"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.


Myre, Elzeor a prosperious business man of Tomahawk, and a property owner, was born in Philomeny, Province of Quebec, Canada, Jan. 29, 1864, son of John and Adeline (SCHAINCK) MYRE, who also were natives of that province. There were seven children in the family of John and Adeline MYRE, Lorenzo of Montreal and Elzeor, subject of this sketch, being the only ones now living. The mother died when the latter was only four years old, or in 1868, and John MYRE subsequently remarried. The children of this second marriage now living are: Melvina, wife of Edward BOLU of Montreal; Nellie of Montreal; Blanche, who is a sister in a convent in Montreal; and Wilfred, who for 25 years has been chief of the Montreal fire department. Elzeor MYRE resided with his parents until arriving at the age of 13 years, at which time he came to the States, finding employment at Woonsocket, Mass. In nine months he had saved enough money to bring him west, which was the part of the country he wished to try his fortunes in, and so he came to Wisconsin, locating at Chippewa Falls, where he had an uncle on his father's side. With that uncle he lived for a short time and then took a separate residence, remaining in Chippewa Falls, however, for ten years, during which time he was engaged in various occupations. It was about the end of that period that he married and in the following year, 1888, came with his wife to Tomahawk, which place was then in the early stages of its existence. Mr. MYRE put up a building at the corner of Tomahawk and Spirit avenues and opened a saloon. Later he erected a boading-house connected with the saloon on the south (on Tomahawk Avenue), and this place he conducted for 14 years. In 1904 Mr. MYRE erected a sub-brick veneered block at the corner of Tomahawk and Spirit avenues, directly north of his former place. This block is a two-story building with a 25-foot front on Tomahawk Avenue and a depth of 142 feet on Spirit Avenue. Mr. MYRE has his restaurant on the first floor, which he rents, and family residence above. He also owns a garage 22x140 feet adjoining on the north, which he rents to Frank BURTON as a sales and repair shop. Politically he is a Democrat in principle, but notes for the candidate of his preference irrespective of party. He was one of Tomahawk's first aldermen, serving four years, and was subsequently re-elected but declined to qualify. It was on Oct. 11, 1887, that Mr. MYRE was united in marriage with Adeline, daughter of Charles and Emeline (WARNER) GOULD. She was born at Chippewa Falls, Wis., Oct. 26, 1856. Her father, who fought for the Union in the Civil War until its close, for a number years operated a dray line in Chippewa Falls, in which city he died about 1901. His wife, who survived him, passed away in 1914. Their family consisted of nine children, of whom those now living are: Harriet, wife of Gregoire LE CLAIRE of Tomahawk; Adeline (Mrs. Elzeor MYRE); Henry, of Spokane, Wash.; Emeline, now Mrs. Frank WOLFRON of Canyon Creek, Mont.; and Thomas of Chippewa Falls. To Mr. and Mrs. MYRE have been born seven children, Maude M., Mary Myrtle, Nellie, Lee, Ray, Leona and Viletta. Two of these, Mary and Nellie, died in infancy. The individual records are briefly as follows: Maude M., born at Chippewa Falls, Sept. 2, 1888, became the wife of Maynard O'CONNELL and died at Tomahawk on Jan. 19, 1922. Mary Myrtle, born Oct. 29, 1889, died Sept. 6, 1890. Nellie, born Dec. 20, 1892, died Nov. 6, 1894. Lee, born Oct. 12, 1895, is married and resides in Tomahawk. Ray, born May 9, 1897, is as yet unmarried and resides in Tomahawk. After the United States entered the World War he was inducted into the service and was stationed in a training camp but was not called into action otherwise on account of the war ending. Leona, born may 10, 1906, was graduated from the Merrill Business College in 1923. Viletta, born Oct. 10, 1908 has passed the eighth grade in school. The family are members of St. Mary's Catholic Congregation.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 660-661; 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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