"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.


Radcliffe, Amos attorney at law and prominent business man of Eagle River, was born in Bancroft, Portage County, Wis., March 2, 1878, son of John and Anna (RAGAN) RADCLIFFE. In 1888 he came with his parents to Minocqua, Vilas County, where he attended school. Later, having accompanied them to Eagle River, he was graduated from the high school there with the class of 1897. He was subsequently engaged in clerical work in the court house and also served as deputy in several offices. In 1904 he entered the Minnesota State University and after being graduated from the law course with the class of 1907 was admitted to the Wisconsin State Bar that summer. He then returned to Eagle River and opened an office for the practice of his profession. In 1909 he was elected district attorney, an office that he resigned in 1911, when he was appointed county judge to serve out the term of his predecessor. Having done so, he was then elected to that office, in which he served several years. In 1919 Mr. RADCLIFFE organized the E. M.Hammes Co., who sold their rights in the following year to the Wisconsin-Michigan Lumber Co. In 1922 he organized the Radcliffe Manufacturing Co., of which he is president, Edward M. HAMMES, vice president, and G. F. SANBORN, secretary and treasurer. In 1912 Mr. RADCLIFFE became associated with the L. Starks Co., of Chicago, who erected a large potato warehouse on Eagle River, and since August, 1922, he has been secretary and treasurer of the company. In partnership with his brother Arthur--each having a half interest--he is proprietor of a 480-acre farm in the town of Lincoln, 100 acres of which are under cultivation and 150 acres in clover. They also raise certified seed potatoes, in 1922 raising 10,000 bushels, or an average of 200 bushels per acre. Formerly Mr. RADCLIFFE owned some lake frontage on the Eagle chain of lakes. While this country was engaged in the World War he served as food administrator for Vilas County and was also chairman of the War Savings Committee for the county, taking a strong patriotic interest in the work and proving himself a capable official. Mr. RADCLIFFE was marred in Oshkosh, Wis., April 1, 1899, to Emma SCHAEFFER, daughter of Julius and Mary (HIRZEL) SCHAEFFER; her parents are now farmers at Clare, Mich. Three children have been born of this union, Lenore, John Robert and Irene. Mrs. RADCLIFFE is treasurer of the Congregational Church, of which she is a member, and is a member also of the Earnest Workers' Club and of the Woman's Club of Eagle River.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 406, 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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