"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.


Palo, Gust master mechanic for the Hackley-Phelps-Bonnell Co. of Phelps, Wis., was born in Finland, May 8, 1881, son of Gust and Elizabeth (PERNAA) PALO. The parents were natives of Finland who came to America and resided in this country about 15 years; then after the father had taken out naturalization papers they returned to Finland, where Mrs. Elizabeth PALO died Nov. 24, 1915. Gust PALO, Sr., is still living. Gust PALO, Jr., the subject of this sketch, attended school in his native land, and came to the United States in 1899, proceeding west to Wyoming, where he found employment for awhile in coal mining camps as a mining and machine worker, having learned the steam engineering trade in Finland. After remaining in Wyoming seven years, he went to Colorado, where he found similar employment in gold mining camps, remaining there four years. He then returned to Wyoming, where he obtained a job as machinist, having charge of the repair department of the plant in which he was employed. From there Mr. PALO went subsequently to the province of Ontario, Canada, and was foreman of the repair shop in the mining camp there for four years. After that he was foreman in the Fairbanks-Morse Scale Factory for 13 months. In 1917 he came to Phelps, Wis., and purchased 40 acres of land, residing on it until January, 1918, when he began work for the Hackley-Phelps-Bonnell Co. as machinist. In that position he remained one year, and at the end of that time was made master mechanic, in which position he has made a good record. Mr. PALO was married May 8, 1908, to Ellen HILL, of Colorado. He and his wife are the parents of three children, who were born as follows: Ernie Arthur, Dec. 21, 1909; Bertha Viola, July 13, 1913; and Ruth Irene, April 23, 1919. The family belong to the Lutheran Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 424, 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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