"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.


Sanborn, George Frederick of Eagle River, president of the Sanborn Company, secretary and treasurer of the Radcliffe Manufacturing Co., and a director of the First National Bank, was born Dec. 9, 1870, in Antrim, Ohio, son of George W. and Cornelia C. (WHITTEMORE) SANBORN. The parents were married in Swanton, Vt., in which town George W. SANBORN was engaged in a general merchandise business under the firm name of Page, Sanborn & Catlin. It was in 1860 that he moved with his wife to Antrim, Ohio, and contracted to build the Ohio Central Railway. Later he became a farmer at Antrim, where he remained subsequently until his death on Aug. 25, 1905; his wife died May 27, 1874. They had been the parents of seven children, as follows: A. W., an attorney in Ashland, who served two terms as state senator; May, Now Mrs. Dr. T. W. TRIMBLE of Tacoma, Wash.; Florence J., a teacher in Portland, Ore.; Alma, wife of C. H. BOND of Estas Park, Colo.; Paul, deceased, who was an attorney, in Waupaca; Dr. M. E. SANBORN, who died in Eagle River; and George Frederick, subject of this sketch. George Frederick SANBORN acquired his elementary education in the district school at Antrim, Ohio, later attended the high school at Stevens Point, Wis., and then entered Muskegon College, then the law department of the Cincinnati College, from which he was graduated with the class of 1894. In August, that year, he came to Eagle River, becoming a member of the law firm of Sanborn & Wash, and his association with Mr. WALSH was continued for two years. After that he practiced alone until 1900, serving as district attorney in 1897 and 1898. In 1900 Mr. SANBORN went to Ashland, Wis., where he remained until 1909, being associated with his brother, A. W. SANBORN, and together they organized the Sanborn Company, a timber concern. In 1909 they transferred their activities to Portland, Ore., where they subsequently remained for six years engaged in the timber business. From 1915 to 1918 their headquarters were in Chicago. They then returned to Eagle River and reopened offices here and have since been handling cut-over lands, placing many settlers in Vilas County, in which they own 32,000 acres. Mr. SANBORN was one of the men who got the Wisconsin-Michigan Lumber Co. to erect a saw mill in Eagle River, this being now the biggest industry in Vilas County. In 1922 he completed the Sanborn Building in the village, a two-story brick structure, 50x80 feet in dimensions, located on Wall Street between Main and Railroad streets. The main floor is occupied by the Farmers & Merchants State Bank and a grocery company, the second floor being divided into office rooms. Mr. SANBORN is an interested member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, belonging to the lodge at Ashland. He was married June 20, 1896, in Antigo, Wis., to Mayme E. SLATTERY, daughter of Reuben and Deborah (DUNN) SLATTERY. Her mother is now a resident of Eagle River, the father being deceased. There is one child of this union, namely, John M., who is now attending high school. Mr. and Mrs. SANBORN adopted four other children, however, who were left motherless on the death of her sister. There are: Eilleen, who is now a graduate nurse following her profession in Chicago; Helen and Deborah, employed in the Sanborn Company's offices in Eagle River; and Gilbert, who is attending school in Indiana.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 425-426, 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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