"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.


Strangstad, John O. yard superintendent for the Brown Bros. Lumber Co., Rhinelander, was born in Norway, Aug. 17, 1871, son of Ole and Elizabeth (BAKKE) STRANGSTAD. The parents were farming people of that country, both of whom are now deceased. John O. acquired a public school education in his native land and in 1888, being then in his seventeenth year, he came to the United States, settling first at Westby, Vernon County, Wis., in the vicinity of which place he followed farming for awhile. In 1890 he came to Rhinelander and went to work for the Day Bros. Lumber Co., being employed in their yards until 1894, in which year that company ceased to do business in Rhinelander. Mr. STRANGSTAD then became lumber inspector for the Robbins Lumber Co., in which position he remained for two years. His next employment was with the Clayton Lumber Co., with whom he remained for three years until they sold out to Johnson & Hinman, with which latter company he also stayed three years as inspector. He then became inspector for the A. S. Badger Lumber Co., remaining in that position three years and then working for that company one year as yard superintendent. Since then he has been in the employ of the Brown Bros. Lumber Co., first as inspector, also doing road work, and in 1917 he became their yard superintendent, in which position he is still serving. During his industrial career Mr. STRANGSTAD has always shown energy and capability, striving to do his full duty to his employers whomever they might be. That he is personally popular is shown by the fact that he was supervisor of the First Ward for six years and alderman of the same ward for eight years. In 1901 he bought a good residence at 1034 Mason Street, which he has remodeled. He is also interested financially in other city property. His fraternal society affiliations are with the Odd Fellows. On Nov. 9, 1898, Mr. STRANGSTAD was united in marriage at Rhinelander, to Thea HENNIE, who was born in Norway, June 6, 1871, and came to the United States in 1894. Mr. and Mrs. STRANGSTAD are the parents of six children, Lucille, Erling, Clara, Walter, Harvey and Dorothy. Lucille, who is a graduate of the Rhinelander High School and the Superior State Normal School, is now a teacher at Iron Mountain, Mich. Erling, also a graduate of the Rhinelander High School, is residing at home with his parents, as are also the four youngest members of the family. Mr. STRANGSTAD and family are members of the Lutheran Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 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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