"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.


Richards, George D. general superintendent of works for the Vilas County Lumber Co. at Winegar, was born at Breckenridge, Colo., Oct. 6, 1877, and was educated in the schools of Denver and of Des Moines. He began as a wage earner at the age of 16 years, when he became a bell boy in the Kirkwood Hotel at Des Moines. After remaining with the hotel for a short time he followed various occupations in different parts of the country for three years, and in the winter of 1898-99 he came to Owen, Wis. and entered the employ of the John S. OWEN Lumber Co., his first work with them being a railroad construction; when he left them in 1920 he has achieved the position of yard superintendent. While living at Owen he served the village as clerk for 12 years, as justice of the peace, and as chairman of the commercial club for three years. He was also prominent in lodge circles at that place, being a charter member of the Knights of Pythias lodge there and serving for eight years as their grand representative. Mr. RICHARDS is also a member of the Masonic order, the Beavers, and the Modern Woodmen of America. On Jan. 1, 1920, he came to Winegar as yard foreman for the Vilas County Lumber Co. His rise was rapid, and he is now general superintendent of all their works here, and owns stock in the company. He is a man of exceptional ability, a fine executive, and he has taken a useful part in the public affairs of this community, being elected chairman of Presque Isle board in 1923, a fine tribute to his capabilities by the residents of this locality.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 496-497, 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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