"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.


Rumery, George L. a veteran lumberman of Rhinelander, manager of the Rhinelander Builder's Supply Co., was born in Oshkosh, Wis., July 19, 1859, son of John P. and Margaret M. (SMITH) RUMERY. The parents were natives of the state of Maine, where they grew up and were married. After coming west and settling in Oshkosh, they remained residents of that city for 20 years, John P. RUMERY being engaged in the logging and lumbering business. At the end of that time he purchased a farm on the Omro road, which he operated for a while, but later returned to Oshkosh, where he subsequently lived retired until his death in 1910; his wife died in 1914. They had seven children: George L., the subject of this sketch; William, now in the lumber business at Clovis, Calif.; Charles, operating a summer resort at Hazelhurst, Oneida County; Walter, in the employ of the Paine Lumber Co., at Oshkosh; Robert, with the Chandler Bros.' foundry at Oshkosh; Arthur, of Toledo, Ohio; and Mamie, who is married and lived in Oshkosh. George L. RUMERY acquired his education in the schools of Oshkosh. He then became connected with the lumber industry, working on the river and in the woods. In 1886 he came to Oneida County and for years worked in a store at Gagen, also assisting in the post office work, during that time being in the employ of the Crane Lumber Co. Coming to Rhinelander in 1889, he entered the employ of the Brown Bros. Lumber Co., with which concern he remained until 1910, starting as a lumberjack in the woods, subsequently becoming a lumber grader, a position which he held for a number years - and then shipping clerk in the planing mill. In all these capacities Mr. RUMERY proved himself a reliable and competent man, and when Walter D. BROWN in 1910 established the Rhinelander Builders' supply Co., he chose Mr. RUMERY as his manager. In this position he has since remained and is popular with the patrons of the concern. He is a member of the Congregational Church and also of the local I. O. of Foresters lodge. On Oct. 10, 1888, Mr. RUMERY was united in marriage, in Fond du Lac, Wis., with Nettie FIELDS, who was born oct. 6, 1863, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aden FIELDS. Her parents now dead, were residents of Fond du Lac County for over 70 years, and Mr. FIELDS was a Civil War veteran, having served as a member of Company B., 32d Wis. Volunteers. Mr. and Mrs. RUMERY have been the parents of two children, both of whom are now deceased. Their favorite recreation is motoring and they take many trips in their car during the summer months.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 737-738, 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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