"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.


Reed, Charles P. owner of Highland Farm in Section 21, town of Conover, was born in Sweden, July 25, 1873, son of Ole Anderson and Anna (LESSA) ANDERSON, both of whom are now deceased. He was educated in his native land and came to this country in 1893, landing at New York, whence he went directly to Rockford, Ill., a city in which many of his own race had settled and were prospering, being largely employed in the numerious furniture factories. He, however, applied himself to farm work for the first two years, after which for two years more he followed the carpenter's trade. In 1897 he returned to Sweden and remained there for two years. In the spring of 1899 he came back to this country, locating at Geneva, Ill., where he worked as a carpenter for three years, or until the fall of 1902. It was then that he became an independent farmer, coming to Vilas County and buying 80 acres of land in Section 21, town of Conover, in partnership with his brother Gust. They owned the place together until 1915, when Charles P. purchased his brother's interests. They had been the first settlers in the town of Conover and resided in the village or hamlet of that name until they had built their house. During the winters they worked in the woods at logging. As a branch of his farming operations, Mr. REED at an early day conceived the idea of starting an apple orchard, but was told by his neighbors that it could not be made a success. However, in 1905 he resolved to try the experiment and accordingly set out 12 trees, adding more each year until today he has an orchard of 80 trees which bear such good fruit that he has taken several prizes at county fairs and is often spoken of an the "Apple King" of northern Wisconsin. He is also a successful raiser of strawberries and ahs an apiary of ten swarms. Of his land he has cleared 20 acres. Mr. REED has shown himself active and useful as a citizen. He has brought into the town a number of new settlers and helped them to get started, and he rendered service for one term as a member of school board of District No. 3. He was married in Rockford, Ill., Au. 18, 1899 to Helen ANDERSON and they are the parents of ten children: Anton Raymond, residing on the home farm; Alof Reuben, of Twin Lake; Carl Eldo, on the home farm; Paul Simon of State Line; and Amelia, Lawrence, Malcolm, Anna, Waldo and Irene, all of whom are residing at home. The family are consistent members of the Swedish Lutheran Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 755-756, 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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