"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.


Munro, Charles E. now residing on the old homestead of his pioneer parents in Section 13, town of Rock Falls, Lincoln County, and who increased the agricultural resources of this county by developing a farm of 160 acres from wild land, was born in the city of Pawtucket, R. I., Jan. 22, 1856, son of Seneca W. and Sarah Jane (MINER) MUNRO. The history of his parents may be found in a separate article. Charles E. accompanied them from Illinois in 1880 being then a young man of 24 years. The journey, which took four weeks, was made in a covered wagon, the family carrying a tent with them and camping every night in the woods or field or by the way side. Soon after arriving in Lincoln County they took the homestead on which Charles is now living and which he helped his father to develop. He also took one of his own, consisting of 160 acres south of Irma, from which he cut the timber, selling the logs, his brother Henry taking an adjoining homestead, and close to the line dividing the two he built his log house. There he living for about five years, and since 1885 he has living on the old farm of his parents in the town of Rock Falls, doing general farming and dairying, his dairy being supplied by a herd of good Jersey cattle. There is still some timber on the land, that part, however, being now used for pasture. His own orginal place he sold in 1890. Mr. MUNRO while living in the town of Merrill served three years as a member of the town board of supervisors and he has served on the school board of his district in the town of Rock Falls. He is widely known and respected as an industrious and reliable citizen, the son of worthy pioneer parents and one of the builders of Lincoln County. He was married June 26, 1907, at Pine River, to Myrtle B. COMBS, daughter of Fremont and Mary (HOFF) COMBS, the father being a native of Penn. and the mother of Ill. The family settled in Pine River years ago, where they took a homestead, on which they lived until 1914, when the parents moved to Merrill, where they are now living. One of the children died in infancy, and the others, who are now living, are Myrtle, Frank, Harvey, Myron and Clarence. Myron was a soldier in the World War, having enlisted at Merrill in 1917. He was assigned to Battery F, 120th Field Artillery, trained at Camp McArthur and subsequently went to France, where he was in the 32d Division. He was discharged in 1919. Clarence, who was drafted trained at Camp Sherman and was six months in the service in this country.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 528, 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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