"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.


Poutre, Joseph business man and farmer, and a pioneer of Tomahawk, Lincoln County, was born at St. John, province of Quebec, Canada, Dec. 4, 1864, son of Napoleon and Julia POURTE. The parents were of French-Canadian birth and ancestry and the father, Napoleon POUTRE, was a farmer who had inherited his farm from his father, Petre POUTRE, who was the original progenitor of the family in Canada, having come to that country from France. In later life Mr. and Mrs. Napoleon POUTRE retired from farming and took up their residence in the city of St. John, where both died, the former in 1900 and the latter in 1914. They had a family of 13 children, Napoleon, Raphael, Azinda, Charles H., Aurore, Joseph E., Joseph, Malvina, Josephine, Eugene, Delema, Calixt, and Hyppolite, the three last mentioned being now deceased. Joseph E. is now a physician in Manistee, Mich. Joseph POUTRE, the direct subject of this sketch, was reared in Canada, where he attended school, and subsequently worked on the home farm. In April, 1887, he crossed the border into the United States and went to Muskegon, Mich., where for four months he was employed in sawmills. From there he went to Minneapolis, where he also worked in mills, and during the following winter of 1887-88 in the woods at logging. In the fall of 1888 he came to Tomahawk, where the lumber and logging industry was in full swing, and he was in the woods during the ensuing winter. In the summer of 1889 he returned to Minneapolis. In the fall of that year he worked for Ross & Brooks at Harrison, Wis. Then in the spring of 1890 Mr. POUTRE opened a saloon in Tomahawk which he has conducted ever since, for the last few years as a soft drink emporium. He is also engaged in farming a tract of 80 acres of partly improved land. He is a stockholder in the Bank of Tomahawk and from 1905 to 1910 was connected with a cigar factory in this city. He is a member of the fraternal order of Eagles, and is well known and popular. He has never married.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 693; 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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