Nebr., and took charge of his father's farm for four years. His next move was to Stanley County, South Dakota, where he took and proved up on a homestead, remaining two years. Then returning to Wisconsin, he established himself in the livery business in Thorpe, Clark County, and also bought and sold horses. In 1916 Mr. MILES came to Rhinelander and bought the livery business of W. D. JOSLIN, and two years later he bought the N. P. Edlund livery. In March, 1919, Mr. MILES organized the Rhinelander Horse Company, which was incorporated at that time, with Frank MILES as president and manager, and W. E. BROWN, vice president and D. F. RICKER, secreary and treasurer. They import from 300 to 400 horses each year, which are sold in Oneida and Vilas counties, and also operate a livery business in connection therewith. In 1919 Mr. MILES purchased the old McLaughlin farm, south of Rhinelander, which consists of 360 acres partly improved, but is more commonly known as the Lake View Dairy Farm. It is stocked with 30 head of high grade Holstein dairy cattle and Mr. MILES sells his milk and cream in the city. He has identified himself closely with the business interests of this city and county and is doing what he can to promote them. His fraternal society affiliations are with the local lodges of Masons, Elks and I. O. O. F. Mr. MILES was married at Norfolk, Nebr., March 14, 1906, to Emma BALLEWEG, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand BALLEWEG. He and his wife are the parents of five children, all residing at home, namely: Elmer, Orval, Helen, Frank and Edward. The family home is at 34 Mercer Street, Rhinelander.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 384-385, 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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