"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.


Rendell, Arthur O. city engineer of Rhinelander, Oneida County, and superintendent of the water-works, was born in Devizes, England, Oct. 8, 1867, son of William and Ann (BOND) RENDELL. The father was in business for himself as a whitesmith and gas and steam-fitter, and was thus occupied until his death in 1884. His widow then came to America, settling in Utica, N. Y., where she remained until her death in 1912. There were ten children in the family, as follows: Herbert, a plumber in Utica, N. Y.; Harry a plumbing contractor in New York City; Anna, a nurse in Utica; Arthur O., of Rhinelander, Wis.; Bessie, principal of a school in Utica; Edith, who married C. E. JENKINS and is now a widow residing at Red Creek, N. Y.; Benjamin, a music dealer in Elmira, N. Y.; Alice, now Mrs. Robert Wallace of Poulsbo, Wash.; Helen, of New Hartford, N. Y.; and George, who is practicing law in Utica, N. Y. Arthur O. RENDELL acquired his early education in the common schools in England, and after coming to the United States at the age of 13, in 1880, continued his studies in the common school of New York State. This course of instruction was supplemented by home study on the subjects of mechanical and civil engineering. After having made fair progress in this direction, he went to Dexter, N. Y., and was for ten years with the Dexter Sulphite Pulp and Paper Co. His next move was to Austin, Penn., where he worked two year as mechanical engineer for the Bayless Paper & Pulp Co., and subsequently he spent two years with the Sturgeon River Paper & Pulp Co. In 1903 Mr. RENDELL came to Rhinelander and entered the employ of the Rhinelander Paper Co., subsequently working for them ten years as master mechanic. He then spent 11 months in the employ of the Escanaba Pulp & Paper Co., at Escanaba, Mich. In 1920 he returned to Rhinelander and was appointed to his present position as city engineer and superintendent of waterworks, in which he is giving good satisfaction. He took a very active part in home war work and has always shown a good civic spirit. His religious affiliations are with the Methodist Church, and he is a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge and Chapter. Mr. RENDELL was married in Providence, R. I., June 20, 1895, to Alberta DIAMOND of Napanee, Ontario, daughter of Barnabas and Elizabeth (HENDERSON) DIAMOND and born May 24, 1867. Her father died in Napanee, where he followed the occupation of miller, and his widow subsequently came to the United States.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 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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