"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.


Reardon, John J. proprietor of the Reardon Drug Co.'s store, and president of the Oneida National Bank, at Rhinelander, was born Oct. 1, 1863, in Grand Rapids, Mich., son of John and Hannah (SHEA) REARDON. The parents, who were natives of Pennsylvania, removed in the early 50's to Michigan, settling on a farm near Grand Rapids, where they remained for the rest of their lives. John j. REARDON attended school in Grand Rapids and a high school at Cedar Springs, Mich., from which he was graduated in 1881. He then entered a drug store at Cedar Springs, where he learned the drug business, becoming a registered pharmacist in 1883. His next employment was as prescription clerk in a drug store in Grand Rapids, a position in which he remained for four years. In the fall of 1887 he came to Rhinelander, Wis., and entered into business for himself, buying a drug store which was located where the Merchants Bank now stands, and which he conducted for five years. In 1892 Mr. REARDON moved to his present location on the southeast corner of South Brown and East Davenport Streets, and here he has since conducted business under the style of the Reardon Drug Company, his son Ronald S. having been his partner since 1918. His place is sometimes known as the Rexall store, he having the privilege of selling the well known proprietary remedies manufactured under that name. Mr. REARDON was elected president of the Oneida National Bank when it was organized in April, 1920. He is a director of the Rhinelander Daily News Co., and in various ways has taken an active and leading part in promoting the advancement and prosperity of the community. He served as alderman of the Fifth ward for one term and was for one year a member of the county board. He is affiliated fraternally with Rhinelander Lodge, No. 598, B. P. O. E. On Nov. 20, 1888, Mr. REARDON was united in marriage, at Grand Rapids, Mich., to Carrie A. KIMBELL, and he and his wife are the parents of two children: Una S., now Mrs. H. A. WALLACE of Pittsburg, Penn., and Ronald S., who as already stated, is his fathers' business partner.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 336-337, 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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