"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.


Ostrander, Ervine C. proprietor of an up-do-date wood-working shop in Tomahawk, Lincoln County, was born at Poynette, Columbia County, Wis., March 14, 1879, son of Clayton and Martha (HERSHAW) OSTRANDER. The parents were both born in New York State, and from there Clayton OSTRANDER came west to Wisconsin when 12 years old, settling in Columbia County, where during the summers he worked on farms and in the winters attended school. Later he became employed in the lumber industry, rafting lumber down the Wisconsin River and through the Dells to the Mississippi and down to St. Louis. After his marriage at Poynette to Martha HERSHAW he engaged in farming and also worked in the lumber yard of Jamison Bros., later taking up carpenter work. About the year 1890 he came to Tomahawk and helped to build the Mitchell Hotel, after that following carpenter work as a contractor. He is now retired and is residing with his wife in this city. They have had seven children, those now living being Ervine C., Wallace, Maybelle, Jennie and Martha. The other two were Carl and one who died in infancy. Maybelle married B. A. ANDERSON and resides in Tomahawk. Jennie is the wife of John BOGIE, engineer in a sawmill at New Medford, Wis., who formerly served as alderman and assessor in Tomahawk. Martha is the wife of Ward FULCHER of Tomahawk. Ervine C. OSTRANDER as a boy attended school in Poynette and in 1892, at the age of 13, accompanied his parents to Tomahawk, where he finished his schooling. He then worked as clerk, bookkeeper and driver of a delivery wagon for E. W. WHITSON, and afterwards as clerk for Mr. JEFFRIES, remaining with the latter for one year. At the end of that time he went to Menoken, N.D., where he worked on a ranch for three years, after that going on to Oregon in which state he learned butter making. For two years he worked in a creamery and then for three years conducted one of his own. At the end of that time he returned to Tomahawk, Wis., and bought his father's wood-working shop, which he is now conducting, making frames, doors, screen-doors and carrying on a general woodworking business. He uses electric-motor power to drive his machinery. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. Mr. OSTRANDER was married at Coquielle, Oregon, June 15, 1917, to Myrtle RYCKMAN, daughter of Albert and Harriet RYCKMAN of Tomahawk. Mrs. OSTRANDER'S father is deceased but her mother is still residing here.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 680-681; 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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