"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.


Williams, Agnes assistant general manager of the Hackley-Phelps-Bonnell Co. at Phelps, Wis., was born in a logging camp near Grand Rapids, Mich., daughter of William G. and Catherine (THOMPSON) WILLIAMS. The parents were natives of Michigan, and were married in Grand Rapids, that state. The father followed the lumber industry throughout his life; he did jobbing and contracting in Michigan until 1903, when he came to Phelps, Wis., with Mr. PHELPS to assist in the construction of the first sawmill, in which work Mr. WILLIAMS was superintendent of construction, the family living in a tent until a house could be erected. After the sawmill was built Mr. WILLIAMS took charge of the woods operations and cruising, and followed that work until his death on Feb. 8, 1907. He was buried at Grand Rapids, Mich., and after his death Mrs. WILLIAMS remained in that city until her death, Feb. 9, 1921. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS, Otis who died June 8, 1906, and Agnes, subject of this sketch. Agnes WILLIAMS was educated in the schools of Grand Rapids, Mich., graduating from the high school there with the class of 1904 and subsequently attending business college in the same city. In May 1905 she came to Phelps and entered the office of the Hackley-Phelps-Bonnell Co. as stenographer and assistant bookkeeper. She was promoted to the office of head bookkeeper and transferred to the main office of the company at Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1909, remaining there until March, 1921, when she returned to Phelps with the same company as assistant general manger and assistant secretary. She is a stockholder and director of the company and is also a stockholder in the Phelps State Bank. She is a member of the Catholic Church. A highly competent woman, the splendid success she has met with is well merited.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 474-475, 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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