"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.


Rutherford, Jack one of the best known hunters and trappers of northern Wisconsin, residing in Winegar, Vilas County, was born Nov. 12, 1871, in Waupaca Wis., son of Robert and Eliza (SPIKES) RUTHERFORD, the father being a native of Scotland and the mother of Ireland. Robert RUTHERFORD learned the trade of tailor in his native land and after coming to the United States followed it for several years in Boston. In the early 60's he came to Wisconsin and established a tailoring business in Weyauwega, following it there for several years. He then moved to Waupaca, where he continued till 1892, when he moved to California. Jack RUTHERFORD as a boy attended the common school in Waupaca, after which he assisted his mother on the farm which had been purchased by his father before the latter's death, remaining at home until 1891. In 1892 he went west and was for eight years in the employ of the Kimball & Clark Lumber Company at Kimball, subsequently working four years for the Montreal Lumber Company at Myres. During the 12 years that he was with these two lumber companies he followed trapping during the winter months. It was in 1905 that Mr. RUTHERFORD came to Winegar, Vilas County, where he has since made his home, and is engaged in trapping, hunting and guiding. Mr. RUTHERFORD recently sold some property he owned east of Winegar and purchased 40 acres on Anna Lake with 55 rods of fine lake frontage, where he is building a new home. Mr. RUTHERFORD was married July 16, 1891 in Waupaca County, Wisconsin to Mary LARSON. They are the parents of one son, Harry, who works for the Vilas County Lumber Company in Winegar.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 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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