"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.


Smith, Charles F., a prominent member of the Oneida County bar, formerly municipal judge of Rhinelander, was born in Nashville, Tenn., April 25, 1887, son of Charles F. and Anna (DU PRE') SMITH. The parents, natives of that place, came to Wisconsin in 1894, Charles F. SMITH, Sr., becoming a professor in the University of Wisconsin, in which position he served until 1917. He is now living retired in Madison. Mrs. Anna SMITH is now deceased. They have five children, namely: Warren D., now a professor in the University of Oregon; Julia, wife of E. J. HARVEY of Racine, Wis.; Anna, wife of E. W. BLAKEMAN of Madison; Charles F., of Rhinelander; and Daniel D., an instructor in Princeton University, New Jersey. Charles F. SMITH (Jr.) was graduated from the high school in Madison in 1904 and from the University of Wisconsin in 1908. He then applied himself to the study of law and, having passed the state examination in 1910, opened a law office in Rhinelander in the old Shepard Block, where he remained until the completion of the First National Bank building, into which he moved. Here he has since remained and practiced his profession with gratifying success, having a large clientele. In 1913 he was appointed municipal judge, to which office he was elected twice, serving until 1921. Since coming to Rhinelander Mr. SMITH has identified himself closely with community affairs and has shown a good civic spirit. He is a member of the Rhinelander Advancement Association, of which he was the president in 1919. He also organized the Oneida Hotel Co., which he has since served as secretary. While the United States was engaged in the World War he took a prominent part in home patriotic work. He was chairman of the executive committee of the county offensive; chairman of the County Patriotic Fund; chairman of the Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Liberty Loan drives in the city of Rhinelander, and chairman of the County War Construction Board, and he also toured all of the northern counties of the state as a four-minute speaker. He is an active member of the Rhinelander Rotary Club, having served as its first president, and fraternally is a Mason and an Elk, having served two years as exalted ruler in the local Elks lodge, and two years as master in the Masonic Blue lodge here, besides being a member of the Chapter R. A. M. He and his family attend an help to support the Congregational Church. Mr. SMITH was married Sept. 1, 1913, in Superior, Wis., to Jeanette BURNSEN, her parents being prominent residents of that city, and her father now a retired lumberman. The result of this marriage is two children: Elizabeth J., born Jan. 29, 1916, and Charles F., Jr., born July 16, 1918. The family has a high social standing and Rhinelander and Mrs. SMITH is an active member of the Woman's Club and the Priscillas.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 238 (with picture); 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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