"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, Jesse M. a well known farmer and dairyman in the town of Skanawan, Lincoln County, was born on his parents' farm in the town of Peru, La Salle County, Illinois, son of Seneca W. and Sarah Jane (MINOR) MUNRO. He was educated in his native state, chiefly in district schools, and early initiated into all the various operations on the farm. He was 18 years old when he came to Lincoln County with his parents, or, rather with his father and step-mother, and he helped his father to clear the farm on which they settled in Section 13, town of Rock Falls. On attaining his majority he took a homestead of his own at Chat in Lincoln County, where he built a log house and barn, cut the timber and sold logs, finally proving up on the land, which he then sold. He then bought 40 acres of timber land, which he logged off and sold. His next move was to buy his present place, 100 acres in Section 29, town of Skanawan, which was cut-over land and has been changed by him into a good farm. He first built a log house for his dwelling here, but has since replaced it with a good frame building of seven rooms; and in 1913 he built a barn 22 by 32 feet, a silo 12 by 28 feet and also erected other necessary structures. Without assistance he has cleared 55 acres of land, which he has under cultivation. In addition to the crops he raises he keeps high grade Jersey cattle, with a pure, bred bull at the head, so is improving his stock and increasing the amount of his dairying. Mr. MUNRO is a member of Vircigin Falls Lodge, No. 226, F. A. M., of Merrill, and was the second farmer to join it. He has for a number of years been a prominent figure in the affairs of local government and has rendered useful service in various offices. He was for 13 years chairman of his town board, and, as such, a member of the county board; served as assessor 10 years, and as assessor for one year in the town of Merrill; was clerk of the school board for 22 years, and for seven years a member of the state and county road and bridge committee, being the only man in the county so far who has served on it that long. Mr. MUNROE was united in marriage at De Pere, Wis., April 12, 1873, to Lena COWING, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren COWING. Her mother is now deceased, but her father is living and now resides in Menomonie, Mich. Mr. and Mrs. MUNROE are the parents of two children: Cecil, now the wife of Rheinald SCHULTZ, a merchant at Irma; and Bessie, who died in October, 1899.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 551-552, 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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