"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'Leary, John E. well known hardware dealer of Minocqua and organizer of the J. E. O'Leary Lumber Co., was born at Tomah, Wis., July 18, 1869, son of John and Mary Ann (DAVIS) O'LEARY. He was educated in the grade and high schools of Tomah and subsequently attended school at St. Paul, Minn., following which he remained with the International Harvester Co. at Fargo for several years and then returned to Tomah. He came to Minocqua in 1897, and after working for seven or eight years in the general store operated by Arthur O. DORWIN he started the hardware business of J. E. O'LEARY, which he operated until he turned the management over to his son John J. on Jan. 1, 1923. About 1916 he organized the J. E. O'Leary Lumber Co., and he is owner and manager of this concern. He is widely known as a progressive and honest business man, and his long career in the business world of Minocqua has been an asset to the commercial development of that village. He served four years as treasurer of the town of Minocqua, and in many other ways has helped to carry forward the general welfare of the community. Fraternally he belongs to the Knights of Columbus, the Woodman of the World, and the Modern Woodmen of America, and he and his family are members of the Catholic Church. Mr. O'Leary was married at Tomah, Wis., June 15, 1891, to Elizabeth SHERIDAN, daughter of James and Jane SHERIDAN. Both of Mrs. O'LEARY'S parents are now deceased. Three children, John J., Paul, and Emmett, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. O'LEARY, but of these only John J. is now living, a sketch of whose life up to date appears below.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 282, 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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