"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.


Neuville, Elie one of the leading tailors of Oneida County, was born at Red River, Brown County, Wis., May 31, 1877, son of Leopold and Mary (DORMAL) NEUVILLE. The parents were natives of Belguim and came to America in their youth; they were married at Green Bay, this state, and the father was engaged there in the implement business and in agriculture for several years, after which they came to Oconto, Wis. The father died while on a visit to Belgium in 1898; the mother made her home in Oconto until her death in 1910. Five children were born to these parents; Edward, now a car smith at Green Bay; Elie, subject of this sketch; Joseph, in the government service at Oconto, Wis.; Paul, living at Portland, Ore., and employed in the information department of the post office there; and Louis, residing at Minocuqa. Elie NEUVILLE attended school at Oconto, Wis., and then worked in a a box factory at Marinette, Wis., for a short time, after which he returned to Oconto and learned the tailoring trade. He worked in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota for several years, and in 1900 went to Ontonagon, Mich., where he operated one of three tailor shops owned by Frank SHARF; he later acquired a half interest in Mr. SHARF'S business and remained at Ontonagon until 1903. In January of 1904, he came to Minocqua. He was employed here by Fred LANGE as coat maker and salesman until 1908 and then opened a tailoring establishment here with his brother Louis. In September, 1921, he purchased his brother's interest and since that time has been sole proprietor. He is recognized as one of the most skillful tailors in northern Wisconsin and his methods of fair dealing in business transactions have earned him a wide reputation and a place of high esteem in the community. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America. Besides his tailoring business he owns two farms in the town of Minocqua, one of 80 acres and one of 157 acres, and he also owns a fine residence in the village of Minocqua. About 59 acres of his farm property are cleared. Mr. NEUVILLE was married at Ontonagon, Mich., Aug. 15, 1904, to Miss Ettie ROYAL, a daughter of Daniel and Melissa (WELCH) ROYAL, who are now residents of Bay City, Mich. Two children, Vera and Stewart, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. NEUVILLE and are now attending high school at Minocqua. Mr. and Mrs. NEUVILLE are also rearing two of Mr. NEUVILLE'S brother Edward's children, Louis, who graduated from Oshkosh Normal School in 1923 and is now teaching; and Agnes, who is now attending the Oshkosh Normal School.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 316, 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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