"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.


Shannon, William J. well-remembered as a citizen of Tomahawk Lake, Oneida County, who passed from this life on April 5, 1922, was born in Taunton, England, Dec. 12, 1866. He came to the United States with his parents at the age of eight years; the family settled at Appleton, Wis., and from that place he came to Rhinelander in 1888, working as a clerk in the stores of Mr. FINLAND and Spafford & Cole during the early period of his residence here. About 1891 he established himself in the grocery business, and later he entered into partnership with Charles NELSON under the firm name of Shannon and Nelson, continuing in this connection until 1914, when he sold his interests and removed to Tomahawk Lake, where he spent the remainder of his life. An able man, his career was a very successful one both in the commercial sense and as regards the more abstract treasures of life; he gained the full love and trust of all who knew him, and his passing was widely mourned. Mr. SHANNON was first married in 1902 to Miss Sarah HARDY, who died on Feb. 2, 1904, leaving one child, Albert W., who is now residing in Rhinelander. April 23, 1913, Mr. SHANNON was united in marriage with Mrs. Frone FLIGEL, who in maiden life was Frone WENDEL; she was born in Germany, June 2, 1877, daughter of Joseph and Anna (BUKLERCER) WENDEL, both of whom were natives of Germany and are now deceased. Mrs. Frone SHANNON came to America with her parents when she was 17 years old; the parents returned to their native land a few years later, and she subsequently made her home with her aunt, Mrs. TRACE, as Tomahawk Lake, until her marriage to Charles FLIGEL. Three children were born to this union: Mabel, who is now Mrs. MATS of Tomahawk Lake; and Arthur and Anna, who are deceased. One child, William W., was born to her subsequent union with Mr. SHANNON. Mrs. SHANNON is very well known in the community about Tomahawk Lake; she conducts a general store there; being the owner of the store building and of eight lots in the village, and she is liked and respected by all.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 401-402, 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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