"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.


Trumble, James who is conducting business as a brick-work contractor in Rhinelander, and has met with good success, was born June 26, 1876, son of John and Kate (MCGILL) TRUMBLE. The parents were natives respectively of Scotland and Ireland and came to Canada about 1832. Many years later, in 1876, they settled at Whitewater, Walworth County, Wis.; where they spent the rest of their lives in farming. They had seven children: Robert, now of Whitewater; Mary, wife of Joseph DUBEY of Fond du Lac, Wis.; William of Delevan, Wis.; Katie, who is Mrs. Leo BOVIER of Beloit, Wis.; George, of Cass City, Mich.; John, who lives in Beloit; and James of Rhinelander. James TRUMBLE as a boy attended district school of Walworth County and remained at home until arriving at the age of 16. He then began work as a farm laborer in Walworth County, and was thus occupied for several years, at the end of which time he went to Bristol, R. I., to learn the brick-mason's trade. This he later finished in Chicago, after which he worked as a journeyman in the states of Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. On Aug. 15, 1902, Mr. TRUMBLE came to Rhinelander, and soon established himself in business as a contractor for brick work, making a specialty of fireplace work and tile work, and he has built many fireplaces in the summer resorts of northern Wisconsin. He erected a fine brick house for himself at No. 230 Grant Street, which, however, he later sold. Then he subsequently built an eight-room brick residence at 302 Lincoln Street, which he rents out to a tenant, and has a fine six-room bungalow at 615 Baird Avenue, where he now resides. He has been president of the Bricklayers' Union in Rhinelander for the past 17 years, and is now serving his third term on the school board, and after the United States entered into the World War he was very active in patriotic home work. He is a member of the local lodges of Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen of America, and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Mr. TRUMBLE was married at Antigo, Wis., Oct. 10, 1903, to Emma PHELPS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James E. PHELPS, both her parents being now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. TRUMBLE have had two children: Ella and Emma, who are twins, both having been born Oct. 20, 1904. They are both graduates of Asheville (N.C) High School.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 426-427, 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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