"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.


Morrison, Michael a retired farmer residing at Eagle River after a successful career in agriculture in Vilas County, was born in Stratford, Canada, Feb. 26, 1863, son of Bartholomew and Ellen (LINNET) MORRISON. The parents had come from Ireland when young and after their marriage in Canada engaged in farming there. The father died in the Dominion and the mother in Lena, Wis. Michael MORRISON as a boy attended the public schools of Stratford, Sheboygan County and resided with his parents until 23 years old. In 1887 he came to the States, locating at Stiles, Oconto County, Wis., where for three years he worked on the boom. Then in 1890 he came to Eagle River, bought a dwelling-house here, and followed logging in the woods until 1909. In that year he bought a farm of 80 acres in the town of Lincoln, Vilas County, it being composed of wild, cut-over land. This he cleared and cultivated, putting up a good residence, barns and other buildings and ultimately developing it into a fine farm. He had a good herd of Guernsey cattle, with a full-blooded sire and raised some good stock. In 1920 he sold the farm for $12,000 and retired, taking up his residence in Eagle River, where he repurchased the house which he had bought and owned 32 years before and in which he is now living. He has remodeled and improved it and it now makes a comfortable home. Mr. MORRISON has served as supervisor of Eagle River, showing devotion to the public interests. He belongs fraternally to the Modern Woodmen of America. He was married in Canada in 1886 to Otilda STOCK, who died in 1897, leaving five children, namely: Mary, of Eagle River, who married W. A. BRADFORD and is now a widow; Ellen, the wife of James BENSON of Eagle River; Peter, deceased; Caroline, now Mrs. Ed Bradford of Three Lakes; and Michael Jr., who married Eda CARLSON and resides in Eagle River. In the year 1900 Mr. MORRISON was united in marriage with Anna CONNELLY, of which until there was one child, Catherine, who is now deceased. The family faith is that of the Catholic Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 654-655; 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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