"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.


Murray, Walter L. proprietor of the general merchandise store at Clearwater Lake, Oneida County, was born in the city of St. Cloud, Minn., March 24, 1894, son of James M. and Elizabeth (DAHLGREN) MURRAY. The father, a native of Scotland, was a stone cutter and followed his trade in various cities in Minnesota until 1899, in which year he settled in Wausau, Wis. There he continued to follow his trade until his death in 1904. His wife Elizabeth, who was born in Chicago of Norwegian ancestry, still survives him and is now residing in Arkansaw. Walter L. MURRAY was a boy of five years when he accompanied his parents to Wausau, where he attended the grade school, subsequently taking a two years' course at the Clearwater Lake Academy, Oneida County. He then became a professional guide on the lakes, which occupation he followed until 1915. In June, 1915, he purchased his present mercantile business, which included the store building and four acres of land. Since then he has remodeled and greatly improved the building, which is now a modern construction comprising two stories and basement, and is a place of business and residence combined, supplied with furnace heat. Mr. MURRAY has also increased his stock so as to make it include everything that is likely to be called for in a rural community patronized by farmers and summer tourists. Besides a full line to staple groceries, he carried, hats, caps, gloves, shirts, overalls, fishing supplies, cigars, tobacco, soft drinks and other commodities. He is also postmaster of the village, having been appointed to the office in 1917. He has increased his land holdings in the village by the purchase of four and a half more acres, and is also part owner of a tract of land on Long Lake of the Eagle Chain. Since locating in Clearwater Lake he has taken a good citizen's interest in the welfare and progress of the village and he and his wife are prominent members of the community. Mr. MURRAY was married June 29, 1915, to Caroline PFLUGARDT of Milwaukee, who was born at Kilbourn, Wis., March 9, 1894. Mrs. MURRAY is assistant postmaster of the village and is a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 664; 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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