"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.


Searl, Art head of the firm of Art Searl & Co., operating a feed mill in Tomahawk, Lincoln County, and who for some years has taken a prominent part in civic affairs, was born in Merrill, this county, in 1888, son of C. E. and Emma SEARL. The father who was born in Wisconsin Rapids, and who became a jeweler, was at the time of his death on March 29, 1820, the oldest business man in Merrill. The mother is still living and is now a resident of Tomahawk. They had five children, Ethel, Harl, Nile, Art and Ed, of whom Ed is now deceased. Art SEARL was reared in his native town of Merrill, where he attended school. He then became a traveling salesman, working nine years for a grocery and fruit house in Minneapolis. It was in 1915 that he came to Tomahawk and engaged in farming on a 400-acre farm, which he owns and 140 acres of which is under cultivation. He also buys and sells potatoes and at one time owned five warehouses, at Rhinelander, Tomahawk, Merrill, Cassian and Bass Lake respectively, but in 1921 disposed of those at Rhinelander and Merrill. On Feb. 1, 1920, he established the feed mill he is now conducting and which has a capacity of ten tons daily. He grinds all kinds of feed for stock and poultry and is also conducting a wholesale and retail flour, feed and hay business, employing five men altogether and having a three-ton truck for delivery service. On his farm he keeps a herd of high grade Holstein cattle, with a pure-bred sire, also Chester-White hogs and Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock and White Leghorn chickens. He also owns the only heavy pure-bred Percheron stallion in the northern part of Lincoln County. He was chairman of the town of King in 1919-20, and as such a member of the county board, and was elected alderman from the First Ward of Tomahawk in 1922. He is secretary of the Lincoln County Holstein Breeder's Association. Mr. SEARL was married in Merrill in 1915 to Nine DAVIS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. D. DAVIS, who were early settlers in this part of Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs. SEARL are the parents of two children, Davis and Arnine. In their home they have the first piano that was ever brought into Lincoln County.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 714-715, 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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