"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.


Pomes, Nichlaus, a Civil War soldier who many years ago established a home in the town of Three Lakes, Oneida County, which his wife and children subsequently developed into a fine farm, was born in Belgium, Mar. 10, 1834. He was reared and educated in his native land , where he lived until 1860, when he came to the United States. Soon afterwards, or perhaps immediately, he came west to Wisconsin. It was a critical period in the history of the nation, for in the following year the Civil War broke out and young POMES, moved by the spirit of adventure, or perhaps finding it difficult to obtain employment, enlisted in Co. E., 14th Wis. Vol. Inf. At the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861, he was wounded in the ankle, which caused him to be lame for the rest of his life. This disability caused his early discharge from the army and he returned to Wisconsin and re-entered the ranks of civil industry, for the most part doing carpenter work, though when necessary he turned his hand to other occupations. On July 29, 1879, he was married to Anna M. WICKERT, who was born in Manitowoc County, Wis., Sept. 13, 1853. In 1893 he came with his family to Oneida County , taking a homestead in the town of Three Lakes, which he started to improve, and although handicapped by his crippled leg, he had made some progress when death called him on May 7, 1897. His wife remained on the homestead and proved it up and, with the help of her children, in time developed it into a fine farm, though during the early years she had to keep boarders--mostly loggers--to help pay expenses. In 1909 Mrs. POMES sold the farm and moved to the village of Three Lakes, where she established a new home, buying a dwelling-house, which, with the aid of her sons, she has remodeled into one of the prettiest residences in the village. It is of cobblestone veneer construction, with a large screened porch and its comfortably furnished. Here in her declining years she is enjoying a life of comparative leisure after many years of arduous toil and anxiety. She has reared a family of five children, namely: William, born July 22, 1880; Bernard A.; Jan. 9, 1882; Gertrude, May 4, 1884; Isabella, May 25, 1886; and Rose, July 18, 1890. Bernard A., who resides with his mother, married Mary KOSHUTA and has one child, Donald. Gertrude is now Mrs. Edward FRASER of Winton, Minn., and has four children, Cephrin, Lawrence, Marie and Dorothy. Isabella is the wife of Joseph MARSNEC of Washburn, Wis., and has seven children, Madeline, Irene, Catherine, lillian, Harry, Robert and Donald. Rose is the wife of Henry BREWSTER of Warroad, Minn. In addition to rearing her own children, Mrs. POMES has brought up and educated three step children, the children of her husband by a former marriage, namely, Joseph, Mary and Louise; and as Joseph married and lost his wife, who left three children, Vernon, Pearl and Margaret, she has reared them also, thus making a total of 11 children whom she has cared for and been a mother to, a record of which any women might have reason to be proud. She and her family are members of the Catholic Church, as was also her husband.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 253 (with picture of Mrs. Pomes); 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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