"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.


Owens, Lewis W. chief engineer for the Vilas County Lumber Co. at Winegar, was born at Clearfield, Pa., Nov. 1, 1866. He received is education at that place and remained at home until he was 20 years old, after which, in 1886, he came west to Michigan and located at Sullivan, 14 miles from Muskegon, following sawmill engineering there until 1892. He then followed the same line in Charlevoix County, mich., until 1907, and was next at Marenisco, Mich., until 1911. On Feb. 4 of the latter year he accepted his present position as chief engineer with the Vilas County Lumber Co. and came to Winegar. In addition to his work there he and his son-in-law, L. D. BRIGHTMAN, conduct a service station and automobile repairing establishment at Winegar, dispensing gasoline, lubricating oils, and accessories in addition to doing a general repair business and conducting the agency for the Chevrolet car. Mr. OWENS was married at Big Rapids, Mich., Nov. 21, 1889, to Dora CARMAN. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. OWENS, Fred, Gladys, and Arthur, of whom Arthur is now deceased. Fred is an engineer in the mill of the Vilas County Lumber Co.; he married Leona COUNTERS and has two children, Dora and Geraldine. Gladys is now Mrs. L. D. BRIGHTMAN and is the mother of one child, Shirley; Mr. BRIGHTMAN'S association in business with Mr. OWENS has been mentioned previously. Mr. OWENS is a very capable man and has taken an active and useful part in the public affairs of his community. He is now serving his third term as clerk of the town of Presque Isle, which includes the village of Winegar. He was justice of the peace for four terms, and for the nine years he has been a member of the school board of Winegar. He is a member of the Masonic lodge and the Beavers. Besides his interests in Winegar he has farm land holdings in Michigan.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 485, 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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