"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.


Wallis, Charles H. one of the leading merchants of Tomahawk, Lincoln County, proprietor of an up to date jewelry store and watch repairing business, was born in the town of Rubicon, Dodge County, Wis., June 12, 1863, son of Charles and Sarah (RAMSEY) WALLIS. The father, who was the Scotch antecedents, was born in England in 1827; while the mother was of English descent and was born in Pennsylvania, this country, in 1834. The former followed chiefly the occupation of a farmer, but after he family moved to Neosho, Dodge County, Wis., which happened in or about the year of 1869, he operated a stage line for some years between Oconomowoc and Woodland. He died Jan. 4, 1911, being survived by his wife, who is now residing at Hartford, Wis. Charles H. WALLIS was six years old when he accompanied his parents to Neosho, a small vilalge having now about 300 inhabitants. He attended public school there up to the age of 16 and then went to Milwaukee, where he learned the watchmaker's and jewelery's trade, and in 1884 he established himself in business in Plymouth, Wis., where he remained six years. In 1890 he moved to Ironwood, Mich., where he conducted a similar business for three years. For two years after that he was a traveling salesman. Then in 1895 he again engaged in business for himself, choosing Brillion, Calumet County, as his location. The place was small, but he remained there five years, at the end of which time, in 1900, he came to Tomahawk, Lincoln County, which opened up a wider field for his activities, and opened up a business here, which has since expanded to its present proportions. Politically he belongs to the Progressive wing of the Republican party, but has never held office here, though in Plymouth he served as alderman of his ward. He is a member of the Masonic order and served Tomahawk Lodge, No. 243, as Master for two years, and he formerly belonged to the order of Knights of Pythias. Mr. WALLIS was married Jan. 1, 1886, to Bessie BOWERS, daughter of Benjamin and Augusta BOWERS of Plymouth, Wis., where she was born May 31, 1867. Two children are the fruit of this union: Richard, born Jan. 17, 1887, and Christine, born Oct. 30, 1893. Richard, who is associated with the Tomahawk Lake Co., is married and has two children, Benjamin and Richard, Jr. Christine, now Mrs. P. M. SMITH of Tomahawk, has also two children, Wallace and Edward. Mrs. C. H. WALLIS and her children are members of the Episcopal Church, in which Mr. WALLIS was baptized, though he now affiliates with the Congregational Church. The home of the family, a good modern residence, is at No. 109 Wisconsin Ave.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 759, 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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