"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.


Nerli, Anton proprietor of the Tomahawk Creamery, was born in Norway, Feb. 9, 1886, son of Ole E. and Anna NERLI. The parents came to the United States in 1889, settling on a farm at Iola, Waupaca County, Wis., where they are still residing and engaged in general farming. They have four children living, Henry, Ingebrit, Gena and Anton. Anton NERLI was reared on his parents' farm in Waupaca County, attending district school, and when he was old enough, assisting his father. In 1910 he began to learn the art of buttermaking in the Iola Creamery from C. L. PASSMORE, one of the best butter makers in the state. In 1912 he went to Big Falls to manage the Farmers' Creamery there. From there he went to Amherst to take charge of the Farmers' Co-opperative Creamery, subsequently spent two years in Peru and then came to Tomahawk, where on March 1, 1922, he purchased the Tomahawk Creamery from Art SEARL. This he has built up into a first class plant, in the midst of the season having about 150 patrons. His summer output of butter in 1922 was from 5000 to 6000 pounds per week, while the winter output is about 2000 pounds. In 1923 he added the manufacture of ice cream to his other activities, hiring an expert making, and in this line also he is doing a good business. (See chapter on history of Tomahawk). Mr. NERLI was married in 1912 at Big Falls, Wis., to Agnes C. KILLIN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pat KILLIN, the parents being natives of Ireland. Mr. KILLIN is now living on his farm at Big Falls, where prior to the death of his wife he conducted a hotel. Mr. and Mrs. NERLI have three children: Vernon, born in 1914; Bernard, born in 1918; and Harlan, born in 1920.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 752, 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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