"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.


Peevy, Addison O. a farmer and potato merchant living in Rhinelander, Oneida County, where he is a well known and respected citizen, was born in Waushara County, Wisconsin, July 26, 1878, son of John R. and Martha (WRIGHT) PEEVY. The father was born in Kennebunk, Maine, and the mother at East Evans, Erie County N.Y., Aug. 15, 1847. They were married June 19, 1864, at Wautoma, Wis., and a few weeks afterwards, on Aug. 31, John R. PEEVY left his young bride to perform a soldier's part in the war, enlisting in Company M, Wisconsin Heavy Artillery. On the close of hostilities in the spring of the following year, he returned home and he and his wife settled in Waushara County, where for two years he was engaged in farming. He then moved to Plainfield and engaged in the grocery business, an occupation which he followed there for four years. After that he became a buyer of stock, grain and pototoes for L. STARKS of Plainfield and continued in that employment until his death Sept. 20, 1916. His wife passed away March 22, 1921. Their children were: Altana, born July 28, 1866; Prinetha, Nov. 14, 1868; Elmer E., Dec. 29, 1875; Addison O., July 26, 1878; Arthur J., Feb. 7, 1883; and William H., Feb. 12, 1877. The last mentioned died in the year of his birth. Addison O. PEEVY acquired his education in the public schools of Plainfield, Wis., but it was limited to the most essential studies, as at the early age of 12 years he entered the business world, becoming a potato buying for L. STARKS & Co., his father's employers. In this business he became so expert that he was made manager of a string of warehouses for the company, to which he sometimes stood in the relation of a partner, at other times being on salary. In 1913 he came to Rhinelander to take charge of the firm's warehouses here, and he was also engaged to look after others in this vicinity. He now has two warehouses in this city and built the residence he now owns and occupies at No. 619 Randall Street. In addition to his activities in the potato industry, Mr. PEEVY was placed in charge of several large farms belonging to his employers; but in which he, himself, had a financial interest. In 1922 he bought a farm of 137 acres in Crescent Township, which he is now operating, his brother-in-law, Charles MARSH, acting as foreman. On this place he has a good herd of grade Guernsey cattle. He makes a specialty, however, of raising certified seed potatoes, his leading varieties being the "Triumph" and "Rural." He also sells potato sprayers and fertilizers, and deals to some extent in horses, handling from 30 to 40 each years. His other business interests include those of a stockholder in the Oneida National Bank and the Jackson Motor Company. His success proves his ability, and his strict integrity in all the relations of life, coupled with an agreeable manner, has made him many friends. Mr. PEEVY was married at Taylor, Wis., to Ella MARSH, who was born at Riverside, Minn., Dec. 25, 1881, daughter of Charles F. and Clara E. (MOULTON) MARSH. Her father, who was for several years engaged in farming, later moved with his family to Taylor, where for many years he conducted a grist and feed mill. He and his wife are living retired in Taylor. Mr. and Mrs. PEEVY are the parents of one child, Charles Addison, who was born Sept. 14, 1905, who was graduated from the Rhinelander High School in the class of 1924.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 320-321, 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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