"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.


Morin, Wilbur A. who is numbered among the thriving merchants of Tomahawk, Lincoln County, was born at Grandfather Falls, this county, May 23, 1882, son of Octave and Emma MORIN. The parents were natives of Canada, and Octave MORIN when a young man came to Wisconsin, locating at Wausau, where he found employment at logging. After a while he moved to Merrill, then known as Jennie, where he became foreman of the logging camp for P. B. CHAMPINE, and later logged for himself. In 1878 he took up his residence at Grandfather Falls, where he opened a hotel and saloon, both of which he conducted for 15 years, or until 1906, when he sold out to John O'DAY and retired, coming to Tomahawk to spend his remaining years. Both he and his wife have passed away. They had three children: Stella, now the wife of Alexander ROBARGE of Tomahawk; Wilbur A., subject of this sketch; and Nettie, who is now deceased. Wilbur A. MORIN was reared at Grandfather Falls, where he attended school. He worked for some time in his father's hotel, and also at farming and logging. Having accompanied his parents to Tomahawk in 1906, he found employment working in the woods of this vicinity, also at time in the local mills and in the roundhouse of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway, and so continued until Feb. 26, 1923, when he engaged in his present business, buying the grocery store of Joseph DANE. In addition to a full line of groceries, he deals in fresh and smoked meats and is enjoying a good trade. A Catholic in religion, he belongs to the order of Catholic Foresters. Mr. MORIN was married in 1906, in Tomahawk, to Louise MAJOR, daughter of Louis and Anna MAJOR. He and his wife are the parents of two children, Lawrence and Alberta, the former of whom is assisting his father in the store.

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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