"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.


Olkowski, Jr., John an active merchant of Three Lakes, engaged in the meat and grocery business, was born in this village, July 11, 1898, son of John and Agnes OLKOWSKI. The parents were born and reared in Poland and married in Three Lakes, Wis. The father, John, came to the United States about 1890, locating first in Chicago, where he remained for about five years. In 1895 he came to Oneida County, Wis., and purchased a small farm in the town of Three Lakes, which he and his wife subsequently operated for five years. At the end of that period he sold it and moved to the village, where he erected a building and established a meat market and saloon. The market he operated until 1921, when his son Harry took charge of it, who conducted it until he became manager of the Standard Oil Co.'s station here, after which John took charge of it, with whom the father is now living, Mrs. Agnes OLKOWSKI having passed away July 13, 1921. They had had nine children, seven of whom are now living, namely: John, subject of this sketch; Harry, previously mentioned; Frank, who assists his brother Harry in the management of the oil station, and is also his partner in operating a picture show and dance hall; Antoinette, now Mrs. Gaylord HELMICK of Three Lakes; Alex and Stacey, who are attending high school; and Edmond. John OLKOWSKI, Jr., acquired his education in Three Lakes and at the age of 17 begam to learn telegraphy in the employ of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway, serving as relief man for the first year. He then became operator at Summit Lake, where he remained five years. In March, 1923, he returned to Three Lakes and took over the meat and grocery business from his brother Harry. He was married Nov. 17, 1920, in Rhinelander, Wis., to Gladys GEHRKE, of Summit Lake, daughter of Charles and Anna Gehrke. Her father is still a resident of that place, her mother being deceased. Mr. and Mrs. OLKOWSKI are the parents of two children, John (3d) and Fern.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 319, 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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