"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.


Mulcahey, John E. general superintendent of the Grandfather Falls Pulp & Paper Co.'s plant, at Merrill, Lincoln County, whose long service in the paper manufacturing industry it would be hard to match, coverning, as it does a period of nearly 57 years, was born in Great Barrington, Mass., Aug. 31, 1856, son of John E. and Hannah (KELLEHER) MULCAHEY. Both parents were born in this country, the father at Lee, Mass., in 1833 and the mother at Stockbridge, in the same state, in 1830; and both died in their native state, the father at Lennox, Mass., Oct. 20, 1894, and the mother at Pittsville, Mass., Oct. 17, 1922. Of their 16 children 13 are deceased, John E., Jr. being the eldest of the three now living. The other two survivors are Edward, of New York City, and Helen, now Mrs. Thomas FAHEY, of Springfield, Mass. John E. MULCAHEY, Jr., subject of this sketch, entered industrial ranks at the early age of 11 years, and without school advantages, starting to learn the paper business in the mill of the Smith Paper Co. at Lee, Mass. At the age of 18 he was made a machine operator and continued with the same company subsequently until he was 24 years old. In 1880 he crossed the continent to take the position of general superintendent for the Taylor Paper Co. of Taylorville, Calif. After remaining with that concern for three years, he returned east as far as Kaukauna, Wis., where he obtained the position of superintendent for the Van Autree Bag Co., and with that concern he remained until the spring of 1905. He then entered the employ of the Flambaugh Paper Co., of Park Falls, Wis., spent ten years with them, and on Jan. 1, 1914, came to Merrill to take his present position as general superintendent of the mills of the Grandfather Falls Pulp & Paper Co., his son Joseph stepping into the position he left vacant at Park Falls. During his long period of service in the paper industry Mr. MULCAHEY has had less that 90 days lost time and has never been absent from his post on account of sickness, a remarkable record. He owns a good home at No. 504 Fourth street; has always been a Republican in politics, though never an office holder, and his only fraternal society affiliation is with Council No. 1133, K.C., of Merrill. He was first married at the age of 18 years to Elizabeth MAHONEY, of Lennox, Mass., by whom he had four children: Nellie, now Mrs. William KELLEY of Wausau, Wis.; Joseph, of Parks Falls, Wis.; Anna, who married a Mr. THOMPSON and lives at Green Bay, this state; and Estalla, who is unmarried and resides in Portland, Ore. His first wife died in 1888 and on July 3, 1904, Mr. MULCAHEY was united in married to Helen THOMPSON. Of this union there are two children: Dorris and Elizabeth, both residing at home and attending the Merrill High School, the former being in the senior and the latter in the junior class. The family are members of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Congregation.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 545-546 (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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