"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.


Thomas, Rollie A. lumber inspector for the Vilas County Lumber Co. at Winegar, was born at Amherstburg, Canada, Feb. 9, 1882, son of Joseph and Jessie (SCHULTZ) THOMAS. The parents are now residing at Ashland, Wis., the father being an engineer on the Omaha Railway. Rollie A. THOMAS came to Ashland with his parents in 1892 and was there educated in the grade and high schools. Early in life he went to work for the railroad company there as a fireman, but he left this position after a short time and went to Bibon, Wis., with the Chicago Lumber and Coal Co. as a en employe in their planing mill. In 1909 he came to Winegar; here he worked in the planing mill of the Vilas Lumber Co. until 1917, when he was made lumber inspector in their yards, in which position he has since continued. He has won a high place of esteem in the community; for three years he was clerk of the village school board, and he is now serving his second term as treasurer of the town of Presque Isle, which township includes the village of Winegar. Fraternally he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He is interested in baseball and all forms of outdoor sports, and has done much to promote these interests in the village. Mr. THOMAS was married Sept. 19, 1911, to Mary M. HUNT, of Winegar, who a the time of her marriage was bookkeeper for the company which her husband represents. Two children, Rollie William and Irene Margaret, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. THOMAS. The family are members of the Catholic Church and are well thought of in every way.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 722-723, 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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