"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, Samuel J. postmaster at Boulder Junction and a well-known merchant of that place, was born at Bethel, Ohio, May 24, 1870, son of David and Nancy (THROCKMORTON) WILLIAMS. The parents were of Irish and England descent; the father was born in Virginia and the mother in Ohio; they were married in 1865, at close of the Civil War, the father having taken part in that conflict as a member of Company C, 91st Regiment of Infantry, and they resided at Bethel subsequently until the mother's death in 1875. Mr. WILLIAMS, Sr., then removed to Arion, Ohio, and he was engaged in farming there until he died in 1886. Five children, as follows, were born to these parents: Sheridan, of Crete, Neb.; Rosa, deceased; Samuel J., subject of this sketch; Charles E., living at Home, Colo., where he is a ranch owner; and Ida, who died at the age of 18 years. Samuel J. WILLIAMS was educated at Weeping Water, Neb., and after finishing the district school there he followed agricultural pursuits for some years, both on his own account and in the employ of others. He then learned interior decorating and followed this occupation for five years, after which he accepted a position as district manager for the Modern Woodmen of America fraternity, with whom he was connected for the next 18 years. He was first in charge of their fourth district and later of their first district, having headquarters at Lincoln, Neb. In 1905 he was transferred to Merrill, Wis., where he was stationed until 1915. He then received an appointment to a position in the game conservation department of the state of Wisconsin, and continued in it until 1918, having his headquarters at Medford, Wis. After leaving that service he came to Boulder Junction and established himself in his present general mercantile business, where he has become well known throughout this section of the country. He was appointed postmaster of the village on July 19, 1919, succeeding his wife, who had served since May, 1918. Mr. WILLIAMS is connected fraternally with the Merrill camps of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Royal Neighbors of America. Besides his interests in the village of Boulder Junction he owns 188 acres of land having a mile of frontage on Boulder Lake, which property he purchased in 1921. He is one of the very prominent men of the community in which he lives. He and his family attend the Methodist church. Mr. WILLIAMS was first married in 1890 to Iva HOFFMAN, who was taken by death on July 4, 1897. Four children, as follows, were born to this union: Lester, who is section hand at Boulder Junction; Floyd, station agent at the same place; Raymond, an electrical engineer living at Cambridge, Mass.; and Gladys, who is attending the University of California at Los Angeles. Mr. WILLIAMS was united with his present wife on July 2, 1902; previous to her marriage Mrs. WILLIAMS was Miss Ada FULLER, her parents being Frank and Emma (EFLIND) FULLER; of these parents the father is now deceased and the mother is residing with Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS at Boulder Junction.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 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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