"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.


Poirier, Moses L. now deceased, a well-remembered pioneer of Merrill, was born in Valleyfield, Quebec, Sept. 23, 1840; he was adopted while a child by an uncle, Sir Hector LANGEVIN, and was reared by him and given a fine college education. They were subsequently associated together in business for a short time, but Mr. POIRIER was determined to make his own way in the world and he left Quebec and came to Green Bay, Wis., where he entered the employ of his two uncles who were operating a foundry there. He had great ability along mechanical lines and several of his inventions received very wide notice. He established himself as a machinist after he had been in Green Bay a short time and was very successful in this enterprise. On July 31, 1877, Mr. POIRIER married Lucille H. LECLAIRE, who was born at Green Bay, Feb. 3, 1849, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles LECLAIRE, and in 1884 he came with his family to Merrill and established his home here, where he was subsequently engaged in wholesale and retail trade on East Main Street until his death on July 21, 1908. His entire career was a successful one, not only in the material sense but in the lasting works he left behind and in the love and esteem of the entire community. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. POIRIER, as follows: Josephine, now of Merrill; F. Cecelia, deceased; Charles M., of Chicago; M. Rose, of Merrill; Luciele, who is Mrs. Carl BIERMAN of Merrill; Louis C., also of Merrill; Regina M., living at Rockford, Ill.; and Claire, a resident of Medford, Wis. During his lifetime Mr. POIRIER built a comfortable home at 1001 East First St., and the widow with two of her daughters and a son are now living there. The family are members of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Congregation, to which Mr. POIRIER also belonged.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 688; 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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