"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.


Sutliff, Albert E. a prominent citizen and business man of Tomahawk, Lincoln County, which city he has served in various public offices, including that of mayor, was born in Newaygo County, Michigan, March 18, 1861, son of Calvin A. and Emily (WOODWARD) SUTLIFF. He come of a long line of American ancestry, beginning with Abraham SUTCLIFF who emigrated from Plymouth England, to Plymouth, Mass, in 1623. This line of descent, with other information about the family may be found given in the biography of Solon D. SUTLIFF of Rhinelander, who is brother of the subject of this sketch. In this article it is only needful to mention that the parents of our subject, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin A. SUTLIFF, who were long residents of Newaygo County, Mich., where Mr. SUTLIFF was engaged in logging, buying and selling timber and farming, are both now deceased. They had in all 13 children, of whom eight are living and five deceased, the former being Solon D., Frank A., Milan R., Charles A., Albert E. Mattie E., Lottie G., and Helen M., and the latter Ella, Nettie, Libby E., Jessie E. and Flora E. Albert E. SUTLIFF was reared on his parents' farm in Newaygo County, Michigan, and when young attended district school. He continued argicultural work during the summers until he was 21 years old and then took a position as fireman on a logging railroad, being thus engaged for one summer. Then with his brother Solon he engaged in the livery business at Newaygo, Mich, Charles F. KEEFE, his brother-in-law, being associated with them. A year and a half later he gave up that business and revewed his connection with the lumbering business, logging in the woods and working on the rivers and on the boom till 1889, in which year he came to Tomahawk. It was about two years after the village had been started and there was plenty of building and manufacturing going on, the lumber business being the chief industry. Mr. SUTLIFF obtained a job as saw filer in the sawmill of the Tomahawk Lumber Co. and later in the mill of Crane Bros., being thus occupied altogether for ten years. He then engaged in the land and timber business in company with O. M. SMITH, the association being continued until Mr. SMITH died in 1909, after which Mr. SUTLIFF cut timber alone, which he turned into logs, subsequently selling the land. From 1920 to 1922 he was engaged in the oil and gasoline business, with his son, W. D. SUTLIFF. On Nov. 1, 1922 they sold out of the Interstate Oil Co. and went back to the logging and lumbering business, sawing logs in the woods with a portable mill. Mr. SUTLIFF had not been in Tomahawk many years before he had become widely known and had made many friends and by them he was persuaded to engage more or less in local politics. He was county supervisor from this city for two terms, served as alderman from the fourth and also from the third ward, and was a member and president of the school board. It is now 37 years since he assumed the responsibilities of domestic life, being united in marriage Sept. 1, 1886, at Newaygo, Mich., to Jennie PURCELL, daughter of Peter and Mary (BARDEN) PURCELL. The parents were natives of Canada, both of whom died on their farm near Newaygo. They had nine children, of whom seven are living, Edward, Robert, Louise, Lizzie, Effie, Geraldine, and Jennie. Joseph and Marie are dead. Mr. and Mrs. SUTLIFF have two children: Warren D. and Glada, the latter being the wife of Fred OELHAFEN of Tomahawk.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 543-544, 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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