"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.


Nash, G. M. now living retired at Eagle River after an active and useful career, was born at Butternut, Otsego County, N. Y., Feb 23, 1846. He received his education in New York State and resided there until 1867, when he came west and located at Black Creek, Outagamie County, Wis., buying a tract of timber land which he proceeded to develop into a farm. After accomplishing the arduous task of clearing and improving this property he sold it and returned to New York State, where he resided subsequently for ten years. He then came west again, this time locating in Phillips County, Kansas, which is in the prairie country near the northern boundary of that state. After working his homestead there for about five years, continued drouth and a plague of grasshoppers brought financial ruin to all the farmers in that locality, and to recuperate his fortunes he, with a number of others, went to New Mexico with their teams and worked at heavy grading for the Atlantic & Pacific Railway, which was then in course of construction. After eight months of this work he returned to Kansas, bust shortly afterwards abandoned his farm there and went to Nebraska, where he worked for one year as a mason. He then came north again, but the journey was a sad one, for in the course of it his wife died, at Council Bluffs, Ia. Continuing the trip, Mr. NASH went to Marshall, Minn., and after working there as a mason for one year, he came in 1883 to Eagle River. After following his trade here for about six years he went to Wakefield, Mich., and worked as a mining carpenter and mason there for four years, after which he continued to follow the trade of mason at Tomahawk, in Lincoln County, building himself a home there. He returned to Eagle River in 1899 and followed the same trade here for many years subsequently, taking part in the erection of many prominent buildings here. In 1920 he built himself a nice bungalow home here, and he is now living retired. Mr. NASH was first married to Nellie COOK, and to this union three children were born; Lena, now deceased; Eva, who is now Mrs. James DONNELLY of Three Lakes, Wis.; and Grace, who is Mr. J. G. SHELDON of Kansas City, Mo. Mr. NASH'S second marriage was to Sabrina THOMPSON in 1899 and by this marriage he is the father of two children: Olive, now Mrs. Charles ADAMS of Eagle River; and Harvey who resides at home and is engaged in the poultry business, after having worked for some time as a printer and linotype operator.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 672-673; 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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