"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.


Weaver, Ellis M. state conservation warden and proprietor of a fine farm in Section 3, Township 39 north, Range 6 east, in the political town of Woodruff, Oneida County, was born at Iron Ridge, Dodge County, Wis., Sept. 24, 1867, son of Elias and Barbara (NORTON) WEAVER. A record of the parents' lives follows this sketch. The family removed to Royal, Clark County, when Ellis M. was in infancy, and he was educated in the public schools of that place, after which he became associated with his father in the livery business and in farming. He remained thus engaged until 1900, when he came to Oneida County and homesteaded his present farm, which consists of 171 acres on the west shore of Johnson Lake. Here he built a log shanty to serve as a temporary residence, and set to work to clear the land and develop a farm from the wilderness. Gradually, as the years passed, the trees fell away before his axe, new and modern buildings appeared, and today, to reward him for the years of courageous toil Mr. WEAVER has a splendid piece of agricultural property, with a modern frame residence and a good set of barns and outbuildings. About 90 acres of the land are under the plow and the balance is in pasture. Besides buildings up this place he worked at various times as cruiser for the different lumber companies. Since 1910 active operation of the farm has been carried on by his son, Mr. WEAVER, Sr., having been in the employ of the state. He was at first head ranger for the forestry department, having charge of their nurseries and of all their stations in this locality. In 1921 he was transferred to the conservation department as one of the state wardens, having jurisdiction anywhere in the state. Mr. WEAVER is a natural born leader and organizer and he has always occupied a position of great prominence in the community. He is now president of the Woodruff school board, and has held a great many office of public trust in the past. He was county coroner for six years, justice of the peace for 12 years, for two years assessor of the town of Minocqua, assessor for the town of Woodruff for three years, and assessor for the town of Arbor Vitae for two years. He was one of the promoters and organizers of the Woodruff State Band, and he is now a stockholder and director of this institution. His fraternal affiliations are with the Odd Fellows, Modern Woodmen of America, and Royal Neighbors of America, his wife being also a member of the last-named organization. He is a man to whom slipshod or slovenly methods in anything are intolerable, a fact which is well attested by the splendid manner in which his farm has been kept up. His lawns and yeards are always in a neat and trim condition, and are a pleasure to gaze upon, with their flower beds and groves. There is a group of virgin pines in the foreground, and beginning at the sourtheast edge of the lawn is a grove of 500 pines of different varieties, which Mr. WEAVER himself set out. Mr. WEAVER was married Aug. 17, 1892, to Jennie COUTLEY, of Wausau, Wis.; Mrs. WEAVER was born at Green Bay, Wis., July 5, 1875, daughter of Edward and Zoe (HARTAN) COUTLEY; her parents are now both deceased, the father having died in 1883 and the mother in 1891. Seven children, as follows, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. WEAVER: Percy E., born March 20, 1894; Jesse E.; March 4, 1895; Harold E., Feb. 16, 1897; Morris E., Jan. 26, 1899; Zoe E., Feb. 16, 1901; Crystal E., March 19, 1903; and Eldon E., Feb. 29, 1908. Percy E. is now employed in the state fish hatchery at Madison, Wis.; he married Florence RICE, and they have one child, Beth. Jesse E., who married Irene ROOKS, is engaged as caretaker of a summer home at Minocqua; they have one son Norman; Harold E. is operating the home farm. Morris E. is an automobile mechanic living in Rhinelander. Zoe E. is the wife of Dr. Victor BOLGER of Minocqua, and has two children, James and Jean A. Crystal E. and Eldon E. are students, the former in Teachers' Training School at Rhinelander and the latter in the Minocqua High School.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 361-362; 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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