"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.


Neu, William J. who has been eneged in the mercantile business at Three Lakes, Oneida County for 30 years, was born in Dane County, Wis., June 15, 1867, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. NEU. His parents both died when he was but a small child, and he was reared by his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John DOHM. At the age of 12 years he entered the employ of the G. Grimm Book-binding Company at Madison, Wis., remaining with that concern for one year. He then entered the accounting department of the Madison Democrat newspaper office, and after two years was transferred to the pamphlet department of that office, remaining in the latter work until he was 20 years of age. In 1888 he located in Crandon, Wis., and took charge of the Forest Leaves newspaper. After operating that paper until 1892 he came to Three Lakes and established a newspaper, but after one year went to North Crandon, where he subsequently conducted the Forest Leaves newspaper for four years. Selling out at the end of that time to H. L. ROE, he returned to Three Lakes, where he has ever since made his home. He was associated in the newspaper business here for five or six years, and in 1893 he established himself in the grocery business, in which he has ever since been engaged. He carries a complete line of staple and fancy groceries, also a stock of light hardware, operates an ice cream parlor, and also a livery and truck line to neighboring towns and resorts. He was postmaster at Three Lakes for five years under the administration of President CLEVELAND, and for seven years under President WILSON. He has served the town of Three Lakes as clerk, treasurer, and justice of the peace. During his residence at North Crandon he was prominent in the public affairs of Forest County, serving respectively as clerk, treasurer, and deputy sheriff, and he was the first game warden appointed for Forest, Oneida, and Florence counties, receiving this appointment under Mr. FERNANDEZ, who at that time was state game warden. Mr. NEU very creditably discharged the duties of all these positions of trust, and a high degree of ability has marked his entire career and has earned for him the full respect of his fellow citizens. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Fraternal Reserve Association, and stands very high in the business and social circles of his community. Mr. NEU was married at Madison, Wis., July 15, 1890, to Sarah CLEMENT. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. MEU, of whom five are now living, the second youngest, Howard, having died in 1915 at the age of 13 years. The others are: Rose, who is now Mrs. Harold PURDY of Ironwood, Mich.; Raymond M., in the employ of the American Hair and Felt Co. at Jersey City, N. J.; William E., who is in the electrical department of the Langstead & Meyer Automobile Company at Appleton, Wis.; Lillian, stenographer and bookkeeper at Madison, Wis., for S.A. OSCAR, who is secretary and treasurer of the Beavers Lodge there; and Violet, now Mrs. Frank OLSKOWSKI of Three Lakes, Mr. OLSKOWSKI being local manager for the Standard Oil Co.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 361 (with picture); History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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