"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.


O'Hare, Thomas whose eventful life came to a close at his home in Rhinelander on Feb. 6, 1915, was born at Middlebury, Addison County, Vt., Dec. 13, 1839, under the presidency of Martin VAN BUREN. When he was six years old he accompanied his parents to Wisconsin, and for awhile the family lived in Milwaukee, then a very small place, but later they settled in Columbia County, this state. Thomas in early manhood located in Marquette County. After the Civil War broke out en enlisted, Dec. 19, 1861, in a volunteer infantry regiment and subsequently served until the close of the war, being discharged June 2, 1865. He took part in some of the most important battles, and, being taken prisoner, spent one year in a Confederate prison. On his return home after the close of the war he located at Fort Winnebago, Wis., but in 1868 went to Douglass, Marquette County, where he was engaged in farming until the fall of 1892, in which year he came to Oneida County, taking a homestead in the town of Pelican. There, in addition to farming, he also did carpenter work, having previously learned that trade, which he followed for many years thereafter until he became too far advanced in years. As a citizen of the town of Pelican he was elected to the office of town treasurer, in which he served faithfully, and he was a candidate for the office of register of deeds in 1906, previous to which date he had been for six years custodian of the Oneida County court house. For many years during his active period, Mr. O'HARE, or "Tom," as he was generally known, was an auctioneer of no mean ability, and few auctions were held in the city or surrounding country at which he did not officiate. From 1908 until his death he lived retired from active work. He was a Catholic in religion, a member of St. Mary's Congregation, and was one of Rhinelander's best known and most popular citizens. Mr. O'HARE was married Dec. 1, 1867, at Briggsville, Marquette County, Wis., to Mary Ann DUNN, who was born in Quincy, Mass., Sept. 30, 1846, daughter of John and Bridget (MURRAY) DUNN. Her parents came to the United States from Dublin, Ireland, in the early 40's, and in 1851 came west to Douglas, Wis., where they settled on a farm. To Mr. and Mrs. O'HARE eight children were born, of whom the first and third born - Minnie and Agnes - are deceased. Those living are: John, of Detroit, Mich.; Thomas, of Wausau, Wis.; Abbie, now Mrs. Abbie DONNELLY, who is serving as deputy county clerk; Lyda (or Lydia), wife of B. N. MORAN of Rhinelander; Isabelle, wife of Emil HACK of the town of Pelican, Oneida County; and Gertrude now Mrs. H. R. YOUNG of Ironwood, Mich. Mrs. Mary Ann O'HARE, now 77 years of age, resides at the home of her daughter, Mrs. DONNELLY, at 314 Prospect Street, Rhinelander.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 679-680; 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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