"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.


Whittiker, William E. who for many years was engaged in mill work as engineer and in other capacities, and is now living retired in Rhinelander, was born in Watertown, Jefferson County, N.Y., June 21, 1852, son of Henry and Miranda (HUFF) WHITTIKER. The parents were natives of New York State who came west to Oshkosh in 1856, and after remaining there a short time went on to Portage County and settled on a farm which Henry WHITTIKER operated until 1863. It was there that his wife died, in 1861. In 1863 he moved to LaPage County, Iowa, where his death occurred on March 28, 1886. William E. WHITTIKER was educated in the district school and remained at home until his father's death. Then in 1869 he returned to Portage County, Wisconsin, and for awhile worked as an ordinary laborer. On Jan. 10, 1883, he came to Rhinelander, but continued to make his home at Portage until July 8, 1887. After coming to Rhinelander he built a house at No. 733 Carr Street. For many years he was in the employ of Brown Brothers first working two years as night watchman in their sawmill, after which he was foreman for nine years, afterwards day engineer for two yeaers, then night foreman in the mill for seven years. He then served again as engineer for Brown Brothers, and subsequently continued three years longer in that position for Lee Bros., who bought the sawmill from Brown Brothers. On Oct. 22, 1919, the mill burned down and he then became engineer for the Brown Bros. Land and Lumber Co. at Saxon, Iron County, Wis., in which position he remained until May 13,1922. Since then he has been retired. He is a member of the M. E. Church and of the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. WHITTIKER was first married Feb. 11, 1875, to Isabelle M. GALLAND, who died April 17, 1881. She left three children: Joseph W., born May 11, 1876, who is now in the state of Washington; Linda A., born April 6, 1878, now Mrs. John J. HICKEY, residing in the town of Pelican, Oneida County; and Frank V., born Feb. 10, 1881, who died Sept. 17 the same year. On Aug. 7, 1886, Mr. WHITTIKER was married secondly, at Stevens Point, Wis., to Mrs. Jennie BENTLY, whose maiden name was Jennie SIEVRIGHT. She was born at Moulton, Marathon County, Wis., July 8, 1860, and was first married to George BENTLY, who was killed in the woods March 6, 1883. By him she had three children: Edith, born Oct. 29, 1878, now Mrs. George DELL of Jeffries, Wis.; J. R. BENTLY of Rhinelander, born Jan. 6, 1881; and Chester O., now of Milver, Wis., who was born Jan. 10, 1883. The children of her marriage with Mr. WHITTIKER are as follows: Ellen Marie, born Oct. 26, 1887, now Mrs. Leonard SCHOENING of Antigo, Wis.; Carl Webster, born Oct. 15, 1891, who lives in Rhinelander; Ray Forest, also of Rhinelander, who was born May 16, 1897; Ruth Ann, born Aug. 20, 1894, who is a bookkeeper in Rhinelander, and Archie S., of Rhinelander, who was born April 26, 1901. Mr. WHITTIKER is a man who made a good industrial record, one that in some respects would be hard to equal, as he was over 40 years in the employ of one firm-Brown Brothers. The fact speaks well for his reliability and steadiness of character, qualities that were duly appreciated by his employers. As a resident for so many years of Rhinelander, he is personally acquainted with all the "older-timers," and knows most of the new comers, and he himself is well known to probably a majority of the inhabitants.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 364; 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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