"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.


Turnquist, J. Victor a well-known and respected resident of the town of Conover, Vilas County, was born at Wasa Len, Finland, Oct. 18, 1870, son of John A. and Johannah (HENDERSON) TURNQUIST. The father passed away when the subject of this sketch was very young and the latter came to the United States in 1888, being following to this country by his mother in 1890. At the time of his arrival he located in southern Michigan, where for 18 months he was employed in sawmills. After that he went to Ironwood, Mich., where he worked in the woods and in the mines until 1903. He then came to Vilas County and purchased 160 acres of land on Section 25, town of Conover, 80 acres of this being for himself and the other 80-acre tract for Erick ERICKSON. Mr. TURNQUIST was a pioneer settler in this locality, and went through many hardships and privations in building up his farm. All his provisions had to be carried on his back from Eagle River. He erected a large log house on his land and remained here until 1913, in which year he returned to Ironwood, Mich. He worked in the mines there for the following eight years, and in 1921 he again came to Vilas County and took up his home on his farm. He has ever since carried on the operation of this property, doing general farming and dairying, and during the summer months he also works at the trade of carpenter. Mr. TURNQUIST was married at Ironwood, Mich., May 30, 1898, to Ella ERICKSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erick ERICKSON. Mr. and Mrs. TURNQUIST have 11 children, as follows: Edith, Elsie, Victor H., Felix, Werner, Walter (twin borther of Werner), Edwin, Rudolph, Lloyd, Leonora, and Donald.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 724, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

P.S.New information has been received from a descendant of the above subject stating that Mrs. Turnquist's name was Edla rather than Ella.

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