"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.


Panabaker, Louis who was for many years a well known and popular citizen of Rhinelander, but is now deceased, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 13, 1856, son of Reuben and Nancy (SOUDERS) PANABAKER. The father was a native of Canada and the mother of Pennsylvania, and the former for many years operated sawmills in Ohio, being an expert saw filer. He died at the home of his son Louis in Rhinelander, his wife having previously passed away in Wausau. Louis PANABAKER was educated in Cleveland, Ohio, and worked for a while in sawmills with his father, from whom he learned the trade of saw filing. In 1884 he came to Wausau, Wis., where he was first employed by the Wausau Lumber Co. at sawing shingles. The next year he became saw filer for the La Haye & Beebe Lumber Co., in whose employ he remained for about four years. After that he did filing for smaller mills in the vicinity of Wausau until he came to Rhinelander in the fall of 1890, being first employed here by the Micklejohn & Olson Lumber Co. After that he worked for the F. S. Robbins Lumber Co. and for Brown Bros., with whom he remained nine years. During the last two years of his industrial career he worked at Ontonagon, Mich. His death occurred June 19, 1920. Mr. PANABAKER was an admirable man and citizen, well liked by all who knew him. He was fond of hunting and fishing, and being of a very social nature, always took some of his friends along with him and made them enjoy a good time. He was married April 6, 1881, at Amherst Junction, Wis., to Anna IVERSON, who was born in Waupaca, this state, April 24, 1861, daughter of Andrew and Martha (LARSON) IVERSON. Her parents were natives of Norway who came to America when young and were married at Stoughton, Wis. In the early 60's they settled in Wausau, where they resided until Mrs. IVERSON'S death on Sept. 23, 1874. After that event Mr. IVERSON went to Brookings, S.D., where he resided for about 20 years, being engaged in farming. He spent the last years of his life with his daughter, Mrs. PANABAKER of Rhinelander, passing away May 18, 1917. To Mr. and Mrs. IVERSON the following children were born: Louis, Eiver of Rhinelander; Anna, Widow of Louis PANABAKER; Hans, deceased; Henry; and Martin, who is deceased. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. PANABAKER were: Lillian, who died in infancy; Reuben; and Edna May, who is now Mrs. Phillip PARSCULT of Rhinelander. Mrs. PANABAKER has a comfortable home at No. 303 E. Frederick Street and is popular among a large number of friends and acquaintances.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 323, 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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