"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.


Rheaume, Anton C. an enterprising merchant of Rhinelander, engaged in the meat and grocery business, was born at St. Mary's, Quebec, Canada, son of Charles and Urcella (LA CLAIRE) RHEAUME. He was educated mainly in his native Dominion and in 1879 came to the States, located at St. Peter, Minn., where he worked about three years for the Winona & St. Peter Railway Co., for a while also attending night school. In 1882 he came to Wisconsin and was engaged in railroad work at New London and Antigo until June that year, at which time he came to Rhinelander. Here he found work helping in the construction of the old Lake Creek dam, and after that was completed he obtained a job in Brown Bros.' sawmill as a carriage rider and was thus occupied that summer. He then went to Mattoon, Wis., where he was employed by the Mattoon Mfg. Co., of Sheboygan, Wis., as a setter in their mill, where he remained for four years. In 1888 Mr. RHEAUME returned to Rhinelander, entering the employ of Brown Bros., for whom he worked as a setter for 12 years. In 1900 he went into the meat business with James GLEASON, operating the City Meat Market on Stevens Street. After three years the business was sold to William HARDELL, for whom Mr. RHEAUME worked for the next two years. In 1905 Mr. RHEAUME purchased the market again, and conducted it until 1907 in partnership with Erwin GUILDARY. He then purchased the latter's interest and until 1916 operated the market alone, when he took in his present partner, Nazair PECOR, Jr. On Sept. 9, 1917, they moved from Stevens Street to 120 Thayer Street, their present location. They carry a fine line of meats and staple groceries and have bult up an excellent trade. Mr. RHEAUME is a Catholic by religion and belongs to the Catholic Knights and Foresters. He was married May 7, 1887, in Phlox, Langlade County, Wis., to Luisa JENSEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John JENSEN, and of this marriage six children have been born, Jerome, Mabel, Ralph, Raymond, Isadore C. and Eleanore. The first born, Jerome, died at the age of 14 months. Mabel is now Mrs. E. G. KELTNER of Rhinelander; Ralph, now deceased, became a member of Company L, W. N. G., serving with that organization in Texas during the Mexican border troubles. With the same company he was enlisted for World War service and at Waco, Texas, was transferred to Company A. He sailed for France in February, 1917, and shortly after his arrival there was wounded while scouting, subsequently spending three months in the hospital. Later he was attached to the S. O. S. Department, being commissioned first lieutenant. Having contract typhoid-pneumonia, he was again sent to the hospital, where he remained until fater the armistice was signed. In December, 1918, he returned to the United States and was in the Walter Reed Hospital at Washington, D.C., until July, 1919. He then returned to Rhinelander, resuming his former position with the Mason & Donaldson Lumber Co. After remaining with them a short time he engaged in farming at Starks, Oneida County, and was thus occupied until his death, which occurred Aug. 22, 1921. He had been married at Waco, Texas, in April, 1920, to Edna KIPPES, who after his death returned to her home. Raymond RHEAUME is now a musician at Champaign, Ill. Isadore C. is in the employ of the Taylor Beverage Co. in Rhinelander; and Eleanore is attending school.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 338-339, 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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