"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.


Pierce, Charles A. woods superintendent for the Vilas County Lumber Co., was born in Wabasha County, Minn., Nov. 10, 1863, son of Alfred and Mary (SACKETT) PIERCE. The father was born in New York State and the mother in Barrien County, Michigan; after their marriage they moved to Wabasha County, Minn., which was then a frontier country, and there the father drove a team and did hand breaking, and also for a time drove the stage from Rochester to Red Wing. In 1867 he removed to Mecosta County, Mich., where he first engaged in farming and later took up the ministry, becoming a Methodist Episcopal layman and following this profession until his death at Carson City, Mich., in January, 1922; the wife and mother had passed away in August, 1906. Charles A. PIERCE was educated in the schools of Mecosta County, Michigan, and there grew to manhood. During this period he spent some time working at teaming in the woods, but made his home with his parents until he was 21 years of age. Since that time practically his whole career has been in the lumber industry. For 20 years he was with J. S. WEIDMAN in Mecosta County, Mich., four years of this time being spent in the mill and the balance as camp runner and woods superintendent. He then began farming, but his efforts along this line were of short duration. In September, 1910, he became associated with the Vilas County Lumber Co. at Winegar as camp foreman, and in April, 1911 he assumed the duties of his present position as woods superintendent for this company, having charge of all their woods, railroads, logging, etc. This is a position of great responsibility, but Mr. PIERCE has discharged its duties in a manner that is a credit to himself and his employers; he has proved himself a fine executive and a thoroughly able man. Fraternally he is a member of Notaway Lodge No. 424 of the Masonic Order at Weidman, Mich., and belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and the Maccabees. He has a farm of 120 acres in Isaelle County, Mich., and his career has been a most successful one. Mr. PIERCE was married at Altona, Mich., Dec. 16, 1891, to Miss Effie ANDERSON. Six children as follows, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. PIERCE: Floyd C., Gary, Ethel, Howard, Walter and Ray. Floyd C. is living at Pontiac, Mich.; he married Ethel BOGER. Gary, after having had previous military experience on the Mexican border, served during the World War in the Signal Corps, being overseas for 18 months; he was twice gassed and twice wounded, receiving bullet wounds in the leg and in the side. After spending some time in the hospitals in France he was returned to the United States with the rank of sergeant and remained here in training until his discharge at an Arizona camp, having at that time achieved the rank of lieutenant. Ethel is the wife of Jesse TROYER, who is connected with the Hubbard Springs Works in Pontiac, Mich.; she has one child, Donald. Howard PIERCE died in infancy. Walter is also with the Hubbard Springs Words and lives in Birmingham, Mich. Ray is living at home and is a student in the grade schools.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 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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