"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.


Parshall, M. Le Roy who is engaged in farming and dairying in Section 35, town of King, Lincoln County, was born in Michigan in 1873, son of Reuben and Frances PARSHALL. The parents, who were natives of the states of New York and Pennsylvania respectively, settled on a farm in Michigan in 1854. The father died about 1884 and the mother in 1923. They had three children who grew to maturity, Otis, M. Le Roy and Reuben. Mr. Le Roy PARSHALL was reared on the home farm, attending distruct school in boyhood, and helping his father in the farm work until he was 20 years old. Then in 1893 he came to Tomahawk and for three years subsequently was employed in the woods and mills of this place and the vicinity. He then bought an 80-acre farm in the town of Bradley, which he subsequently sold. The next few years were spent as a traveling salesman, selling text books for the D. C. Heath Co. In all he made Tomahawk his home for eight years. In 1919 Mr. PARSHALL bought his present place, then consisting of 40 acres of wild land, which he at one started to improve, his first task being to clear a space for a house and barn, which he proceeded to erect. He has since kept up the work of land clearing, keeps a herd of grade Holstein and Guernsey cattle and raises purebred Duroc-Jersey hogs. For a number of years he has taken a more or less prominent part in public affairs. He was formerly chairman of the town of Bradley and served for a while as treasurer of the city of Tomahawk. In the years 1919, 1920, 1921 and 1922 he was chairman of the town of King, and therefore as such a member of the county board, and he is now a member of the highway committee and of his local school board, his election of these various offices of responsibility and trust proving that his fellow citizens recognize him as a man of ability and integrity, one in whom they can have confidence. Mr. PARSHALL has been twice married: first at Tomahawk in 1895 to Julia EMERY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George EMERY, who came to Tomahawk from Pensylvania in 1890, and are both now deceased. Mrs. Julia PARSHALL died after eight years of married life, in 1903, leaving three children, Otis, Wavie and Wallace. In 1904 Mr. PARSHALL was married secondly to Emma ROBARGE, daughter of Thomas and Virginia ROBARGE. Her father, who was a native of Canada, has passed away, while her mother, who was born in Wisconsin, is living. Of the second marriage of our subject three children have been born, two of who are living, Grace and James, both at home. The mother died in 1916 and the daughter Grace is now keeping house for her father.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 777, 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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