"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.


Paquette, George L. superintendent of the sawmill of the Hackley-Phelps Bonnell Co. at Phelps, was born oct. 11, 1877, at Montague, Mich., son of Peter and Fidella (CARTWRIGHT) PAQUETTE. The parents were natives of Paris, France, and went to Canada in their youth; both later removed to New York and they were there married. Shortly afterward they settled in Montague, Mich., where they spent the remainder of their lives, the father being a sawmill man with the White Pine Lumber Co. for many years. They were the parents of four children: Mary, now Mrs. Daniel MCDONALD, of Montague, Mich.; George L., subject of this sketch; Lucy, now Mrs. Albert THOMPSON, of Muskegon, Mich.; and Maude, now Mrs. Jay SMITH of New York. George L. PAQUETTE attended the public schools in Montague, Mich., and subsequently learned the basket-making trade in the factory of the E. L. King Basket Co., following this trade for three years. In 1897 he started in sawmill work as a laborer with the W. H. White Company of Poyne City, Mich. When he severed his connection with this company 15 years later he was superintendent of their mill, his exceptional ability and his self-sacrificting loyalty to the interests of his employers having won him repeated promotion. In March, 1918, he came to Phelps as superintendent of mill and yard for the Hackley-Phelps-Bonnell Co. In 1920 when the mill commenced day and night operations he was relieved of his duties in connection with the yard, but was later made barn superintendent and superintendent of construction and repairing of tramways. He now has 100 men under him. He is a thoroughly able man with a wonderful knowledge of the lumber business in all its branches. Besides his work in this line he has very broad interests and his sphere of usefulness in the community is a wide one. During the 15 years he resided in Poyne City he became a member of the band there, and on coming to Phelps he organized a 16-piece band, of which he is the director. He has developed this band into a fine musical aggregation and it is a valuable addition to the civic life. In 1921 Mr. PAQUETTE was appointed justice of the peace to fill an unexpired term, and he was elected for a full term in 1922-23. His fraternal affiliations are with the Odd Fellows. Mr. PAQUETTE was married June 12, 1917, to Mrs. Eva SIMONSON, who in maiden life was Miss Eva EVANS; she was a daughter of James and Mary (ST. CLAIR) EVANS. Mrs. PAQUETTE is the mother of two children by her first marriage: Alvin, now a government radio operator in Manistique, Mich.; and Rex, engaged in the same work on the ship "North Dakota" now stationed at Balboa, South America.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 489-490, 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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