"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.


Washburn, Edwin H. a respected citizen of Rhinelander now retired from active work and residing in a pleasnat ome at 727 Mason Street, was born at Hartford, Washington County, Wis., Dec. 11, 1849, son of Henry and Lucy (SARGENT) WASHBURN. The parents came to Washington County from New York State, of which they were natives, about 1845, and, settling on a piece of timber land they cleared it and developed a farm. In 1860 they left that place and bought a farm in Winnebago County, which was their home for the remainder of their lives. Edwin H. WASHBURN acquired his education in the district school and resided with his parents until 21 years old. Then, until 1885, he was engaged in farming in Winnebago County, and in the year mentioned began work for Brown Bros. as engineer in their planing mill. When they put their tug boat into operation on the river and lake, he was made engineer of it, a position that he held for ten years, or until they built the railroad to their camps. He then became locomotive engineer and continued to work in that capacity until they had finished all their logging business here, which was in 1917. After that he became locomotive engineer for the Yawkey-Bissell Lumber Co. at White Lake, in the Wolf River District, Landlade County, and was thus occupied until his retirement from active work in October, 1921. Since then he has been a resident of Rhinelander, where he is well known and has many friends. Mr. WASHBURN was first married in 1870 to Ella LAWRENCE, of Winnebago County, and four children were born to them, namely: May, now Mrs. George RAYMORE, who lives at Enosberg Falls, Vt., and has one daughter, Erdine; Mildred, wife of Joseph BRADLEY of Ripon, Wis., and who has three children, Beulah, Nina and Foster, of whom Beulah is the wife of H. G. WASHBURN, and has two daughters, Mildred and Marjory; George, who married Ida LEITZ and is manager of a large canning factory at Ripon, Wis.; Clinton, now conducting the Mason Street Auto Repair Shop, who was married April 19, 1916, to Margaret R. MCCARTHY and has two children, Raymond and Earl. Mr. WASHBURN was married secondly, July 2, 1895, to Caroline STEINER, who died March 25, 1921. Of this second union there are no children.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 376-377 (with picture); History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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