"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.


Owen, Edward B. who has been successfully engaged in the practice of dentistry at Merrill for 20 years, was born in Wales Aug. 20, 1850, son of Abraham and Mary OWEN. He studied under a private tutor in that country until he came to American with his mother and his two brothers, John and David, in May, 1859. The father had died some time previously, and both brothers are now also deceased. On their arrival in America the family settled at Albany, Green County, Wis., and there Edward B. was reared, attending the country schools near his home. Later he went to Madison and entered the University Academy to take the preparatory couse for entrance into the university, but his health failed and he was forced to abandon his college career for the time. He then remained at home until 1882, when he entered the Pennsylvania College of Dentistry at Philadelphia; upon completing his studies in that institution in 1885 he returned home and practiced dentistry for a time, but his health again broke down and he was compelled to give up his practice. After his recovery he took a special course in the Chicago Dental College at Chicago and then established an office at Oregon, Wis., where he subsequently practiced for two years. His mother passed away while living at Oregon. After removing from there Dr. OWEN located at Brodhead, Wis., and he practiced there for the following 16 years. In 1903 he came to Merrill, and he has ever since been in active practice here, moving to his present location at 402 1/2 West Main Street in 1904. He has built up a fine practice and occupies a very high place in the community. He owns a summer home at Lake View, near Merrill, and also has some farm land holdings near here; he is a stockholder in the Lincoln County Bank at Merrill. Since June, 1921, he has been interested in silver fox breeding, and he owns several pairs of these animals. Dr. OWEN stands very high in masonry, relative to which he has a large library and is a deep student; he has attained the 32nd degree in the lodge, belonging to the consistory and shrine at Milwaukee, the commandery at Janesville, and the blue lodge at Merrill. He takes a deep interest in everything conducive to the best interests of his city, and has been a member of its board of education for the past eight years or more. He affiliates with the Presbyterian Church and aids in its support, and throughout his long career here he has proved himself to be in everyway a fine and public-spirited citizen.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 754-755, 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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