"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.


Perinier, Samuel G. who lately passed away in the city of Rhinelander while serving his second term in the office of mayor, was a man whom the community could ill afford to lose. In the line of his business-that of contractor and builder-he added many beautiful edifices to the city of his adoption, and as a public official he proved able, honest and zealous, winning the esteem and admiration of his friends and the respect of his political opponents. Mr. PERINIER was born at Marquette, Mich., Jan. 1, 1867, son of A. S. and Rose (MCGUIRE) PERINIER. The father was a native of Wisconsin and the mother of Ireland and they were married in Marquette, Mich. In 1870 they moved to Ashland, Wis., where A. S. PERINIER became prominent as a building contractor, erecting many of the principal business blocks and residences there. After a business career of 17 years in that city he died Aug. 20, 1887; his wife died in 1911. Samuel G. PERINIER was a babe of three years when he accompanied his parents to Ashland, where he grew to manhood and attended the public schools. Then, after taking a commerical course in Minneapolis, he became associated with his father, under whom he learned the carpenter's and builder's trade, the association being continued until the father's death in 1887. During the next ten years he followed the same business in Montana and the Dakotas. In 1901 he came to Rhinelander and established himself in business here as a general contractor and builder, as such being actively engaged up to the time of his death, which occurred Feb. 16, 1923. He did a good deal of important work, acquiring a high reputation for skill, thoroughness and honest dealing. Among his constructions may be mentioned the J. D. MILRYE residence and HOSE House No. 2. In politics Mr. PERINIER was a staunch socialist but never permitted party affiliations to interfere with his administration of public affairs along the lines of impartial justice. He served one term as a member of the city board of education and was first elected mayor of Rhinelander in April, 1920. Having given the city a satisfactory administration, he was reelected in the spring of 1922 for another term for two years and it was while thus serving that he passed away. A. S. FORSYTH, city attorney, and a man who knew him well, in paying tribute to his memory, said: "Mr. PERINIER was board-minded, conscientious, sincere, fair and honorable in all his transactions. The poor and needy have lost an invaluable friend. When they appealed for assistance he enlisted his services for their benefit. In deciding problems as mayor of our city he permitted the merits of the situation and his conscience to control his judgment. His conspicuous and admirable qualifications were his spirit of fairness and justice. His deal ones have lost a precious husband and father, while we have all lost a sincere and valuable friend." Mr. PERINIER was fraternally affiliated with the local lodges of Elks and Eagles. He was married at Superior, Wis., Nov. 27, 1891, to Bessie O'CONNELL of Kilbourn City, Wis. Of this union there was one child, Maurice, who was born at Superior, Wis., March 14, 1893, and who is now in the advertising department of the McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., of Cleveland, Ohio. The family religion is that of the Catholic Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 329, 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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